Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Review: The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

A themed book tour through Prism Book Tours.

The Cinderella Theorem (The Lily Sparrow Chronicles)The Cinderella Theorem
(The Lily Sparrow Chronicles #1)
by Kristee Ravan
YA Urban Fantasy
Paperback, 367 pages
March 17th 2014

Fairy tales are naturally non-mathematical. That is a fact, and fifteen-year-old Lily Sparrow loves factual, mathematical logic. So when her mother confesses that Lily's deceased father is (a) not dead, (b) coming to dinner, and (c) the ruler of a fairy tale kingdom accessible through the upstairs bathtub, Lily clings to her math to help her make sense of this new double life (1 life in the real world + 1 secret life in the fairy tale world = a double life).

Even though it's not mathematical, Lily finds herself being pulled into a mystery involving an unhappy Cinderella, a greasy sycophant called Levi, and a slew of vanishing fairy tale characters. Racing against the clock, with a sound mathematical plan, Lily attempts to save her fairy tale friends while proving that normality = happiness.

My Review: I'm not into math, but I love fairy tales. I passed my math classes, but it's not my favorite subject, and I wasn't sure how a story about fairy tales could possibly tie into math. But it worked! I thought it was very creative and the story was even written in a math book-type of format--little side notes and footnotes. It was interesting to see the way a logical girl could come to accept a fantasy world--almost like right brain meets left brain.

Lily Sparrow spends the first fifteen years of her life believing that her father is dead. Imagine her shock when he appears on her birthday and she finds that her life is nothing like what she thought it was! Lily is very left-brained. She is analytical, factual, and likes things to be solvable. That doesn't leave her any room to entertain ideas about a whole new fantasy world, even though she's expected to one day take over.

Using her math skills and orderly mind, she goes on an adventure to help these fairy tale characters find happiness. The story is full of great characters.

One little note--I love fairy tales, as I mentioned before, but I haven't read many "real" versions. It's surprising at how depressing and gruesome they are. I really couldn't blame Lily for not knowing, and not wanting to know, the stories.

Content: no language; mild violence (not graphic); mild romance. Clean!

*I received a copy from the tour host in exchange for an honest review--thanks!*

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Kristee Ravan
Kristee Ravan lives in Oklahoma with her husband, daughter, and pet fish, Val (short for Valentine). She wanted to be many things as she grew up including a general, an artist, and an architect. But she never bothered to say, "I want to be a writer when I grow up." She was always writing stories and thought of herself as a writer anyway. She sent her first story to a publisher in the sixth grade. (It was rejected - in a nice way.) When she is not making up stories in her head, she enjoys reading, juggling, green smoothies, playing dollhouse with her daughter, and hearing from her fans. You can contact Kristee at the facebook page for her Lily Sparrow books: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles.

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5 copies of The Cinderella Theorem (print for US winners, ebook for international winners)
Ends August 31st 

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