Book Review: ELLA AND CINDER by Kelly Oram

Cinder and Ella
Author: Kelly Oram
Genre: New Adult

What would you do if your anonymous Internet best friend turned out to be Hollywood’s hottest celebrity?

Cinder458: Your blogaversary is coming up, right?
EllaTheRealHero: Do all those Hollywood friends of yours know you use words like blogaversary?
Cinder458: Of course not. I need your address. Got you a blogaversary present.

Cinder got me a gift?
My heart flipped.
Not that I was in love with my Internet best friend or anything. That would be utterly ridiculous. The boy was cocky and stubborn and argued with everything I said just to be infuriating. He also had lots of money, dated models—which meant he had to be hot—and was a closet book nerd.
Funny, rich, hot, confident, book lover. Definitely not my type. Nope. Not at all. 

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.

With a heartwarming online celebrity romance reminiscent of Jennifer E. Smith’s This Is What Happy Looks Like, bestselling young adult author Kelly Oram has struck gold with her new adult contemporary retelling of the timeless fairytale classic Cinderella.

Reviewers are saying:
"A story that has it all: tears, laughs, sparks and a drop-dead swoonworthy hero. Give it a while and DreamWorks will pick up this story for a movie adaption, no doubt." Anna Katmore, Author of Play With Me & Neverland 

"Both funny and heart-wrenching, Cinder and Ella will give you all the feels. It’s the best twist on the Cinderella tale I have come across. I am not just a fan of Kelly Oram. I am an addict." Cassie Mae, author of Switched & How To Hook A Bookworm 

"Cinder & Ella is a beautiful modern-day fairytale with a great cast of characters that made me laugh and swoon. It had me staying up late at night to read just one more chapter, and at the end, I was left with a big grin on my face." Cindi Madsen, USA Today Bestselling Author of Falling For Her Fiancé & Cinderella Screwed Me Over

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5 stars.

I couldn't believe it when I saw how many 5 star reviews Cinder & Ella had and now I know why because this NA book was amazing. This is a sweet and not your usual fairy tale. It is a story of indescribable friendship, intense love, showing strength in the face of tragedy, and the acceptance of disabilities. This is my first book by Kelly Oram and it will not be my last.

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.

About the Author:

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen--a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy. 
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