Review - Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon

Topics: Cinderella, Fairy tale, Family Pages: 2 (628 words) Published: April 3, 2013
“If you drink water and breathe air, then you have heard the story of Cinderella. And, if you drink water and breathe air, you have heard it… wrong. There was no fairy godmother, no glass slipper. There was no wicked stepmother or wicked stepsister. There wasn’t even a prince, at least not in the way that you might think. And if you’re expecting everyone to live happily ever after, you may end up being disappointed. But a happy ending isn’t something that can be expected or predicted. And while it all happened long ago, the events that took place were enough to stand the test of time, even if the details have been altered.”

Once upon a time there was a good and beautiful young girl…. Wait! Did I just say “a girl”? Sorry, I meant two beautiful sisters, Cinder and Ella. They lived with their father, their mother, their eldest sister, Katrina, and the youngest, Beatrice, in Willow Top. They were a happy family until darkness crept into their lives in the form of Prince Monticello. He cast a dark and invisible spell on their family that changed their entire lives. Their father, Weston, began to mistreat his wife and his daughters and later abandoned them. Adela, their mother, was shattered and decided to shut out most of the world. Katrina became insufferable and demanding while Cinder, the second oldest daughter, kind and loved by all, worked as the family servant. Ella, the third daughter and the one closest to her father, suffered watching her beloved sister Cinder work as a servant and take care of everyone in the house, including the increasingly spoiled Beatrice. Ella could take care of herself and was the only one in her family to feel the evil in her house and around the kingdom. One day Cinder heard that the king was looking for castle servants, so she went to work at the castle, leaving Ella at home to take care of the family, but things didn’t go as she expected.

“Cinder and Ella”, as you may have already guessed, is not the usual fairytale...
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