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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.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
STORY (teen romance) - The main part of this story is set in Los Angeles in about 2014. The main characters are 18 and 21 throughout most of the story, so it is YA. Yeah, I admit it, I occasionally listen to YA romances. They're just so sweet and innocent, not full of sex like more adult romances (though I like those, too!) Anyway, this is kind of a modern-day twist on Cinderella. The story has some similarities and has the same fairy tale quality to it, but it's still quite different from the original.
The main female character is named Ella, and the male's internet name is Cinder. Ella has a stepmother and two mean twin stepsisters, but there is no prince, no ball, etc. Cinder and Ella meet on the internet. Ella's life is in total turmoil and Cinder is a heart-throb actor, but neither knows the other's true identity. There is some teenage drama and high school bullying, so you must be that age group or an adult who enjoys a trip down memory lane. I find YA to be refreshing occasionally, and this book does not disappoint. The whole book is a nice escape and the ending will make you swoon!!!
PERFORMANCE - The narrator does a pretty good job. Ella is from Boston, so the narrator tries to mimic that accent. I think natives from that area will probably cringe, as she forgets the accent sometimes, but she makes a good enough effort to please this Texas reviewer. She definitely remembered to say "ca" instead of "car."
OVERALL - The book stands alone. There is no sex, violence or cussing, so it's okay for teens or older. Definitely not for guys. Highly recommended if you think you'd like a sweet remake of a classic fairy tale!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
loved this book had me hook from start to finish had me laughing,crying and happy... a well rounded book would definitely recommend
Would you consider the audio edition of Cinder & Ella to be better than the print version?
I think so, but I don't know because I haven't read the book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Ummm them all I think they all fit into the story.
Any additional comments?
Amazing book, it is a must read!!!
Would you listen to Cinder & Ella again? Why?
yes because i love how it show both side of each person point of view
What other book might you compare Cinder & Ella to, and why?
cinderella because the book is like a modern and Hollywood vision of it plus more realise too
Have you listened to any of Kirsten Leigh’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
this was my first audio book and I loved it