The Ugly Stepsister Review

The Ugly Stepsister - Aya Ling

2/5 stars
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

“Honestly, we’ve met coincidentally so many times that it feels like I’m in a badly written novel. Oh wait, I actually am.”--This quote pretty much sums it up for me.

The best compliment I can find for this book is that it managed to still be entertaining after getting past some major annoyances.

Everyone was hot and she just HAD to point it out constantly:

“Six feet of pure unadulterated hotness. There was a slight accent in his voice, but that only made him sexier in my opinion.”

“Whoa…where did this walking personification of hotness come from?”

It gets old when every character is supposedly perfect looking except the main character. And then the girl on the cover is the main character and she is gorgeous as well. Excuse me while I roll my eyes.

I did not enjoy Kat for the most part. She acted like an annoying teenager, yes, she’s only seventeen but it got repetitive.

For some reason her constant book and movie references didn’t make me very happy. She says Lysander looks like Legolas. She solves a problem by recreating a magical item from Harry Potter. I should’ve been excited for the references but instead it felt cheap and almost lazy.

And the worst part of the story was the first person present tense. It made the story painful to read at times. Some people may enjoy the tense but I do not at all. It was actually amazing how enjoyable the writing was when the main character barely spoke. The rest of the time there was an overabundance of Is and it read more like a narration than an entertaining story.

Everyone else seemed to enjoy this story and I’m actually upset that I didn’t. I had such high hopes going into this one but it didn’t meet them.