Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine was an enchanting book. The story is set in an imaginary kingdom called Frell. A fairy gives Ella's mother the gift of perfect obedience for her daughter. The gift is in fact a curse as Ella is compelled to obey any command ever given her. She cannot refuse and must obey.
There are some that take advantage of Ella's inability to not obey. She goes on a journey to find the fairy who cursed her with the gift of obedience. Ella is witty, independent, and kind. She's also clumsy which I found endearing. Ella is an authentic character and very well-written. The story unfolds into a retelling of the fairy tale, Cinderella. I loved this interpretation because Ella is given an active role in seeking out her future.
I highly recommend this fun book. It's a quick read and a beautiful story.