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Review: The Cinderella Theorem by Kristee Ravan

Series: The Lily Sparrow Chronicles, #1The Cinderella Theorem

Title: The Cinderella Theorem 

Author: Kristee Ravan

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Pages: 369

Date of Publication: May 2016 (orig: March 10th, 2014)

Rating: 4/5

My Review:

Using facts + logic = Lily Sparrow’s life.

Mathematics = Lily Sparrow’s favourite subject + her idea of fun.

This story = highly original!

Ok, so enough of the equations for a while at least . . . but you hopefully are getting the idea that this is a decidedly different story, with Lily Sparrow as the super logical, mathematics loving main character. She’s a fifteen year old who has been brought up to believe her father is dead but then learns that he’s actually the king of a fairy tale kingdom, with the awesome name of E. G. Smythe’s Salty Fire Land, one she is destined to rule and one where “the impossible is sometimes possible.” Now that contravenes all her logical processes – she’s never even been interested in fairy tales before but now gets to meet the characters from them and begins her training in how to keep these same characters happy – they all have to maintain their living happy ever after or their fairy tale and all the associated characters will disappear. Applying logic to help her actually causes more problems than it solves, so get ready for Lily to develop her Cinderella Theorem, testing it out and dealing with the consequences.

The story is written to appeal to folks who are ten years old and older and is packed with great characters, many of whom will be familiar if, unlike Lily, you know many fairy tales. There are villains as well as heroes and heroines and it is great to learn just why some of them became villains in the first place. It is an adventure as Lily tries to maintain her life in both the ‘normal’ world with school, friends and everything else involved whilst also participating in activities in the alternative world, learning how to help the citizens living there and use her experiences to help complete a school project, too. This is a very different story, one that I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend to anyone who likes something unusual with a sprinkle of magic and fairy tales to escape into. 

Great story + cliffhanger ending = I need the next book asap!

I received a free copy of this book via YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.

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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.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

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