After their father’s disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn’t long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself—the most dangerous place in all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.
Cinder And Ella by Melissa Lemon
ebook, 208 pages
Expecting Publication at Nov. 2011 by Boneville Books
First thing the author says to you at the prologue, is that there is no prince, no happy fairytale, no fairy godmother. I could say there is nothing in common. Only the name which is actually two names. You can easily see it as a total different story, no related with Cinderella.
The author actually tells the story as a fairytale. It's written in third person and following almost all characters and not only the two girls. It's easy to read, though i wouldn't mind more description at some certain parts. I was wondering a lot about the tree in the cover, and i can tell you that is explained in the story. It's a really nice idea actually. The whole story is an adventure with bits of romance and action.
While i liked the characters in general, i have to say they weren't developed enough. Except Ella, all of them had a naive and sketchy way of thinking. Everyone could make do Cinder what they wanted. She barely judged them, or had an opinion. The other sisters were just mean. The knight was too honorable. It was almost creepy for me. The evil guy, wasn't something special and i hated everyone in the kingdom for doing nothing about it. The king at the end, just exile the evil prince but all the previous time..for years..he had him there to rule and looking without doing a thing, even though he knew everything about his evil acts. I still can't understand why he didn't do it sooner since he could.
I did enjoy the story but the characters ruined it for me. Except that, it was a really original idea and a fast read into a darker fairytale world.
Thanks Netgalley and the publications for a digital copy of the book.
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