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review 2018-02-09 22:21
4.3 Out Of 5 "Cinder & Ella" Stars
Cinder & Ella - Kelly Oram




A super sweet modern-day retelling of Cinderella.  This has it all; evil step-sister(s), a famous guy that every girl wants, and a sweet blogger girl, who just needs to cut a break in life.  Early on, when reading this, I was worried that it was going to be one of those sappy, eye-roll-inducing kind of YA reads.  I soldiered on and it paid off because it ended up being quite good.  It deals with some heavy subjects in a mostly realistic manner, without being too grievous. 


There is a second book to this and I guess it adds more to their love story, I'm not sure that I'll read it, though, because overall this ended quite nicely for me.









Plot~ 4.3/5

Main Characters~ 4.2/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4.2/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4.2/5

Theme or Tone~ 4/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 4.2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.5/5

Originality~ 4.2/5

Ending~ 4/5  Cliffhanger~ Nope.


Book Cover~ I don't really like the old cover (above), but I do like the new one (below).

Setting~ LA, California

Series~  Cinder & Ella #1

Source~ I Own Kindle eBook



My Cover looked like this:



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review 2018-02-06 19:39
Jack (of Beanstalk fame) and Rapunzel save fantasy!New York
Calamity Jack - Dean Hale;Shannon Hale

This second entry keeps all the fun, humor, action, and social commentary of the first but shifts the setting east for an urban makeover. It's the late 19th century and giants are pulling the strings of the city in this revolutionary spin on Jack and the Beanstalk. Art continues to be appealing, funny and a little manic.

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review 2018-01-29 18:07
The YA fairytale retelling you've never heard of but need to read
Duckling Ugly - Neal Shusterman

This series is begging for fresh covers and a grand rerelease. There's such a wave of fairytale retellings making the rounds in YA right now, and these offer a sharply insightful modern day variation with more chilling horror than sparkly princesses which seems like it'd be fresh and well received. They're pretty short reads, borderline novella, so maybe that's holding them back a little (and yeah, those covers *shudder*) but the human, social, and cultural insight explored through a sort of twisted magical frame is spot on. This one picks up on the ugly duckling primarily, with a dark hook centered around the idea of beauty - or ugliness - being skin deep vs. all the way through, and drawing from or contributing to its surroundings. Not to get too spoilery, but it almost heads into YA paranormal territory; not quite vampires, but shades-of. Murder and abuse and Carrie-like bullying abound in a depressed smalltown (southern?) America setting.

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review 2017-10-28 16:16
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles) - Marissa Meyer

Meyer does an admirable job of pulling this richly woven tale together. Dystopian take-the-castle efforts compose much of the runtime, with more twists and redirects than forward momentum, and a surprising amount of romance tucked in around the edges. The astonishingly creative and deep description continues, exploring the experiences of mentally ill, disabled and oppressed people, the nature of android and machine interactions with humanity, and political alliances. All the character journeys, relationships, motivations and storylines stream together for a big, if not entirely surprising finish that manages to weave in just one more fairytale retelling for a series already chock full.

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review 2017-10-24 22:34
Cress - Marissa Meyer

Another solid middle entry to the series. The multiple viewpoints feel natural, and the plot twists are thick on the ground. Still top marks for world building and telling details in a uniquely creative setting, touching on subjects such as childhood abuse and isolation as well as the nature of humanity. Romance-y stuff and revolution-y stuff all ramping up for the finale. Engaging read.

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