Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Cinder and Ella

Title:  Cinder and Ella
Author: Melissa Lemon

Source: Netgalley

Synopsis from Netgalley:
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.

My review:
I have read several re-tellings of fairy tales and really enjoyed them.  Cinder and Ella was no exception.  It started out being quite different from the well known version of Cinderella.  In this version, Cinder and Ella have 2 sisters who they have to take care of when their father disappears and their mother does nothing but spin yarn.  Soon they become known to their mother as just "Cinderandella" and Ella is ignored completely.  Cinder goes to the castle to work to better support her family.  Ella also leaves, seeing no reason to stay at home.  I really liked this book, but was disappointed by the ending.  I also didn't feel very connected to the characters.  Since it is such a short book, that is somewhat to be expected.  Overall the writing was well done and I enjoyed the book.  I almost wish it was longer or that the author would write a sequel.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars 

I received an electronic copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Oh, I think I should check this one out. I love retelling of fairy tales.

  2. Wonderful site...NEW FOLLOWER.


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