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Cinder and Ella

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After her 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. What Ella finds there starts a quest that will change her life and the entire kingdom. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other, and one you'll never forget.
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Bonneville Books (first published October 27th 2011)
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This book was... weird. I still can't make up my mind whether it's meant to be an MG-level read, or YA. The writing style is all mixed up, part traditional bardic narration and part simplified children's narrative. For example:

The end result was havoc in the place of happiness. Contention was now a constant guest in the house and the occasional, small quarrels between the sisters turned to fits of rage. They would often say nasty things to each other, hurt each other, or simply not speak to one
Cinder and Ella is a re-telling of the classic story Cinderella. The story's main characters are two sisters called Cinder and Ella. The Evil Prince has put darkness into their Father's soul, causing him to change until one day he just disappears. His departure causes the family to fall apart. Cinder goes to work at the Castle and Ella having been forgotten by her family leaves to start a new life for herself. That is until three knight's turn up to take Ella back to the Castle with them. She un ...more
Sep 22, 2015 Heather rated it did not like it
Shelves: read2011, fairytales
(ARC copy provided by NetGalley, Pub date November 2011)

I requested this book because I love me a good Fairy-tale retelling. From the description, the author had created a fun variation of the classic Cinderella story.

But, this was so poorly written that I had to force myself to finish it. Seriously, did anyone edit this at all? I know it's an ARC, and I feel really bad giving it such a low rating, but it was almost unreadable.

Poor dialog, poor transitions, and poorly developed characters. I w
Libby Ames
I stumbled upon Cinder and Ella in the young adult section of my library and looked forward to trying it out. I love fairy tale retellings and the more creative the better. However, I got about 3/4 of the way through and couldn't force myself to finish this one. Lemon has a unique approach to the Cinderella story, but I'm afraid the execution needs some help. Before continuing with my review, know that I read with the intended audience in mind, but I can't entirely ignore my training and my pers ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Bethany rated it it was ok
**This review contains spoilers**
I have read a lot of Cinderella retellings in my day, even ones about a boy named Cinder and a girl named Ella, but never one where both Cinder and Ella were girls. So that was creative and I liked it. However, I almost feel like this story doest qualify as a Cinderella story, because it doesn't have talmost anything in common with the original story. (I use the term 'original' as loosely as possible. I know all too well that we actually have no idea where Cinder
When someone mentions Cinderella, I will straightly remember about her wicked step mother and sisters, a fairy godmother, the glass shoes, a great ball, and a prince charming with his castle. It is so easy to retell the story. But when I saw Cinder and Ella, I got no clue. I wondered what the author brought to the surface. How much it was related to the original story was the main question.

In the beginning Mellisa Lemon, the author, has warned the reader that in Cinder and Ella, there would not
Devon Ashley
As refreshing as it is beautiful - our beloved fairytale gets a supernatural twist.

Forget what you know about Cinderella. There's no glass slipper, no fairy godmother and the Prince isn't coming to sweep you off your feet and carry you off into the sunset - in fact, he may just drop you off a cliff. And there is no Cinderella - well, not really.

Cinder and Ella are the middle sisters in what was once a happy family of six. When the Prince came to visit late one night, he bewitched their father w
Deborah Andreasen
Sep 07, 2011 Deborah Andreasen rated it liked it
My review might be a little confusing, but once you read the book, it'll make more sense.

I think I have said before how much I love fairytale retellings. I was determined to love Cinder and Ella…but I found that I merely enjoyed it.

I thought the mother’s fusing of Cinder and Ella was too quick. I think the idea was good, but it seems like it happened over the course of two or three days, rather than a few years. And why was she stuck at a spinning wheel? Was she enchanted or something? That par
Jun 06, 2011 Jaime rated it it was ok
(This review is for the ARC, courtesy of NetGalley)

Cinder and Ella, by Melissa Lemon, is nominally a revision of the Cinderella fairy tale. In it, the sisters Cinder and Ella are wrenched from their previously happy home after their father disappears. Their mother recedes into the shadows while their other two sisters, spoiled and useless, exhaust the girls with unrelenting demands. Cinder decides to obtain work at the castle nearby to help support the family, while Ella, less tolerant and more
Leigh Collazo
Jul 02, 2011 Leigh Collazo rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
A huge thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read and review this (and other) books free of charge.

More reviews and book trailers at

Overall Rating: Neutral opinion. It is certainly a unique Cinderella story, and I have seen several 5-star reviews.

Give it to: Middle school girls who like fairy tale adventures with a side of chaste romance

What I liked: The story is unique. Cinder and Ella splits the character of Cinderella into two different girls, the only two
Kellie Sheridan
May 09, 2011 Kellie Sheridan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya
We’ve all heard the story a million, billion times. Girl leads hard life, girl has crappy family, girl goes to ball, girl meets boy, girl lives happily ever after. Cinderella. We all know it. Or do we? Melissa Lemon has written a wonderfully creative new take on one of our favorite classics. She’s left the bare bones of the story and done something really wonderful with it, and as someone who is a sucker for rewritten classics, I loved it.

In Cinder and Ella there isn’t one girl but two. Sisters.
May 20, 2011 Kay-c rated it liked it
We all know Cinderella’s story. A fairy godmother, Two evil step sisters and a step mother who ruined our heroine’s life. And glass shoes that saved her from that evil family and of course a charming Prince who would come to save the day and they live happily ever after. Well..FORGET THAT.

Cinder and Ella is not a fairy tale story we all know. Cinder and Ella are sisters. There was no prince( well not really) , no fairy godmother and no step sisters and mother and no glass shoes.
Cinder and Ella
Mariah Overlock
Jul 11, 2011 Mariah Overlock rated it really liked it
I loved the different story elements Melissa gave to this version. This time, Cinderella's mother is still alive, though she may as well not be. And the prince has a much more, um, active role in the story than in most Cinderella tales. She created some great villains altogether.

I would have liked to see a bit more of Cinder in the story. Most of it focuses around Ella so I didn't feel nearly as connected to Cinder. Many of the characters were well developed, though, and made me come back to th
Aug 10, 2011 Kath rated it really liked it
Kniha je sice založená na původní popelce, ale prakticky s ní nemá nic společného. Je to úplně jiný příběh, ale zato chytlavý a zajímavý. Přímá řeč tam je trochu ošizená, jelikož se autorka soustředila spíše na vyprávění a popisování, ale přesto se mi to líbilo....I když mi trvalo tak dlouho knihu dočíst. :D
Jun 02, 2011 Kristen rated it it was ok
The story is of a family, with four daughters two of which are named Cinder and Ella. The father disappears and Cinder end up working in the Kingdom Castle to help support her family and to, in some respects, get away from her sisters and mother. When she leaves, Ella also leaves. Ella can't take the nightmare that she has to live with, with the remaining two sisters and her mother. Cinda returns home to find Ella gone, and her family has forgotten that Ella really exists and they call Cinda, Ci ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: egalley
Full review at

I'll have to be honest, normally I am not a sucker for fairy tales or re-tellings of princess stories. However, Cinder and Ella kept me interested. In this version, Cinder and Ella are sisters in a family of six. Their father has disappeared since a mysterious visit from the Prince who plants seeds of discontent and darkness in the home,and their mother is a shadow of a woman who spends her days at the spinning wheel--isolated and mostly mut
Jun 03, 2011 Sara rated it it was ok
Received from NetGalley

Summary: 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.

Review: I don't find many books that don't pull me in but this one, I really couldn't tell who the audience was suppose to be. It was a decent read but I was
Jun 04, 2011 Pam rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
This is not your typical Cinderella story. There is a mother, a father, and four sisters. Everything was fine until one day the Prince came to their home and their father slowly started to become less like him self, until one day he just left – never to return. The house that was so full of love and happiness slowly became a place where the eldest daughter Katrina got everything she wanted from their mother, the youngest Beatrice, was a spoiled brat who still acted like a very small child, and t ...more
Nov 03, 2013 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Shelves: steer-clear-of
While it's true I can be a bit of a literary snob, I'm not normally too picky about my chick lit. Apparently, though, I'm not quite willing to overlook a multitude of sins, and this book brings "multitude" to a whole new level:

Plotholes? Check.
One-dimensional characters? Check.
Story line jumps, typos, nonsensical plot developments, and just overall cringe-worthy writing?
Check, check, check, check.

I know it sounds harsh, but this book reads like hastily-composed fan fiction or the first draft a m
Carolyn Frank
Jun 17, 2011 Carolyn Frank rated it it was ok
I loved the title: Cinder and Ella. I felt it was quite clever. That is what drew me to this book--and the hope of hunkering down in my chair with a heartwarming remake of a cherished childhood fairytale. If you join me with a similar expectation with this book, you might be disappointed. But if you want to read a book that throws story structure to the wind and concentrates more on teaching a lesson, then perhaps this book is for you.

Cinder and Ella are the only two functioning souls of a disfu
Stacey O'Neale
Jun 08, 2011 Stacey O'Neale rated it liked it
This review was completed by Amanda Harbin, staff reviewer with the YA Fantasy Guide.

I was attracted to this book because it was the first time that I had ever heard of someone turning Cinderella and her fairy tale into a fairy tale about two sisters. It is a truly a unique concept and I thought that overall it was well executed. The story of the sisters Cinder & Ella didn't just take the road less traveled, it carved out its own path. There were a few traditional Cinderellian (I just invent
Jennifer Daiker
Jun 06, 2011 Jennifer Daiker rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Cinder and Ella is told as a remake of the classic Cinderella fairy tale. I am not one who normally gives such a small rating but I felt with this one there was more frustration about the writing and the story not to share.

First if you're looking for a new twist on Cinderella you will not find it in this story. A twist in my opinion is when the story still has the same remnants of it's originaly fairytale and different aspects trickled in resulting in a somewhat different conclusion. What Melis
Aug 20, 2011 Bibliojunkies rated it liked it
This review posted on on August 20, 2011.

I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley. The book releases November 8, 2011.
From Benneville Books (Cedar Fort, Inc.):

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 o
Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
I was lucky to recieve this book from NetGalley in return for my honest review. Cinder and Ella is a reimagining of the Cinderella story. It is tale about two sisters who try to remain strong after the mysterious disappearance of their father. After this happens, their mother slowly beings to lose her grip on reality, their older sister Katrina becomes vain and selfish, and their younger sister Beatrice turns into a spoiled, rotten brat. Cinder and Ella are all each other has. After Cinder gets ...more
Aug 14, 2013 Rachel rated it did not like it
Pretty flat, skeletal telling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Cinder and Ella are two sisters, and you can see the bare bones of the original Grimm fairy tale, but it's a broken, partial skeleton. Cinder and Ella both had flaws and virtues, but Mother and older sister Katrina were cardboard cutouts without any humanity at all. I felt sorry for Knight Tanner - being on the receiving end of joking (but unending)criticism from your loved one is only appealing for a short time. When hormones finally h ...more
Tasos Anastasopoulos
Aug 22, 2011 Tasos Anastasopoulos rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
First of all one minor detail that still has quite an influence regarding this review... It's been almost a month since I read the book but some issues regarding my laptop (plus the fact that i had some sort of holidays and being lazy a bit too to start reviewing) so it's not so fresh in my mind the whole case of the book and normally i have forgotten some small things that i would normally point out if i had bothered to write this much earlier...

Cinderella, perhaps the most famous fairytale eve
Aug 25, 2013 Debbie rated it did not like it
I know one star seems a bit harsh, but it quite literally means that you didn't like the book. And I'm sorry, I just didn't. I know I usually save the one star for really dirty books or something, but this time it was clean and all...I just plain didn't like it. I would actually go so far as to say it was absolutely painful to read.

I couldn't handle the flat characters. They were SO FLAT. It was like you were seeing them from a distance and could only see them when squinting, so even then you on
Jun 19, 2011 Sonette rated it really liked it
We are all more or less familiar with the age old story of Cinderella and her wicked stepsisters. As little girls the Cinderella story was the basis for all our dreams of the future and I will admit that even now I swoon for any story where a poor helpless girl meets a prince on a white horse who sweeps her off her feet (whether literally or hypothetically).

I for one have always been an avid fan of such stories and despite the cynical way with which most people view love and love stories these
Kim (Bookishly Me)
Feb 23, 2012 Kim (Bookishly Me) rated it liked it
Shelves: fairytales
This is not your average fairy tale and to be honost besides the name it doesn't resemble Cinderella in any way. It's a totally different story, it's a little darker, no handsome prince, no fairy godmother and no happy ending. Well the latter isn't really true but it's not really a happy ending yet, let's keep it to that. No this is a story about a girl named Ella, a girl named Cinder and an evil prince.

To be honost I really love fairy tales, but this goes for the ones I grew up with. Cinderella
Amy L. Campbell
Note: Review copy provided via NetGalley.

Although this is billed as a retelling of Cinderella, I didn't find much that was even remotely related to one of the traditional versions. This wouldn't have been a problem for me had the story been strong enough to stand on its own, unfortunately there were numerous problems that kept me from fully enjoying the work. However, I want to discuss the positive aspects of this story first.

I thought that the legend of the trees was an interesting and actually
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Melissa has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil in her hand and she has a deformed, calloused finger to prove it. She began twisting fairy tales in the fifth grade when she wrote a story about George of the Jungle making his way to Neverland. Melissa enjoys writing, making music, reading, baking and running. She lives with her husband, three daughters and cat named Matilda.
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