It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob too serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
Long time no blog! Besides being very busy with school, i’ve been working on a new vlog, new recipes, plus so many other extracurriculars to keep up with. This is the first time i could just sit down and write in a while. When I finally did sit down and open my kindle, I read…. Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram. I actually did an interview with Kelly a few weeks ago that you can check out here! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book cause who doesn’t love a good Cinderella story? Especially one that involves a book blogger like myself! Although this book sort of stretches the reality of things, it shows us the power in self confidence, and how a book can change everything.
I found this book while scrolling through my goodreads recommendations and found the name interesting. Cinder & Ella was obviously a play on Cinderella but I loved how they were two separate names. The second thing that drew me in was about the fact it was all anonymous at first. Yes of course you shouldn’t trust everyone you meet on the internet and this was obviously a fictional work but you can’t help but smile at their responses to one another. Although they had never met or spoken, you can see that they are definitely kindred souls. Another thing that made me squeal multiple times was the mention of another certain pop star named Kyle Hamilton who was the main focus of another one of Kelly’s books called V for Virgin. I love that with her fiction books she keeps up consistency within this universe.
A theme that is stressed throughout Cinder & Ella is that it’s more important to be beautiful on the inside than the outside. After Ella’s accident, she is left crippled and burnt and although her classmates tease and terrorize her, she keeps her head high and doesn’t let what they say bother her because she knows he is beautiful on the inside. Like in most Cinderella stories, there are two “evil stepsisters” and throughout the story they stay constant. Unlike those stories Juliette, one of the stepsisters show real change throughout the book. Yes she may start out a little evil and cruel to Ella but by the end they are both close friends. I cannot say the same for the stepbitch #2 Anastasia who is our antagonist/ “villain” of the story. I loved how she developed the characters and it was so much fun to read about their individual journeys.
Overall this book was an absolute JOY to read and I would recommend it to every YA Fan with a fairytale in their heart! I give this Book:
See you next week Nutters!