Cinder & Glass by Melissa de la Cruz ARC Review

Genre: YA historical romance, retelling

Release date: March 8, 2022

Representation: sapphic side characters

CW: dead parents, abuse by stepparent, poisoning (attempted)


New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz pens a lush, swoon-worthy retelling of “Cinderella” set in lavish Versailles. Perfect for fans of Bridgerton and The Selection!

1682. The king sends out an invitation to all the maidens in France: their presence is requested at a number of balls and events that will be held in honor of the dashing Prince Louis, who must choose a bride. 

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Cendrillon de Louvois has more grace, beauty, and charm than anyone else in France. While she was once the darling child of the king’s favorite adviser, her father’s death has turned her into the servant of her stepmother and cruel stepsisters–and at her own chateau, too!

Cendrillon–now called Cinder–manages to evade her stepmother and attend the ball, where she catches the eye of the handsome Prince Louis and his younger brother Auguste.

Even though Cendrillon has an immediate aversion to Louis, and a connection with Auguste, the only way to escape her stepmother is to compete with the other women at court for the Prince’s hand.

Soon, as Cendrillon glows closer to Auguste and dislikes the prince more and more, she will have to decide if she can bear losing the boy she loves in order to leave a life she hates.

My Review

My rating: 2.75/5 stars

I had a long debate about whether to give this 2 or 3 stars. In the end, I settled for something in the middle. I read Cinder and Glass after binging the second season of Bridgerton, promised it was perfect for fans of Bridgerton. I was disappointed in this regard. It is almost nothing like Bridgerton. So if you go in expecting that, you will be disappointed.

The main character had me almost throwing my kindle across the room due to her sheer stupidity. Like, being naïve is one thing, but this girl is straight up the dumbest person ever. The second hand embarrassment, guys. It was so painful.

The plot was so predictable, I mean it is a Cinderella retelling, but beyond that you could tell from the beginning exactly how it would end. Honestly, the only things it had in common with the fairy tale was her name, the stepfamily, and the ball she runs from. Other than that it was a new story, which I would have appreciated if it wasn’t so damn predictable. The pacing was also super weird. Mostly it was slow, but it felt really rushed towards the end.

Despite all of this, I did find myself rooting for the main couple. They were very cute, if extremely awkward.

Let’s talk about the gays. These two girls were the only scrape of diversity in this book. Besides having absolutely zero chemistry, their relationship was constantly demeaned by the main character treating them like lovesick kids. I honestly expected one of them to die because I wouldn’t have been surprised if this was a kill your gays book, but thankfully they did not. Either way, it felt like the author tossed them in as an afterthought to have some characters that weren’t straight and it showed.

Overall, I really should have DNFed this book. It was a relatively quick read, and I’m not totally mad I read it, but it’s also like four hours of my life I’m never getting back. So there’s that. Overall, I do not recommend this book, personally.

Have you read Cinder and Glass? What did you think? Also have you watched Bridgerton S2??? Let me know in the comments!!

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