Friday, December 19, 2014

Review - Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Genres: YA/Children's, Fairy Tale
My rating: 5 stars
Average Goodreads rating: 3.94 stars
Pages: 232
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"It is helpful to know the proper way to behave, so one can decide whether or not to be proper.”
Ella of Frell is not your ordinary girl. On the day of her birth she was cursed(or as the fairy Lucinda would say, “gifted”) with obedience. Any and every command given to her she must follow. But Ella is a strong girl and she won't let her...unfortunate situation faze her.

In this unique take on Cinderella, Ella must find Lucinda and put an end to this silly curse—or she must let go of the one she truly loves.

I vaguely recall the first time reading this; I was maybe 10-years-old and found it while scouring the shelves at the library(my favorite place even at that age). Now, I've always been a sucker for fairy-tales and my mom said I should give the book a try. So I did.

I know that I liked it, but at that age I didn't keep track of the books I read, and it didn't leave a lasting impression. But then I picked it up again a few years later. Here's how the conversation with myself went as I fingered the worn pages of Ella Enchanted for the second time:
Hey! I've read this book before!
Wasn't this the one with the girl who wrote letters to that prince? Oh, and she was cursed?
Man, it was nothing like the movie.

I decided to give it another try. And that's how it became one of my all time favorite books. Just so you know—it's better than the movie.

This book is enchanting, I don't know how else to describe it! Ella, our heroine, is feisty and witty and endearing. Not to mention smart, brave, and funny. But she had her flaws and it was wonderful to see her adventures unfold on the page.

I've read this three times now—and I'll read it again. The end—that happily ever after—always leaves me satisfied and(dare I say something so cheesy?) warm and fuzzy inside.

Content: Very clean. Highly recommended.
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  1. I've read a number of books by this author, and I'd say it's one of my favourites of hers (my very favourite is The Two Princesses of Bamarre). Ella Enchanted (the book) really is nothing like the movie. I happen to like both the book and the movie (they're so different, it's kind of hard to compare the two), although I did see the movie before I read the book; if it had been the other way around, I don't know if I would've liked the movie at all!

    1. I love the movie and the book! But I watched the movie first too. They're very different, so I'm glad I did. Otherwise, I probably wouldn't have liked it either.

      Thanks for dropping by! I haven't read The Two Princesses of Bamarre. Hope it's as good as this one!