I read an ARC of Ella and Ash in August and in this post, I will share with you my review for the book. I hope you enjoy this post!
Title: ELLA AND ASH
Series: HAPPILY EVER AFTER #1
Author: K.A. LAST
Publication Date: SEPTEMBER 9, 2019
Three years after her mother’s death, Ella is left with an absent father, a cruel stepmother, and a magical pendant so powerful she must keep it hidden. The pendant is the only connection Ella has with her mother, and she will do anything to protect it—even if it means becoming a servant in her own home.
To escape her wicked stepfamily, Ella finds solace under the branches of the weeping willow beside her mother’s grave. Ella thought she could practice her magic there in secret, but when she is caught by Ashwin, the son of the richest lord in the county, Ella fears she may lose her pendant after all.
Ashwin gains Ella’s trust by promising not to tell anyone about the pendant, but Ella knows they are from different worlds, and she is reluctant to open up to him too much. When Ashwin invites Ella to a masquerade ball, she sees it as a chance to escape her life, even if it is for just one night. But her pendant isn’t the only secret Ella has been keeping. If Ashwin learns who she really is, will the truth ruin her chance of happiness with him, or will it set her free?
Find out in this sweet and magical re-imagining of Cinderella.
This Cinderella retelling is majestically beautiful. I loved the story and the whole concept of the magic in this book. I was truly amazed since the very first chapter, this retelling is very different than the one I already read before and this one is more unique to me.
Eleanor aka Ella is a servant in her own home. One day she met Ashwin aka Ash, a guy whose family is the richest in the county and he invited her to his birthday party—a masquerade ball. Things didn’t go the way she planned, but she and Ash still get their HEA.
The whole thing focused on Ella’s life and her magic. The concept of the magic in the story play a huge role. The book introduced the pendant magic that Ella possessed, the magical artifact that Ash’s owned (the ring and the watch that can stop time), the tiara that her stepmother used and so many more. I liked that the magic here is different and there is no fairy godmother to help Ella, instead her own magic helped her to the ball and so on.
Also, the book showed what Ash’s magical watch can do to everyone around him and what are the consequences of using it (as explained by Ella). It was truly the most mind-blowing thing, the magic possessed its own unique abilities, and I loved the little bit where Ella made a little movement with her hand to clean one of the room at the manor. That kind of magic was rare!
Ella’s life as usual isn’t great. I feel bad for her, it was no surprise about her life because I’m sure many of us has seen the film adaptations of a Cinderella story. But the one that being shown in this book was very harsh compared to the one in the movies or other retellings. I cried when they ripped her dress that she’d been working so hard on. That was the moment that makes me want to stop reading the book because I couldn’t stand the way her stepfamily treated her. I admired her bravery, her kindness, and her strength for dealing with the harsh treatments everyday.
Ash and Ella’s relationship is very sweet. The moments they spend together mostly took place at the cemetery (for reasons I don’t want to spoil). These two are connected through their past, of what they lost, and also because Ash spotted Ella used her magic in the beginning. They do understand each other, and as much as Ella wants to protect Ash, Ash also wants to protect her. These two truly belong with one another. Strangers to friends to lovers, I seriously loved how the author develops their relationship and making it as real as it can be, plus…Ash and Ella has a great chemistry, that is undeniable. Their relationship is very beautiful, and very sweet.
Even though this is a short story, I still loved it. The story, the plot, the magic, the beautiful relationship, everything was brilliant. And I enjoyed every single thing. This is by far my favorite retelling of Cinderella, nothing can compared to this, it was unique and has its own charm that other Cinderella retellings doesn’t have.
So…that is my not-so-short and simple review for Ella and Ash. As usual, there will be more Blogtober posts coming soon…and I can’t wait to share it with all of you here!