What I’ve Been Reading Part 1

What I’ve Been Reading Part 1

Cinder & Ella
by Kelly Oram

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Cinder & Ella, by Kelly Oram is a delightful take on the classic fairytale Cinderella. It has all the ingredients that make up a fun, easy read, while keeping to a strong plot line and avoiding the clichés one comes to expect from a fairytale redo.

Set in briefly in Boston and mostly in L.A., our Cinderella is Ellamara, a beautiful, witty, clever young woman who meets her Prince Charming online. Prince Charming, aka Cinder, aka Brian, is an up and coming Hollywood superstar and every woman’s fantasy. For three years they’ve kept their identities a secret from each other, but after a devastating car accident leaves Ella’s mother dead and Ella crippled and scarred, she finds herself living in L.A. with the father who abandoned her and the nightmarish stepmother and evil stepsisters. And, of course, she’s on a collision course to find herself face to face with the man she’s in love with now that they’re living in the same town.

Kelly Oram does such a clever job of re-imagining Cinderella and refuses to stick to expectations. The evil stepmother and her daughters are not quite what they seem. And while the original Cinderella had mice and birds to help her out, Ella has devoted friends, a fairy godmother in the guise of her friend’s two dads, plus therapists, doctors, and physical therapists to make her wishes come true and to learn that people are not always who they seem to be.

But this isn’t just Ella’s story, but Brian’s as well, and while Ella is working hard to overcome both physical and emotional issues, Brian is learning that fame and fortune aren’t everything and true love is the only thing that matters.

While technically a young adult novel, I’d recommend Cinder & Ella to anyone who loves Cinderella. More importantly, this tale of love and family is a book anyone would enjoy.



Song Without Words by Juli Page Morgan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again Juli Page Morgan rocks the world of rock and roll romance with her tale of young, innocent Spencer and music legend Geoff Lane. A rising star during the heyday of FM radio, Spencer Moretti never imagined she’d meet her music idol Geoff Lane, let alone end up in his bed. When both happen, sparks fly and the pages literally melt in the reader’s hands from the fire that ignites when Spencer submits, body and soul to the man she had once fantasized about.

Song Without Words is another gem from Morgan, one that I plowed through in less than a day. JPM uses all of her delightful experience in radio to bring to life the inner workings of an FM radio station, the way it used to be before automation and the internet changed it. This alone would have made for a compelling story, but Morgan’s characters take over the story, pulling the reader in. As I found with Sister Golden Hair, JPM creates characters that are multi-dimensional, driven not just by love or lust, but by what inspires them, whether it be music or, in Spencer’s case, bringing that music to the fans. We’re also treated to a cast of intriguing secondary characters which are even more important in this romance with a suspense twist.

I do wish SWW had been a bit longer. While we get to know Spencer thoroughly, I would have loved to know more about Geoff and his music. We get enough to wet our appetites, but there was just enough left unsaid to leave me wanting. (Though I’d welcome any opportunity to get to know more!)

4 1/2 stars for Song Without Words, another great rock and roll romance from Juli Page Morgan. (Right now, SWW is just 99 cents on Amazon’s Kindle. Click on the picture for buying options)



The Vampire Diaries: Dark Side of the Moon
by Lisa Olsen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dark Side of the Moon is a great nod to the Vampire Diaries series. Picking up right before the end of season two, Lisa Olsen takes the story and runs with it, plotting out a delightful alternative universe version where true love prevails for our favorite blue-eyed vampire and his favorite brunette. Vampire Diaries fans will love this novel length fan fiction, as it’s complete with all our favorite characters, romance, adventure, and a plot twist (or two) that you won’t see coming. If you’re looking for something to hold you over during the mid-season break or just looking for a great pre-vampire Elena story, this book is definitely for you!


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