book reviews

Book Review: Cold Hearted (Villains, #8)

Book Details:

  • Published Date: July 6, 2021
  • Author: Serena Valentino
  • Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Fiction, Retelling
  • Format: Kindle
  • Length: 182 pages
This was supposed to be her happily ever after…
It’s a familiar tale: A kind and beautiful young girl, reeling from loss. A doting father, frantic to bring a mother’s love back into his daughter’s life. And the selfish, cruel woman who insinuates herself into that family?a woman so unfeeling, so cold hearted, that when her new husband dies, she makes the girl a servant in her own home.
But who is that evil stepmother, that icy lady of the house? How did she become so closed off that, in the face of a child’s grief, she thought only to seek wealth and power for herself and her abhorrent daughters? Before that fateful ball, before the glass slipper and the prince, there was another story?a story of love and grief, of hope and of dreams dashed. It is the story of Lady Tremaine.
Even the coldest of villains are sometimes wives and mothers, women who loved and lost and hoped for
something grander for their lives . . . once upon a dream. (Amazon)

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We have finally made it through all 8 books in the Villains Series by Serena Valentino!! I know that there is supposed to be a ninth book coming out some time this year, but I am happy to have finally caught up on the series!

Book 8 is about Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s step mother. If you are familiar with the Cinderella story, then you know that Lady Tremaine is considered the wicked, mean, step mother.

Now, I felt like this book so much untapped potential, but I can appreciate the fact that this story didn’t go in the direction that I was expecting it to go. I felt like Cinderella was going to be made out to be the bad guy in this retelling and she wasn’t. BUT, she also wasn’t innocent either. I don’t think we were able to tap into the thoughts of all the characters. Lady Tremaine being a widow was a different twist on the story. I can also appreciate the different elements in the story that make you think.

I don’t think this is the best book in this series, but it still wasn’t bad read.

My Rating:

3 star

Have you read any books from the Villains Series? What are your thoughts?

Check out my reviews for the other books I this series!


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