Cinder and Ella by Melissa Lemon is book with a new twist on a beloved fairy tale, Cinderella. Ms. Lemon did an admirable job of incorporating the original fairy tale into a beautifully written though rather dark story of her own creation.
The story is full of knights, castles, good versus bad ~ all the necessary ingredients for a fairy tale. Ms. Lemon captured my interest with the plot. She engaged my attention, enthralled my imagination and I really should have loved this book.
I tried to convince myself I did.
I reviewed all the positive points of this story but ... in the end ...
I just didn't enjoy this book.
I found the story to be too dark, too sad. I walked away feeling slightly angry that such a beautiful fairy tale from my youth could be twisted into a bleak, dark and rather unsettling story.
It certainly evoked strong emotions from me but not ones I like to feel when walking away from a book I've just read.
The best I can write for this review is that this book will