Monday, June 07, 2010

Rating : 4.0/5
Number of Pages : 184
Format : Teenage Fiction/Fairy Tale Novel
Reason for Reading : Once Upon a Time IV Challenge

I read this during the last read-a-thon alongside Jehara who is based in America. We started reading it at the start of the read-a-thon and it was really fun reading the same thing at the same time as someone across the world from me. We did a buddy review afterwards and I have included both sets of answers.

1. Did you like Ella Enchanted?

Rhinoa : Yes I really enjoyed it. It was a fun and easy read and I seemed to get through it quite quickly. I like the characters and warmed to the story which was a re-telling of Cinderella.

Jehara : I loved it. I thought it was such a fun read. It was refreshing and humorous.

2. Would you read more by the author in the future?

Rhinoa : Yes for sure. I have 2 more of her books on my pile to get too soon. I would consider watching the movie adaptation as well.

Jehara : I would.

3. What did you think of the main characters and did you have a favourite?

Rhinoa : I think it has to be Ella. I liked that she was stubborn (a much overlooked quality!) and tred to stick to her guns even if it meant hurting herself and not getting what she wanted. Loved the fairy godmother, both the main fairies. Mandy was a great character keeping Ella grounded and I really liked the spin on Lucinda. I want the book Mandy gave Ella!

Jehara : I loved Ella. She was so funny. I really appreciated her efforts to overcome her curse. I loved how she would rebel against direct orders.
I thought her dad was a jerk. Mandy, her fairy godmother, was funny and cranky. She was a great comfort to Ella in the aftermath after her mother's death. I really loved the book Mandy gave to Ella before boarding school. Hattie was horrible. Just horrible. Certain segments of the book had me steaming mad, but ultimately Ella overcame the obstacles they presented and Hattie got what she deserved. Areida was so sweet. I loved the friendship between her and Ella.

4. Did you think the ending suited the book?

Rhinoa : Yes I think a happy ending was suitable in this case. It wasn't pretty girl meets handsome boy, the story was more complex than that and I was glad that Lucinda finally realised the true nature of her "gifts".

Jehara : I did. I really loved how throughout the book Ella and the prince were able to really get to know each other as opposed to most fairy tales where the main character falls in love with the prince by virtue of his prince-ness alone.

5. Would you recommend it to other readers?

Rhinoa : Yes to anyone who likes a good story or has a love of fairy tales.

Jehara : Definitely. I wonder why I waited so long to read this. It was completely delightful.


Ladytink_534 said...

I read this in middle school and loved it. I remember the movie better than the book now so I've been thinking of re-reading it

Rhinoa said...

Hey Tink, definitely give it a re-read. It's a nice quick read and I am sure you will love it just as much a second time around.