Review: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram

Reviewed by Debz

Don’t judge me guys, but this is hands down one of my favorite books to read, ever. I was on twitter yesterday and there was an ongoing conversation about books that bring you out of a reading slump, and this is it for me. It never fails to bring me out of that dark place when books have to meaning and I’m unmotivated. I absolutely love it.

This book is about this amazing human Ella Rodriguez and her online bff and real life celebrity hottie Brian Oliver (unbeknownst to Ella of course). They met on her blog when she wrote a post bashing the casting of Brian as the main character in her favorite book series and have been friends ever since.

It’s super heartbreaking what Ella goes through in this book. On her birthday, she and her mum, her only parent and her rock get into an accident that kills her mum and leaves her almost crippled and scarred. She’s not only forced to live without her mum, she has to move to California with her father who abandoned her and his resentful new family. I honestly couldn’t do it.

It was aggravated by the fact that Ella had to redo her senior year in High School and we all know that High School students are the worst. Her father forced her to attend the private school his other daughters were attending rather than letting her continue with public school system she was used to. I’m just going to reiterate that High Schoolers are the worst and leave it there. Okay I’m not, they bullied her incessantly and for no other reason than she was different and disabled. It was even more disgusting because one of the stepwitches, Ana (her words not mine) goaded the students into doing this.

She eventually reconnects with Cinder when her therapists gives her an ultimatum; build a support system or go to a mental institution  for a couple months. She finally had someone on her side to share her problems and her thoughts with. Someone who had no other motive than her mental health and care. I STAN.

Cinder and Ella finally meet at FantasyCon, a book and game convention (be still my geeky heart) and of course paparazzi ruined it and almost killed this poor girl. This is why I will never join the online vilifying of a celebrity or anybody, no matter how well deserved (except like Ted Cruz, he for sure deserves it).

I loved the representation of Ella’s disability. It was frighteningly realistic and it gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation of people that have to go through that daily.

And even though Ella’s stepsisters were the worst, it was very realistic for them to feel threatened to feel like the pitiful and biological daughter of the only father they had ever known would whisk in and take all his attention and affection.

All in all, I feel like this was a realistic and super nuanced book with complex characters and emotions. Even when you root for a character, it is still easy to see and understand the minds of even the villains. I appreciated the fact that it made everyone multi-faceted; capable of kindness and cruelty and everything in between.

Rating: A+

Click to purchase: Amazon

Cinder & Ella
by Kelly Oram
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Publisher: Bluefields


  1. Excellent review! You are doing a great job with reviews. Anne – Books of My Heart

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.