Review: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

Ugly Stepsister CoverThe Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson
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Release Date: August 15th 2012
Publisher: Fire & Ice Books
Series: none
Rating: 4 star rating

Goodreads description:Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her

In this retelling with a twist, Matilda “Mattie” Lowe is the ugly stepsister. She lives in a wealthy California community and goes to an exclusive prep school. She lives with her world renowned artist father and her stepsister Ella. Ella is perfect, which is offensive to Mattie. She even has a list of grievances about her: guys like her, she’s really nice, she cleans all the time, she’s a cheerleader and oh, yeah she’s dating the boy Mattie “loves.”

Mattie has a huge crush on the popular Jake Kingston. She’s sort of invisible so she doesn’t think he’ll ever notice her. Plus, there’s a code between girls and he’s with Ella. When she starts running into Jake and he’s rude, she begins to rethink her crush. She decides to run for class president against him. Later, she finds out that Jake and Ella are basically in a non-relationship and Ella likes somebody else.

“Maybe I should ask Awkward if it wanted to go to the masquerade ball with me since lately we seemed to be spending so much time together”

It’s easy to see that Mattie is wrong about Ella, but it’s nice to see her figure that out for herself. Ella is eager to be helpful and to be family. I like Mattie’s passion of drawing Manga. It was also nice that Mattie felt like an outcast but learned to stand up for herself, not only to classmates but to her mother, too. Plus, the romance is really cute once Jake stops being a jerk.

The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is fun. It made me smile. It wasn’t perfect and there were a few things that made me roll my eyes. But it was happy and had a happy ending that made me happy. It’s probably not for everyone, but if you’re looking for some fun, get it! It even ends in with a list of positive things!

The Kindle price is only $2.99!

Check out Sariah Wilson’s website and twitter!

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