Rating: 5 stars
When the Prom Queen becomes your fairy godmother…
Sixteen year old outsider, Jess Parker, gets the chance of a lifetime: an invitation to join a secret society of popular girls dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. The Cinderella Society guides all new recruits through its top secret ultimate life makeover. It’s all part of preparing them to face down the Wickeds and win. Determined not to let the Cindys down, Jess dives in with a passion. Finally, a chance to belong and show the world what she’s made of.
… be careful what you wish for.
Jess’s transformation wins her the heart of her dream crush and a shot at uber-popularity. Until the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers the real force behind her exclusive society. It’s a high stakes battle of good vs. evil, and the Cindys in power need Jess on special assignment. When the mission threatens to destroy her dream life come true, Jess is forced to choose between living a fairy tale and honoring the Sisterhood… and herself.
What’s a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?
When I first read the description for The Cinderella Society I thought it sounded like a really cute read, but it was so much more! Page one drew me in and after that, I had trouble putting it down. The Cinderella Society sent out such a positive message for girls and was a book showing girls CAN do anything. Being yourself, and being comfortable with yourself was such a large part of the Cindys’ training, and that’s something a lot of people have issues with.
The society aspect was one of my favorite of the book. There were so many mysteries with the society that leave readers begging for answers! The Cinderella Society may at first seem like a typical good vs. evil story, but Kay Cassidy put an awesome twist taking it to the next level!
The characters were all great. You had the Wickeds, The Cindys, and the Reggies. All the girls within each group were all so unique, but shared similarities with others, both in their group and with girls in the other groups. I would’ve liked to know about the insecurities and flaws of the other girls. Everyone has them, but in The Cinderella Society you only learn about Jess’s flaws. Jess’s flaws made her that much stronger of a character. Her mindset is that of she’s just ordinary and not meant for anything, but the true power in her character shines through that illusion she casts. My favorite character of the book was Alec, he only makes only a short appearance, but he was so likeable and fun. Another thing about The Cinderella Society that I loved was that the secondary characters didn’t blend into the walls like wall paper, they were all memorable and unique in their own ways.
Kay Cassidy’s writing was such a fun style to read. It was light, and had a great balance between dialogue, description, and thoughts. She drew me in, and I felt like I was training to be a Cindy along side Jess. Kay’s writing shows the passion she has for the message so much it practically leaps off the page at you. The ending is
a total shocker. I couldn’t believe it, it is not what readers will expect to happen!
Ryan and Jess’s romance was a perfect example of high school relationships. It had its ups and downs. Ryan as a character was one of my favorites, but at times I felt like just screaming at him to open up already! He had such a hard time opening up with anything to Jess. Both Jess and Ryan had their insecurities and problems, and closed up in different ways to each other having an effect I think neither meant entirely. It will be interesting to see where their relationship leads in book 2!
This is a must read! It’s a lighter read with a secret society, drama, romance, and a great message! Kay Cassidy leaves readers begging for certain questions to be answered and wanting to hear more of all the characters and their stories with book 2!