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- ASIN : B00MRLYO7K
- Publisher : Bluefields (October 1, 2014)
- Publication date : October 1, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1356 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 324 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #41,151 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Things get harder when she gets out of the hospital: she moves to LA to live with the man who walked out on her when she was 8. He has the picture-perfect model wife and her beautiful, blonde twin daughters. Ella is half-Chilean, with golden brown skin and brilliant blue eyes. To make matters worse, her father has packed up her things, but didn’t take some of her most important: author-signed books that she and Mama had collected, with a picture of them and the author in each one.
Adjusting to her new life is hard. The older of the twins encourages their school the bully her, there’s always tension at home, and she has no friends, save Cinder/Brian. Brian, as I mentioned, is a movie star. When she finally writes him to apologize for dropping off the face of the earth, he can’t believe it. When she didn’t answer his texts, he thought maybe she was mad. But when she didn’t blog, he knew something was wrong. That and never answering emails made him believe she was dead. So he’s overjoyed. They begin their correspondence and even start talking on the phone. Each is worried what the other will do if they find out the truth: he’s mega-star Brian Oliver, pretending to be engaged to his costar, and she’s Ellamara Rodriguez, a woman who is disfigured and disgusting to looks at.
Reading this book was wonderful. The chapters tell the story from either Ella’s or Cinder’s perspective. This gives us a chance to get to know and care about them both, and for us to root for their happily ever after. I *felt* Ella’s pain with her: pain as she adjusts to living with her father, pain from the ridicule at school, pain over her bumps with Cinder that inevitably happen. I’m not sure how many times I cried, but it was more than a few times. That may not sound like an endorsement, but it is. The book isn’t maudlin or depressing. I’m not someone who likes those types of reads and this is one of my favorite books I read all year, finished on the last day of the second decade of the 21st century. The book is realistic in its depiction of its characters and their conflict (no 2D characters here). No one is painted as the bad guy; even stepwitch sister Ana gets treated with empathy rather that painting her with the villain brush. This is story about loss and finding your way through it and I’m glad that it doesn’t rush things or drag. I’m eager to start the next book.
Also recommend the audiobook. While sometimes I read something sounding a different way, the female narrator did a great job of differentiating the characters as well as making the male voices believable.
Brian aka Cinder is a famous, closest bookworm, and famous Hollywood actor. He "meets" Ella, online 3 years ago through her book blog. The banter between them is adorable. Brian keeps his identity secret because he doesn't want to pull her into his crazy world and because he loves that she treats him as Brian and not a star. I loved loved loved Brian. He was so romantic. He had his strengths, be he also had his flaws. Ella is a strong character who has been through so much. She lost her mom in an accident and moved across country with her father, and man who left her when she was 8 years-old, and his family. Ella is left with a limp and scars, something that she was learning to deal with. I enjoyed watching her evolve as a character - trying to embrace her new reality - dealing with bullying at school, not so great family dynamics, making friends, etc. The two of them are so good together, but it was a long journey to get to their HEA. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters in the book - even Ana. This is book 1 in the Cinder and Ella duet, but it does not end in a cliffhanger. Book 2, Happily Ever After has already been released.
*This book does touch upon bullying and mental health issues of suicide and depression.
Top reviews from other countries
With Cinder I loved his sense of humour and his sweet personality. I was frustrated with him in regards to how he let the viper rule over his life but am glad he had his come to Jesus moment and realised that you can sacrifice everything for the one person who matters the most and you won't let anything get in the way. Anyway I absolutely loved Cinder & Ella, this is my first book from this author so I can definitely say that you have gained another faithful reader. Thank you for this wonderful love story.
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Of course her step-family weren't evil nor did they all treat her badly, her step-mother did try to help her but there were misunderstandings that didn't become clear until the end but Ella never hated her step-mother. She also became very close to one of her step-sisters after a heart to heart that cleared up some issues between them. The other step-sister I have hope for becoming friends with Ella, even if they never become close. The other step-sister feels threatened by Ella but at the end had been signed up for therapy so maybe she'll work out her issues with Ella and stop being so nasty!
I also really liked Cinder! He was in the public eye so he had to put on a persona and had no one he could really trust or confide in except for Ella who had no idea who he really was! I loved the banter between them online and when they finally spoke on the phone. I also loved how much they genuinely cared about each other. I would love to have another story with them to see how things progress for Ella and Cinder!
I loved the way she avoided the obvious cliche of making the step family all cruel. The way the family acted towards Ella was more natural and understandable. It added to the story rather than becoming a crutch for pushing Ella towards Cinder.
There were not obvious grammatical or spelling flaws. No continuity errors etc. As I expect from Kelly. I will be looking forwards to buy other books by this author.
I loved the relationship Ella built with Juliette and Vivian, also i loved that Vivian was so open about her dads and how Rob, Ella, Juliette ect was so accepting of the fact that she had gay parents.
At first, i really didn't like Ana, but grew to understand how she was feeling and would love to read the story from her point of view or even a follow in story for Ana.
I honestly could not recommend this book enough!