Cinder & Ella

  • by Kelly Oram
  • Narrated by Kirsten Leigh
  • 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It's been almost a year since 18-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.

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One of the Best YA retellings

One of the best audiobooks I've listened to this year. This book was all that. It was well written, with great characters. I appreciate that the characters were not ALL good or all bad, they were human with different emotions.

I think I took to Ella immediately because she was a lover of books and a blogger. That made me smile immediately. I could picture her hoarding ARCs and the whole interaction online. It made me think of goodreads.

Ella is so impressive as was Cinder (Brian Oliver). I really empathized wit Ella and what she had been through. I was mad at her father for a while, but I saw there was genuine effort to be better. The sisters were trying even though some of the comments were biting. Ella was highly sensitive, understandably so, so I could see where her step sister Juliet and step mother Jennifer were coming from.

I couldn't stop listening to this book as I was waiting for Ella to heal emotionally and physically. I wanted her to find that joy of life again. This book was truly a joy because the writing was so visceral and I was just entranced with the story. This is the best cinderella YA retellings I've read. I will definitely check out more work by this author.
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- Ezinwanyi

To how good can it get?

I collect Cinderella stories. I seek creative and entertaining variants. I love the use of elements from the original story to create a new one that is somehow familiar. Cinder & Ella does not disappoint!

Kelly Oram has reached into our collective past and combined it with a believable present to create a story to which this romantic couldn't stop listening. She sucks you in immediately, makes you care about these characters, and gives you just enough predictability to make you comfortable yet curious to see if the story will really unfold as you believe it will. Don't worry, you'll be pleased either way. The writing is so fluent, the dialog so natural, and the situations so believable you'll be half way through before you realize you're hooked.

There is one flaw. It's not the story or the performance. The recording quality varies frequently. It's a bit distracting. Get past it. This book is worth your time.
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- William

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-17-2015
  • Publisher: Bluefields