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

If you're in the mood for a sweet YA fairy tale...

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!
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- AudioAddict

Book Details

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