At 68 pages (print), Cinderella’s Presentation is dark fairy tale that gets lighter and brighter with every page.
Why I Read It
Like many erotica readers, I got my first taste of a BDSM fairy tales via Anne Rice’s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.
I got about half-way through the second book in the series, Beauty’s Punishment, and I never finished it.
It was brutal.
When I came across Tiny Sparks’ Cinderella’s Presentation, I was both intrigued… and terrified. I knew BDSM was a theme, and I was nervous about going down that road again, and being re-immersed in to the world of unrelenting suffering that was Anne Rice’s
To my great surprise and delight, Cinderella’s Presentation was nothing like it.
What I Liked About It
I’m not going to go into too much detail, as it’s a good read; especially if you need a long-overdue palate-cleanser after Anne Rice’s dark fairy tale.
Don’t get me wrong, this Cinderella is put through the ringer, and not long into the book, I was on edge waiting to see what horrific thing the poor girl would have to go through next.
To my great relief, we meet Cinderella just as her fortunes are changing.
The story flows well, and I found myself truly empathizing with Cinderella; even tearing up a bit at one point – don’t tell anyone.
What Could Have Been Better
I’ll start by saying, that this is a matter of my personal preference, and has no real bearing on the quality of the book.
While the setting is definitely somewhere in Europe during horse and carriage days, our heroine’s vocabulary is a little on the modern side, which proved to distract me a handful of times.
But, this Cinderella belongs to the author, and she can have her speak however she’d like; so again, just my personal preference.
Anastasia’s Parlor Rating
I give Cinderella’s Presentation five stars, because I found it a page turner, and despite the dark nature of the work, the ending was warm and satisfying.