Book: Ella Enchanted

9 Dec


I always ended up reading all the books my little sister had to read for school. Ella Enchanted is one of those books and I’ll never regret reading it because it’s been one of my favorites ever since. It’s a retelling of Charles Perrault’s Cinderella with more fantastic elements that add a good degree of complexity to the story. This book is addressed to children around 12 year old, but I highly recommend it if you are into fantasy and love stories.



General Information:

  • Author: Gail Carson Levine
  • Country: USA
  • Pages: around 240 (depends on edition)
  • Genre: fantasy, romance, supernatural
  • Publishing date: 1997
  • Movie: yes


The day Ella is born, a fairy blesses -or rather curses- her with the gift of obedience, meaning she can’t disobey an order no matter how awful it is. She always tries to fight the spell back, leading to a great amount of pain until she gives up. Her mother and Mady, the cook, do everything they can to make her life easier, but the day her mother dies, everything changes for her. 

As the story goes, she meets the nicest prince ever, goes on her own on a quest to find the fairy who ruined her life and deals with her new evil stepmother and stepsisters in a very Cinderella-like story that will enchant you.

Will Ella find her “happy ever after”?


Ella is a very good character. Her “gift” makes her strong and brave rather than weak, but she undoubtedly has a weak side too. She has something to fight for -her freedom- and doesn’t want to give up, but sometimes she looses all hope. She is not plain and reminds me of the ups and downs of life itself.

The prince doesn’t really show up a lot since the story is about how Ella overcomes her problems, but the few times he makes an appearance there is this feeling that tells you there is more to him than meets the eye. His part isn’t just big enough to show all his potential.

The best:

  • Good and refreshing retelling of a classic fairy tail.
  • Enchanting and simple story, but far more developed than your average fairy tail.
  • Strong and realistic main character.
  • Ella and the prince make a good couple.
  • Meant for children from 12 years old, but adults will like it as well if they are into fantasy and fairy tails.

The worst:

  • My copy of the book is falling apart. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite books and I don’t see anything wrong with it as far as I remember.  
  • Oh, well. The prince should have had a bigger part.


10 out of 1o because I just love it.

3 Responses to “Book: Ella Enchanted”

  1. December 9, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

    glad to have found your blog! We love “Ella”!

    • Butterfly December 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      haha I love Ella as well, of course ^^
      Thanks for your comment 🙂


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