Add your rating See all 34 kid reviews. When Ella was an hour old, the fairy Lucinda "blessed" her with obedience. Whenever Ella is told to do something, she must do it, including promising never to reveal her terrible secret. After her mother dies, Ella is sent to finishing school with her nasty stepsisters, Hattie and Olive.
Plot[ edit ] Fifteen-year-old Ella Brown of Fridesia, now known as Princess Cynthiana Eleanora, is engaged to Prince Charming and living in the palace preparing for the wedding day and life as a princess.
For the most part, she finds life at the palace to be dull, soon discovers the prince seems to be lacking in both charm and brains, and laments the fact that noble women have virtually no power whatsoever.
She despises Madame Bisset, who is in charge of her training, but makes friends with Mary, a young servant girl, and Jed Reston, who is standing in for his father who had a stroke as her history teacher. It is through him that Ella learns the rumors surrounding her A review of the story of ella enchanted involving a fairy godmother and a pumpkin coach, and she tells him the truth.
Ella was forced into servitude to her stepmother, Lucille, and stepsisters, Corimunde and Griselda, after the death of her father. They receive news that the king and queen are holding a royal ball.
Despite Lucille forbidding her from attending and giving her more than enough housework to keep her busy, Ella planned to go, mostly as a way to spite her, as well as search for a potentially better job than housemaid.
She managed to attend by wearing her mother's old wedding dress and glass slippers she won in a wager with the town's glassblower, and getting a ride from a friendly coachman. Although Prince Charming was enamored by her, Ella had to run from the ball at midnight because it was the only way to catch a free ride home, though she lost one of her glass slippers as she left.
The prince finally found her through the shoe fitting, although Ella did not realize Jed was also there assisting the prince, so he knew of her origins long before she told him. They have a falling out, however, when she thinks that he is using her to try and realize his dream of a camp for refugees of the Sualan war.
Increasingly dissatisfied with her life at the palace, and learning that she was chosen to be the prince's bride to keep the family lineage beautiful as opposed to true love, Ella brings up the possibility of breaking the engagement. When she does not back down from her request, however, she is thrown in the dungeon in an attempt to break her spirit.
Madame Bisset also posts a monstrous jailer named Quog to keep guard over her, warning Ella that if she refuses to go through with the marriage after the wedding day, he will be allowed to do with her as he wishes.
With the help of Mary, Ella digs her way out of the cell through the hole that serves as a toilet, steals some supplies and her father's books from Lucille's house, and makes her way to Jed's refugee camp, which he was given permission to build after Ella's imprisonment so he would not learn what happened to her.
Upon arriving at the camp, Jed proposes to Ella, confessing that he was in love with her since they met but said nothing due to her engagement. She tells him to wait six months, however, so that she has time to sort things out, and ask again.
She works at the camp as a doctor, and then camp leader when Jed's father dies and he has to return to the castle. He writes from the palace saying that right after her escape, Madame Bisset suggested they use one of Ella's stepsisters in place of her for the wedding to make sure the incident does not get out.
The prince went straight to Lucille's house and took Corimunde to marry him, and now they and her sister and mother are living happily at the palace. He also mentions that he does not want his father's position and may escape like she did, but wants to wait and see if he can use whatever power he has to end the Sualan war before he does.
The book ends with Ella wondering about her future, the true meaning of beauty and happy endings, and realizing her feelings for Jed. She is a form of Cinderella.
Ella is described as being very beautiful, free-spirited, witty, and smart. Jedidiah "Jed" Reston - The son of Lord Reston, and next in line to become the official castle priest. He first appears when taking over Ella's history lesson after his father has a stroke.
Jed is very philosophical and often ponders life. He also falls in love with Ella. Like the Prince, he finds Ella very beautiful, but he can see her humor, courage, intelligence, and perseverance. Mary - or year-old castle servant. She and Ella become good friends and Mary assists Ella in escaping the castle.
Also, Mary is a very loyal friend who always tells Ella the truth, except when she is asked about the death of her father. Mary states that he was killed in a tournament, but in reality he was beheaded for having an affair with the queen. Mary is somewhat insecure, as she feels that she is not pretty.
Prince Charming - Handsome, selfish prince of Fridesia. Ella is chosen as his wife because of her beauty. Mary describes him as so stupid that he couldn't get out of bed without having someone there to tell him which foot to put down first. When Ella falls out of love with him, he acts violently toward her.
She tricks Ella's father into thinking she loves his hobby; books. However, her true nature is revealed after their marriage, which breaks his heart.Ella Enchanted does a great job of managing this, save for the end which felt exactly the same as the original tale.
That one knock aside, the author adds so many /5(K). Reviews, essays, books and the arts: the leading international weekly for literary culture.
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Endearing, enduring, with just a few bits of crude humor. Read Common Sense Media's Ella Enchanted review, age rating, and parents guide. Ella Enchanted is both real and unreal.
You get so into reading this story that you can't tell the difference between reality and fantasy anymore. Each character, setting, and feeling, is so well described you feel like you're in the story. Enchanted is Disney's satirical Affectionate Parody of, well, a Disney movie, specifically the ones that spawned the Disney Princesses.
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