Friday, October 24, 2014

Blog Tour Review and Giveaway: Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram



I am so excited to be a part of this tour because Kelly is an amazing author. She has the ability to create heartfelt stories that touch your heart and leave a last impression.



Published By: Bluefields (October 1, 2014)
Series: Stand Alone
Genre: YA Contemporary

Book Description:
It’s been almost a year since eighteen-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she’s been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father’s home and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she’s capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own. The problem is, she’s not ready yet. The only way she can think of to start healing is by reconnecting with the one person left in the world who’s ever meant anything to her—her anonymous Internet best friend, Cinder. 
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Hollywood sensation Brian Oliver has a reputation for being trouble. There’s major buzz around his performance in his upcoming film The Druid Prince, but his management team says he won’t make the transition from teen heartthrob to serious A-list actor unless he can prove he’s left his wild days behind and become a mature adult. In order to douse the flames on Brian’s bad-boy reputation, his management stages a fake engagement for him to his co-star Kaylee. Brian isn’t thrilled with the arrangement—or his fake fiancée—but decides he’ll suffer through it if it means he’ll get an Oscar nomination. Then a surprise email from an old Internet friend changes everything.





About the Author:


Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.




Kelly Oram writes some of the sweetest romances. They are always refreshing, fun, and clean and I love that about them. I love that I always end up devouring them in one sitting and leave with a smile on my face and maybe a little teary eyed as well. I can't help it, I am a sicker for those sweet love stories. 

This isn't your typical fairy tale and certainly not a retelling. Instead it is a refreshing take on the whole concept of happily ever after and being a damsel in distress or rather not being a damsel in distress but fighting your own battles, with a whole lot of help along the way.

I can't even begin to explain how many feelings, how many emotions this book brought out in me. So many that I don't, days later, still have them all sorted out and handled. I can say this though, I absolutely one 100% adored this read and it will make my top 20 best reads for the year. 

I was expecting to get a great read, I wasn't expecting to get something with so much depth to it, so many emotions and struggles and just something with so much to offer.

Oram blew me away with this one. I was already a fan but she just reenforced why I already liked her writing and then made me take that love and multiple it by one hundred. 

In fact, I'm not even going to say any more about it because I want you to experience it all for yourself. The hardships, the struggles, Ella's strength, all of it. Just trust me on this one, try it, it will surprise you and I am betting blow you away with how very much you end up falling in love with it too.




*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author. I was given an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for this review.*



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44 comments:

  1. Sounds great...and I love the title! Very creative!

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  2. I like the fact that this (not) damsel in distress knows how to fight her own battles (with some help) and the story sounds adorable. I'm trying to figure out from the summary - is Cinder really Brian because that would be so sweet? ;)

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    1. I won't say! :P

      This was a wonderful read Kim, I bet you would love it too!

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  3. Sounds good! I like Book Swoon's idea of Cinder really being the male lead....now I have to read the book to find out lol.

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    1. Read it, you won't be disappointed!!

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  4. Fairy tale re-tellings have their place, but the damsel in distress angle gets old for a while, especially for an Urban Fantasy reader like myself. I like that Ella stands on her own as a heroine, and the sweet romance is a definite plus. Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thanks Carmel, you too!
      And even though this is sort of a damsel in distress, it really isn't too. Ella is a fabulous, strong character. ;)

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  5. Oh wow! I need to get more Kelly Oram books in the future. I read one book by her that I really enjoyed and I agree, the romance was the sweetest.
    Lovely review, Ali! :)

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    1. Read this one Nick! It is my favorite so far.

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  6. oh wow yeah it's always memorable when a book brings out so much emotions. Top 20 favorites of the year? nice

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  7. I like that the author went out of her way to give us a remix of a tired old tale. And I'm not a fan of damsels in distress, so I think it's great that she stayed away from that.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I think I have the Avery Shaw Experiment on my kindle. This sounds great too!

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    1. That is a really good one too Candace!

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  9. I love it when books that you think will be retellings turn out to be something more than that. This one sounds really good and I love the whole idea also it seems to give you plenty of emotions and I love that! Great review, Ali :)

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    1. Thanks Tanja and you would love this one!

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  10. Love this. I think I Am going to have to get a copy of this one, if it is on your best of list for 2014!

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  11. Thanks Kindlemom for that super review. I can already tell that this is my kind of Happy Ever After. Have a great weekend!

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    1. So happy to hear that Debbie. :) Have a nice weekend!!

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  12. Aw yay. Love when a book turns out even better than I was hoping. I love the title on this one :)

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  13. Okay, my immediate reaction to seeing this was "meh, I'm not in the mood". But after the blurb and your review, yeah, I totally want to read it.

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    1. Happy I could sway you a little Christy!

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  14. I'm not that hooked on the cover, but the book itself, paired with your review, sounds pretty good! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Fab review!

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  15. Ella and Oram sound wonderful, and I love when an author is able to give you the "feels"

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    1. They were both fabulous and I love all the growth that took place as well.

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  16. Wow, sounds intense! I've been reading a lot of contemporary lately from light to pitch black. Gosh this sounds so good right this minute.

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    1. I bet you will like this one them Braine.

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  17. YAY Kindlemom! I'm so glad you loved this one as well. I read it this week when I needed something fun and adorable. While the story delivered those, I felt like I also got more than I bargained for. This is also my favorite Kelly Oram book so far and I can't wait for her next release. Awesome review!

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    1. So happy to hear you loved this too Dea! It really was so much more than just a cutsey read.

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  18. I'm a big fan of emotional stories, too. The book sounds like smth I might like. Thanks for the give-away!

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  19. Wow I love when books give me an emotional response like this one gave you. Can't wait to check it out!

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    1. I really do too, especially when you aren't expecting them.

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  20. I trust you on all books, which is why my TBR pile is growing so large. You and Tressa are killing my TBR pile :)

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    1. This one is one you will want to read!

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  21. Brilliant review! I haven't even heard of this before but it sounds quite good. You're absolutely terrible for my TBR though! TERRIBLE!

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  22. This sounds so cute. I love the name. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was a really cute read with substance as well. :D

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