I love a fairy tale. Not even kidding. Grimm, Perrault, heck even Tolkien. And through the years I have read many re-imaginings of those fairy tales that I consider my favorites. Here is V.M. Sawh adding to the genre with his Good tales for Bad Dreams: Cinders. This is the first in a series that I’m going to guess will circle around the Black House, a bawdy house. It will be hard to keep this review family friendly, as the story definitely isn’t. It leans toward an R rating, what with what all is happening in the Black House.
Rella, our Cinderella, is living in the Black House. Not by her own accord though. She was pulled from the streets, the promise of selling her innocence too great fro the “Stepmother” to ignore. Rella isn’t down with being a part of the debauchery that goes on in the Black House so she tries to escape, which only leads to her ultimate downfall.
I don’t want to go too into the plot, as well, spoilers. But what I can say is there are many elements to the original fairy tale are here. The cutting of the toes to fit the slipper. The clock striking midnight. The evil “stepsisters.” I found the ending to be a tab abrupt, but overall I enjoyed the story. I’d give it a solid four stars for sure. The writing is intelligent, which is really nice and I’m looking forward to reading the next installment, Anastasia, which can be found on Wattpad. Good Tales for bad Dreams: Cinders is on sale on Amazon
Author Bio : V.M. Sawh didn’t always know he was going to be a writer, but from the age
of six he’s been putting pen to paper, creating serialised fiction. Hailing
from the humid jungles of South America, Sawh crossed oceans to arrive on
Canada’s snow-covered shores at age nine. He continued writing, creating
serialised fiction year after year until he challenged himself to write a
novel. His first trilogy of novels was completed by age sixteen, but
despite encouragement from his Writer’s Craft professor, never published,
as the publishing industry was as intimidating then as it is today. He
continued writing poetry and fiction for the next decade and a half until
an open call for fairy-tale submissions changed everything
V.M. Sawh resides in a small town north of Toronto, with his beloved wife
and two cats. He continues to spin fairy tales that will haunt your dreams.