By: Melanie | August 7, 2013 | (13) Comments

Mini Review: The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer KloesterThe Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: July 24, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Pages: 304
Source: Received in exchange for review
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A love of fashion.

A couture competition.

A once-in-a-lifetime chance . . .

Angel Moncoeur has always wanted to be a fashion designer, but without money or connections, it's going to be a challenge. When an opportunity to leave her home in New York and head to Paris appears, Angel grabs it – even if it means masquerading as her best friend Lily. That can't be too hard, can it?

But faking things doesn't come easy for Angel, so when she falls in love with her very own Prince Charming and he thinks she's someone else, things start to get complicated.

Angel needs to stop her secrets unravelling if she wants to live happily ever after . . .

From exciting talent Jennifer Kloester comes this fabulous story about high society, mistaken identity, love, betrayal, friendship – and great clothes.

My Review

‘Fortune favours the bold.’

There are flaws in this novel. There are flaws in all novels. However it’s up to us readers to find them and scrutinise them, or not even notice them. Some are more obvious than others. And in reality, The Cinderella Moment is a decent novel, nonetheless I had nit-picked out a few issues that could not even hide from the cuteness and characters.

The main character:
Angel(!!) was a little depth lacking but her bright personality and determination were positive additions, at times I found her oblivious in several no-brainer situations (which led to me talking to her in frustration. Hush, I’m weird.) That being said, her character was well planned and drawn out.

The romance:
Nick was charming, good hearted and genuine but a little dramatic in the way he talks. That being said, Angel and Nick were an entertaining couple that livened this nov quite a bit. Despite all fantasticness, it came off cheesy and a little too evoking at a few small intervals.

What I didn’t like:
– Too much showing and not enough telling, there was so much telling and explaining of irrelevant aspects.
– Way too much dialogue. I don’t think I’ve come across this before, usually it’s too much descriptions. However, The Cinderella moment was rather monotonous with the amount of paragraph long dialogue.
– There’s a inconsistency in the pace. I felt that the important, tense situations were rushed and unnecessary dramas went on for too long.

All in all, a lovely retelling of Cinderella, though slightly slow, The Cinderella Moment was a cute and character based fashion novel that many young readers will love.

~Thank you Penguin Australia for sending me this copy!~

3 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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13 Responses to Mini Review: The Cinderella Moment by Jennifer Kloester

  1. Okay, first off, I really love that cover. I don’t know why, but I just do.

    Second, I have pretty big issue with books that tell but don’t show us very much. Plus, if the dialogue is too heavy, I’m instantly turned off of a book. I’m not sure I’d be able to read this one, but I appreciate your honest review, Melanie!

  2. Awww, sorry to hear that. I really hate it when books give too much telling than showing. Every time I encounter something like this, it feels like having a monotonous robot read to you. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stand this kind of book, with its abundance of dialogue but no depth and inconsistencies. I think I’ll stay away from this one :S Thanks for the review, Melanie 🙂
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  3. Awww, sorry to hear that. I really hate it when books give too much telling than showing. Every time I encounter something like this, it feels like having a monotonous robot read to you. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to stand this kind of book, with its abundance of dialogue but no depth and inconsistencies. I think I’ll stay away from this one :S Thanks for the review, doll 🙂
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  4. As much as I prefer dialogue to long descriptions, I do think it’s about balance and what works for the book. It’s a shame that it wasn’t perfect in that regard, but I’m glad you found enough to like about this to give it 3 stars. I haven’t heard of this before! Thanks for drawing it to my attention. 🙂
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  5. Rebecca Hipworth says:

    I. want. that. dress. So beautiful! However, I’m not quite sure what to make of this book. Is it a modern-day retelling of Cinderella, or something entirely different?

  6. I can see what you mean by it being kind of inconsistent in the pacing, and I have definitely had cases where there’s too much dialogue and that’s the only thing driving a book forward. It kind of makes you realize how absolutely perfect a book has to be, like the middle section, it’s so depressing and hard to manage sometimes. But I’m glad that Angel was really bright and perky, even if she was insanely oblivious in certain situations.

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <333 I LOVE YOU MORE (So much more I had to add another 3 to the heart string)
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  7. Rachel says:

    Frustrating dramas that go on too long are a total turn off to me. This story sounds exactly like a 3 star read to me. I do love the cover with the gorgeous Paris backdrop. Great review, Melanie. 🙂
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  8. Lynn K. says:

    Eh, I’ve been looking forward to this book since I saw it on Penguin’s website and the summary was interesting. But I’m not a huge fan of showing/not enough telling books. :/ Still, this would probably be a good light read.

  9. OMG Great to meet another fellow Aussie book blogger! Woohoo! This book caught my eye at the Penguin Teen Australia meeting where they showed off the upcoming books to bloggers. This one had an awesome cover! But sad to hear that it didn’t work out.

    I’m following you now on Bloglovin 🙂
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  10. Lovely review 🙂

    But that name… Really? Angel? Moncoeur, which is French for ‘my heart’? Ew.
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  11. Stephanie B says:

    I like dialogue, but when it gets really long, I start dreading it. Even if it is important and interesting. Yeah, I’m weird like that.
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  13. Annie says:

    Doesn’t sound as good as I’d hoped – I have similar pet peeves! Nevermind.
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