Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

“And they lived happily ever after”

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Title: Cinder & Ella

Author: Kelly Oram

Cinder & Ella

Recommended to fans of: Cinderella related books, Beauty and the beast, Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles),13 reasons why

Recommended movies/TV Shows: A cinderella story, 13 reasons why, Famous in love, Starstruck

Series: Cinder & Ella (Book #1)

Publisher: Bluefields

Publication date: 1st October 2014

Format: Audiobook

Genre: Romance, YA, Contemporary, Chick Lit, Retellings

Pages: –

Rating: 5/5

[Synopsis] (Taken from goodreads)

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.

(Review)(DISCLAIMER: This is my opinion only, may contain spoilers for the book, might contain coarse language)

I listened to an audiobook as I was out of the country for a day on bus, but I have motion sickness and can’t read, so this was the 2nd best option, and I didn’t regret it 😀

  • I was never a fan of contemporary romance, but this book was awesome for me
  • Ella’s mother sounds awesome 😊(And that was the good set up until we find out the truth in the end of the book)
  • The words in the book are quite simple, good for early readers
  • Storyline was simple, predictable but cute
  • The prologue was so exciting already, it changed everything so quickly with the pace of things as it happened
  • Anastasia is such a bitch, at least Juliet was TRYING to be nice
  • Jennifer was trying to be nice, but really came off as b*tchy, initially
  • Brian breaking up with Kaylee was awesome
  • When everything seemed to be better, it just becomes worst, the storyline plotting was really good, the problems the protagonist faced were strong and got worse every time
  • Juliet’s redemption arc was awesome within just one chapter and subsequent chapters
  • I felt really frustrated that Ella and Brian didn’t meet and end up together already😂
  • Kaylee is such a b*tch, too bad she didn’t have a redemption arc like the rest of the characters
  • This is one of the deepest and best retelling of cinderella that i’ve ever heard/read
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