Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram
This was one of the most enjoyable reads that I’ve read this year! I’ve been dying for a book like this. After books like Anna and the French Kiss and Love & Gelato , it’s been hard for me to find a good, fluffy, contemporary read lately and this was just perfect.
Okay, so not all of it was fluffy, but I kind of (I don’t know if this makes me horrible or not) enjoyed those tragic parts. This book started off horribly depressing but the quote from the beginning completely summed that bit up, “The problem with fairy tales is that most of them begin with tragedy.” It sucked me in within ten pages and I just absolutely LOVED it.
I read Geekerella earlier this year, and can honestly see where that book drew inspiration from in this book. It was almost the exact same story, which made me love this one even more. The characters were much more loveable in this one and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
I’m a sucker for fairytale retellings, and this was yet another example of an absolutely BRILLIANT one. Ella was one of the most badass contemporary MC’s I’ve ever come across. She was brilliant, beautiful inside and out, fearless (yet able to admit when she was afraid), and witty and I just loved her so much for being herself no matter what.
Ella honestly got the short end of the stick on so many things, her mother dying, being forced to live across the country with a father who abandoned her and his new family who hated her for seemingly no reason, and ending up crippled from what was already the worst day of her life. But watching her grow over the course of this book was honestly amazing. She grew into an even fiercer, brave woman and it was beautiful to watch.
CINDER. I loved that boy so freaking much. He had an amazing growth over the course of the book as well, and it made me so happy. When everything came to fruition with him, I was swooning alongside Ella and his character is so dynamic. I love that boy so freaking much.
Juliette was another character that I loved the growth of. She came such a long way from the beginning of the book and I can see so much potential in her. She’s a great person who got stuck with the wrong crowd all those years because of her twin sister.
Vivian and her dads I just… GAH! They were some of the most amazing side characters ever and I loved them as soon as they were introduced. Vivian reminded me a bit of Lola from Lola and the Boy Next Door and that was kind of awesome. It was like a new take on an old favorite character.
Rob. He was one of the cutest characters ever and honestly just such a great guy. I had friends like that in high school, and he was just one of those genuine guys, I loved him.
This is one of those contemporary books that I will go back to time and time again and I’m already looking forward to a re-read.