For ATY’s 2019 Reading Challenge, prompt #34, a book with a person’s name in the title, I chose to read Ella Enchanted, by Gail Carson Levine. When I chose this book, I thought it was an easy choice, but in looking back at my TBR, there are a number of books that would fit this category. But this one is also on the Newbery Honors list, so that made the decision easier.
In this story, Ella is given a gift at birth by a fairy – the gift of obedience. Anything she’s ordered to do, she is compelled to do. For her own protection against those who would take advantage of this “gift,” Ella’s mother orders her to keep it a secret. Nevertheless, as she grows up, some people discover Ella’s compulsion to obey, and do indeed take gross advantage.
There is a nasty step-sister, an encounter with ogres, a hunt for a fairy and a giant’s wedding. All this, Ella endures, seeking out the fairy who gifted her in the first place, hoping to convince her to remove it.
This is a fun read, full of adventure, falling in love and a strong heroine who learns to trust in herself in order to overcome obstacles. It does tend to sort of wander a bit more than I would have liked, but overall, I enjoyed this book.