When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.
I really have a soft spot for fairy tales. It might actually be a problem, but I refuse to acknowledge it. This book really was no different from the countless others that have wormed their way into that spot. The biggest problem that I had with this book was that it was rather predictable. There was the requisite handsome prince and the oppressed, but strikingly beautiful young woman. I liked Beryl a lot, but I felt that she was underdeveloped. I would have loved to have learned more about her in the book. The best part of the book was Dog the goat hands down. He was the perfect comic relief and never seemed out of place. Besides, he's a goat. How much cuter can you get? Seriously, I don't need any further explanation. Minus Dog, most of the characters were rather flat. They really weren't developed and undershot their potential. Despite everything, the tried and true plot flowed well. This isn't for anyone who's really looking for something different and fresh. However, if you're in the mood for a bit of fluff that you know will have a happy ending, then grab this one. It was fun, but nothing really extraordinary.