Thursday, December 22, 2011

Review of Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

Author: Melissa Lemon

Release date: 1st of November 2011
Published by: Cedar Fort
Imprint: Bonneville Books
Reading level: FICTION – YA: Fantasy, Fairytale
Pages: 208 pages in hardcover
Source: Won from the author through giveaway

Summary 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:

I was very happy when I won Cinder and Ella and when the book finally popped into my mailbox. I had previously followed Cinder and Ella’s blog tour which was organized by Cedar Fort and saw quite many good and very good reviews. My expectations to this book were quite high. When I ended the book, I was little disappointed.

Be aware, that there are some spoilers below.

Regarding the plot and characters:

The plot was very good, it was retelling of Cinderella story from very different perspective, and actually it had only few things in common with Cinderella fairytale. I enjoyed the narrative even though there were some questions I did not get the answer while reading. Idea of the Cinder and Ella was very good.

Melissa Lemon turns the Cinderella into two sisters – Cinder and Ella. After their father disappears, Cinder is taking a job as a maid in the castle. She is loved, appreciated and noticed by the evil prince. Ella leaves home too and finds a job as a babysitter and caretaker of children of a nice and sweet family. When Cinder returns home, she finds out that Ella has left and neither her sister nor mother know where Ella is. Cinder is turning back to the castle and after one of the knights hears Cinder’s screams during her nightmares, he offer to help finding Ella.

This is how the story starts and it develops unpredictably. Both Cinder and Ella are put through several difficulties and adventures. But…

And now we come to the aspects which I had difficulties with. The story did not convince me. I was not drawn into the story even though the idea itself was very good. It was written in a way, that made characters superficial and superficial characters usually are unbelievable. I did not connect with any of the characters; I did not experience any feelings or emotions while reading. It seemed that the writing was technical and not able to convince me as a reader. The characters did not get life into them. They did not become alive and this was something that made an otherwise good idea into mechanical experience – the story was there, but no emotions. That is also the reason why I was disappointed.

Cinder and Ella gets 2 stars out of 5 from me and these two stars are for the idea of the plot. Brilliant idea with poor implementation.

5 Flowers!

Happy reading!

1 comment:

  1. It was a little difficult for me too for this book. I'm sorry it was the same for you.


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