by Gail Carson Levine
Publisher: Harper Collins
Read on: June 12, 2018
Format: Library Loan
Ella was given the “gift” of obedience from a fairy when she was born so she has to follow through on all commands. Once she learns more of the fairy’s location she decides to embark on an adventure to break this curse.
This is a unique retelling of Cinderella with fantastical elements added in like gnomes, ogres, giants, and elves. There is an interesting twist added to these magical creatures that made them different from other fantasy books. The giants are out and about yet really jolly characters while the elves keep to themselves yet are known for their artistic abilities. If I lived in this world I would not want to come across an ogre. There is not a lot of details that go into the world building but there is enough to paint a clear picture of the landscape.
Ella is a very strong character despite being dealt bad cards. She is a likable character and an easy character to emphasize with. I found myself enjoying the romance between Ella and Char. While the direction of their relationship was obvious I appreciated the slow build. They were able to enjoy conversations and each other’s presence that would build up to the attraction they held when they were older.
I found the latter half of the story to be rushed. While reading I did forget the story was a retelling so when all the Cinderella elements were introduced I was a bit surprised. The spark I felt while the story progressed to the ending started to wane. Even though I was disappointed at how quick the events turned I was reminded at how empowering the ending was.