book reviews, reading

Book Review: “Cold-Hearted” by Serena Valentino

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This was a great addition to the villain series that fit perfectly into the overall story. I read the Cruella story before this, and as good as it was I feel it didn’t fit as well. This had more to do with the story of the fairies and the Odd Sisters where Cruella did not. I really thought the explanation for Cruella’s jade earrings that seemed to make her crazy would be answered in this book because on the cover Lady Tremaine is wearing the same jade earrings. In the book Jade earrings were never referenced, but she does wear a jade brooch that was said to be cursed pirate treasure when her husband bought it for her. I’m guessing it was a part of the same pirate treasure and if they do a Captain Hook villain book in the future we might finally have that mystery figured out. Those are just my theories.

Lady Tremaine and her daughters were great characters! I loved how their story was so tragic you couldn’t help but feel sorry for them and understand why they were so terrible in Cinderella’s story. I love that the father who is not mentioned so much in Cinderella’s stories is the source of the stepmother and stepsisters misery and he is the reason they act out against Cinderella. This one did have a mostly happy ending, at least for the sisters, but I won’t spoil it. The story fit into the series as being read at the fairy council to change the law that fairies should only help would-be princesses. Nanny feels fairies should help everyone, even villains to save them from being villains. This story proved to the council that yes, that should be the new fairy law. Win for Nanny!

The only issues I found were grammatical, quite a few actually of misspellings or wrong words, which I was very surprised being a Disney book so far into a series. I thought Disney would have expensive top editors and proof readers combing this easy to read series, but there were five or more instances of wrong words used where you could tell it was a typo not corrected. Didn’t take me out of the story or bother me at all really, and I hate when people take an entire star off a rating just because of a few grammatical errors. We’re all human and we all make mistakes. Doesn’t make the book any less enjoyable in my opinion unless you truly can’t even understand what’s going on, which was not the case here. Make me feel a little better, actually, about my own typos in my books I publish. I don’t have fancy proof readers or editors to comb through my books, but reading this made me go, “Well, if Disney can’t even make their books error proof then I’m not going to beat myself up about my own few errors.” It was still wonderful!

If you’ve kept up with the entire series, then you should keep going with this one for sure! I’m excited to read more when they come out.

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