Of Cinder and Madness Review


Title: Of Cinder and Madness

Author: Nicole Zoltack

Rating: 3.75/5 (I liked it!!)


Thank you so much Nicole Zoltack for sending me a copy of your novel for review!


Of Cinder and Madness by Nicole Zoltack is an inverted retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella. In this twisted telling, the evil stepmother is actually good and Cinderella, also known as Eleanor, is evil. Following the death of her father, Eleanor unleashes magical powers that lead to problems with her family and eventually, the royal family. Eleanor must try to learn to deal with the grief of losing both of her parents while managing a new life with her stepmother and stepsisters.


This retelling of a commonly know fairy tale was completely different from any retelling I have ever read. It completely turned my ideas of Cinderella upside down. The novel jumps between two time periods, that of when Eleanor meets the prince and right after her father dies. This jumping between time periods pushed the story forward and made me want to continue reading to find out what will happen next.

In this retelling, the stepmother is good and this took me some getting use to. It seems as though the stepmother is almost too nice. I would have definitely locked Eleanor away long before she does with all Eleanor has done to the family. I loved how the story was told in a different perspective. It held my attention the entire time I was reading it because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series and see the other twists on classic stories.

5 Reasons to Stop by your Local Library Today!


Books, books, and more books!!!!

Look, I completely understand why you would want to own a book. It just feels more comfortable in your hands and you can spend as much time with it as you want. However, there are so many benefits and awesome reasons to go to the library so I decided to make a list of a few of them!

  1. Cheap!

    Most cities give their residents free or discounted membership. Just do some research to find the nearest library to you and what your options are for getting a membership.

  2. So many options!

    The library offers so many books in so many genres that your options are practically endless! Just wonder around the shelves picking up random books and you are bound to find one that suits your fancy!

  3. Try it out!

    If you are unsure about a book or series, you can go to the library and pick it up and try it. If you don’t end up liking it, it is so easy to return. No more worrying about buying an expensive book just to hate it! If you end up liking it, you can still buy a copy for your personal collection.

  4. The smell!

    Lets be honest, the smell of a huge building full of books is just… there is nothing like it! Don’t be afraid to sneak a sniff while you are searching for the right book Β ; )

  5. The environment!

    There is nothing like being surrounded by books, books, and more books. Not to mention the BOOKS! Every corner you turn there is a new shelf of books to explore. There are also so many bookworms around. My people! Overall, the library is a quiet and calm environment where I do my best thinking.

There are so many fantastic reasons to go to the library! I want to hear your reasons for going to the library so comment them below!