The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralized by the French aristocracy in the years leading to the revolution, and many unflattering social parallels with life in London during the same time period. Darnay is a former French aristocrat who falls victim to the indiscriminate wrath of the revolution despite his virtuous nature, and Carton is a dissipated English barrister who endeavors to redeem his ill-spent life out of his unrequited love for Darnay's wife.
"Ella Enchanted", by Gail Carson Levine - Cursed to always be obedient by a rogue fairy, Ella must navigate a world in which she must do anything anyone directly tells her to, even if that means cutting off her own hand, or betraying her kingdom and the prince she loves. Will Ella be able to stand against her evil stepsisters, and free herself? Or will she be selfish and put her beloved prince Char in danger?