Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix
What happens when happily ever after is actually not very happy? Ella is a Cinderella who won the Prince by accident and is living in the castle, relieved not to have to scrub her stepmother's floors, waiting to marry the handsome Prince.
But with each passing day, the castle feels more like a prison, and Ella doesn't fit in with the daintiness and restrictions pressed on her.
Ella soon realizes the life she thought she wanted may not be in a beautiful castle married to a wonderful Prince, but escaping her engagement proves more dangerous and exciting than she first thought.
This was one of my favorite novels when I was younger. It's a fast, easy read, and though it's aimed for middle-schoolers, I still love jumping back into Ella's world. Although I don't like it as much as Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted and Two Princesses of Bimarre, it is an interesting, unique twist on the old Cinderella tale.
Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of the Among the Hidden series. You can check out more about her and her books on her website here.
What interesting books have you guys been reading lately? And it's almost Christmas!! What books, if any, are on your wish list? Mine is the Matched series by Ally Condie; I'm so excited to read them all!