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A hidden princess is an obedient princess. On the shores of Madra, tradition is law. For Princess Helena Rhodipus, this means wearing masks to hide from common eyes. For the people, it means bowing down to a king who cares little for them.  Wanting to rid herself of the rules holding her back, Helena escapes into the city, unrecognizable without her mask.  She only wants a ta A hidden princess is an obedient princess. On the shores of Madra, tradition is law. For Princess Helena Rhodipus, this means wearing masks to hide from common eyes. For the people, it means bowing down to a king who cares little for them.  Wanting to rid herself of the rules holding her back, Helena escapes into the city, unrecognizable without her mask.  She only wants a taste of life outside her walls before returning to the only place she’s known, but she hadn’t counted on him.The boy who makes her forget about her brothers’ worries or her father’s wrath.  What if Dell is the freedom she’s been searching for her entire life? As she begins to believe it’s possible to be both princess and normal girl, the kingdom she loves is thrown into chaos, and her once-solid family shatters, proving they’d been made of glass all along. Dell Tenyson has nothing.  The unclaimed son of a dead merchant, he sleeps in the barn behind his step-mother’s grand house.  The life suits him. He only wants to get through each day and make it to the next.  Injured in a street fight, Dell wakes to find himself embroiled in a world of spies and plotting with an unknown girl right in the center of it.  He doesn’t know who she is or where she’s come from, but Dell vows to do whatever is necessary to protect her. Even if that means fighting in the halls of the palace or blowing apart the castle walls. Saving princes or battling raging fires.  A coup is coming to Madra, a battle for the kingdom’s very soul.  Maybe winning doesn’t mean saving the crown, but only surviving its fall.  Inspired by the Cinderella story, this is the fairytale as you've never seen it before.  Glass Kingdom is book one in a duology that is part of the Fantasy and Fairytales series.  Fantasy and Fairytales: Golden Curse  Golden Chains Golden Crown Glass Kingdom


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A hidden princess is an obedient princess. On the shores of Madra, tradition is law. For Princess Helena Rhodipus, this means wearing masks to hide from common eyes. For the people, it means bowing down to a king who cares little for them.  Wanting to rid herself of the rules holding her back, Helena escapes into the city, unrecognizable without her mask.  She only wants a ta A hidden princess is an obedient princess. On the shores of Madra, tradition is law. For Princess Helena Rhodipus, this means wearing masks to hide from common eyes. For the people, it means bowing down to a king who cares little for them.  Wanting to rid herself of the rules holding her back, Helena escapes into the city, unrecognizable without her mask.  She only wants a taste of life outside her walls before returning to the only place she’s known, but she hadn’t counted on him.The boy who makes her forget about her brothers’ worries or her father’s wrath.  What if Dell is the freedom she’s been searching for her entire life? As she begins to believe it’s possible to be both princess and normal girl, the kingdom she loves is thrown into chaos, and her once-solid family shatters, proving they’d been made of glass all along. Dell Tenyson has nothing.  The unclaimed son of a dead merchant, he sleeps in the barn behind his step-mother’s grand house.  The life suits him. He only wants to get through each day and make it to the next.  Injured in a street fight, Dell wakes to find himself embroiled in a world of spies and plotting with an unknown girl right in the center of it.  He doesn’t know who she is or where she’s come from, but Dell vows to do whatever is necessary to protect her. Even if that means fighting in the halls of the palace or blowing apart the castle walls. Saving princes or battling raging fires.  A coup is coming to Madra, a battle for the kingdom’s very soul.  Maybe winning doesn’t mean saving the crown, but only surviving its fall.  Inspired by the Cinderella story, this is the fairytale as you've never seen it before.  Glass Kingdom is book one in a duology that is part of the Fantasy and Fairytales series.  Fantasy and Fairytales: Golden Curse  Golden Chains Golden Crown Glass Kingdom

30 review for Glass Kingdom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Holy shit. Review to come! Read this book. Now.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mandie

    This book an amazing addition to an exceptionally wonderful series! It was beautifully written. I absolutely loved every minute of it!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I received an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The way the author modified the original fairytale is very unique, and a lot of thought went into the world. I personally found it hard to “ship” the main couple because their interactions with each other weren’t very convincing for me, and about half way through I started feeling like a lot of the characters were interchangeable in their personalities and speaking styles. Regardless of this, it was a fun read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Erin Gossman

    I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I never expected what was in store for me in this book. I clapped my hand over my mouth more than once, and my attention never faltered from the book. I am very interested in seeing what is to come in book two. The story had so many twists and turns, I have no idea how the author came up with the storyline, but I greatly admire her for it. I love the strength, courage, and love each of the loyal royal “children”, Edmund, & Dell hold, and the love for his si I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I never expected what was in store for me in this book. I clapped my hand over my mouth more than once, and my attention never faltered from the book. I am very interested in seeing what is to come in book two. The story had so many twists and turns, I have no idea how the author came up with the storyline, but I greatly admire her for it. I love the strength, courage, and love each of the loyal royal “children”, Edmund, & Dell hold, and the love for his sister that Cole holds. A must read Cinderella retelling in my opinion. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Arceli

    *I have received an ARC in exchange for an honest review What an amazing retelling of Cinderella! The world building and everything about this novel is super unique. I was sucked into the world from the very first page. I loved, loved the heroine and characters. I liked the action and how it blended into perfectly into the novel. In addition, I liked that the romance was secondary. There is very little of it, and it instead focuses on the heroine's journey to greatness. I highly recommend readin *I have received an ARC in exchange for an honest review What an amazing retelling of Cinderella! The world building and everything about this novel is super unique. I was sucked into the world from the very first page. I loved, loved the heroine and characters. I liked the action and how it blended into perfectly into the novel. In addition, I liked that the romance was secondary. There is very little of it, and it instead focuses on the heroine's journey to greatness. I highly recommend reading this novel! It has a good fantasy and high adventure feel that is a great standalone.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Turk

    A Wonderful Cinderella Retelling!!👑✨👠👠 Princess Helena is the 2nd oldest child of the King & Queen of Madra. She always adored her Father but as her 18th Name Day approaches she finally starts to resent how bound her entire life has been and she's realising it will always be that way!!😢 Her whole life, only her immediate family & a very select few have ever seen her face. Even in the Palace - her home - she is forbidden to be looked upon until her official unveiling which is after a Ball where sh A Wonderful Cinderella Retelling!!👑✨👠👠 Princess Helena is the 2nd oldest child of the King & Queen of Madra. She always adored her Father but as her 18th Name Day approaches she finally starts to resent how bound her entire life has been and she's realising it will always be that way!!😢 Her whole life, only her immediate family & a very select few have ever seen her face. Even in the Palace - her home - she is forbidden to be looked upon until her official unveiling which is after a Ball where she is supposed to choose her husband!!🙈 She has to wear a mask at all times and isn't allowed outside of the Palace Grounds, Ever!!😱 If she disobey's these laws she can be removed from being 2nd In line to the throne and be thrown In prison 😲😭 In a small bid for some freedom & to get a feel for the people that her family owe everything to, their subjects. Helena disguises herself as a boy and sneaks out of the Palace through hidden tunnels!!😎 She finds herself in the town surrounded by hustle & bustle. It's exciting, new and daunting. She's shocked by the amount of poverty she sees, it disgusts her when she considers the excess & wastage that occurs at the Palace. She's finally beginning to understand what her Mother & her brother Estevan have often spoken to her about regarding taxes, war and the cost it's having on their people!!😢😢 She's close to all 4 of her brothers but Prince Estevan, 1st in line to the throne, has always showed her his kind heart that he hides from everyone else, especially their Father! She's coming to wonder how her Mother ever fell in love with him?😟😥 Dell was the illegitimate son of the Kingdoms most powerful merchant. When his beloved Mother died his Father gladly took him in, but when he then died too his Step family treated him as a servant. He was made to sleep in the stable with the animals! They're vile to him 😟 He enjoys boxing, well getting into fights, he's usually pretty good. Its during a street fight that Ambassador Edmund steps in to stop a hulking brut from killing him, it's not the first time he's protected him from trouble of some sort either! This is the first time Dell and Princess Helena meet but it certainly won't be the last 😉💕🙌 This story gripped me from the first page. It's full of oppression, heartache, loss, greed and betrayal but also hope, friendship, compassion, loyalty and love!!💕 It flowed so seamlessly from scene to scene. I was especially excited & happy when I discovered Edmund, one of my favourite characters from the Persinette & Alex Rapunzel books in this Series, was in this book too 😍😎 I'd thoroughly recommend Glass Kingdom. It continues to build on the World we were introduced to via the Golden Curse: Fantasy & Fairy tales Series. 🌎 Captivating escapism with a potential romance is always a welcome read for me!! 😃💘 I can't wait for book #2 🎉 Debbie, 1970, UK

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julith Perry

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. If you're looking for something easy & short to read, this is your book! Loved the characters, Sev is my favorite! The female characters were strong and I loved seeing that, specially the Queen Mother, she was everything! I want more of her story! The whole mask part was really intriguing, I really liked that we got to see the effects it had on the main character, Helena. I cannot wait to see what happens next with this story! Hoping we see some happy endings! If you're looking for something easy & short to read, this is your book! Loved the characters, Sev is my favorite! The female characters were strong and I loved seeing that, specially the Queen Mother, she was everything! I want more of her story! The whole mask part was really intriguing, I really liked that we got to see the effects it had on the main character, Helena. I cannot wait to see what happens next with this story! Hoping we see some happy endings!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    This book probably deserves more than a two, but after also just having read and rated Stalking Jack the Ripper as a 3... eh, this book definitely wasn't as good. The idea was golden. It had the potential to be so cute. A Cinderella story with the roles reversed? So cute. I would have read in a heart beat, just not the version I just read. It just felt like the author had a few scenes in mind that she really wanted in there, and so to get the characters to that point they just let go of all logi This book probably deserves more than a two, but after also just having read and rated Stalking Jack the Ripper as a 3... eh, this book definitely wasn't as good. The idea was golden. It had the potential to be so cute. A Cinderella story with the roles reversed? So cute. I would have read in a heart beat, just not the version I just read. It just felt like the author had a few scenes in mind that she really wanted in there, and so to get the characters to that point they just let go of all logic. They just had very loose, non-convincing reasons for doing things. More specifically in regards to the romance. And definitely more so in the first half of the book. It was like the author needed to force a connection between the two characters so they'd have a reason to fight for each other so fiercely in the end. And even then, I didn't feel like Del had enough of a reason to go back for the princess in the end, they still barely knew each other. There just seemed to be a lot of plot holes for the sake of making what happened happen. The book was interesting enough for me to finish it... but I'm not sure if I'll feel compelled to read the second. I don't think I ended up caring about these characters enough to keep going. I did love the connection Helena had with her brothers though. And with Edmund. As someone who has a close relationship with my own siblings, I love seeing that in others.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Fowler

    Unfortunately this one was not for me.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Saundra Wright

    M. Lynn has lent her special magic to another fairy tale and the reader wins the prize. Read the True Story of Cinderella as only Ms. Lynn could bring her to life. Building on the realm from her Rapunzel series, the reader enters the homeland of the Madran Mercenaries and meet the intriguing rulers. Each country in the series to date has had a totally different political climate. Open the book and see what awaits in Madra! Helena is the Madran Princess. One would think it a perfect life, except i M. Lynn has lent her special magic to another fairy tale and the reader wins the prize. Read the True Story of Cinderella as only Ms. Lynn could bring her to life. Building on the realm from her Rapunzel series, the reader enters the homeland of the Madran Mercenaries and meet the intriguing rulers. Each country in the series to date has had a totally different political climate. Open the book and see what awaits in Madra! Helena is the Madran Princess. One would think it a perfect life, except in Madra, a Princess may not show her face until after her name day, at eighteen, when she is introduced to the public with a lavish ball, at which she is to choose a husband. In reality that husband would be the choice of her father, the King! Helena is not the only royal child. Her parents have also two sons, Helena’s older and much younger brothers. Then there are the bastard Princes, twin brothers fathered by the King. So Helena is surrounded by family. She lives vicariously through her brothers, each of whom she loves dearly, but what she longs for is real freedom. Madra is an unhappy kingdom. Their armies are sent to form allegiances with other lands, pulling families apart and taking labor that is needed at home. The coffers are nearly depleted by the King’s obsession with war, while he ignores the plight of his people. The week of her name day ball, Helena escapes the palace for the first time in her life and ventures into the city. No one has seen her face, so none can recognize her as the Princess, but as a disguise she wears her younger brother’s clothes, presenting herself as a boy. It is the first time Helena has seen the conditions that most of her people live with daily, the hunger, poverty. She is appalled at the expense of the ball to be held for her when there is so much need. What will happen with Princess Helena? Will her father choose a husband of her liking? Will Helena be able to find a way to help her people? I was gifted a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Seraphia

    All Princess Helena has wanted is some freedom. To break from the strict traditions that rule her kingdom. So, she sneaks away to the city just so that she can be free for a moment and not have to "hide" behind a mask forced on her by her father, the priests, and tradition. She just doesn't expect to encounter Dell who changes everything for her. He's different, he's free but not. What Helena doesn't know is that danger is crouching at her door and soon her entire world will be thrown into chaos All Princess Helena has wanted is some freedom. To break from the strict traditions that rule her kingdom. So, she sneaks away to the city just so that she can be free for a moment and not have to "hide" behind a mask forced on her by her father, the priests, and tradition. She just doesn't expect to encounter Dell who changes everything for her. He's different, he's free but not. What Helena doesn't know is that danger is crouching at her door and soon her entire world will be thrown into chaos and that it will be one she trusted most who will betray them all. Glass Kingdom by M. Lynn is the first book that I have read by this author and I absolutely LOVED it!!! At first I was wondering where the story would do a Cinderella tie-in, but as I read this book I quickly forgot about this and became engrossed in Helena's story. I couldn't put this book down! I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next. Helena had me on the edge of her seat with her acts of rebellion and need for moments of freedom. There were moments of where I wanted to shake her because she was taking more serious risks and not thinking through the consequences or the extent of her father's rage. I felt so deeply for Dell and his circumstances as well. He didn't ask for the life that he was forced to lead or the family that he found himself bound to. The storytelling is beautifully done and yes, the Cinderella tie in is there. It just took me a bit to realize this as I was swallowed up by the story I forgot until a key point. Haha! There isn't much that I don't like about this story. I have to admit that I quickly came to despise the king as I felt he needed a good smack. It's like he had no sense. You'll quickly hate the evil step-family, so just get ready. I especially despise Ian but he's not the only one. If you're looking for a great fantasy story that is also a classic-retelling then grab this book up! The ending is heartbreaking, but it holds hope, too. I'm more than eager for the next book in this series. This book is absolutely a must-read! 5 stars hands down!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    This novel was unreal and such a quick read. This Cinderella inspired novel is so unique... I am so glad that I read this novel!!! Firstly, I need to mention this cover. It is beyond gorgeous. I feel like it really embodies this story; with beauty, betrayal and secrets. Secondly these characters...Helena, Stev, Edmund, Dell...so many wonderful characters and relationships throughout this story. I thoroughly enjoyed that each character really was their own. They all had their own voices and motiv This novel was unreal and such a quick read. This Cinderella inspired novel is so unique... I am so glad that I read this novel!!! Firstly, I need to mention this cover. It is beyond gorgeous. I feel like it really embodies this story; with beauty, betrayal and secrets. Secondly these characters...Helena, Stev, Edmund, Dell...so many wonderful characters and relationships throughout this story. I thoroughly enjoyed that each character really was their own. They all had their own voices and motives and thoughts. Seeing the struggles of all during this novel was hard to read at times because Helena is so stifled in just living and being a woman. I really want to see her go to Cana and learn more from her mother's people, to become an assassin and really learn everything her mother wanted to be able to teach her but never could due to the Laws and Priests of Madra. There were moments in this novel that had me blushing, laughing, crying and really shocked me because I did not expect certain things to happen. My most favourite part of this novel really was Helena's relationship with her brothers and how she was raised around all boys, and how special she is to each of them. Honestly, I love all the brothers and I hope Quinn is more in the following novel. This was my first novel within this world but I'm addicted. I hope there is a novel about Queen Chloe prior to becoming married to the King of Madra. Cana sounds very intriguing. "But there was a distinct difference between the ones always trying to keep you safe and the ones who gave you a reason to take risks". This was my first introduction to this world, but it will not be my last adventure with these characters and this land. I cannot wait for the next installment and to circle back and read the prior three novels.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Janine

    A male Cinderella, that was certainly an interesting approach. As this is a Spin-Off to the Golden trilogy, which I recommend to read before Glass Kingdom if you planned to give it a shot anyway, the world is the same, but we are now observing the happenings in the Madran kingdom. Their customs are pretty fascinating even though they come with a lot of conflicts and problems. One of them is that the princess has to wear a mask until the ball is held where she is supposed to "choose" a husband. No A male Cinderella, that was certainly an interesting approach. As this is a Spin-Off to the Golden trilogy, which I recommend to read before Glass Kingdom if you planned to give it a shot anyway, the world is the same, but we are now observing the happenings in the Madran kingdom. Their customs are pretty fascinating even though they come with a lot of conflicts and problems. One of them is that the princess has to wear a mask until the ball is held where she is supposed to "choose" a husband. Nobody is to see Len but her family. This leads to some entertaining misunderstandings. There is much more to discover, even some bits and pieces of magic. The most intriguing part of the book though were the characters. I adored them, especially the royal siblings. I could feel their love for each other. They would go through fire and more. It was really touching. Dell has found his way into my heart as well. He is so strong, a bit lost at first, but with the help of our dear, beloved Edmund, he finally gets something he can fight for, a purpose in life. I have been pleasantly surprised that we get to meet Edmund again. He has been one of my favourites. Now I do hope that he will get his happy ending, too, because things ended on a pretty devastating note in general. This kind of betrayal ... I've been so angry I wanted to throw the book at the wall. Obviously, I couldn't do that because you should never mistreat books like that. Now I am very frustrated because there is no other outlet than reading the sequel which will hopefully end in happily ever after. But the sequel is not here yet, sigh. Until then, I can at least recommend this book to you if you love fairytales just as much as I do.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Teralyn Mitchell

    ***I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*** This book was so good. I mean M. Lynn has this way of twisting fairytales but still keeping the core principles that you love. She makes them truly her own and creates characters you fall in love with and cannot help rooting for. Most characters annoy me to no end and make me roll my eyes at their antics but M. Lynn has characters I cannot help but fall in love with. I loved Helena from the very beginning and co ***I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*** This book was so good. I mean M. Lynn has this way of twisting fairytales but still keeping the core principles that you love. She makes them truly her own and creates characters you fall in love with and cannot help rooting for. Most characters annoy me to no end and make me roll my eyes at their antics but M. Lynn has characters I cannot help but fall in love with. I loved Helena from the very beginning and continued to like her throughout the story. I loved her fierceness and how she tried to break free of the traditions and cage she'd been stuffed into her whole life. I loved that she had brothers who loved her and cared for her and a mother who thought things that you wouldn't expect a princess to know. She was complex but loved her family so very much. I loved Dell's infectious personality and how he was also trying to find his freedom from his cruel family. The two of them together was nice. I loved how it was a slow-burn romance and they really started out as friends. I was so happy to see Edmund in this book. I love Edmund and he's one of my favorite characters. Stev was an amazing big brother who cared for his siblings and kingdom. I also liked seeing a toned down and different Camille as well. That ending was very unexpected. I did not see what was going on until the very end when it was meant to be revealed. I cannot believe the level of betrayal that was present in Madra. I thought Gaule had problems but the problems of Madra are deep-seated and personal. I cannot wait to read Glass Princess and see how everything works out for Helena, Dell, and Madra. This second book is going to explosive and so good. I can already tell.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book was amazing. I couldn't believe how much I ended up liking this book. The first things that drew me in was the cover, it's absolutely beautiful. Then I saw that it was a twist on a fairy tale and I was like oh my god yes I'm so down for this. When I first started reading I was hooked. The flow of this book is great and the characters are to die for. This book is part of a series but you don't have to read the rest of I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book was amazing. I couldn't believe how much I ended up liking this book. The first things that drew me in was the cover, it's absolutely beautiful. Then I saw that it was a twist on a fairy tale and I was like oh my god yes I'm so down for this. When I first started reading I was hooked. The flow of this book is great and the characters are to die for. This book is part of a series but you don't have to read the rest of them to understand this book which is amazing. I love being able to jump right into a book without worrying about whether I'll understand what's going on. The main character is my one of my favorites. She's the princess of the kingdom and by tradition she's not allowed to leave the palace or be seen without her mask on until she is married. Helena is rebel and goes out to see her kingdom for herself. She's such a kind a caring girl. She's the perfect princess who wants what's right for her people. I loved almost all of her family there's a few people I hate and there's a few of them that I love more than the rest. I love how this book does have some characters from the LGBT community. The author does a great job introducing this into the characters identities and she does make a big deal out of it. I hate when authors make it a huge deal and throw in your face over and over that a character is gay. M. Lynn did a great job. The plot of this book is amazing. It's told by two point of views, Helena the princess and Dell the bastard child of wealth merchant who has passed some time ago. Dell is treated as slave to his step mother and step brothers. He works the stables and cleans the merchant's ships. I love how there's a hint of romance in this book but it's not over powering. The plot twist in this book killed me. I couldn't handle it. This book reminded me so much of The Kiss of Deception and I was so happy to get such strong and independent characters again. I definitely need to read more books by this author soon.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Marin

    In the kingdom of Madra, tradition is the same thing as law. For Princess Helena Rhodipus, tradition means that she has to wear masks to hide her face from common eyes. For the people, it means bowing to a king who cares little for them and does almost nothing to help their survival. Wanting a bit of freedom and to rid herself of the many rules holding her back, at least for a little while, Helena escapes into the city, completely unrecognizable without her masks. All she wants is a small taste In the kingdom of Madra, tradition is the same thing as law. For Princess Helena Rhodipus, tradition means that she has to wear masks to hide her face from common eyes. For the people, it means bowing to a king who cares little for them and does almost nothing to help their survival. Wanting a bit of freedom and to rid herself of the many rules holding her back, at least for a little while, Helena escapes into the city, completely unrecognizable without her masks. All she wants is a small taste of life outside the palace walls. She hadn't counted on meeting him, the boy who can make her forget all of her responsibilities, even her brothers' worries for her and her father's wrath. Is Dell the freedom that she's searched for her entire life? Just as she's beginning to feel it's possible for her to be both a normal girl and the princess, the kingdom she loves is thrown into chaos and her once-solid family shatters, proving that both were made of nothing but glass. Dell Tennyson has nothing. He's the unclaimed son of a dead merchant, sleeping in the barn of his stepmother's grand house. After being injured in a street fight, Dell awakens to find himself drawn into a world of spies and plotting, with an unknown girl right at the heart of it all. He doesn't know who she is or where she came from but Dell vows to do anything necessary to keep her safe, even if that means fighting in the halls of the palace or battling raging fires. A coup is coming to Madra and it will be a battle for the very soul of the kingdom. But, maybe winning doesn't mean saving the crown but surviving the fall. This was such an imaginative new take on the Cinderella story and I enjoyed it a great deal! It was interesting to get to know another of the Kingdoms that make up the universe first introduced in the Golden Curse. Each kingdom has proven to be unique, flawed, and glorious in their own individual ways, and Madra managed to uphold this pattern. The descriptions of the kingdom and its people are incredibly well written and you can almost see everything happening. I also enjoyed getting to know a new cast of characters, while getting to visit with some of my favorites from the previous books in the series. I'm so glad that the author decided to continue writing in this universe as the books are incredibly well written and imaginative and I know there's a lot more to explore here. I'd like to thank M. Lynn for providing me with an electronic copy of this book. I understand that receiving it in this manner doesn't obligate me to leave a positive review and all opinions expressed within my review are entirely my own.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Vanadia Davis

    This was a great continuation of the series. It follows a different set of main characters but has some, particularly Edmund, from the original cast. Helena, also known as Len, is a great heroine. I loved her fire and her overall growth from sheltered naive princess to fierce protector. Dell was a great character who had to figure out his own place and loyalty. Edmund was as fantastic in this book as in the others. As far as world building, there was plenty of detail given to build Madra with ti This was a great continuation of the series. It follows a different set of main characters but has some, particularly Edmund, from the original cast. Helena, also known as Len, is a great heroine. I loved her fire and her overall growth from sheltered naive princess to fierce protector. Dell was a great character who had to figure out his own place and loyalty. Edmund was as fantastic in this book as in the others. As far as world building, there was plenty of detail given to build Madra with tie-ins to the other kingdoms we already know from the other books to really solidify the "world" they inhabit. I loved how the Cinderella lore was placed throughout the story in original ways. It was not a retelling. I was not shocked at any of the surprising reveals, however, they fit the story and didn't really have to be shocking to still make for good reading. I am eagerly anticipating the continuation to this story. Highly recommend. I would recommend you read the first 3 books in the series (Golden Curse, Golden Chains, Golden Crown) first for full comprehension (they will be spoiled if you start here).

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    This book was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every little bit of it. I couldn't stop myself from reading this and finished it in a day (goodbye, lost sleep)! Even though this book is listed as #4 in "Fantasy and Fairytales", it's more of a book #1 of its own series. I do recommend reading the first three Rapunzel books first as this book heavily references them, but this book focuses on completely different characters and plot. In my opinion, this book can be read on its own, but it'll be better This book was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every little bit of it. I couldn't stop myself from reading this and finished it in a day (goodbye, lost sleep)! Even though this book is listed as #4 in "Fantasy and Fairytales", it's more of a book #1 of its own series. I do recommend reading the first three Rapunzel books first as this book heavily references them, but this book focuses on completely different characters and plot. In my opinion, this book can be read on its own, but it'll be better understood if the Rapunzel books were read first. I love the characters of this book, and I'm SO happy that we still get the characters of the Rapunzel books. I would have missed them too much otherwise! Edmund, as with the Rapunzel books, is a prominent side character and is ever more lovable. The main characters Len and Dell are so lively and likeable. Even though this is classified as a "Cinderella story", it is definitely outside the box and goes against the conventional Cinderella story. I recommend going into this book with an open mind, NOT thinking about Cinderella, because it really isn't. It's better!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Candy Smith

    I don't what happened to the review I thought I wrote bc I couldn't find it on here or Goodreads, I'm starting to think I wrote it in a dream. I've been known to go to sleep after finishing a book thinking about what I'd wanted to say about it and then it follows me into my dreams lol. Glass Kingdom is definitely a story that lived on in my thoughts well after iit ended. I was intrigued from the beginning and enjoyed all the different aspects of the story from the retelling aspects to the politi I don't what happened to the review I thought I wrote bc I couldn't find it on here or Goodreads, I'm starting to think I wrote it in a dream. I've been known to go to sleep after finishing a book thinking about what I'd wanted to say about it and then it follows me into my dreams lol. Glass Kingdom is definitely a story that lived on in my thoughts well after iit ended. I was intrigued from the beginning and enjoyed all the different aspects of the story from the retelling aspects to the political aspects. It's a thought provoking story of a Princess trapped in her own prison invoked by the priest who essentially are the real rulers of the Kingdom, a boy forced into servitude to his stepmother and brothers whose only worry is social status, and a kingdom on the brink of falling. So when Princess disguised as a peasant collides with boy who feels like he must protect her things can get a bit messy especially when both are hiding their true identity. Romance,royalty, friendship,betrayal,and a crumbling Kingdom wrapped up in a twisted Cinderella story. And the story isn't over yet,can't wait for book 2!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Blaire Hammond

    GLASS KINGDOM BY M. LYNN SPOILER FREE REVIEW. *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review* I truly love retellings. There's just something magical and whimsical about them that draws you in completely. And this book was no exception. It was such a fun and beautiful retelling of Cinderella. I loved reading it so much - it was incredibly unique and enjoyable! The worldbuilding was fantastic and had me addicted from the get go. I couldn't put this book down it was honestly GLASS KINGDOM BY M. LYNN SPOILER FREE REVIEW. *I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review* I truly love retellings. There's just something magical and whimsical about them that draws you in completely. And this book was no exception. It was such a fun and beautiful retelling of Cinderella. I loved reading it so much - it was incredibly unique and enjoyable! The worldbuilding was fantastic and had me addicted from the get go. I couldn't put this book down it was honestly that wonderful. I gave it a 4.5 out of 5 stars as a result! The main character was well developed and truly just an amazing character that I loved reading and learning about! I also really liked getting to know the other characters in the story as well. I really loved that this novel focused on the heroine rather than the romance as much as well. It was refreshing and really made the story that much more empowering and thus drew me in even more. I adored this book and highly recommend it! I can't wait to read more from this author!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    Received this book for an ARC. It begins with a girl who must wear a mask because of some tradition. She longs to be free, but must wait for her birthday and a betrothal to do so. We also meet a boy who is an outcast to his family, so much so that no one knew his surname. Under the cover of no mask, dressed as a commoner boy, the two meet. Their lives have now begun a perilous journey as a kingdom comes to a precipice, some call it the glass kingdom. I loved the story of Cinderella meets a maske Received this book for an ARC. It begins with a girl who must wear a mask because of some tradition. She longs to be free, but must wait for her birthday and a betrothal to do so. We also meet a boy who is an outcast to his family, so much so that no one knew his surname. Under the cover of no mask, dressed as a commoner boy, the two meet. Their lives have now begun a perilous journey as a kingdom comes to a precipice, some call it the glass kingdom. I loved the story of Cinderella meets a masked zorro with the story of Anastasia mixed in. So many elements but a simple enjoyable read. I recommend it for all those who love a new twist to a classic fairytale, an attraction between two characters, and a plot twist of the worst betrayal. I can’t wait for the next book!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Britt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is a delightful Cinderella retelling, with a twist. I found the gender bend to be refreshing, breathing life into a popular storyline. This is book four in the series, but I read it before previously tackling the first three books without any issues. Dell is a character that caught my attention immediately. His general attitude and humor had me eagerly waiting for his part in the plot. I appreciate that the royal siblings were not the stereotypical family that we see in YA literature. First This is a delightful Cinderella retelling, with a twist. I found the gender bend to be refreshing, breathing life into a popular storyline. This is book four in the series, but I read it before previously tackling the first three books without any issues. Dell is a character that caught my attention immediately. His general attitude and humor had me eagerly waiting for his part in the plot. I appreciate that the royal siblings were not the stereotypical family that we see in YA literature. First due to how many children of the crown there are and second that they have a deep love for one another, expressing their sentiment through affection or protection often. The mother/queen adds an interesting element as a side character which also reflects on the princess. The king is...not very popular and for solid reason. With a wild and suspenseful ending I am longing for the continuation of this story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yolonda Sweitzer

    This book was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every little bit of it. As Cinderella is one of my favorite stories from childhood, I couldn’t wait to dive into this retelling! Not knowing what to fully expect when I received this book as an ARC, all I can say is WOW! If you pick it up you will not be disappointed. I loved how it became a Cinderella + Mask of Zorro kind of story. I fell in love with Len and Dell from the second they met, and I will never stop rooting for them! I have to be honest, I This book was absolutely amazing. I enjoyed every little bit of it. As Cinderella is one of my favorite stories from childhood, I couldn’t wait to dive into this retelling! Not knowing what to fully expect when I received this book as an ARC, all I can say is WOW! If you pick it up you will not be disappointed. I loved how it became a Cinderella + Mask of Zorro kind of story. I fell in love with Len and Dell from the second they met, and I will never stop rooting for them! I have to be honest, I didn't see that plot twist—a rare experience for me as a writer myself—I cannot wait to see what the sequel will bring. This is the first work by this author I have read and I'm looking forward to reading a whole lot more.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Georgia

    I received a free copy for an honest review. I read this book because I loved the Golden Curse series and I missed the world that it encompassed. Although Etta will always be my main girl, I loved Len. She had spunk and she was fierce. I have no doubt in my mind that in the coming books, she will grow to be as mighty and awesome as Etta. Her connection with Dell was cute. I can't wait until that grows as well. I hope it does. This book made me love Edmund. He had my respect in the previous books I received a free copy for an honest review. I read this book because I loved the Golden Curse series and I missed the world that it encompassed. Although Etta will always be my main girl, I loved Len. She had spunk and she was fierce. I have no doubt in my mind that in the coming books, she will grow to be as mighty and awesome as Etta. Her connection with Dell was cute. I can't wait until that grows as well. I hope it does. This book made me love Edmund. He had my respect in the previous books but he shined even more in this one. That boy deserves all the breaks and more. Kass is so adorable that I'd read the next book just for him. This book was a crazy ride with intrigue, betrayal, multiple love stories going on at once. I cannot wait for the next book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sami K-dom

    Better than expected This was better than I had expected. The character development, plot, climax, ect is entertaining, but I caught myself skipping paragraphs. The fighting, rebellion, the action scenes were missing something... almost like "what it could be" was hidden just a few inches below the surface... there were moments where I felt the rhythm build and then it would just fall flat - almost like the author was either rushed or being "safe." I say this, but the story is a good one & I love Better than expected This was better than I had expected. The character development, plot, climax, ect is entertaining, but I caught myself skipping paragraphs. The fighting, rebellion, the action scenes were missing something... almost like "what it could be" was hidden just a few inches below the surface... there were moments where I felt the rhythm build and then it would just fall flat - almost like the author was either rushed or being "safe." I say this, but the story is a good one & I loved the spin on Cinderella being a man and can see great potential now that the foundation is set for the next couple of books. Hopefully, she nails the same formula & depth as the first half of this series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Estien Slabbert

    Literally read it from start to finish in one sitting This was such an exciting and riveting story that as soon as i read the first line i was hooked. Lena and Del were such a fresh breeze after the longsuffering i experienced with etta and alex of the first three books in yhis series. Im a little sad about Edmunds frivolities regarding his love life. Although i initially found him to be my favourite character due to his steadfast presence in the book, he reminds me now of a teenage girl declaring Literally read it from start to finish in one sitting This was such an exciting and riveting story that as soon as i read the first line i was hooked. Lena and Del were such a fresh breeze after the longsuffering i experienced with etta and alex of the first three books in yhis series. Im a little sad about Edmunds frivolities regarding his love life. Although i initially found him to be my favourite character due to his steadfast presence in the book, he reminds me now of a teenage girl declaring her undying love to any boy that looks her way. Anyway, a little vent to get that out of my system. Cant wait to read the next one, although i first have to catch up on some work and sleep 😉

  27. 5 out of 5

    kelly schafer

    Can I tell you how much I love this book ??? I LOVE IT. I started and finished the book in less than an day. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. This was the first book I’ve read by the author, and will absolutely be going back to read more. The characters were relatable and their interactions well written. I throughly enjoyed how this was a backwards telling of Cinderella, where there is already a princess and the “peasant” is the one being enchanted. The plot twists were ones I didn’t Can I tell you how much I love this book ??? I LOVE IT. I started and finished the book in less than an day. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. This was the first book I’ve read by the author, and will absolutely be going back to read more. The characters were relatable and their interactions well written. I throughly enjoyed how this was a backwards telling of Cinderella, where there is already a princess and the “peasant” is the one being enchanted. The plot twists were ones I didn’t see coming and that is a rare experience for me while reading. If I could give more than 5 stars I would ! Highly recommended read !

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ioana

    *I have received an Arc in exchange for an honest review Wow! I have to say this is one of my favorite retelling of Cinderella. It has everything it should and more. The plot is well thought, the characters are well developed. I really liked that the author put the romance on a secondary plane. Helen is a strong female lead, saving herself and others, not waiting like a damsel in distress. Dell is there to complement Helen strengths and weakness and they are well matched pair. And Edmund. Oh, Edmu *I have received an Arc in exchange for an honest review Wow! I have to say this is one of my favorite retelling of Cinderella. It has everything it should and more. The plot is well thought, the characters are well developed. I really liked that the author put the romance on a secondary plane. Helen is a strong female lead, saving herself and others, not waiting like a damsel in distress. Dell is there to complement Helen strengths and weakness and they are well matched pair. And Edmund. Oh, Edmund.... My heart broke for him. I cannot wait to read the sequel. That being said (ok, written) I truly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an amazing story!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Elle Madison

    Wow... This was Cinderella like I’ve never read it before! I am completely blown away by M. Lynn’s creative take on this classic. There was adventure and intrigue and chaos and romance and everything else you could possibly want. I love how both Dell and Len grow as characters, everything about them is believable and lovable. I didn’t want this book to end! The last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t stop reading, needing to know what would happen next. The villains were evil Wow... This was Cinderella like I’ve never read it before! I am completely blown away by M. Lynn’s creative take on this classic. There was adventure and intrigue and chaos and romance and everything else you could possibly want. I love how both Dell and Len grow as characters, everything about them is believable and lovable. I didn’t want this book to end! The last few chapters had me on the edge of my seat, I couldn’t stop reading, needing to know what would happen next. The villains were evil but also somewhat relatable. It’s great when you have a villain whose motives are understandable. I can’t say enough how much I loved this book and I really can’t wait for the next one!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Miriam Dumitra

    While not my usual genre, this book was a wonderful introduction to the world of fairytale retellings. The characters are likeable and immediately drew me along through the story. Although I was able to guess multiple plot points before they happened, this did not detract from the story, since I was invested in the characters and wanted to keep reading to find out if I had guessed right (plus, I didn't guess the ending!). There were a few sections where I found it a little unclear to understand While not my usual genre, this book was a wonderful introduction to the world of fairytale retellings. The characters are likeable and immediately drew me along through the story. Although I was able to guess multiple plot points before they happened, this did not detract from the story, since I was invested in the characters and wanted to keep reading to find out if I had guessed right (plus, I didn't guess the ending!). There were a few sections where I found it a little unclear to understand what was happening. Altogether a wonderful escapist read. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a fairytale retelling done right.

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