Thursday, July 25, 2013

BOOK REVIEW - THE CINDERELLA MOMENT by JENNIFER KLOESTER - YA CONTEMPORARY - PENGUIN - 4.5 DELIGHTFUL STARS!

By: Jennifer Kloester
Published By: Penguin Aust
Released : Available Now
Details: Paperback from Publisher for honest review, 288 Pages

RATING: 4.5 DELIGHTFUL STARS!

Blurb : Goodreads

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.




BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:

'Fortuna favet fortibus,' he repeated.
 'It's Latin for "Fortune favours the bold."

This was a rather surprise read for me. I was expecting to kind of know the story I was in for , being a Cinderella moment and all, but, no, Jennifer kept throwing in little curveballs.

Sure there was an evilly annoying step sister-to-be and an evilly annoying step mother-to-be, but there were some lovely curveballs thrown in.

I must say this was an unexpectedly delightful read.

Angel and her mother Simone live with Lily and her father, Philip. Yes, Philip is worth a motsa and yes, the horrid Margot and her daughter Clarissa have wormed their way into Lily’s father’s life, but that is where it stops.

Angel is brilliant at fashion and she wants to enter the Teen Couture, that gets held in Paris every year. One thing leads to another and Lily needs her best friends help in her own pursuit of a career, one her father does not support.

Shenanigans ensue and Angel finds herself pretending to be Lily de Tourney and fool the Comtesse, Lily’s grandmother.

Enter Nick Halliday the dashing young man who thinks he is reacquainting himself with his old friend Lily, who he last saw when she was only five.

I can see Disney would have such fun with this book, and Selena Gomez...I am so not type casting her, but she would be fun in a movie about this book.

But, there are the curveballs that I found very welcoming to this story. I even had a bit of a girlie cry at the end. Once you get near the end, you can start doing the math and you can see where it is going , but I was held ransom to all of that until near the end.

It was a truly fairy tale ending. I would have loved to have given Clarissa and her mother a stinky dead fish slap, they were a piece of work. But, in saying that, I do love a good villain or two, not that they were real villains, more of a case of, ‘what does Philip see in these two?’

All I can say is when one practices to deceive...well...pay the consequences.

A very clean YA read with a definite Cinderella Moment that I really enjoyed. I certainly would have loved to have been in Paris experiencing what Angel experienced.

Kind of a dream for a teenager.

I was in Paris when I was eighteen and it was nice reliving the sightseeing through this book.

* sigh*

This one played out in my head like a movie.

A modern , delightful story about friendship and sticking up for yourself. Throw in a dash of  Gangnam style, breath taking fashion, a romantic city and a dream that can come true... you just got to be bold! There is always someone waiting , wanting to take you down and that is what an evil step sister by association is there for.



Michelle 



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