Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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I am going to start this by saying this isn't a DNF given out of intense dislike and hatred. This is given out of having different expectations from the book than it gave me.
Let me explain. Cinderella Ninja Warrior, one of the best titles ever by the way, is a Twisted Tale. A sort of Choose Your Own Adventure book. Or at least that it how I interpreted it. There are points in the story where you get to chose where it goes next, which to me is Choose Your Own Adventure. But there is only one ending. No matter what you decide, the book ends the same. Once I realized that my sails were deflated. I made it one more chapter before just giving up.
The book wasn't bad. A little too teenage angst perfect protagonist for my taste, but it was a different retelling of Cinderella.It was still the same general story but with magic and ninjas. If I were a preteen (the age group suggested for this book), I would have ate this up.
But alas I am not. I read it for the Choose Your Own Adventure aspects of it. I wanted to relive my Goosebumps days where I ended up a zombie or falling out of a window and there were bad endings and good endings. This isn't that. The destination is the same no matter what you do; it's just the journey that changes.
I ended up giving my copies of this and Sleeping Beauty Vampire Hunter to a coworker who has a preteen. I think she will love them.
On the topic of Choose Your Own Adventure books, do they make Chose Your Own Adventure books for adults? I would love that. Love it to pieces. I know my sister mentioned to me that there is a romance novel video game in Japan where she is teaching that is choose your own adventure, sort of. There are six guys and the choices you make determine who you end up with. It's super popular. Maybe I should just go find some Goosebumps...