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Cinder Ella

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  142 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
Ella is transgender. She's known since she was young; being a woman just fit better. She was happier in skirts than trousers, but that was before her stepmother moved in. Eleanor can't stand her, and after Ella's father passes she's forced to revert to Cole, a lump of a son. She cooks, she cleans, and she tolerates being called the wrong name for the sake of a roof over he ...more
Kindle Edition, 62 pages
Published June 24th 2016 by LoveLight Press
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The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Every so often comes a retelling of the Cinderella story that I actually enjoy because the normally weak willed heroine is given a backbone, or at least traits that make me not want to give her a swift kick in the back side. I absolutely loathe the Disney version however, and doormat heroines drive me into a serious rage-fest.

With that said, I found myself reading Cinder Ella. Firstly, the cover. I don't know how many times I say this in my reviews, but representation truly matters. I love seei
Lexxi Kitty
I went into this story hoping/expecting to love it. Or at the very least like it. I found that hard to do. Unlike the most recent ‘fairy tale retold’ I had read, I had not previously read the original story. Though I have read numerous ‘retellings’ (one or more of which have been adult in nature).

There were several flaws I thought of while reading. 1) Gender – time period; 2) magic; 3) drag queen personality.

Gender: Ella was born in the body of a boy that his dad called Cole (not sure if mother
C.L. McCollum
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Y'all this was such a happy story!! Granted there was definitely some transphobia from the evil steps, but that still felt very in character with the story. But I loved Ella getting to come into her own and feel just as beautiful as she is. And the twists on the original elements of the tale were so fun! Loved Heather and the rosebushes and the awesome tailor extroidinaire! Just so much delightful uplifting moments here. I loved every page.
Pike Martell
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This story made me so happy! It was Cinderella but it wasn't. It has some of the basic themes, but stands on its own. It's just a sweet, emotional fairy tale, full of fun little details, and a happy ending that comes more from within Ella than from circumstances. It's a cute, short-ish read, and I recommend it!
This looks and sounds awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Chasia Lloyd
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was FANTASTIC. Very sweet and cute f/f featuring a trans protagonist. Lots of great little details and some incredible friendships.

TWs: deadnaming and misgendering from Ella's family
For The Reading Quest, I've challenged myself with reading 13-17 books from my TBR that fit different themes. For the bard quest Fairytale Retelling, I went with T. S. Lynn's Cinder Ella. 

This magical little novella takes the Cinderella tale and casts our Disney princess as a Black transgender woman named Ella. All the original ingredients of the fairytale are there, from the wicked stepmother to the fairy godmother (in this case, a fae tailor) to Ella's kind heart of gold. The prince is a princ
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
There were many reasons to like this retelling of Cinderella. Not only was the heroine, Ella, a black trans woman who fell in love with the princess instead of a prince, but the fairy godmother was a tailor, there was no Ella being locked away until she was saved by someone else, and the importance of female friendships is demonstrated in the text. This novella has a variety of different women in the starring roles, which I really enjoyed and I loved how parts of the original fairytale were adju ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
7/10 Stars

"As it is, the ending seemed a little abrupt and that confusion over how trans people fit into this fairytale world left me too muddled to completely appreciate the sweetness of the rest of it." - Matt

"It’s a fairy tale with a very interesting fae instead of a fairy godmother, some lovely twists and some angst and heartbreak." - Maria

You can find our full reviews here.
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I collect folklore and fairy tales. I've probably read just about every twist on the Cinderella classic. This is one of my favorites. The characters were believable and sympathetic. Trans Cinderella is brilliant and gives the old character new depth. For instance, hard work isn't a punishment. Ella enjoys her work. The true punishment is her isolation and the basic right to be herself.

Lynn has a talent for description and pacing. Even though the pace of the first chapter is slow, I was still hoo
SapphicAThon: Trans mc

This was a really good read! I enjoyed the romance a lot and I really liked Ella.
These girls are my jam. Review to come on the blog.
Charlotte Anne Hamilton
This was an incredible read! It was such a great retelling of Cinderella. Our Cinderella is a trans woman called Ella, living with her transphobic step-mother and step-sisters. And then she meets the princess and their relationship is just utterly adorable. I mean, how amazing is it for this retelling to not only be a f/f relationship but with a trans MC? I'm crying. It's beautiful.
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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What a charming fairy tale. I loved it.

It's a little fuzzy around the edges in the way that fairy tales sometimes are. I guess it's meant to be a fantasy world (since several characters just accept that the Fae exist), but it doesn't really matter. Unlike a lot of fairy tales, even fairy tale retellings, Ella does take charge of her own destiny, which I appreciated a lot.

The first kiss (and the second kiss) between Ella and the princess were so sweet! Ella was a really lovable character, and I
Really cute and sweet. My one complaint was that it seemed a bit odd that Ella's stepfamily had spent her whole life misgendering her and then let her go to the ball in a dress, even if there was magic involved. Also I wish it had been longer, I would gladly read a proper-length novel of this. Still, it was very well done for its size.

CW: emotional and psychological abuse, misgendering, some fat shaming, some physical violence.
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
I initially gave this 3.5 stars but I keep thinking it over and apart from it being too short, I can't really recall why I rated it low? So I'm upping the rating to 4.5 stars and if I remember why I'll mention it here.

It's honestly the cutest story and I loved reading it.

TW for transmisia, deadnaming, parental abuse.
Tami Veldura
Jun 24, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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Dec 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Short and sweet!
This retelling is all about the representation and features a trans, woc cinderella and a f/f relationship. As I’m neither trans/woc I can’t comment on how those communities feel about the accuracy of the portrayal and the issues touched upon (tw: deadnaming). However as an everyday reader I did enjoy this story and was more than pleased to have a mc that was more representative than the usual “super thin, super pretty (but doesn’t know it) white girl”.
I did feel like the end c
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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[Spoilers] Oh I wish this was so much longer but this was an amazing read! Easily the most unique Cinderella retelling I've ever read, and beautifully told. The story goes through the Cinderella plot points with a lot of ease, while still maintaining the constant truth of Ella and her identity, which is the most important part of this whole story. I especially love that Ella's appearance is never shied away from or really changed, the tailor just gives her a dress made to fit her and helps Ella ...more
Jenn Klee
Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A Sweet Retelling of a Familiar Story

This was such a sweet heartfelt retelling of Cinderella. S. T. Lynn did a wonderful job of keeping a familiar story fresh and interesting. I enjoyed Ella's interest in gardening and that made her fun to read. While the stepmom and sisters are perfectly heinous, I enjoyed that the princess and her lady in waiting were witty and strong women. There are sweet moments, funny moments, and moments that tug at your heartstrings. I think sometimes there might have be
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
3rd book for the SapphicAThon, challenge: Trans MC

This was such a delightful read! I loved how, despite being a Cinderella retelling, it still had a few twists that were different from the original story! (view spoiler)
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Overall I think it was an interesting retelling with a trans woman as Cinderella. It had a good start, but the ending seemed lacking. I wish Ella's shoe - which would have been larger than most women's - would have played a role in the princess finding Ella. Also, I wish Ella's plight wouldn't have been so easily resolved by the Fae. It would have been more interesting if Ella had to spend the 2+ years while her rose plant grew establishing her life and living independently before the princess f ...more
Constance Sedgwick
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok...where to start??? Well...A retelling of Cinderella! A wonderful retelling! With Ella as a POC. as a TRANSWOMAN P.O.C no less! it was a quick and short read...Kindle said the book could be read in 2 hours...

and it was both heartwrenching (as the story of Cinderella can be) and delightful!

If anyone wants a short fun read, this is it. Or, if you just want to read more stories with beautiful women of color...or transgender women...

my insides have warm fuzzies after finishing the short story <
Kay H.
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cinderella is my second favorite fairy tale, after Beauty and the Beast. I love nearly every rendition of it, and this one might be one of my favorites.

So why four stars instead of five?

The last chapter felt rushed, and there are two potential subplots that are introduced and never touched upon again.
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great read

It was a short but really enjoyable read. So inclusive and a truly wonderful message. I love this take on a classic fairytale that helps lgbt people relate more with the story
Meyari McFarland
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely little fairy tale. I would have liked more to both the romance and the world but that just says good things about the writing. Very sweet romance and I love that Ella just keeps going despite the things she faces.
S Brown
May 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very sweet fairy tale, I only wish it had been longer.
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sugary sweet romance!
Heather Salmon
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really cute, lovely, well written read but man, it just felt really short. I wish I could have spent a lot longer with the characters.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely STUPID adorable. I died.
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“She swallowed it down and willed her heart to settle. This was an important moment. For the first time she could introduce herself how she wanted. She got to define her own self. And no one was going to stop her. "Ella," she said quietly, as if saying out loud what had been only in her head for so long would break it further.” 1 likes
“Starlight, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight." She closed her eyes hard enough to see spots. "I wish I could go to the princess' ball. Please, oh please." She repeated it over and over in her head, wishing as hard as she could.” 1 likes
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