Ella Enchanted Review

This was my 35th read of the year. While the book and movie are different, they both are amazing in their own ways.

Ella of Frell was cursed at birth by receiving the gift of “obedience”, meaning she must obey every command. She goes on a quest to try to break the curse and encounters ogres, giants, and evil family members during her journey.

I first encountered this fairy tale by the movie. Here is one tip of advice before reading the novel= don’t think of the movie before reading. True, there are similarities, but there are more differences between movie and book. As a baby, Ella was given the gift of obedience, which causes her to do things she doesn’t want to do.

Ella is an amazing protagonist. In the book, we see her constantly trying to break the curse on her own. But disobeying a command is more difficult than it seems- due to some side effects. She is really skilled at learning various languages- loved that knack. Despite dealing with evil stepsisters (especially Hattie), she still stays strong. She has to figure out creative ways to keep Char safe from harm, and it is her love for him that helps break the curse.

Ogres, fairies, giants, and centaurs are part of this world. Love this Cinderella retellings- yes, it has glass slippers, a pumpkin carriage, and balls (yes, there were three balls Ella went to).

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