Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

I read Cinder & Ella back during summer (before the republish with the new cover) before I went back to school.  Let me start by admitting I just cried.  This was not just your average tears, no this was ugly crying.


Cinder & Ella is a Cinderella retelling on a very basic level.  There is a lot of parallels but there are also just as many differences.

Ellamara “Ella” is a book blogger, who lives with her mother.  When a car accident kills her mom and leaves her with major burns on her body, she is forced to go and live with her estranged father.  Brian Oliver “Cinder” is Hollywood’s latest teen heartthrob since landing the only role he really cares about.  Now he is also Hollywood’s bad-boy.  The management team wants to clean up his reputation with a fake engagement.  Can an email from an old friend change everything?

I love this book, so much so that I have read it a second time after finding out there was a sequel that just just came out.  I read this knowing that I was going to be red-eyed from crying non-stop.  There is something about Ella’s story that is sad and addicting.  I really hate reading these sad books normally because of the tear factor.  But this book I could not put down.  I have told many people about this book and gotten a few to read it (including mom and sister).

I love Ella in this book, she is a survivor, but even the strongest has a breaking point.  Ella goes through a lot of change after the accident.  Not just the physical.  There is an emotional battle.  On top of all of that, everything around her seems to be against her.  Even when she wants to give up you still love Ella.

About the Author

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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Question for Readers

What is your favorite cry your eyes out book?

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Cinder & Ella
Kelly Oram
Young Adult, Romance
August 15, 2014
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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.

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