Thursday, October 30, 2014

Book Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Cinder & Ella, by Kelly Oram
2014, 269p, YA Contemporary Romance
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy for an honest review

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 fiancĂ©e—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 looking for a fun read so decided to pick this book up and read a little bit and then I couldn't put it down! Ellamara is a teenage book and movie review blogger (love it!) who lives in Boston and is online friends with Cinder, a guy she argues about books with. Ella gets in a car accident and her mother dies, so while she recovers, she is sent to live with her father in LA. Her father had an affair and left her mother when she was 8. He has now remarried and has two stepdaughters, Anastasia and Juliette, who aren't thrilled to have Ella come stay with them.

There was more to this book than I originally thought there would be. Ella needs to learn to live with her physical and emotional scars and adjust to family life with people she hasn't met and a father she hasn't seen or heard from in many years. She needs to make new friends and she now has scars from the accident so she doesn't feel attractive at all. Her stepsisters don't like her and she doesn't feel any connection to her stepmom. Her life has been turned completely upside down and she doesn't feel like she fits in anywhere. She has plenty to be depressed about and I loved reading how she was able to overcome all of it, especially how she came to terms with her father and his new family.

I also enjoyed her relationship with Cinder. She was able to talk to him about anything and everything. When she reconnected with him, it took her a while to let him know what she was really going through. I loved the way they met and thought it would be smooth sailing once that happened, but there were still obstacles for them to overcome. There are some other great side characters, too. I loved the ending and wasn't ready for this book to be over!

Content: Swearing and sexual innuendo, but nothing graphic.

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


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