Charm by Sarah Pinborough

(8.5/10) Inventive, with lots of surprises, unexpected developments and a modern take on an old theme.

Imagine an enchanted footman, two ugly sisters, a magical ball and a romance to remember... and now turn the page for the true tale of Cinderella, told the way it always should have been… It’s Cinderella, but not as you know her...

Just as she did with Poison, Sarah Pinborough does the trick here, this time with the story of Cinderella. What I really enjoy is the debunking of the traditional fairy-tale of the wistful poor girl, a fairy godmother, glass slippers and Prince Charming.

Once again we are treated to wicked humour, caustic observations and very human and flawed people, rather than Disney caricatures. This is not Panto!

Like Poison this is erotic and daring, again making the statement: Be careful what you wish for.

There are clearly consequences for every choice and action. I enjoyed how Pinborough has interwoven plot strands and characters into this adventure; it’s all very subtle and of course, very clever.

Inventive, with lots of surprises, unexpected developments and a modern take on an old theme, this will please fans of Poison. I will certainly never think of Cinderella in the same way again!

Charm by Sarah Pinborough
Published 2013 by Gollancz
ISBN: 978-0575093010

Review by

15+

Charm reader reviews

8.5/10 from 1 reviews

Write a reader review

There are currently no reader reviews for this book. Why not be the first?

Your rating out of 10

More Sarah Pinborough reviews

Poison

by Sarah Pinborough

It’s Snow White, but not as you know her... Take a wicked queen, a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a poisoned apple... and now read the true story of Snow [...]


Published: 2013

Score: 90

Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

12+

The Death House

by Sarah Pinborough

Toby's life was perfectly normal... until it was unravelled by something as simple as a blood test. Taken from his family, Toby now lives in the Death House; an out-of- [...]


Published: 2015

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

12+

Books you may also enjoy

Nation

by Terry Pratchett

On the day the world ends... Mau is on his way home from the Boys' Island. Soon he will be a man. And then the wave comes - a huge wave, dragging black night behind it [...]


Published: 2008

Score: 105

Our rating: 9.7 | 8 positive reader reviews

15+

Ancient Echoes

by Robert Holdstock

Chatwin has visions of a parallel world where a couple are fleeing some terrible event pursued by an enemy and are seeking a gate to freedom. Chatwin is the gate, and when [...]


Published: 1996

Score: 97

Our rating: 9.6 | 1 positive reader reviews

15+

Roses and Rot

by Kat Howard

What would you sacrifice for everything you ever dreamed of? Imogen has grown up reading fairy tales about mothers who die and make way for cruel stepmothers. As a child, s [...]


Published: 2016

Score: 94

Our rating: 9.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

15+

Palimpsest

by Catherynne M Valente

Sei, November, Ludov, and Oleg -- four people unknown to each other but united by grief and their obsession with the city of Palimpsest. Located beyond the human realm, Pal [...]


Published: 2009

Score: 91

Our rating: 9.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

15+