Thursday, 11 December 2014

Cinder & Ella (Review)

Hi there!

Title: Cinder & Ella
Author:  Kelly Oram
Publisher:  Bluefield  

Published Date:  15th August
2014
Rating: 5 Stars

*Thank you to ebooks4review for the review copy*

Synopsis: What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?

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.

With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless classic Cinderella. 

Review: I had read a positive review for this somewhere, but it didn’t stress how amazing the book was. Because honestly, I loved every single second of it and I am definitely going to reread this again at some point. Oh, and I am crossing my fingers and hoping against hope that someone makes this into a movie because it is completely worth it!

This is a brilliant retelling of Cinderella. What makes it so perfect is the fact that it is close enough to Cinderella to be a retelling and for us to identify how it would relate to the fairytale, but then different enough as well so that I could never quite predict was going to happen next. In my opinion, that’s as good as a retelling can get.

The book also had a huge shock which seemed like a plot twist in itself. The first thing that happens is Ella is in a car crash that cripples her and also kills her mother. I read it within the first few pages and BAM. I was already sucked in.

It was also about a pretty relatable subject because I am an online social media butterfly, which means I do have online friends (I have to, I mean, blogging!) So I can really relate to the idea of having an online best friend, and it’s also a subject I know a lot of people tend to shy away from writing about. It was cool that Kelly Oram did.

I really loved the secondary characters in this novel because even though they weren’t the main characters, they were also so well developed and so realistic. Everyone had their own problems and issues they were trying to overcome as well. Naming some would be Scotty, Rob, Juliette and Vivan.

Ella – the main character went through a really tough time. As I mentioned, a lot happens to her at the beginning. And yes she cries sometimes, and yes she moans, but those times are few and far between. And the amount of times when she is strong definitely outweighs her weak times, and I would be able to understand when she does break down. In general she went through an awful lot and manages amazingly well.
 

Brian/Cinder – He always had Ella’s best interests at heart and was a great best friend. I already have a best friend like him online, but everyone deserves one as well :D

The writing style was amazing. Kelly’s writing made me laugh, made me feel like crying (okay, I cried. I don’t understand why I cry at the happy books and not at the sad ones. I’m weird like that) and made me smile in the middle of a room full of people. Reading books like this and You Had Me At Hello reminds me how important a great writing style can be in a novel.

This book touches on so many themes. I won’t go into too much detail because this review is already gushing amazing things about these books. But some of them are family/divorce, bullying, being different/disabled and dealing with death and depression.

It only took me two days to read. And when I should be doing a lot of studying for exams and schoolwork and tons of other stuff, two days is as good as one sitting.

There was a great ending as well. Please, go read this. I command you! :3

Olivia’s Question: Do you have friends online?

Olivia-Savannah x

34 comments:

  1. Hi Olivia - I'd heard of this book, but tend to shy away from romances. I have to say though, that your review intrigued me to reconsider this book. As to you question of the day, I consider you my friend online and have another that helped me when I was a really 'green' blogger. :)

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    1. I would consider you as a friend online as well :) It's always good to have a friend who helped you out in the beginner days.

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  2. I love the original Cinderella. And this books sounds equally intriguing. And your review makes me want to me get my hands on a copy!

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    1. I am a fan of the original Cinderella as well, even if it isn't my favourite princess.

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  3. Honestly, I would probably wouldn't even notice this book, but your review is brilliant and it makes me want to give it a chance.
    I have several online friends - mostly girls I met via Goodreads or trough blogging community.

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    1. I hope you do! And if you do, that you enjoy it as well. And yes, I have made a few friends through the book blogging community as well!

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  4. Great review! You've convinced me to pick this book up for sure because it sounds like the perfect retelling :) also who doesn't love cinderella?

    http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/christmaswinter-recommendations.html

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    1. It did an awesome job. And Cinderella is awesome ;)

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  5. Lovely review! I'm definitely picking this book up as soon as I can! I love retellings, especially of Cinderella, and this one sounds awesome :)

    ~Carina @ My Addiction:Books

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    1. I think you would love this! I look forward to hearing your thoughts of it.

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  6. I love retellings and this book does sound like it would be great as a movie as well. I have made an online friend and we share a blog together called Jon Bear and Carlyn Girl's Small Adventures.

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    1. I think it would be! It's awesome that you guys co blog together :3

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  7. I have read a lot of overwhelming reviews for this book as well that I've decided to download it a month ago. I still haven't read it yet tho.

    I'm so glad it's as wonderful (if not more) as everyone claims!

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    1. Oh, it's pretty cool that you already have it! I hope you like it when you get round to it. :)

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  8. I absolutely adore retellings, brings a bit of modern take which is always good! Great Review!
    Naomi @The Perks Of Being A Bookworm

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    1. Retellings are lovely, and I intend to read many more :3

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  9. That's awesome that this book has that social media aspect! I don't see that in books very often, which is surprising since it's such a popular thing. Great review! I'll keep my eye on this retelling. :)

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    1. Yes, it's surprising how many books shy away from it! Which made me happy to have picked this one up.

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  10. Glad to hear it was enjoyable, it looks cute

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    1. It was a very enjoyable read, and I liked it a lot ^.^

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  11. You sold this Olivia..I love modern day retelling and this sounds delightful!

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    1. Then this sounds like you would enjoy it as well! :D

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  12. I haven't read too many fairy tale retellings but this looks very interesting. The fact that you say it is worthy of a re-read really gets my attention. Only special books get re-read status. :)

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    1. I don't reread books often either because there are so many new books out there waiting to be read, so when I reread something it is special!

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  13. What a cute concept, I'm glad you loved reading this book :) I remember you had mentioned this book on one of my posts. Fab review - I'm going to request it now!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. I hope you enjoy it! It sounds like one of the books you would like as well :) And I remember doing so too!

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    2. I don't think they have any review copies available anymore :( It's okay, I'll just purchase it :D

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    3. Aww :( I hope you like it still!

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  14. Oh I love retellings, and this sounds like such a unique one! I may just have to read it :-)

    And I've only recently experienced online friends - but I LOVE it. I feel just as close to them as I do to my actual irl friends.

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    1. I know! It's surprisingly how well you can get to know someone through personality alone as well. This book was definitely one of a kind.

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  15. Brilliant review and you also have me itching to read this one. I love a great retelling and this one sounds like something special. Yes, thanks to blogging I can now say I have friends online. Me and Amanda from Book Badger even send each other presents for Christmas and birthdays and she has helped me so much with my blogging.

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    1. You should definitely try it! This one was very special to me. Oh, and I think it's awesome that you are so close to her! It must be great to have a pal like that.

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