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.
Cinder & Ella is the first book I’ve had the chance to read by author Kelly Oram. Typically, I wouldn’t have picked it up at all, but I got it as a recommendation from another book blog. You may be wondering why I normally wouldn’t pick it up? Well, it’s YA and I don’t generally review YA. Plus, the book was published in 2014, so I knew it’d have to be high up there and something I could not forget, for me to even review it at this point. Well.. I was not disappointed.
Ever since I was little I’ve had a fascination with any sort of spin on the Cinderella tale. So that also played into this for me. However, the biggest thing for me, is that I read this book back in February…. it is still in my head. It is absolutely THAT good.
The story itself is about a young girl named Ella, her trials and triumphs. On the flip side, you have Brian, who is a Hollywood bad boy, that has his own obstacles to over come. If you read the blurb for this book, it sums it up perfectly. However, what you won’t get from the synopsis is the feeling, the chemistry and the amazing writing that went into this book.
I was so torn while reading this. Not in a bad way, but torn up with feelings and emotions for these characters. The book starts off with a bang, and just keeps throwing things at you. That may seem like it’s not well paced, but it really is.
Frankly, I’d highly recommend this one regardless of it being in the YA genre, for just about anyone. Why? Because it is THAT good. It’s definitely on my favorites shelf. 🙂