Cinderella’s happily ever after didn’t work out so well so she became a spy for Fabletown. In this adventure, she has to find out who is selling magical items on the black market. It leads her to Aladdin and they team up and head to Ultima Thule a land where smiling is enforced at gun point. The villain turns out to be someone from Cinderella’s past.
This was an interesting tale. I like fairy tales turned on their head and this one does a good job of showing us modern day fairy tale characters. Cinderella as a spy was awesome and the pairing of her and Aladdin was fun. I also really enjoyed the villain in this story. It made for a nice twist and and exciting showdown. The flashbacks to Cindy’s past were seemlessly woven into the story and offered glimpses into her history. I also enjoyed the alternate storyline of her shoe store back in Fabletown.
I think my negative about this book was that it got preachy in several places and it really jarred you out of the narrative and didn’t seem to fit into the story. It was like the writer really wanted to make sure he stuck a political point in even if it didn’t fit. I think the story suffered for it. Not everything has to have a message about modern day politics. If it doesn’t fit the story don’t put it in! Other than that it was a fun book and very enjoyable.