Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram (Review)

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 to 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.


I loved Cinder & Ella! This really surprised me since I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. Sure, I thought I'd like it, but I didn't expect it to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Ever since I've finished it I've been telling people that they need to read this book - it is just that good!

The story grab me from the first chapter and it kept me up late to finish it - I couldn't put it down!

With Cinder & Ella being a retelling of Cinderella there were many similarities to the fairy tale, but the novel had so many twists and unique aspects that it was almost a completely new story.

If you've read many of my reviews you know that I've said this before, but I'm a person that doesn't cry very easily so usually when I get misty eyed I equate that with others bawling. This book had tears streaming down my face...several different times, for different reasons.

There was some language that wouldn't be appropriate for younger readers, but if you can overlook that I think you would greatly enjoy this book too.

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.

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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Published: Bluefields (August 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991457951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991457953
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Available to purchase: Amazon (Paperback) | Amazon (Kindle)


Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.


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