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Cinderella takes fate into her own hands in this brand new tale by Sophie MassonWelcome to the story of Cinderella as you've never heard it before There is a girl whose fortunes have plummeted from wealthy aristoc. This is a reversioning of the Cinderella story Selena s father is a wealthy nobleman who lives in a provincial city called Ashberg When his wife dies and he remarries his new wife persuades him to annul his marriage and so Selena is banished below stairs because she is now not a legally recognised daughter pg 2In this story magic is banned in this land and there is a group of people called The Mancers who are very sinister and powerful and who seek out any magicSelena is a Moon sister one of a secret race of magical people who have been hunted out of existence and she has to keep her magic secretShe dreams regularly and her mother gives her advice in these dreams In one dream she is told to ask her father for the Hazel twig he has collected from her mother s grave as a birthday presentThis twig is of course magical and its leaves provide all the things Selena needs to get to the ball where she meets Prince Leopold who turns out to be obnoxious and very self centered She does however strike up a friendship with his best friend Max and when she and Max find themselves locked away in a Mancer prison with a werewolf their adventure beginsFabulous I loved it couldn t out it down Fesity main character who does a lot for herself than normal Great interpretation of what magic actually is Dangerous Melody (Treasure Seekers you've never heard it before There is a girl whose fortunes have plummeted from wealthy aristoc. This is a reversioning of the Cinderella story Selena s father is a wealthy nobleman who lives in a provincial city called Ashberg When his wife dies and he remarries his new wife persuades him to annul his marriage and so Selena is banished below stairs because she is now not a legally recognised daughter pg 2In this story magic is banned in this land and there is a group of people called The Mancers who are very sinister and powerful and who seek out any magicSelena is a Moon sister one of a secret race of magical people who have been hunted out of existence and she has to keep her magic secretShe dreams regularly and her mother gives her advice in these dreams In one dream she is told to ask her father for the Hazel twig he has collected from her mother s grave as a birthday presentThis twig is of course magical and its leaves provide all the things Selena needs to get to the ball where she meets Prince Leopold who turns out to be obnoxious and very self centered She does however strike up a friendship with his best friend Max and when she and Max find themselves locked away in a Mancer prison with a werewolf their adventure beginsFabulous I loved it couldn t out it down Fesity main character who does a lot for herself than normal Great interpretation of what magic actually is

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Instead this is the story of Selena who will take charge of her own destiny and learn that her magic is not to be feared but celebrated Pure fairytale with all the romance magic and adventure that goes along with i. Accepting the way the magic worked was like starting to tell a story aloud when you didn t know the ending Although Moonlight and Ashes is based on Cinderella there is no iconic glass slipper and it gets expanded to what makes up a good 75% of the book I read this one after the author s Scarlet in the Snow and while they stand alone I think it would have been better to read them in order as there are some character cameos and world building tidbits that had less of an impact on me than they would have done if read in the correct orderI find that Moonlight and Ashes and Scarlet in the Snow share the same strengths and weaknesses though I definitely think her take on Cinderella was the better of the two Here we have Selena who unlike most Cinderella characters I ve come across feels a lot real in that she holds a grudge against her stepmother and sisters Honestly after such treatment who could really remain so serene over it all Selena s narration was also a lot less judgemental than Scarlet in the Snow s Natasha Another thing that worked out better was the romance albeit it is still a weak point of the author s Unlike Natasha s story Selena has time to get to know her love interest and there s certainly chemistry between them Unfortunately the author breaks that well developed basis by skipping the I think I like you and diving straight into I would die for my true love The author also loves to include a lot of pet names I ve never met any real person who calls their significant other my dear or my love after every line spoken too much of this can really kill the believability of a fictional couple Luckily Romance wasn t the only theme of this book There s a good deal of mystery going on with Selena and friends on the run from the Empire It makes for a good page turner with than just one plot twist I kind of guessed one of the main plot twists along the way but it was by no means a bad thing once my suspicions were confirmed it had of a satisfactory Hah I knew it effect on me rather than finding it boringWhat really makes this book stand out though is the world building Already in Scarlet in the Snow I loved the setting and the lore of the different countries featured which all appear to be based on real countries For Moonlight and Ashes based on terminology used my guess would be that Faustinian empire is either based on Germany or Austria In any case it was absolutely well done and I was right to think that I would love to see of this world I also love how the author blends a fairy tale like setting with things from later centuries such as trains guns and magazines I believe this would have irked me in other works but it is so well developed here that I can t help but like it I also can t help be reminded of the world from Howl s Moving Castle and that s about one of the best praises a book receive from meAnother bit of a downside though was how Selena and her companions seem perfectly ok with child abduction and murder Sure in those moments it was a uestion of life and death but I do feel as though they could have shown a little scruple about it I don t know it just hurt their likeability for me In any case this is a uniue and interesting take on Cinderella and worth a shot for those that love fairy tales especially if you enjoy rich and well developed worlds Just be prepared for a romance that is only so so and this ought to be an enjoyable read

Sophie Masson ß 5 Read

Rat to that of a servant girl A magic hazel twig a dashing prince and a desperate escape from danger combine to tell the story of a girl who refuses to allow her fairy godmother to arrange her future for her. This book was sloppily written and sloppily edited I love a good fairytale adaptation as much as the next person like Hale s The Goose Girl or Marillier s Wildwood Dancing but this one was just so unpolished and unconvincing It constantly slips into contemporary language and phrases which absolutely should have been picked up in the editing process Her love interest calls the protagonist a spitfire before they were even invented a child is desperate to get a toy into his hot little hands and Selena says that without her interference her friend would be pretty much a zombie by now This is extremely frustrating to readThere are also lines of direct thought that aren t italicised typos and two chapters finish on exclamation marks which stick out awkwardly in any book pitched at children older than eightI was very excited for this book as it has a beautiful cover a strong premise and an enticing blurb but I m afraid it turned out to belong to the scrapheap of YA fiction

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • Moonlight and Ashes
  • Sophie Masson
  • English
  • 09 October 2017
  • 9781742753799

About the Author: Sophie Masson

wwwsophiemassonorgShe has a writing blog at



10 thoughts on “Moonlight and Ashes

  1. says:

    This is a reversioning of the Cinderella story Selena’s father is a wealthy nobleman who lives in a provincial city called Ashberg When his wife dies and he remarries his new wife persuades him to annul his marriage and so Selena is banished below stairs because she is now not a legally recognised daughter pg 2In this story mag

  2. says:

    I think this book had a lot of potential to be a really good Cinderella adaptation The first half of the book was promising but as the story progressed the plot became convoluted and unrealistic Half of the time I wasn't sure what was happening A major plot development is when Selena realises she has to kill th

  3. says:

    This is the second book I have read by Sophie Mason in the last couple of months I love her work This one is a fairytale and is based on the story of Cinderella without the fairy godmother and an interesting take on magic Selena is told by her dying mother that she is a Moon Sister but needs to keep this fact a secret as Moon Sister

  4. says:

    I really loved this new book by Sophie Masson I think it's her best boook yet and I'm a long time fan of her work 'Moonlight Ashes' is a retelling of the Aschenputtel fairy tale the German Cinderella It is set in alternati

  5. says:

    This book was sloppily written and sloppily edited I love a good fairytale adaptation as much as the next person like Hale's 'The Goose Girl' or Marillier's 'Wildwood Dancing' but this one was just so unpolished and unconvi

  6. says:

    Ah that's better After a couple of bad books in a row I can always count on Sophie Masson to come to the table As always her books are light and airy and just the ticket for a pick me up This one was full of political intrigue and seemed to pass by in a blur and I still wasn't entirely sure what happened in the end but I still enjoyed it r

  7. says:

    “Accepting the way the magic worked was like starting to tell a story aloud when you didn't know the ending” Although Moonlight and Ashes is based on Cinderella there is no iconic glass slipper and it gets expanded to what makes up a goo

  8. says:

    I read Scarlet in the Snow first by the same author then this book I enjoyed this much as I found the connection between the characters much genuine Again another fairy tale retelling this time the story of Cinderella but after setting the scene the story uickly goes off into another exciting tangent Selena has discovere

  9. says:

    Moonlight and Ashes is a different take on Cinderella Selena has become the servant of her stepmother and stepsisters Her father is too weak minded or doesn't care enough to do anything about it So when Selena gets a chance to go to the ball and meet the prince she takes it but things don't turn out uite the way

  10. says:

    This story is a take on the Cinderella fairy tale I really enjoyed the set up with the main character and the development of the society she lives in with the control of magic and her being a forbidden moon sister However

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