Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram
Published : 2014
Version Read : Ebook
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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 picked up this book because it was on sale, and I don’t regret it. It was one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read in a long while. It’s not the highest quality of writing, but it serve the purpose it was written for.
I really enjoyed the dynamic between Ella and Cinder/Brian. It seemed so natural and real and you could tell that they had years of friendship under their belts. While their romance could be seen as insta-love I just kept in mind that they had known each other online for a long time and sure after seeing each other for the first time, the attraction won out.
I’ve never read a book about a burn victim and I really enjoyed reading the story through Ella’s eyes. The day to day life that she had was saddening and when she had victories I cheered with her. I learned a lot about how people recover and look forward to reading her journey in the next book.
My only problem with the book would be with Cinder/Brian. I thought he was a little too superficial when he was back in his own world without Ella. He was a bit of a push over and should have stood up for himself way sooner in the book.
I read this book in two days and I thought it was a stand alone. I was so excited to learn that there was going to be a new one next year and look forward to diving back into this world.