In this Book Banshee Review, I review author Ron Vitale’s Fantasy novel, Lost (Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries Book 1).
Vitale’s writing style in this novel is what I would expect for the 18th century, which was a little difficult to get used to at first, but after about 10 pages the dialect transported me further into the story. There were a few instances where I began to get bored with the story, the pace had slowed and not a lot was happening. Much like the diary entries of anyone who has ever recorded their daily activities, fortunately unlike most diaries I have read the story picked back up quickly and the excitement was brought full force.
Lost (Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries) is touted to be perfect for New Adult fans, and while I agree with that, it also holds an incredible number of passages that would be perfect for teenage girls (I would say 16-18) to apply to their lives, they are some amazing words that I would have loved to have read when I was that age. In fact, I have saved these quotes to share with my daughters in their “coming of age” letters. I will share a few down below in the Favorite Quotes sections. Many of these quotes were highlighted by previous readers anywhere from 8 to 22 times.
***For a limited time, you can get book 2, Stolen: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries, for free. Find out more at ronvitale.com/stolen (just copy and paste into your browser or click on the hyperlink).***
“This is the first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series. Lost will captivate readers who love New Adult fiction filled with fantasy and magic. The Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series is a perfect match for fans who have read Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series or Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy.
Everyone knows the fairy tale of Cinderella and the glass slipper, but what happened to her after she married the Prince? Set in the late 1700s as Napoleon is rising to power, Cinderella embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she tries to come to terms with her new life. Her journey leads her to find her long lost Fairy Godmother and aids her to solve the mystery behind her mother’s death. Yet the Fey Lord, the Silver Fox, and the witch Renée also take notice in her and suddenly her world is turned upside down . . .
Find out if Cinderella does find her happily ever after in Lost, the dark and intriguing first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series!
Interview with the author from Digital Book Today:
Ron Vitale turns the fairy tale on its head with a dark and twisted look into the private life of Cinderella and her struggle to find happily ever after in a world of magic and politics. Drawing rave reviews for its creepy and original imagining of the Cinderella fairy tale, Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries, and its sequels, Stolen and Found, are available in print and ebook through Amazon.
Question: What inspired you to write Lost: Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries?
Answer: My young daughter. Four years ago, my daughter was nearly three years old and she was infatuated with Princesses and anything pink. While reading to her one night, a question popped into my head: What really happens after the happily ever after? I started to think on that and then realized that I had an idea I could really sink my teeth into. After Cinderella marries the Prince, the story ends, but I wanted to go beyond that and show Cinderella’s struggle after she was married. I just used my imagination and let it run wild and my readers have really connected with what I’ve come up with in my series.
Question: What’s your book about?
Answer: The book is about Cinderella’s coming to terms with her identity. All her life she’s been forced to do what she’s been told and it’s taken a toll on her. Now she’s at a point in her young life in which she has to decide where she really wants to go in life and who to be. If I could boil my book down to one phrase, it’s simply that women do not have to wait to be rescued by men. Women can rescue themselves. There’s no need to wait for a man to save them.
Question: Tell us a little about your main character.
Answer: Cinderella is young and still innocent. She’s married to the Prince but is still trying to find her voice and identity. Now a member of the royal court of England in the late 1700s, Cinderella has tremendous pressures on her to perform and carry the heir to the throne. She’s She’s timid, unsure of herself, and searching for a friend to help her find her way.
All along Cinderella looks to others to save her, but slowly she realizes that her Fairy Godmother cannot always be at her side. She needs to find other sources of support to help her deal with tremendous challenges before she loses her way. She desperately searches to find the magic that once saved her from her stepmother and hopes that she can once again be saved. But in her innocence, she stumbles upon a secret that turns her life upside down and causes her to question all that she knows.” 3
“I have had much anger in me as of late because of my lack of power to control my own fate. Yet I am realizing that any power I may have now, or gain in the future, comes with choice, and having a choice is itself a very special form of power.”
“Ron Vitale was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Influenced by the likes of Tolkien, Margaret Atwood, C. S. Lewis, and Philip Pullman, he began writing at an early age, creating short fiction for his classmates.
In the fall of 2008, he published his fantasy novel Dorothea’s Song as an audiobook on Podiobooks and for sale in the Amazon.com Kindle store, and in 2011 he published Lost, the first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Diaries series, in 2012 the second book in the series, Stolen, was published and in 2014 the third book in the series, Found: Cinderella’s Secret Diaries, was released.
Currently, he is keeping himself busy by writing his blog, and on learning how to be a good father to his kids all while working on his next book.
Interested in getting a free book from him? Visit RonVitale.com for the offer. ” 6