Genre: Contemporary NA/YA Romance
Heat Level: None
Series: Book 1 of 2
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder.
Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.
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This was such a fun read! A modernized story mixing elements of Cinderella and Beauty and the Beast with a wicked stepmother and stepsisters and a scarred heroine. I love finding these hidden gems that you go into with fairly low expectations and actually end up enjoying reading.
Ella and Cinder met online and become best friends despite the fact that Cinder does not reveal that he is actually a hollywood teen movie star. They have never met in person, however, tragedy strikes and Ella ends up in a tragic car accident with burns over 70% of her body and leaves her severely scarred and disfigured.
Ella ends up moving in with her estranged father and his new family. The cruelty of Ella’s stepmother and stepsisters were so painful. The climate at school was no better with Ella experiencing bullying to such an extreme. It was definitely I think and over exaggeration of how people would respond to someone with Ella’s handicap but this whole book was king of over the top.
Ella and Cinder don’t actually meet until the last third of the book but Cinder of course plays the perfect prince charming and ends up loving her despite her physical flaws.
This book was completely unrealistic, exaggerated and over the top. However, this was exactly what I needed. It was super sweet with cherries on top and kept me smiling. A perfect modern fairytale. There is a Book 2 but the end of Book 1 feels very complete.
Release Date: October 1, 2014
Length: 254 pages
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