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.
Every one knows the story of Cinderella.. This book was nothing like the fairytale we grew up with. There is so much more to this story. It’s a fresh take on being a damsel in distress. Ella has to learn the basics (ie walking) again and in a completely different town. Her new family doesn’t make it any easier. Her stepsisters don’t want her there and she doesn’t want to be there. Her life starts going in a downward swirl until Cinder comes back into it. With comedic relief, some soul searching and help from her new friends, Ella learns that life isn’t always out to get you. And that people can surprise you.
My heart ached for Ella throughout the whole book. From losing her mom to becoming crippled to dealing with the evil stepfamily to having her heartbroken, I felt all of her emotions. Never have I wanted someone to get their happy ending, like Ella did. She over came the odds to be the person she ended up becoming. The audience watches her grow through out this book. Everyone should experience this book.
Title: Cinder & Ella
Author: Kelly Oram
Format: Ebook (Free copy in exchange for an honest review through Book Blast Tours)
Pages: 269 Pages
Release Date: October 1st 2014
Genre: Young Adult