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Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon
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Oct 15, 2011

it was ok
Read in October, 2011

While it is true that this Cinderella story is like no other I’ve ever read, I have to admit that I’m a little biased. This is a really interesting story, but I like my Cinderella story better. It probably has to do with it being ingrained into my head from a young age, but even so, I found that I wasn’t as captivated by this novel as I wanted to be. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s not a boring read, nor is it poorly written. In fact, Lemon does a great job writing this story, from her prose to her pacing, she does a wonderful job creating a unique storyline and atmosphere for her readers. And, while I personally didn’t care for most of the characters, save Ella and her knight, I think this was intentional on Lemon’s part.

Cinder and Ella, while separate entities, complete each other as a whole. Where Cinder is caring and compassionate, loving everyone and completely gullible, Ella refuses to let people walk all over her; she’s feisty and down to earth, dreaming of a better life. They really are two parts of the whole, completing Cinderella, but what Lemon has done is remove them and make them two separate characters, which is interesting in and of itself. Now, Cinder gets on my nerves. Ella and I have a lot more in common, and Ella is the central character, so I connected with her much more readily that I did with Cinder, but even Ella has her moments when I thought, “wow, that was really mean.” Obviously, on many occasions I groaned in terms of Cinder as her “nothing bad can ever happen” attitude is annoying, and as the reader, we know better. The rest of the characters, however, really made me nuts...

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