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Ella is transgender. She's known since she was young; being a woman just fit better. She was happier in skirts than trousers, but that was before her stepmother moved in. Eleanor can't stand her, and after Ella's father passes she's forced to revert to Cole, a lump of a son. She cooks, she cleans, and she tolerates being called the wrong name for the sake of a roof over heElla is transgender. She's known since she was young; being a woman just fit better. She was happier in skirts than trousers, but that was before her stepmother moved in. Eleanor can't stand her, and after Ella's father passes she's forced to revert to Cole, a lump of a son. She cooks, she cleans, and she tolerates being called the wrong name for the sake of a roof over her head. Where else can she go? An opportunity to attend the royal ball transforms Ella's life. For the first time, strangers see a woman when she walks down the stairs. While Princess Lizabetta invited Cole to the ball, she doesn't blink an eye when Cinderella is the one who shows. The princess is elegant, bold, and everything Ella never knew she wanted. For a moment she glimpses a world that can accept her, and she holds on tight. She should have known it wouldn't last. Dumped by her wicked stepmother on the farthest edge of the kingdom, Ella must find a way to let go of the princess and the beautiful life they shared for an hour. She'll never find her way back. But it's hard to forget the greatest night of her life when every rose she plants is a reminder....

Title : Cinder Ella
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ISBN : 30717898
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Number of Pages : 62 Pages
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Cinder Ella Reviews

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
    2018-10-20 20:09

    Every so often comes a retelling of the Cinderella story that I actually enjoy because the normally weak willed heroine is given a backbone, or at least traits that make me not want to give her a swift kick in the back side. I absolutely loathe the Disney version however, and doormat heroines drive me into a serious rage-fest. With that said, I found myself reading Cinder Ella. Firstly, the cover. I don't know how many times I say this in my reviews, but representation truly matters. I love seeing characters of color on the covers of books. There's not enough of them. I especially love seeing dark skinned and natural haired Black women on covers (and given the scary amounts of colorism in the romance genre, this representation is even more important). I gave this story two stars just for the cover alone, bravo!!! Second, this is a book featuring a Black transgender heroine. Again I point out that the mainstream LGBTQ genre has done a pretty crappy job of representing its members of color. This erasure is a part (there are other reasons if course) of why some groups still believe that LGBTQ/non binary is a "White people's thing". This retelling is far from perfect. It's too short for one thing. I would have enjoyed reading more about Ella's (Cole's) earlier life with her father. Granted, the first part is full of the typical Cinderella tropes, namely the wicked stepmother and stepsisters. And there's the prerequisite fairy godmother, because you can't have a long suffering yet beautiful girl who dreams of going to the ball without one. And instead of the handsome prince utterly smitten by the mysterious girl of cinders and ash, there's an opinionated Princess who would rather talk about breeding dogs and growing flowers than making nice with boring nobles. It's the second half of the story that I found I enjoyed the more. Cinder is on her own after a huge family jealous meltdown. She's got her own place, her own source of income and new friends. This Cinder is the one I would have loved to have read rather than the suffering doormat. The transgender aspect was, in my opinion, treated as a matter of fact. Ella was Ella, despite her stepfamily's refusal to acknowledge her gender. Because this is a fantasy story featuring magic tailors and the fae, there's no deep discussions of the whys and wherefores of why Ella was not Cole. I'm good with that. There are other novels which delve into trans issues on a deeper level and I love those as well. However, at the end of the day, this was a sweet fantasy love story with a happily ever after. I struggled between three to four stars, and even after all this time there's still no way to award half stars. So I'm rounding up because of the PoC representation and strong female friendships.

  • Lexxi Kitty
    2018-10-22 18:12

    I went into this story hoping/expecting to love it. Or at the very least like it. I found that hard to do. Unlike the most recent ‘fairy tale retold’ I had read, I had not previously read the original story. Though I have read numerous ‘retellings’ (one or more of which have been adult in nature). There were several flaws I thought of while reading. 1) Gender – time period; 2) magic; 3) drag queen personality.Gender: Ella was born in the body of a boy that his dad called Cole (not sure if mother was involved in the name at all, since she died while giving birth to Cole/Ella). I have no inherent problem with Ella having been born a boy, nor with ‘Cole’ realizing that they are actually ‘Ella’. No, I had a problem with the situation as presented. I mean, there is a reason why Cinderella ended up basically being a servant in the origin story.Mother died giving birth to Cole/Ella. Dad remarries. Woman he marries has two children from a previous . . . situation (whatever that situation might have been; I was going to say previous marriage, but I have no information indicating that the woman had ever been married before except for the fact that she has children, and the fact that being unmarried with children in this time period (assuming this is still marginally historical fiction) ‘just isn’t done’ (or, in other words, it would be a scandal hovering over her head even after marrying Ella’s father). Father dies. And . . . um. Now we get into the interesting little bit about how Ella was born a boy named Cole. Or, in other words, Ella’s father had a son in terms of inheritance laws. In the time period this story is apparently set, the son would inherit, potentially everything – sometimes with a token given to the widow, sometimes nothing but some form of ‘live-inheritance’, or sometimes nothing. So why is Ella living in her step-mother’s house? Here I should be using the birth body gender, eh? Why is the son living without any inheritance in the step-mother’s house? This . . . doesn’t compute. So, that’s the gender issue.Magic: I’ve not read the origin story, I note again here, so that I can say that I do not know the level of magic in it. I do know the retellings, though. The level of magic is on a par above the level shown here. The level shown here? About on the level of a magician. Some elements might be hard to ‘figure out’ how a magician did it (like the larger than expected tailor cart), but then how does a magician make the statue of liberty disappear? Roses grew much faster than expected in this story. Without blinking Ella just assumed that the land was fae enhanced land. Me? I just went with it – fae enhanced land. Though technically a magician could have done it by sleight of hand. Mini-rose bush planted. Ella disappears for a time (sleep, etc). Comes back, sees full grown rose bush, the kind that looks like it has been there for years. Could a magician do that? Of course – while Ella is distracted, plant a full grown rose bush (yeah, it is the exact same type of hybrid roses she planted that her father created, but just because she thinks it might be unique doesn’t mean it really is unique).I expected certain things when I went into this story. I expected Ella to actually be transformed by her fairy godmother into a woman. The book description kind of even says something like that. Rereading the description, okay, it didn’t actually say that. I misread ‘transforms Ella’s life’ as ‘transforms Ella’. Meh. It is a fairy godmother story. They big powerful critters. Transforming woman trapped in the body of a man into that of a woman in the body of a woman? Child’s play. Instead the fairy godmother gives Ella a dress. And . . . that’s basically it (at least in terms of helping her get to the party – I expected the step-family to laugh at Ella and not allow her to go; which would have lead fairy godmother to step in and transform Ella, and her doggy also. She’d ride on the back of her dog slash horse and visit the party. Then flee when the clock chimes (that also isn’t how she exited the party, time was not an issue here). So. Basically Ella is someone with a male body who wears a dress and make-up. No mention is made of transforming her voice in any way – which I mention because two of the people she meets at the big ball had previously meet Ella when Ella was bouncing around as Cole. No mention was made of Cole sounding like he had an effeminate voice, and no mention was made of Ella (a) sounding like Cole; or (b) sounding like she might have a deeper voice than expected. I feel annoyed. I wanted Ella to be transformed. drag queen personality: this one has nothing to do with gender, or the like. And everything to do with personalities. Drag Queens, real ones, can be straight, gay, bisexual, and even transgender (I know of several who have transitioned; though I mostly know of the one Drag King who transitioned but still performed, at times, to give back to the community who helped him come to the realization that he was transgender). No, this is personality/level/emotion/etc.The person in the film ‘Crying Game’ was not a Drag Queen. I’m not actually sure where Jaye falls in real life or in the film. But Jaye, as Dil in the film, wandered around looking like a woman and presenting as a woman (who just happens to have a dick, if, you know, you got Jaye/Dil’s skirt off). There are some drag queens you have to look several times before you realize that they are in fact drag queens. By looks. By personality? More or less immediate – both types of Drag – king and queen, are something like caricatures of the gender they are performing as – on purpose they are. And so I come to Ella’s personality in this story. She has kind of a caricatured female personality. A stereotypical personality. Overly emotional. Unable to stop the tears. Etc. Obviously that must mean Cole is really Ella, right, because men don’t cry or something like that? Well, just for the record (1) not all women are caricatures of women; (2) not all MtoF are caricatures of women (though I understand that there is something of a conflict in the community – like a relatively recent reality show had a contestant booted because she wore boxer shorts and ‘obviously’ ‘real women’ didn’t wear boxers (WTF?). Point being that I acknowledge that some MtoF (and some FtoM) ‘overplay’ their roles). Well, Ella overplays her role here ((view spoiler)[For most of the story; when she was off by herself growing things and making bread, she settled down to being more of a woman and less of a caricature (hide spoiler)]).I liked the magical elements of the other retellings I’ve read/seen. This story seemed to lack it; to replace it with extra extra harsh step-mother/sisters. And a magician slash tailor. That is/was unfortunate.At the moment I rate this somewhere around 2.75 or 2.5. Meaning I might bump this to 3 stars on GoodReads at any moment. It might even have been a 3.5-3.75 (4 on GoodReads) if the magic had been a bigger part of this story – if Ella had been transformed. Had the body of a woman – maybe only for the period of time she was at the party (then something could have been added wherein she’d be transformed again, this time permanently, by way of the Princess finding her again and expressing her love or something (though that would be mixing Beauty and the Beast with Cinderella). Bah, I’ll go ahead and raise my rating to 3 on Goodreads while noting that I would rate the story 2.75 if I could. Still annoyed by that lack of transformation though. Mmphs.June 29 2016

  • Pike Martell
    2018-09-25 14:30

    This story made me so happy! It was Cinderella but it wasn't. It has some of the basic themes, but stands on its own. It's just a sweet, emotional fairy tale, full of fun little details, and a happy ending that comes more from within Ella than from circumstances. It's a cute, short-ish read, and I recommend it!

  • Jamilla_
    2018-10-23 18:06

    This looks and sounds awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Chasia Lloyd
    2018-09-30 16:19

    This was FANTASTIC. Very sweet and cute f/f featuring a trans protagonist. Lots of great little details and some incredible friendships.TWs: deadnaming and misgendering from Ella's family

  • Jaylee
    2018-09-22 17:29

    For The Reading Quest, I've challenged myself with reading 13-17 books from my TBR that fit different themes. For the bard quest Fairytale Retelling, I went with T. S. Lynn's Cinder Ella. This magical little novella takes the Cinderella tale and casts our Disney princess as a Black transgender woman named Ella. All the original ingredients of the fairytale are there, from the wicked stepmother to the fairy godmother (in this case, a fae tailor) to Ella's kind heart of gold. The prince is a princess who loves dogs and Happily Ever involves a bit more hard work instead of a magical wedding.It's the same tale you know and love, wrapped in detail-rich writing that engages your senses in tilling the earth, baking bread, cuddling a dog, and holding luxurious gowns in your hands. The opening scene is Ella doing dishes, and I was a bit apprehensive of a story that starts out with housework, but was quickly drawn in and could have read dozens of more pages of Ella cooking, cleaning, and caring for her home.There's a splash of queer ladies in love, but I wouldn't classify this as a romance novel. Ella's spirits gains as much strength and freedom from her friendships with two different women than it does from her romantic relationship. Overall, this is a great, sweet read. It's lovely to spend an hour or two getting lost in Ella's world, and I hope the author writes more fairytale retellings in the future.  This review is copied on my blog.

  • Lucy
    2018-10-12 16:27

    There were many reasons to like this retelling of Cinderella. Not only was the heroine, Ella, a black trans woman who fell in love with the princess instead of a prince, but the fairy godmother was a tailor, there was no Ella being locked away until she was saved by someone else, and the importance of female friendships is demonstrated in the text. This novella has a variety of different women in the starring roles, which I really enjoyed and I loved how parts of the original fairytale were adjusted. It was recognisable as Cinderella but it had its original parts as well, especially the second half. I would say I wished the novella had spent more time on the actual romance considering it felt very insta-love. Ella had loads of development and I loved how her real gender was treated in the book, but I wish the princess had had as much development, or at least had been in the novel more frequently. 4 stars!

  • TransBooksReviews
    2018-10-12 22:20

    7/10 Stars "As it is, the ending seemed a little abrupt and that confusion over how trans people fit into this fairytale world left me too muddled to completely appreciate the sweetness of the rest of it." - Matt "It’s a fairy tale with a very interesting fae instead of a fairy godmother, some lovely twists and some angst and heartbreak." - Maria You can find our full reviews here.

  • Kewpie
    2018-10-13 17:22

    I collect folklore and fairy tales. I've probably read just about every twist on the Cinderella classic. This is one of my favorites. The characters were believable and sympathetic. Trans Cinderella is brilliant and gives the old character new depth. For instance, hard work isn't a punishment. Ella enjoys her work. The true punishment is her isolation and the basic right to be herself.Lynn has a talent for description and pacing. Even though the pace of the first chapter is slow, I was still hooked. It's a short read and very well worth the time.I never expect a story to be perfect. I give a story five stars if I'm engaged from beginning to end and feel better for reading it. I wish that Ella, her stepmother and sisters had names that didn't look and sound so much like. The stepmother was Eleanor, and that's close enough to throw me. That's not enough to knock it down a star. But if you're rads get, take notice so you won't get confused.

  • Natasha
    2018-09-30 14:29

    SapphicAThon: Trans mcThis was a really good read! I enjoyed the romance a lot and I really liked Ella.

  • Maria
    2018-10-19 20:27

    These girls are my jam. Review to come on the blog.

  • Hart
    2018-09-25 15:12

    What a charming fairy tale. I loved it. It's a little fuzzy around the edges in the way that fairy tales sometimes are. I guess it's meant to be a fantasy world (since several characters just accept that the Fae exist), but it doesn't really matter. Unlike a lot of fairy tales, even fairy tale retellings, Ella does take charge of her own destiny, which I appreciated a lot. The first kiss (and the second kiss) between Ella and the princess were so sweet! Ella was a really lovable character, and I wanted great things to happen for her (and I couldn't stop smiling when they did). Definitely a book I'll reread when I need a little cheering up. I'm happy to live in a world where books like this one exist.

  • Lucy
    2018-09-23 16:09

    Really cute and sweet. My one complaint was that it seemed a bit odd that Ella's stepfamily had spent her whole life misgendering her and then let her go to the ball in a dress, even if there was magic involved. Also I wish it had been longer, I would gladly read a proper-length novel of this. Still, it was very well done for its size.CW: emotional and psychological abuse, misgendering, some fat shaming, some physical violence.

  • Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
    2018-10-16 17:25

    I initially gave this 3.5 stars but I keep thinking it over and apart from it being too short, I can't really recall why I rated it low? So I'm upping the rating to 4.5 stars and if I remember why I'll mention it here. It's honestly the cutest story and I loved reading it. TW for transmisia, deadnaming, parental abuse.

  • Tami Veldura
    2018-10-22 19:18

    Cinder Ella is now available on Amazon and KU:

  • Robyn_Reads
    2018-10-15 15:07

    Short and sweet! This retelling is all about the representation and features a trans, woc cinderella and a f/f relationship. As I’m neither trans/woc I can’t comment on how those communities feel about the accuracy of the portrayal and the issues touched upon (tw: deadnaming). However as an everyday reader I did enjoy this story and was more than pleased to have a mc that was more representative than the usual “super thin, super pretty (but doesn’t know it) white girl”. I did feel like the end came a little abruptly but all the main points were covered with little extras thrown in. This is not your average Cinderella but it’s definitely worth a read!! Overall it’s a fluffy little story that leaves you feeling pleased, most people will finish it in one sitting - I read it in 2, on the bus to and from work.

  • Cat
    2018-09-23 17:13

    [Spoilers] Oh I wish this was so much longer but this was an amazing read! Easily the most unique Cinderella retelling I've ever read, and beautifully told. The story goes through the Cinderella plot points with a lot of ease, while still maintaining the constant truth of Ella and her identity, which is the most important part of this whole story. I especially love that Ella's appearance is never shied away from or really changed, the tailor just gives her a dress made to fit her and helps Ella feel like herself. This story was touching, nearly brought me to tears, and definitely needs to be integrated into everybody's fairy tale readings.

  • Jenn Klee
    2018-10-11 21:04

    A Sweet Retelling of a Familiar StoryThis was such a sweet heartfelt retelling of Cinderella. S. T. Lynn did a wonderful job of keeping a familiar story fresh and interesting. I enjoyed Ella's interest in gardening and that made her fun to read. While the stepmom and sisters are perfectly heinous, I enjoyed that the princess and her lady in waiting were witty and strong women. There are sweet moments, funny moments, and moments that tug at your heartstrings. I think sometimes there might have been sticky moments, but nothing that detracted from the story as a whole. This was a perfect read on a snowday. I would love to read more from Lynn.

  • Nicy
    2018-09-28 16:25

    3rd book for the SapphicAThon, challenge: Trans MCThis was such a delightful read! I loved how, despite being a Cinderella retelling, it still had a few twists that were different from the original story! (view spoiler)[ Like, for example, that Ella was thrown out of her home after the ball, or that the princess didn't go around the kingdom letting women try the shoe on. Huh, I just realized that S.T. Lynn basically erased the one thing from the story I always hated the most about Cinderella.(hide spoiler)]

  • Nathan
    2018-10-22 15:29

    Great readIt was a short but really enjoyable read. So inclusive and a truly wonderful message. I love this take on a classic fairytale that helps lgbt people relate more with the story

  • Etienne
    2018-10-03 15:01

    A sugary sweet romance!

  • Heather Salmon
    2018-10-19 17:18

    This was a really cute, lovely, well written read but man, it just felt really short. I wish I could have spent a lot longer with the characters.

  • Marie
    2018-10-03 18:28

    Absolutely STUPID adorable. I died.

  • Yaiza
    2018-10-18 16:09

    Pretty simple but sweet retelling! I would have loved to know more about the Fae though and the writing was a bit too much show and not enough tell

  • Katie
    2018-10-04 17:17


  • Jenn Mullen
    2018-10-04 15:16

    So cuteIts so cute. I'm trans, tho not a woman, and I didn't notice any bad descriptions or tropes so many trans stories end up having. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer!

  • ♡
    2018-10-08 21:24

    4.5 ⭐️

  • Jennifer
    2018-10-04 20:21

    AdorableAn adorable rewrite of Cinderella Asks the question what if Cinderella was trans and handles it really well. Thank you!

  • Anne Teensma
    2018-10-22 22:11

    AmazingShorter than I had hoped but mainly I didn’t want it to end. Handles trans issues with nuance and without sidestepping topics via euphemism

  • Laura
    2018-09-28 16:29

    4⭐️Sapphicathon - Trans main character I was so excited for this book and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved this novella and Ella’s character was so sweet.