Title: Cinder and Ella
Author: Melissa Lemon
Publisher: Bonneville Books (Cedar Fort)
Publish Date: November 08, 2011
Source: ARC via 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 is all the kingdom for both her and Cinder. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other and one you'll never forget.
First of all, I love re-tellings of old fairy tales, Greek Myths or true historical events with a fiction twist. This story was so unique and different from Cinderella and I really loved it.
I loved how Cinderella was broken up into two characters, Cinder and Ella, two sisters who are the most level headed and realistic two in the family. They are also the closest among all the sisters. Cinder, being the family's favorite of the two, is pretty much the main provider and will do anything for her family members. Ella is much more stubborn and doesn't let her sisters take advantage of her. When the two split up, Cinder working at the castle and Ella running to wherever she can go, her family begins to forget about Ella and pushes the two into one, Cinderella.
My absolute favorite part of the book is the story of the life tree. Everyone in their world is given a life tree at birth and they can ultimately live or die depending on the condition of their tree. It's just so creative and unique. Cinder and Ella has a lot more elements to it that make it so much more than just Cinderella.
It is truly a story about love, honor and family loyalty which is what I love most about Young Adult novels. It was so fun to read and to see Cinderella in a different light.
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