Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Review: Living with Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper - Lynne Tapper

Published: April 29th 2011, Matador
Pages: 272 pages, paperback
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher

Summary (from the back cover): Someone once asked, 'What's in a name?' Well, quite a lot actaully, in the kooky Kingdom of It Is What It Is, where everything is as it seems and everyone is the perfect performer in the game of life.

In the mythical year of 1212 B.R. - Before Reason - the beautiful Princess Innocent is born in the Royal Borough of Look at Me - one of many Drama Districts that constitute The Kingdom. Having been raised on the propaganda of the Fairy Tale Land Press, she is ill-prepared for her life's journey when she leavces her home castle to find her One True Prince.

Unfortunately she finds Prince Bad Boy, Captain Unavailable, Lord Lie-A-Lot, Prince Rescue Me - among many others!

My review: Well, I don't like to start a review on a bad note but that summary up there almost made me throw up. Sickly sweet, much? Anything that features the word 'kooky' is probably not going to score particularly highly with me. However, I'm pleased to say that Living with Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper is a lot more fun to read than the summary is.

If you can look past the irritating place and character names then this story has some real merit - the writing is good and the characters well rounded. There are a few archetypes present but I'm sure they were put in to further parody the fairytales we know and love.

Once Innocent leaves the palace to go out into the world on her own we see her meet a whole host of unsavoury gentlemen (and a few stars), which does provide some great comedy moments. Innocent is a character I think a lot of us can relate to and it was nice to read about a girl who cared about real friendships as much as she did about finding her 'one true love'.

However, my main problem with Living with Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper is that readers are subjected to information overload. There is such a huge cast that I found it so hard to keep up with who was who, who lived where and everybody's backstory. I think Tapper could easily have cut out half the characters and been left with a much more effective story.

So, Living with Feet Too Big for a Glass Slipper is a fun read that is perfect for these long summer days. It's not the most ground breaking novel I've come across but it certainly isn't bad. Plus, the illustrations are gorgeous.

First line: 'Innocent was born with all the promise of happiness a first child brings.'

Read if you liked…: A Reluctant Cinderella - Alison Bond

Plot: 3/5
Writing: 3/5
Characters: 3/5
Cover: 4/5
Total: 13/20 (C)

1 comment:

Thank you kindly for the comment, you sweet thing.