Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ella by Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee Review

About the book:
Reserved yet resilient, Ella Blakeley lives with her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, without hope of escape—until the day Prince Kenton announces a ball that changes everything. Even without mice, magic, or fairy godmothers, Ella might discover a life that’s better than she ever dreamed. This intricately woven twist on Cinderella is an enchanting book you won’t be able to put down.
About the author:
Jessilyn Stewart Peaslee graduated with a BA in English from Brigham Young University in 2004. She loved taking Creative Writing classes, and was particularly fond of the works of Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and the Bronte sisters. She also studied French and the Humanities. Jessilyn grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern California and now resides in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains in Saratoga Springs, Utah, with her husband and five boys.

My Review:
I really liked this Cinderella retelling. I liked it because there were enough similarities to remind me of the original, and yet enough differences to makeit like a new story. The evil step family is there, along with the Prince and the glass slippers. However the edition of a human best friend and the way the author described p o berry brought new life into the old classic. I really liked the ending when Ella found her voice and her heart. Also the Prince does go looking for the girl that fits the glass slipper! I am giving this book a 5/5. I was given a copy to review, however all opinions are my own.

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