Author: Kelly Oram
Released: October 1, 2014
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-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.
I was not planning on reading this book yet because it doesn’t come out until October 1st and there are several other books I really should have read first. I picked up Cinder and Ella to just read the first chapter and didn’t put it down! I read the entire thing in one sitting. This really shouldn’t have surprised me because I love Kelly Oram! Honestly there are just a few authors that write in a way that sucks me in and won’t let me come up for air until I’ve finished their book. Kelly is one of those writers.
I’m a sucker for Cinderella retellings so this was destined to be a favorite of mine. What teenage girl hasn’t dreamed of having someone famous fall for her and sweep her off her feet. We all know that is not reality but it is sure fun to dream and escape into a fun story like one.
Underlying the fairy tale there were beautiful messages about love and acceptance. This book gave me the “feels”. I had tears and smiled and laughed out loud. It was a seriously fun escape from the housework that I had intended to do the day I read this.
There is some “content” in this one. Nothing as over the top as her book A is for Abstinence contained. I did let my 14 year old read this one but warned her about a few things before she started it and she too loved it.
On a random note – I actually googled The Druid Prince a couple chapters into this story because I thought it was a real book and I wanted to read it. Utterly disappointed it isn’t a real story… maybe Kelly will write it (hint, hint).
Rating: 5 Stars – I loved it.
Content: language (I let me teenager read it and she pointed out that there was more than I realized), innuendo and talk of sex but nothing graphic or too over the top.
Source: Review copy
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