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The first issue I had with this book is that the summary/blurb is highly misleading. It sounds as if the story will be about Ella and Trevor (and in a world filled with Yuraks and Orads, you have a Trevor). Asher isn't even mentioned. I kept waiting for the story to be about Ella and Trevor, but it never happened. In fact, Trevor is never even a serious contender in this strangely lopsided triangle. Ella never has any feelings/attraction for him.
The heroine's kingdom seems to be comprised of a single village. It's the only settlement mentioned and they're severely understaffed for castle servants and soldiers. To the point that they have to truck in people from other areas. A kingdom should have far more than one village.
There are a lot of anachronisms in this story. "Okay" is repeatedly used, as is doing things "real quick" and characters saying "no problem." It definitely pulls you out of the story.
There's no real or rootable romance, and the final decision of the heroine is not only unbelievable but the epilogue is highly stupid.
There are also quite a few glaring grammatical errors, including using they're for their.
I bought this book because of the cover and the supposed storyline on the blurb (that never materializes), but don't be fooled. There are much better Cinderella retellings and YA fantasy books out there.
Mixed feelings, but mostly I do think it was a cute story.
The beginning was interesting and much darker than I was expecting. It really lead to interesting developments and I was looking forward to seeing character growth. But then we skipped three years and the tone changed!
Ella Carina is an obedient, downtrodden princess whose whole life changes in the course of a few hours. I really wanted to see more of her growth and development so that when she encountered the suitors, she would already have been confident in her own person.
Asher Smith is a nice character, but he really could’ve been developed better. He’s standoffish at first then quickly becomes an attentive, playful suitor. Much of his interactions and thoughts are centered on Ella, and we don’t actually get to know very much about him as his own person.
Trevor was actually very interesting. Aside from the insta-love, I really enjoyed reading his perspective and his struggles. He felt the most developed, and his growth throughout the story was quite nice. I do feel for him, but I suspect we’ll get to read his happy ending soon enough.
The romance was so sudden and the development felt generic to me. I can understand if one of the love interests felt love-at-first-sight, but both of them? Hmm. Even though they talk about admiring her spirit, their first encounters don’t actually display that.
The court intrigue stuff was pretty cool. Reminds me of other stories I like, such as <i>Crown Duel</i> by Sherwood Smith. There were quite a few tyrants, but that didn’t particularly bother me.
Overall, it's a fun read, but some might not think so.
Once upon a time, all was right in the world. All because one girl was brave enough to follow her heart, trading riches to rags. And because a charming young man ignored both to become Prince of her heart.
And the two of them lived happily ever after. -Riches to Rags
I have no words as tears run down my face after reading this magical story.....
Two hours later....
This is for sure the best fairy-tale story I have EVER read this year and it's not your ordinary Cinderella story either.
The characters were incredible. To read about Ella and Her struggles throughout this story made me hang on to every word until the very end. I was just hoping and praying that Ella would get her happily ever after.
The story-line was addicting!! It was so hard to put this book down. I felt as if I left the real world for a few hours just to dive right into this fictional world and I enjoyed every minute of it. I laughed, got angry and down right cried right along with Ella and her story. I applaud Bond for bringing this story to life and making it one of my top five favorites for 2018. There will always be a part of heart within the pages of this book and I know that I will want to come back to the phenomenal world to enjoy for years to come. I highly recommend this read!!
“You are brave when you should be terrified, kind when you should be bitter, humble when you could be prideful, and your spirit, instead of being crushed beneath circumstance, somehow managed to rise above it all and remain joyful.”
Ella Carina’s favorite pastime is sitting in her window seat and gazing at the people outside as they go about their daily lives. She despairs that she’ll be stuck in the castle until her father forces her to marry an older man from Galder for political reasons. At 14, she expects to wait until after her older sister is married, but her father decides to marry both Carina and Ivy on the same day in a few weeks. With her future set, Carina is about to lose what little freedom she does have. The very next day the next kingdom over attacks the castle and she is swept away, her life as she knows it is over. But perhaps living in hiding as a farmer will give her the simpler life she has always dreamed about.
I love a good fairy tale retelling. Riches to Rags was an excellent fairy tale adaptation. I absolutely love Bond’s writing style and the flow of her stories.
I thought Carina grew so much from the beginning of the novel to the end. Bond does an amazing job of showing Carina’s growth and change as a character. Bond also creates so much conflict, terror, and circumstances outside of Carina’s control, that I wondered how she would survive. Carina’s true character, her grit, and her good nature shows true as she lives and works with the farmers. She is grateful to be alive to be placed with such a loving family. Carina is a much more active character than she has reason to be. Bond gives Carina the perseverance to create a good and happy life for herself, despite the circumstances that brutally took her away from her life in the castle as a princess.
As soon as you fall in love with Carina and her new romance with the blacksmith’s son and wonder how she will overcome the animosity from her new sister, a new conflict arises. This book had so much packed into it and I very much enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading Casey Bond’s other fairy tale adaptations.
Princess Ella Carina's father was a tyrant who robbed and plundered from neighboring kingdoms. He had her betrothed to an older king in order to strengthen their kingdom. She was only 14. Then, after a brutal raid that killed everyone in the castle, the enemy took Carina to their kingdom and hid her away on a farm so that she could live her life without having to marry the old king. Three years later.... MUST READ!!! Oh my heavens!! I loved this book from beginning to end. There was never a dull moment and it kept getting more and more interesting! I loved the writing style and ways Bond described things. So awesome! I loved all the characters and felt like they were well developed. I do wish there was a little more on Mollie at the end, but it was all so great!! Definitely a cute, clean, and fun read!
I will say that I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction. I like to live in the now. That being said, I would still recommend this story. It's a retelling of Cinderella, but completely new at the same time. Carina was born a princess and became a peasant due to unforseen circumstances.She worked, lived and loved her life as a peasant. Until she was forced to make a decision that changed her life again. Please read this book and lived her journey. You won't regret it.
Ella Carina is the younger princess. When the castle is attacked and her parents and older sister killed, she is taken to a neighboring kingdom and is placed in the care of a family of farmers under the guise of them being family. She spends the next 3 years with the Farmers learning how to be a farmer when she finds out that the king of Tierney, where she has been living, is trying to take the throne in her former kingdom, she and her family to with her to help her claim what is rightfully hers
This is one of those books that you can't put down. You get lost reading it and only when you look up to catch a breath, do you realize the time and that you are late for a very important date.
Bond's amazing writing style and story weaving give this book a heart that captures the reader from the first page. Filled with twists and turns-- and turns again-- Riches to Rags is a wonderful read that I would be happy to read again and again.