Ella by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee
Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escapeuntil the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything.
|Publisher:||Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
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Ella based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I have a blog tour post coming up for the second book in this series, so I thought I should probably put this review up as well. When the description says you will not be able to put it down, it's true. I started late Friday evening, and went into the morning because I couldn't put it down. I devoured this book. I love re-tellings when they are done well, and this one is done very well. Cinderella is one of my all time favorite stories, so I knew when I opened the book I was in for the long haul. Ella, is such a sweet, loving, kind, hardworking, and compassionate character. She works all day to provide for her stepmother and horrible step sisters. Her best friend in the world is Will Hawkins. They grew up together, but when Ella's father died, her step mother fired most of the staff or just quit paying them so they left. Will, is also an amazing character. He is humble, kind, hard working, and obviously handsome. His only real friend is Ella and although they don't spend much time together they obviously care for each other. Will works at the Palace, and the Prince has just returned from travel and plans to have a ball to find his princess. He invites the whole kingdom, peasants, and royalty to attend. We all knows what happens from there right? Well this one has a little spin on the ending, which I love more than anything. This is such a fun read. I enjoyed every moment of this book. I cannot wait to read Ella's Will next! Stay tuned for my review on that one :). Source: I bought this book for myself. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book. Content: CLEAN and wonderful!
It's not really my favorite genre, but I found the story charming and well written.
I really enjoyed this book. This book has wonderful characters and a great plot. I had a hard time putting this book down.
My readers know by now that I analyze books very carefully, and am also honest to a fault in my reviews. I honestly have no constructive criticism for Ella at all. I loved it from beginning to end. Let me tell you why: 1. Ella had many of the same elements as the original Cinderella story, but it was also quite different. There was no Fairy Godmother, and I can’t tell you anything else, or it will ruin the story. Just trust me – there are delicious twists and turns. 2. I absolutely loved the main character, Ella. She was a character to look up to - one you would wish to emulate. She worked tirelessly, she kept her promises, she was humble, and she was loving. She never gave up, was courageous, and had hope for her future. 3. I was just as much in love with the character of Will, her childhood friend. The story wasn’t told from his perspective, but it didn’t matter, because the author painted his thoughts and feelings through his nonverbal, verbal, and physical communication. It was brilliant. 4. There were so many religious elements woven into the book, even though God was never specifically mentioned. Forgiveness, compassion, charity, mercy, humility, sacrifice, strong family ties…I could go on listing these Christ-like virtues. I loved these elements, and was strengthened by them. 5. I had empathy for the antagonist. Some of my most favorite novels help me see the humanity in, and feel empathy towards, even the darkest of people. 6. There was a very special phrase used throughout the book, that whenever said, made me smile and think fondly of Ella’s dear father. 7. The chemistry between two characters in the book was intoxicating. I felt every blush, every touch, every intense stare like they were my own, or directed at me. It takes a very talented writer to pull this off well, especially when those moments are restrained. 8. I cried like a baby from the last chapter through the epilogue. A book that can make you care about the characters and their fates enough to make you cry openly is a work of art. I could keep going telling you what I loved about Ella, but maybe the best course of action now is to read it yourself. You can find it here. This is how Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee described Ella to me: “Ella is a realistic, historical retelling of the classic Cinderella story with a few twists. :) The resilient yet reserved Ella has no magic, mice, or fairy godmothers to help her. Instead, she must find within herself the courage and strength to overcome tragedy, discover her self-worth, forgive, and open her heart to the patient and selfless nature of true love. Ella is YA fiction, but is intended for women of all ages. I wrote it mostly for moms who don't have a lot of time and want to read something uplifting and sweet and meaningful.” Her father made a book trailer for Ella. It will mean more to you after reading the book, so watch it before to get your interest, and after, to touch your heart once again. I hope someday to have a daughter with whom I can share the simple, yet profound messages found in this magnificent novel. *I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. www.ablisscomplete.com
I must admit--my favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast, but Cinderella is a very, very close second. I love the idea of someone rising up from where she's been forced to be in a positive and selfless way. This retelling is one of the best I've read and one of my new favorites. One thing that's tricky with retellings is to stay close enough to the original that the reader is engaged, yet put enough twists and spins on it to make it unique. Ms. Peaslee masters that quite well. The familiar elements are there--a motherless girl with a father who dies, a mean stepmother and stepsisters, a prince, and a ball. However, in this version, the reader really gets inside of Ella's head and sees her reasons for doing (or not doing) what she does. I found myself connected to Ella almost from the start. She's a hardworking, loyal girl with a great attitude and personality. Ella has two good friends, Jane and Will, who each play important roles in the story. The characters are all very well done. There isn't a fairy godmother, yet the story still worked well in that aspect. The major twists come towards the end and I wasn't sure just how it would all end, but I was very, very pleased with how it did. I read this book in a day, as I just couldn't get enough. This is a clean read, appropriate for all ages. I'm excited to see what Jessilyn Peaslee comes up with next! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*