Thursday, June 30, 2011

Book Review: Cinder and Ella

After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.

**ARC Courtesy of NetGalley

Goodreads: 3/5 stars

If you're looking for a unique spin on the classic story of Cinderella, then look no further. Melissa Lemon has woven together a new tale that separates Cinderella into two main characters, where there are no fairy godmothers, Prince Charmings, or glittering balls.

After their father's sudden disappearance, Cinder and Ella's mother become a little loopy and does nothing but sit at her spinning wheel all day. Cinder and Ella are left to take care of their wild siblings, but want something better for their lives. So when Cinder goes to work at the castle, Ella is left alone with her crazy family. When the constant screaming and fighting becomes too much, Ella leaves home and doesn't bother telling anyone. Soon, a man finds her on the side of the road and says his wife needs help with chores and their kids. Ella finally feels like she's accomplished something in her life--and finally gotten rid of her troubled past. But when three knights show up looking for Ella, she knows something's wrong. Turns out Cinder was worried about her sister, and the evil Prince has seduced Cinder into believing he actually cares about Ella's safety. But the Prince has other plans--plans that involve magic and deceit.

If you enjoy books that read as a folktale, then this is the book for you. There were times when the narrative dragged, or was rushed, and the romance/love interests happened a little too quickly. But overall, Melissa did a nice job with the new, creative spin.

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