Saturday 10 September 2011

Review: Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

Title: Cinder and Ella
Writer: Melissa Lemon
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published on 8 November 2011 by Bonneville Books
Language: English

Story Line
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.

Melissa Lemon, the writer of this book, tell us Cinderella's story is not true. In fact, the prince was not charming and Cinderella was not Cinderella, such as a girl, but two girls, two sisters: Cinder (so called by her hair's colour) and Ella.

The first girl is pure goodness and she starts to work in the kingdom castle soon. With her absence of home, Ella will have to take care of her mother, Adele Willow de Top, and her sisters, Beatrice and Katrina, spoiled children. The father disappeared a long time ago but Ella keeps hope of seeing back.

Ella still remembers the legend that her father told her when she was younger. Each person has a connection with a tree, if the tree lives, the person lives. This is the main reason so that she believes her father is alive.

Cinder is trusted on her job in the castle and she can take a day off each week. When she come back one day, she finds out her sister Ella is not.

Ella is the opposite to Cinder. She want to live her life and not be in the shadow of no one. It doesn't mean she's not worker. She will meet a nice family and work as a babysitter.Since here, the prince starts to be mean. He treats to Cinder a minute like a princess and the next, he ignores her. At the moment, I have got to hate the prince.Ella, as her sister, will fall in love. The lucky guy is Tanner, a knight who looks for and protect her. The only presence of the girl makes him to be very clumsy, important sign that he also is fallen.
The main character of the story, at least for me, Ella will discover the true intentions of the prince and she must fight with him to rescue her father, her sister and Tanner, her lover, of a fate worst than the dungeons of the castle.

The end is foreseeable but nice. I liked because it tell us about the familiar relationships and how complicated can they be: a mother who is every day spinning, a sister feeling ignored and another one who want to be the centre of all. It demonstrates that not all the tales are fairy tales.

It's almost in the end of the book when I'm explained the attitude of the King. And it's when I read, I can understand, something I hadn't done before.

In general, the book is good because in any moment you can guest which is the next step of every character and this makes you to be more interested in the story that you're reading.


  1. Sounds like a so so book to me... might not pick it up given the size of my TBR pile...

  2. I love it when the guy gets all clumsy and trips over his words whenever the girl is around so I'll probably be rooting for Tanner a lot.

  3. Thanks for the comments, I hope you enjoy as me ;)

  4. Sounds good. And I do wonder what will happen to those too


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