Apr 9, 2011

{Review} Cinderella Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: YA Fantasy
THEME: Wizards
RECEIVED: Copy from Baker & Taylor Publishing Group
AUTHOR: Website


I’ve always loved the story of Cinderella and her fairy godmother, in the end her evil stepmother and sisters get what they deserve and Cinderella lives happily ever after with the prince. But in this tale Maureen McGowan takes Cinderella and adds a twist of ninja skills mixed with wizards to bring an original aspect to an old tale.

What made this book even more unique than adding wizards and ninja skills, was that you as the reader could choose how Cinderella thinks through the book. There are eight different routes you can take, meaning you can read this book over and over going on different adventures.

Cinderella is eighteen and living with her horrible stepmother and two very annoying stepsisters. As like the original her father died and she was left alone, with her mother passing away long before. So she lives day by day as a servant whose best friend is her cat Max. She dreams of training and working with the magical abilities that she has, as well as improving on her ninja skills.

The story continues with the Prince looking for a new bride, there is the ball where he’ll dance with many girls but also one girl who wins a magic contest held at the palace. If Cinderella wins this contest she’ll get the chance to train with the head Wizard, something she always dreamed of. Plus get a chance to meet the prince, though she’s not really interested in that.

After she meets Ty, he encourages her to find away to get to the contest without getting caught by her stepmother. Ty’s character is fun and witty and has a lot of interest in Cinderella; he was by far my favorite character. Like the original, the story moves on with the addition a magical twists and her evil stepmother who is also a wizard getting in the way of Cinderella’s true happiness.

A great adventure book that had fascinating characters, magic, romance, and the villainous stepmother was insanely evil. I recommend this for any young adult reader because it has a little bit of everything. It’s a quick read that will leave you with a smile.


This is a Young Adult novel suited for any age. Fans of Alex Finn and Carolyn Turgeon will definitely enjoy this!


  1. I was very curious about how this book is written from such an old kid story. I love Cinderella. :D and the fact that shes a ninja warrior in this one makes me smile. :D Thank you so much for this review! :D I'll be looking forward to actually reading this now.

  2. I just finished reading Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer. It was a good read too! I was hoping to read this one too! Sleeping Beauty is available at Net Galley.