Cinder & Ella (Review)

Cinder & Ella (Review)

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Title: Cinder & Ella
Author:  Kelly Oram
Publisher:  Bluefield  
Published Date:  15th
August 2014

Rating:
5 Stars

*Thank
you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

Synopsis: What
would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be
Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?

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.

With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E.
Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author
Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the
timeless classic Cinderella. 

Review:
I had read a positive review for this somewhere,
but it didn’t stress how amazing the book was. Because honestly, I loved every
single second of it and I am definitely going to reread this again at some
point. Oh, and I am crossing my fingers and hoping against hope that someone
makes this into a movie because it is completely worth it!

This is a brilliant retelling of Cinderella.
What makes it so perfect is the fact that it is close enough to Cinderella to
be a retelling and for us to identify how it would relate to the fairytale, but
then different enough as well so that I could never quite predict was going to
happen next. In my opinion, that’s as good as a retelling can get.

The book also had a huge shock which
seemed like a plot twist in itself. The first thing that happens is Ella is in
a car crash that cripples her and also kills her mother. I read it within the
first few pages and BAM. I was already sucked in.

It was also about a pretty relatable
subject because I am an online social media butterfly, which means I do have
online friends (I have to, I mean, blogging!) So I can really relate to the
idea of having an online best friend, and it’s also a subject I know a lot of
people tend to shy away from writing about. It was cool that Kelly Oram did.

I really loved the secondary characters
in this novel because even though they weren’t the main characters, they were
also so well developed and so realistic. Everyone had their own problems and
issues they were trying to overcome as well. Naming some would be Scotty, Rob,
Juliette and Vivan.

Ella – the main character went through a
really tough time. As I mentioned, a lot happens to her at the beginning. And
yes she cries sometimes, and yes she moans, but those times are few and far
between. And the amount of times when she is strong definitely outweighs her
weak times, and I would be able to understand when she does break down. In
general she went through an awful lot and manages amazingly well.

 

Brian/Cinder – He always had Ella’s best
interests at heart and was a great best friend. I already have a best friend
like him online, but everyone deserves one as well 😀

The writing style was amazing. Kelly’s
writing made me laugh, made me feel like crying (okay, I cried. I don’t
understand why I cry at the happy books and not at the sad ones. I’m weird like
that) and made me smile in the middle of a room full of people. Reading books
like this and You Had Me At Hello reminds me how important a great writing
style can be in a novel.

This book touches on so many themes. I
won’t go into too much detail because this review is already gushing amazing
things about these books. But some of them are family/divorce, bullying, being
different/disabled and dealing with death and depression.

It only took me two days to read. And
when I should be doing a lot of studying for exams and schoolwork and tons of
other stuff, two days is as good as one sitting.

There was a great ending as well.
Please, go read this. I command you! :3

Olivia’s Question: Do you have friends
online?

Olivia-Savannah x


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