This is a sweet twist on the well known fairytale. The author made a lot of effort to prevent her story following the cliches that abound in the original. Her characters are multi-faceted, not over-blown pantomime extremes. Cinder and his prince aren't perfect but there is still a sugary coating in keeping with the story's theme.By making her lead character a male, she's opened up all sorts of possibilities. Is he happy appearing in female clothing? How does he react to his sudden interest in men?This isn't a story about escaping from rags to riches. Monetary wealth is not important for either Cinder or his prince. I thought the author pulled off a clever twist in the way she solved the HEA aspect.I also liked the way she used old-fashioned prose and wrote in a style perfectly in tune with princes, paupers, harsh manual labor and the idle rich.