Title: Cinder & Ella
Author: Kelly Oram
Pub Date: October 1st 2014
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis: 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.
Source: ARC for review & blog tour, by the author. Thank you so much Kelly, for giving me a chance to read your wonderful book!
My Thoughts: This book is so frigging cute! I loved it! I loved the modern fairytale twist! I loved that it had depth! I loved the writing, the characters, the story!
Story: At first this book felt like a cutesy, fluffy book. But as we go deeper in the story there is a lot going on between the lines. Other than the Cinderella aspect of the book this story deals with friendship, loss, relationships, hurt. Below the surface there are many serious issues discussed in this book and I really loved that! This book actually taught me a lot! The biggest thing it taught me is that all relationships need communication. The other person might have valid reasons for doing what they are doing so we should not be quick to judge and try to understand. It made me appreciate my parents more. This book really affected me in a positive way.
I love how the Cinderella plots were incorporated into the book. The evil stepmother, the glass slippers etc. All these things resembled the original but had their own uniqueness and were memorable on their own.
Writing: Kelly Oram writes brilliantly! I loved V is for Virgin & A is for Abstinence and I loved Cinder and Ella as well! Other than the awesome stories and characters she creates, I love the witty dialogue! She is an amazing writer whose writing really does transport you into her books.
Characters: As always, Kelly created flawed, relatable, likable characters. All of them seem so real! Even the evil characters are relatable because they are human. I loved Ella! She was such a strong girl! I understood all her actions and choices. I got why she didn't like her new family. I got why she was the way she was after her accident. She acted the way I would have acted if I were in her place. Though I couldn't be nearly as witty as her. If only I were half as witty as Kelly's characters...
Cinder... Hmm... I liked him, I really really liked him, but not in the way I liked Kyle. Kyle was the drool-worthy bad boy who made butterflies flutter in my stomach. Cinder, on the other hand, was a nice, sweet guy whom I was rooting for from the beginning. He was like a friend I really wanted to see happy. He really was prince charming. He tried to be a bad boy but really he wasn't. He was adorable!
I loved all the minor characters! I loved Ella's friends and how supportive they were. I liked his dad and I understood his reasons. I really enjoyed Brian's (Cinder) secretary's character! I even felt sorry for Kaylee. Everyone was well-written and even though they weren't as important as the main characters, they had their place in the story.
Overall: This book was amazing! You need to go and pre-order it ASAP on Amazon! Go go go go!!! Seriously though, this book is really good! It has romance and suspense and a heartbreaking confession scene and sweet, pure friendships and situations you can really relate to. Who knows, you might even learn a thing or two about life, like I did. So you need to go and read this book, I'm pretty sure you won't be disappointed.
About The Author:
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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