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Once upon a time, a handsome prince asked the academy wallflower to the ball. She was blinded by the stars in her own eyes and the pitter-patter of her lonely heart. Little did she know this prince was no prince at all, but a villain disguised behind a charming smile. 

Ella 

There are no such things as fairy tales or happily ever afters. Not in my world. My reality is riddled with pain and loss and immense hatred. 

Until him. 

Trayton Nacht, the new transfer student at Darlington Academy. 

Something about his darkness calls to me. The way his eyes glimmer in the night and the cruelty of his handsome smile. 

With a single glance, he turned my world inside out. And now I can't get enough. 

But what if he's just like the rest of them? What if this is all just another masquerade? 

Tray 

She stole my heart, once upon a time. Three years ago in an alley where she left me with a pair of sodden blue slippers. 

Her life had been mine for the taking, until I discovered the fae magic lurking beneath her skin. Now it's time to recruit her, to take her to her fate. 

But first, we'll play a little game. 

One that will end in destruction. 

Because f--k fairy godmothers. 

What Ella needs is a Dark Fae. 

One who can help her burn Darlington Academy to the ground. 

A Dark Fae like me. 

Author Note: This is a dark Cinderella retelling with strong bully elements. This M/F PNR features a happily ever after ending and is also the prequel to the Midnight Fae Academy Why Choose Trilogy. Tray and Ella are important characters throughout the series.

©2020 Lexi C. Foss (P)2020 Lexi C. Foss

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Amazing

Loved this Cinderella retelling in fact I love everything Lexi writes. Ella is such a character it was good to listen how she met Tray and the lengths he went to so he could protect her from the bullying she had been suffering at the hands of her step sisters their cronies .

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  • Miss Blush
  • 04-02-21

Just perfect. *chef's kiss*

What a creative spin on the famous Cinderella tale. Just so you know, this is NOT YA. There's sex and language, and I'm living for it. I'm not normally a huge fan of the Fae, but Trayton Nacht managed to change my mind whole-heartedly (especially as a Midnight Dark Fae)! Lessa Lamb's voice for him was seriously like ASMR to my ears. Loved every bit of this story! For once, the Hero was everything you would want in a mate from the get-go. I was dreading something terrible would happen to their revenge plans, but I'm glad to report that the bullies actually get what's coming to them! I thought there was going to be a twist with Dash at the end, like maybe he's also part you-know... but alas, it wasn't meant to be. I'm also happy to hear that this won't be the last we've seen of Elle & T! Can't wait to listen to the next book.

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  • Sandi
  • 07-05-21

Cinderella Inspired with a delicious dark fae twist

While this story is definitely based on the Cinderella fairytale, there is also very much a 10 Things I Hate About You vibe to it, and a very deliciously dark fae, magical twist to it. Ella and Tray’s relationship definitely starts off on a rocky foot, given Ella’s history with bullies and needing to protect herself, but when they finally get past all the mistrust, their relationship sizzles in every way possible. I probably took a little too much joy in the payback and revenge, but it was all so much fun to read. And the dynamic between Ella and Tray is fantastic, her snark and sass to his alpha, cocky ego; but underneath it all, we get her vulnerability, and his need to protect and support her, it what makes them such a great couple in the end.

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  • Kaye
  • 02-05-21

Excellent...

This is an introduction into their world?! I can't wait for the 'real deal '.

The narration was excellent. I had to sort of get used to Emma's speech style.
Which wasn't too hard,since I really wanted to know what she had to say. Ms.Lamb and Mr. Graves played
off each other's nuances very well. Job well done by all!

Thanks, Kaye

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  • Hillary
  • 01-05-21

Mean Girls meet Cinder-Ella!

This was a charming prequel to the Midnight Fae Academy Series. I would liken it to Cookie Dough. It’s gooey and sweet in all the right places and I can’t wait to see how the cookies turn out in the next episode. It is a dark twist on our classic beloved fairy tale Cinderella. However, there are no pumpkins or Fairy Godmothers. There is a handsome dark fairy guardian though, who will sweep you off of your feet after you feel the urge to drown him first. I do feel like this novel was aimed more towards the YA group rather than Lexi’s typical audience. I also feel like this novel focused so much on revenge that it lost a little bit of that character connection. I can’t wait to see how their story develops in the future and watch as that relationship grows. I think this was just a spoon licking teaser for what is to come.

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  • Margaux Espi
  • 23-04-21

Vengeful Cinderella

If that’s the prequel, I definitely can’t wait to listen to the rest of the series! Ella is a fantastic character, getting bullied by the whole school lead by her evil step sisters doesn’t keep her down. She is one strong woman and finds not only love, but vengeance, and a family legacy she didn’t know existed. This was a fantastic listen, the narrators did an incredible job and I look forward to listening to more in this series!

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  • Shoe Monger
  • 08-04-21

Not a Cinder-Ella story

Much like Cinderella, Ella, has had a hard life being raised by her manipulative step mother and 2 step sisters after her father dies. Ella is constantly bullied at home and at school. When Tray a new high school transfer is nice to her, after all she's been down this road before, Ella is not very trustful and figures Tray has a hidden agenda and calls him on it. Little does Ella know, Tray actually does have a hidden agenda, but not what she thinks.

Forget your fairy godmother, Ella has a Dark Fae in her corner and not only is Tray going to help Ella trust and build up her self confidence again but together they're will put Darlington Academy in their place.

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  • Mary D
  • 03-02-21

Sweet love story!

Everything about this book was great. I love how strong and forgiving Elle is and how their love story played out. Tray and Elle’s are a great match in every way.

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  • Allie
  • 26-01-21

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I really really tried to like this book. I really did and it started out great for the most part, but the longer I listen to it the more the book just started to fall flat to me. now iam stuck because I kinda want to listen to the next book ( which is the whole reason I got this one ) but is worry that I get half way into the book will start to go down hill. I don't know yet...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-12-20

Yes from beginning to end yes morrrrrrrrrrrreeeeee!!!!!

Dislike nothing
Absolutely loved everything very creative as usual for this author original and unique- cute playoff from original
I would absolutely love to hear a book 2
Thanks again MISS FOSS

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-11-20

Amazing!!!!!!

Great audiobook! Wonderful narrators! Excellent storyline! The whole book was fascinating, intriguing, exciting, romantic etc! Loved it