After her father's disappearance, Cinder leaves home for a servant job at the castle. But it isn't long before her sister Ella is brought to the castle herself. What Ella finds there starts a quest that will change her life and the entire kingdom. Cinder and Ella is a Cinderella story like no other, and one you'll never forget.
Not gonna lie. It isn't what I expected. And I LOVE it. Cinder and Ella is a very unique and twist on Cinderella. All the twists and turns keep you reading. Every page keeps you wondering and reading late into the night. The story is intriguing, the love story is adorable, and the prince, well let's just say there is nothing charming about him.
The entire book is just beautiful. Melissa is a fantastic writer with a beautiful voice and has a magical way with words. Cinder and Ella is full of beautiful details that make you feel as if you are right there with the characters. And in my opinion, every book should be like that.
I honestly think my favorite part of this book was Tanner. A knight who is clumsy = Best twist on a classic tale. He is lovable, and believable, adorable, and one of my all-time favorite characters!
Konstanz: What's your favorite thing about Cinderella?
Melissa: I love how Cinderella is so easy to relate to. A lot of other fairy tales feature "princesses," but Cinderella is just an ordinary, hard working girl who never gives up on the idea of a better life. She dares to believe in herself, and that deep down inside is much more than someone who knows how to scrub a toilet and sweep a chimney. There is much to learn from her about kindness, patience, and tolerance, but most of all that fervent, undying belief in self draws me to her.
Konstanz: Did you start writing, decide you wanted to re-write Cinderella and Cinder and Ella is the end result OR did you become a writer because you had an idea for a Cinderella re-tell?
Melissa: I wrote a few things before Cinder and Ella, including Blue Sky which I just self published and a few picture books. I've loved twisting fairy tales for a long time, but Cinder and Ella was the first one I retold in novel form. So, I guess if the question is, "What came first, the writer or Cinder and Ella," the answer would have to be the writer.
Konstanz: Aside from your own of course, which is your favorite version of Cinderella?
Melissa: I'd have to say the movie Ever After with Drew Barrymore.
Konstanz: Do you plan on writing more re-tells of other fairy tales?
Melissa: : I have a few other fairy tales, including a book that combines Sleeping Beauty and Beauty and the Beast into one story. But I also have many ideas for other genres. Fairy tales are just my favorite.
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