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Apr 28, Kira Simion rated it liked it Shelves: As soon-to-be princess Ella deals with her new-found status, she comes to rea Being a princess isn’t all that I think with some work, this book could be turned into something awesome. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Cinderella by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. But the truly unbearable aspect of this book is the plot. Jed-her religion teacher his father was her teacher until something in the story happens she has deep conversations with Uust the kind she wishes she and the Prince would have. Ella was forced into servitude to her stepmother, Lucille, and stepsisters, Corimunde and Griselda, after the death of her father.

I would highly recommend this book to everyone who loved Cinderella growing up. She’s ensconced in the castle and in hadix for her upcoming w This book purports to take place jst the close of the fairy tale, but it doesn’t.

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix – review

I’d changed my life all by myself. I realize that the book is written meant for teens and of course it will be scissored to suit the market but what is up with the prince? Worst of all, Ella is beginning to suspect that Charming’s beautiful blue eyes haddox golden hair are attached to a head with nothing in it. Reading between the lines, I think this book is a good commentary and almost satire on the rituals of court life and courtly love.

Ostensibly and really, unless you think about it, Just Ella is a re-telling of the Cinderella. You can’t be perfect; her Prince Charming was a perfect example. Paperbackpages. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Increasingly dissatisfied with her life at the palace, and learning that she was eola to be the prince’s bride to keep the family lineage beautiful as opposed to true love, Ella brings up the possibility of breaking the engagement.


You must never, ever hesitate to disturb a servant. The story takes place months before the wedding, and Ella is forced to learn how to become more of a lady. I wonder if this is before or after he falls in love jsut no, this must be after because he hzddix say that he falls in love at first sight. She was appalled that the girl was let go because she overslept and she was perfectly capable of getting her fire restarted.

Will she find a way out? There she winds up meeting the Prince, they fall in love after dancing the night away, only to have her run jist home when the clock strikes midnight. Even though this book havdix practically lifeless, I persisted in reading it so that I could have this review done plus, I hate it when I don’t finish a book. Like it, but wasn’t blown away. The characters are vibrant, from daring Ella, to evil Madame Bisset, to handsome Charming, to kindly Jed.

We all know the classical tale of Cinderella or in this book Cinders-Ellaso I’m not going to restate it for you. Or will she just die in the dungeon?

This book started out in hadidx middle of the traditional Cinderella story.

You can’t have happy if you don’t have sadness. Apr 03, Taylor Knight rated it it was ok. Happy to see hadddix fairy tale character that does NOT want a prince.

Mary-a sweet maid that Ella makes friends with and she really pulls through for Ella. I give this book a 3. The guy encourages Ella to talk to the prince in the hopes of ingratiating himself in the prince’s good books and as his wallet – he encourages Ella to sweet talk him in bed. She made her own destiny into one that she could have never had if she went through with her marriage to the prince, and even though she could probably never go back to that part of the kingdom, she was better off for it.

And these geniuses are supposed to be running the country? It’s not otherwise relevant to this book, and its definitely not young adult, but if you like Cinderella, and you have any liking for Victorian fiction, you should definitely check that one out. However, Cecelia discovers that the pretender princess Desmia is only one of many – Cecelia, Desmia, and eleven other girls were raised individually by royal knights who all believed they were protecting the “true princess” in secret.


This is the only book I’ve read in a good long while that I’ve genuinely disliked; I was surprised to realize this is by the same author who wrote the Shadow Children series, which I’ve never read but have heard good things about. She finds him dull, and realizes that she fell in love with the idea of him on the night of the ball, so long ago to her.

Also the story doesn’t have its classical happy endings. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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The Prince-a man we find out cannot put his own shoes on or formulate his own thoughts let alone. Most of the side characters were intentionally horrible to Ella and they’re mean in the most ridiculous ways. This book haddiix an all-time favorite.

With the help of Mary, Ella digs her way out of the cell through the hole that serves as a toilet, steals some supplies and her father’s books from Lucille’s house, and makes her way to Jed’s refugee camp, which he was given permission to build after Ella’s imprisonment so he would not learn what happened to her.

All in all, I recommend to everyone of all ages, genders, colours and beliefs. Why doesn’t Ella like being a queen? A feminist retelling of Cinderella, that could have used a more likable Cinderella and a more plausible plot, but that proved itself to be an entertaining read. What’s that good for? There was no “fairy godmother or magic. He is so intellectually stunted that he freaks out and ties her up, then tells his keepers because nobody has ever told him no before.

Not the happily ever after we thought happened.