Welcome to my tour stop for Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley. Ella, the Slayer is an Edwardian retelling of Cinderella with an undead problem. It is an upper young adult novel.
The tour runs August 10-21 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.
The flu pandemic of 1918 took millions of souls within a few short weeks. Except it wasn’t flu and death gave them back.
Seventeen-year-old Ella copes the best she can; caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. ‘Vermin’ they’re called, like rats they spread pestilence with their bite. Ella’s world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger, who is very much alive.
Seth deMage, the new Duke of Leithfield, has returned to his ancestral home with a mission from the War Office — to control the plague of vermin in rural Somerset. He needs help; he just didn’t expect to find it in a katana- wielding scullery maid. Working alongside Seth blurs the line between their positions, and Ella glimpses a future she never dreamed was possible. But in overstepping society’s boundaries, Ella could lose everything – home, head and her heart…
4 of 5 Stars
I’m not usually interested in historical romance but when I saw that this just might be different my curiosity was instantly peaked.
- A strong badass female character that wields a katana and slays zombies. I love Ella’s personality and how she’s strong because of the circumstances she’s forced into.
- I’m not normally interested in romance but I loved this. I loved how it didn’t feel completely cliche even if it was sort of insta love ( or was it lust?)
- The ‘bad’ guys in this book are wonderful to hate. I appreciate villains whose layers are revealed and we get to know why they are bad. But sometimes I just want a personality I can gloriously rage at. I can’t even begin to count the times I wanted to smack Ella’s step mother and sisters right upside their heads.
- Right before the ending when everything kind of comes to somewhat of a climax – loved the scenes here.
- The decapitation of zombies, I admit I found it pretty awesome. It wasn’t super graphic but it was just enough to make it interesting.
The Not so Glorious
- I loved everything and then the ending and I was just left with … huh? It wasn’t bad really but it didn’t feel like it fit in with the rest of the story. It wrapped up nicely while giving plenty of room for another book to continue it. For a few reasons though, the ending just kind of fell flat for me.
When I think about it this really felt like a Walking Dead meets Cinderella set in the early 1900’s – something I’d never have thought would work together. The fact that it included such a strong protagonist made the entire read intense. If, like me, you have a thing for Michonne from The Walking Dead just picture her character set in 1919. This is a great addition to the zombie genre and I recommend it to any fan of of romance as well.
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.
$50 Amazon Gift Card
Signed paperback of Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley
Ends August 26th
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