A cute youth fantasy / fairytale story. Ella was enchanted by a fairy at birth - cursed is more like it. She HAS TO obey any and every command she is given. Her mother tries to shield her but after she dies, Ella is at the mercy of her selfish father. The ending very much reads like Cinderella - with the glass slipper, fairy godmother, and pumpkin coach with mice horses. I would have liked more originality - considering how Ella herself was so unique. The extra fairy tale creatures were a nice touch. All in all - I really liked this story. 4 stars.
Being obedient isn't fun, but for Ella its a curse. She doesn't have a choice, she must obey any command. When her mother dies, and her father comes back to live with her, things aren't looking so great. Especially when he marries Dame Olga, and Ella receives two stepsisters, Hattie and Olive. When the girls are sent to finishing school, Ella's life is miserable, but at least she finds a friend.
But of course, everything seems to happen when Prince Char is around. I loved it whenever Char and Ella would interact. Char would relax, and Ella kept falling in love. I hated how Ella couldn't just come clean at the balls, tell Char it was her, but the ending was satisfying. It was great to see that her love for Char and protecting him was the one thing that could break the curse, and set her free.
Ella is easy to relate to, she's smart, friendly and witty. She's a great character to follow. Levine's novel is enchanting.
Ella Enchanted is a book that i would recommend to anyone who likes fairy-tale, true love, magic, and a bit of a laugh. It is the story of Cinderella, with explainations for the small details missing in the original tale.
Ella is a girl under a spell. She tries to find a way to break the spell when her step-family use it to their adventage. This quest became more desperate when Prince Char declare his love for her.
Compared to all the other Cinderella alternatives, this is the best one I've read. First person is a difficult way to write, but Gail Carson Levine passed with flying colors! And it's un-real realizm made it a favorite book of mine. And the way Ella never gives up is so powerful . . . any person who asks me what I think, I'll say 'read it' in a heart beat.
In Gail Carson Levine's "Ella Enchanted" the main character Ella is given the gift of obedience from the fairy Lucinda which in all actuality turns out to be a cursing on poor Ella. But that doesn't mean that the girl doesn't have spunk. Instead of turning her into a mild young woman the obeidence made her want to rebel. Her her mother dies, and then her father, she is left with her stepmother and two stepsisters. Instead of remaining their slave she sets off on an adventure to find the fairy and undo the spell.
It was a great twist on the story of Cinderella and a funny one too. But also with a hint of danger seeing as Ella has to do anything that someone asks of her without limits. This is a heroine that doesn't wait for the ball but instead finds a prince herself.
It was a really cute book!! I read it when i was 11 and now I'm 14, so I'm not sure its for me now but I really enjoyed it, and so did my sisters. It was another Cinderella, basically, but I like Cinderella :)
I loved Ella Enchanted, although it felt sort of simple to me as if the author needed to elaborate on certain things. This story was a modern cinderella (definitely) and it felt like an older version of the fairytales we read as kids. This book is a light one anyone can read in their spare time because its such an optimistic heartwarmer of a book. Unfortunately, the didnt do it any justice and i was highly dissapointed. I would reccommend this book to anyone, but id say spare yourself and dont watch the movie, because it kind of ruins the book.