Author: Melissa Lemon Website | Twitter
Genre: YA Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: Bonneville Books (November, 2011)
Hardcover: 208 pages
Available on: Amazon | Barnes&Noble | TheBookDepository
Description from GoodReads:
After her 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. What Ella finds there starts a quest that will change her life and the entire kingdom. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other, and one you'll never forget.My Review:
Cinderella has been one of my favorite fairy tales. You can imagine my enthusiasm when I read the synopsis of this re-telling.
Melissa wrote a very different take on the classic tale. Instead of having the Cinderella we all know, she decided to make it two girls, Cinder and Ella. I liked that she took the risk and added her take on the classic.
The story was fast paced and I had no trouble getting through it. Even though I liked the originality of the story I was disappointed with the overall plot and characters.
The characters in my opinion lacked motives behind their actions. I never understood why the prince was evil if his parents seemed like normal good parents. I mean, yeah they are a bit inattentive in letting him run around destroying people's lives but still they where not evil. Also, why was the Cinder and Ella's mother unable to stop spinning.
Overall, if it were not for the name I would not have connected this story to that of Cinderella. If you are looking for a retelling that includes the romance then you might end up like me confused. If you read it as a separate fairy tale then you might find it more enjoyable.
*Disclosure: This e-ARC was provided by the publisher (Bonneville Books via NetGalley) for free in exchange for an honest review.