{Blog Tour} ARC Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Posted October 12, 2014 by Bee in Blog Tour, Reviews / 4 Comments

{Blog Tour} ARC Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Cinder & Ella


by Kelly Oram
Published on October 1st 2014
by Bluefields
Genres: Contemporary, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Author
Amazon | Goodreads

Also by this author: Being Jamie Baker, The Avery Shaw Experiment, V is for Virgin, A is for Abstinence, Cinder & Ella

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.

I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

5 Stars

So I picked this book up last night, thinking I’d just read a bit and then go to bed. But then suddenly it was 3.20 am and I finished the book with a smile on my face. That’s the Kelly-effect. With Cinder & Ella, Kelly Oram once again proves why she’s worthy of being on my author-autobuy list and why nearly all of her books have a spot among my all-time-favorites. Yes, this is, unsurprisingly, another home run for Kelly.

Cinder & Ella is, as you might have guessed, a Cinderella retelling and what a creative one at that! We meet Ella on a tragic day in her life. She’s e-mailing with Cinder, her long-time best friend she met online and has never met in real life when she and her mother get in a horrible accident. Ella loses everything. When she wakes up from her coma in the hospital, her mother is dead and her home is already taken over by another family. She has to live in L.A. with her dad after a very long recovery. When she moves in, she can still barely walk and has to use a cane for support. She hides the terrible scars that cover most of her body and have deformed her feet. At her new school they make fun of her, especially her stepsisters. When her therapist insists she makes friends, she decides to contact Cinder again. But she has no idea Cinder’s real identity is popular hottie Brian Oliver, star of the movie adaption of their favorite books.

First of all, Ella is part latina! Yay for diversity! I knew Kelly wouldn’t disappoint when I signed up for this blog tour. Kelly never does. I always end up loving her books and this one was sooooo great! Just one thing, that one girl that wrote in her review that this was a light and fun read, must have read another book because this one was not light and fun! While the romance is perfect like all the rest, there is a very emotional side to this story! The stuff Ella has to go through is heartbreaking! I just wanted to hug her the whole time.

Ella is such a strong character, if I were her, I probably wouldn’t survive to be honest. I hated her dad in the beginning. Sure, he redeems himself in the end, but still. He gave away her books when she was in a coma, man. If someone gives away my books, I’ll kill them when I wake up. And if I don’t, I’ll haunt their sorry asses. I hated how mean his new wife was and her daughters. Ana was horrible! Julliette is quite nice when she wants to be though. She sets Ella up with Vivian. Vivian is also an outcast at school because she has two gay dads. I know, how medieval, right? Anyway, their friendship is so cute! It reminded me of me and my best friend! Oh and one of Brian’s movies is called V is for Virgin. Very clever Kelly!

But the best one is easily Cinder. Aka Brian Oliver. He’s so perfect! Yeah sure he has flaws, but I don’t care. When Ella disappeared, he was heartbroken. He thought she had died! He didn’t know who she really was after all. And when she mailed him again after all that time, he nearly falls of his chair. He’s such a great friend to her and he loves her so much! When they finally meet, they don’t know it’s them at first. But then they realise and it’s so sweet! But he has to call off his fake engagement to his co-star first! Kaylee is a bitch by the way. Anyway, Cinder/Brian is the best.

While this story was heartbreaking for the most part, it’s also very sweet and touching! Kelly gave me yet another book hangover and I don’t regret it for one second. Cinder & Ella is a modern retelling of Cinderella with a very tragic and sad twist to it. Even if you’re not really fond of retellings, it’s still a perfect contemporary! I love you Kelly!

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About Kelly Oram

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.

Bee

About Kelly Oram

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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