Dance: Cinderella Retold Tour – Review

Author: Demelza Carlton

Narrator: Mary Sarah

Length: 4 hours

Series: Romance a Medieval Fairytale, Book 2

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Released: May 8, 2018

Genre: Fantasy; Romance

A dutiful daughter. A prince forced to find a bride. If the shoe fits…Once upon a time… When the Emperor’s army comes recruiting, Mai signs up, seeing it as the perfect escape from her stepmother and a lifetime of drudgery. Armed with her mother’s armor and a pair of magic shoes, Mai marches off to war…only to find herself sharing a tent with the General’s arrogant nephew, Prince Yi. The best swordsman in the Empire, Prince Yi wants to make war, not love, but the Emperor insists this will be Yi’s last campaign before he must marry. Prince Yi has never met his match…until now. Can one woman win the war and the prince’s heart? Contains mature themes.
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USA Today bestselling author Demelza Carlton has always loved the ocean, but on her first snorkelling trip she found she was afraid of fish. She has since swum with sea lions, sharks and sea cucumbers and stood on spray-drenched cliffs over a seething sea as a seven-metre cyclonic swell surged in, shattering a shipwreck below. Sensationalist spin? No – Demelza tends to take a camera with her so she can capture and share the moment later; shipwrecks, sharks and all. Demelza now lives in Perth, Western Australia, the shark attack capital of the world.
Narrator Bio Voice Arts Award Nominee, Mary Sarah has garnered attention for her powerfully evocative, multi-character work which spans time and place. With a penchant for dialects and love of culture, Sarah has spanned the globe working with rich characters set across genres of the classics, historical fiction, medieval romance, poetry, fantasy, non-fiction and children’s literature. Relz Reviewz states in reference to Tamara Leigh’s ‘The Unveiling,“ her mellifluous tones, superb voicing of emotions in dialogue and varied and accurate accents of both male and female make her a pure joy to listen to,” while her narration of “A Lady in the Smoke,” was cited as, “masterly!” Classically trained at The Riverside Shakespeare Academy and The Royal Shakespeare Company, Sarah loves to get to the heart of words in order to release their power and finds great comfort in the beauty of stories to transform and speak to us.! Sarah loves the power of story telling to awaken our hearts. Says author Claudy Conn (Lady X), “Her acting is simply sublime.”
  Gah, I really liked this book! This is my second read in this series and I have to say that I liked this one so much more. But that’s probably because I’m more of a fan of this fairy tale that is being retold. Plus you just don’t see nearly as many Cinderella retellings!

What has me the most excited about this one is the setting! Both the change in setting from the original story and the history behind this new setting really work with the story! But even outside of this I love all of the nods to the original story along with the fresh and new take. And our heroine was just such a lovely character and oh so strong yet feminine. OH! And the fashion was on point! Much like you would imagine a Cinderella retelling to be!

Much like with the first book I read in this series, I really enjoyed reading this one as an audiobook. Since fairy tales were originally oral stories I think this type of story just works best as an audiobook. I mean we’re going back to the original manner in which they were told buut with a modern digitized twist! And isn’t that just a perfect full circle?
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*I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Demelza Carlton. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.*

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