Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

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

Release Date: Out Now

I have to let you all in on a little secret. I read this book in one sitting till 4am. Sometimes i just am in the mood for a fluffy, fairytale-esque book and tonight certainly was the night! Here are three, quick fire reasons to read this book;
1. Fairy-tales. I mean who doesn’t love a goof fairy-tale and its retelling?
2. Fluffy love. This book just permanently keeps you smiling at their interactions.
3. Book nerds. Yep never mind all us Potterheads, Cinders are all the rage.

Basically this book is a modern retelling of the Cinderella story, but with a slight twist. Ella is physically and psychologically damaged after a fatal car crash on her 18th birthday and the only person to get her through it, her online pen-pal of three years Cinder. So what does this have to do with an actor? Well he is Cinder but Ella doesn’t know.

This book is told from their two perspectives and carries a witty and appropriate banter between the two characters. With a four year age gap, it is clear that Brian has a more mature sense of humour while Ella is the more mature person pertaining to her accident. Ella’s source of comfort has always been Cinder and her blog and this morphed into a deep friendship over the years before the accident.

We see Ella’s character improve and regress through out the book and the relationship between her, her step family and friends changes throughout. Similarly to her emotional state her friendship with her family are tedious and sometimes hateful. This does change throughout the book to a more open family bond and a connection of love. Having moved States, she has no friends and so the emotional impact of the introduction of friends is felt by Ella herself as she improves and starts to live with the world rather than against it.

Cinder, or Brian, is an up and coming movie star who has been coerced into a false engagement in a bid to up the publicity for the film and his professional image.  Having cemented a deep bond with Ella before her accident he is grief stricken and heart-broken so when she makes contact again, his character completes a full 180 and is literally a new person.

The plot is fairly simple with a couple twists which enable the reader to keep on reading (Yes Mr Clock I see you.) and allow for the character building necessary for such a book to be successful. However those familiar with your happily ever afters will not be disappointed but will enjoy the ride with Ella and Brian.

Kelly has once again out done herself with this book and created a modern fairy-take with the perfect amount of feel good comedy and love to even make those with the coldest hearts smile.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: