Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram -- Blog Tour/Giveaway

Cinder & Ella

Author: Kelly Oram

Publisher: Bluefields

Published: October 1st, 2014

ISBN13: 9780991457953

Paperback: 332 pages


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.

My Review

I have always enjoyed the books I have read from Kelly, so I knew I would enjoy Cinder & Ella.  The difference was, I didn't instantly like Brian at first.  I honestly thought he was a jerk.  But, I loved Cinder.  I know they are the same person, but we meet Brian after Cinder, after Ella was in her accident, and because he hadn't heard from her in so long and thought something happened to her, he wasn't himself.  He didn't care about anyone, until he hears from Ella again.  Even after that though, he needed to do an about-face for me to like him.  Luckily, he did.  

Ella, on the other hand, was an angel.  All that she had gone through was gut-wrenching.  Not only was she in a terrible accident, her mom dies, and she goes to live with her dad, who abandoned her, and his wife and daughters.  Anastasia is such a brat, but I grew to like Juliette.  Ella has a lot to work out, not only with the accident and recovering, but her feelings towards her dad and what really happened between him and her mom all those years ago.

I really enjoyed how this book wasn't just about their relationship.  As with Ella, Brian needed to work his life out too before he deserved to be with Ella.  I liked how they "met" and the ending is very enjoyable and sweet.  

4 out of 5 stars.  


Language, sexual innuendoes  

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