Ella Enchanted was delightful. Incredible. Divine. And, to my great pleasure, a very different tale from the film.
I really, really liked this book. There were a couple of times I had to go back and reread a line or two, and I wasn't much of a fan of young Char. But as time went on, the writing became more and more rich, and Char (*swoons*)... Well, he's wonderful.
And I'm a huge fan of Ella! Witty, clever, and strong -- yet not afraid to shed tears -- she seemed like someone I would love to know in real life. And there's also Mandy, Areida, Lady Elinor, and so many others... (*sighs*) The characterization was awesome.
Worldbuilding- and plot-wise, I was impressed. There were several different races and kingdoms, all with their own quirks and languages. There was no epic quest to find Lucinda, but rather a small portion of the book in which Ella pursued her. Char and Ella's romance was not cheesy or sweet, but loud, powerful, and, to a degree, inspiring.
So it was great. Definitely something I recommend! And I may see this in my to-read-again list. ;)
You may want to know: There are several scenes involving ogres, who possess the intention of consuming humans and gnome children. There is also brief kissing, the minor (and mostly innocent) use of magic, and a rather cruel father and step-family.