February 17, 2022

#BookReview: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back (The Ugly Stepsister #1) by @SariahWilson

Synopsis: Everyone knows how those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

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

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

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

This is a new release of an edition originally published by Fire & Ice Books.


Rating: 5 Stars
My Review: This was such an adorable novel that had me laughing throughout the whole book. It was a fun, quick read. I can't wait to see what happens next for Mattie and Ella.


"Fuschia-haired, John Hughes-obsessedmanga artist Mattie has cast herself as the ugly stepsister in contrast to herbeautiful, popular sister Ella, who's dating Mattie's longtime crush Jake. In arefreshing twist, Ella's actually a good person and a good ally of Mattie's.Early on, Ella breaks up with Jake, but Mattie doesn't pursue him, though, duepartially to her disbelief that he'd be interested in her and partially to hissense of entitlement. She decides to take him down a peg by running against himfor class president. True to the John Hughes formula, hijinks ensue,culminating in a dramatic makeover, a masquerade ball, Mattie's electionvictory, and a grand romantic gesture. The plot is predictable, but given allthe talk of John Hughes, it's intended to be this way, and it would work wellas a film. Mattie's not half as odd as she thinks she is ... but she has an engaging voice, which keeps the reader reading." - Publishers Weekly  --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Sariah Wilson has never jumped out of an airplane, never climbed Mt. Everest, and is not a former CIA operative. She has, however, been madly, passionately in love with her soulmate and is a fervent believer in happily ever afters—which is why she writes romance. The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back is her fourth happily ever after novel. She grew up in southern California, graduated from Brigham Young University (go Cougars!) with a semi-useless degree in history, and is the oldest of nine (yes, nine) children. She currently lives with the aforementioned soulmate and their four children in Utah, along with three tiger barb fish, a cat named Tiger, and a recently departed hamster that is buried in the backyard (and has nothing at all to do with tigers). Her website is www.sariahwilson.com.  --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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