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Lissa's Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

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Publisher: Bluefields

Narrator: Kirsten Leigh

Released: March 17, 2015

Genre: YA, Contemporary Romance

Length: 10 hrs 10 min

Format: eBook, paperback, audio

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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.

Five (Huge) Boundless Stars

Cinder and Ella is really is an amazing take on the Cinderella story. From the beginning I didn’t want to stop listening and as the story progresses, I was surprised how emotional this story was for me.

Ella is a girl whose been through this tragedy. Cinder is the boy that she had been talking to online. Through her blog, is where they met and the story of Cinder and Ella really began.

I think in a lot of ways I related to Ella. Never have I been through the struggles that she had to endure. But I connected with her. It really makes you realize how horrible people can be to those that are just different. Her self-esteem is pretty much at it’s all time low, which is understandable. But her true beauty I think shines through out this story. And it’s no wonder why Cinder would fall for her.

The narrator was perfectly chosen for this story. I loved the life she brought to the characters and how she portrayed the heartbreak, the connection that these two had. Even the other characters were portrayed perfectly. I think this is one of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to in a long time. I’ll have to see what else this narrator has done.

Kelly, really is an amazing writer, from the books I’ve read. There’s still so many of her books I need to read and I will get there in time.

Overall, I give this book Five (huge) Boundless Stars. It was an amazing YA, that I will forever remember.

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