Cinder and Ella

Cinder and Ella

Cinder and Ella are two of four sisters. Both their older and younger sisters are selfish, their father quit doing anything to help the family before disappearing altogether, and their mother spins all day at her spinning wheel, effectively ignoring her daughters to the point that she has forgotten that Cinder and Ella are two individuals. Ella, tired of being forgotten and taken advantage of, sets out on her own, leaving Cinder to take care of the family.

Melissa Lemon’s telling of the Cinderella story, Cinder and Ella, is only marginally related to the original fairytale. With an evil prince on the horizon, and a story of living trees, the book’s closest tie with the original tale is the name of the book. While the book is a decent read, the characters, with few exceptions, just aren’t very likeable.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by the publisher.

The False Princess

The False Princess

Nalia has lived a life of privilege, as the princess and heir to the throne. As her 16th birthday arrives, however, she learns that she was merely a stand-in for the real princess. As The False Princess, Nalia (now Sinda), must leave everything she has ever known. Poor and without the ones whom she grew up loving, she is left with a choice – turn her back on those who did the same to her or follow her upbringing and save the crown.

Debut author, Eilis O’Neal has twisted the typical Cinderalla story in an entirely new way. With well developed characters and a novel idea, the book is one of quiet strength.