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I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. All opinions are honest and my own.Midnight Wings: A Science Fiction Retelling of Cinderella Series: Rove City, #1, #1
by Ariele Sieling
Genres: Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Space
In El's fantasies, she pilots a fighter jet for the intergalactic fleet. In reality, she's a mechanic whose social grid ranking guarantees she'll never advance beyond the lowest grunt work, and a slave in all but name to her cruel and self-centered stepmother and stepsisters. The most she can hope for is a few stolen moments of happiness practicing on her sisters' flight simulators, or talking to the mysterious stranger she met on an illicit night of stargazing.
When the queen announces a competition to find new pilots for the fleet, El knows this is her chance to escape. But her stepmother will never let her compete—and then she learns that her new friend, the one person she thought she could trust, was hiding a secret that changes everything between them.
It's a good thing she has a lot more friends than she thinks she does.
Published by Amazon on November 16, 2019
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Midnight Wings by Ariele Sieling is a fun retelling of Cinderella. As someone who loves fairy-tale retellings but doesn’t read a lot of science fiction, I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
The elements of Cinderella were clearly there, but the protagonist, El, was her own. Not to mention that’s she’s a strong female lead. There was great character development throughout.
The sci-fi parts of the story were just as great. The author put a fun, unique twist on the fairy-tale that created a pretty cool world.
One complaint I have about this story was that it was too short. Not only did I was a little bit more, but it felt rushed. The story isn’t even 200 pages. As a novella, it’s fine but the pacing was still off. Even though the description and character development were well done, it felt as though everything was trying to be crammed within its pages.
Overall, it was a good read and I do recommend it to people who love fairy-tale retellings and/or science fiction.
Rating: 4/5 Coffee Cups
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Rachel Poli is an indie author, podcaster, and content writer working on her debut cozy mystery novel.
Although she favors mystery, Rachel is a multi-genre author with too many ideas and characters in her head, often experimenting with short stories and flash fiction.
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