First: kudos for a writer who uses 'bated breath' and not 'baited'! (ok, so it is a small niggle, but it is one that irritates me endlessly). Nice to see some English 'english' spelling as well.
An enjoyable light rom/zom retelling of Cinderella, in a kind of faux-Austinish style set around 1920, with humour (but no flappers - yet!).
It does have a few holes/nitpicks/anachronisms, but it isn't meant to be a historically accurate book. The ending was a bit illogical for me, and a similar result could have been obtained with some different plotting choices (in my opinion) but it was fairly obvious as a segue into the following book(s) in the series.
Loved it! Ella is fantastically strong and wonderfully real, someone I could be friends with or pass in the street. The story, though loosely based on Cinderella, was fresh and original and suffered none of the shallow tackiness of some 'take story, add zombies' stories. On to the next one!
While I don't normally read slayer fiction, this cover just caught my eye. Cinderella - as a slayer? Um, yes, please. I love reading old stories re-told with new twists. What could make Cinderella triumph over her wicked stepmother even better? A sword. And lots of rolling un-dead heads.
A.W. Exley does not disappoint. Her writing was fluid, her choices unique to the world she created. Many details from the fairy tale version are included, but unexpected twists keep the plot interesting between the familiar parts. Ella is kicking butt and taking names. Who needs a prince charming? Okay. Okay. Of course, she does, but this Ella's prince charming is even better than the fairy tales you've read.
A help-yourself-into-a-new-life kinda fairy tale. Light-Medium romance heat. Medium gore. Light language. A recommended read.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
a Cinderella story like none before it. Such a well crafted story from a brilliant writer. A zombie novel that goes far beyond the undead. The characters are so easy to connect to, the heroine has a compelling quiet strength and a quick mind. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
I was a bit nervous about reading this book thinking it would either be that classic Cinderella story, rehashed to death, or the overpopular zombie apocalypse tale. I was pleasantly surprised and hooked from the first page. "Ella the Slayer" demonstrates a new view on the undead in a deliciously steamy and romantic way. I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait for its sequel!