by Gail Carson Levine
How can a fairy's blessing be such a curse?
At her birth, Ella of Frell was the unfortunate recipient of a foolish fairy's gift -- the "gift' of obedience. Ella must obey any order given to her, whether it's hopping on one foot for a day and a half, or chopping off her own head! But strong-willed Ella does not tamely accept her fate. Against a bold backdrop of princes, ogres, giants, wicked stepsisters, and fairy godmothers, Ella goes on a quest to break the curse -- once and for all.
Ella Enchanted provides a new take on the old Cinderella story. In it the fairy godmother isn’t the only fairy in Ella’s life. The other is Lucinda, a foolish fairy who gifts her with obedience. It’s more of a curse than a gift, but Ella isn’t about to let a little thing like having to obey hold her back.
This book was a lot of fun. Ella’s workarounds and spunk had me laughing, but I also felt for her plight. I also thought the step-sisters were a lot more entertaining than the ugly ones in the traditional fairy tale. The extremely self-interested one and the not so bright demanding one.
Despite having seen the movie beforehand, I didn’t know what would happen. It was obvious from the start that the movie and the book are mostly the same in spirit. I loved both, but they are different.
Overall, I loved this story. I’d recommend it to folks who enjoy quirky fairy tale retellings.
I borrowed Ella Enchanted from the library.
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