Published June 30th 2015
YA > Horror | Zombies | Retellings
arc via publisher
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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…
“To escape from reality, I dream of a time when there was only one type of death.”
Well, that’s something you don’t read everyday. Imagine Cinderella, but more badass, like killing-zombies-kind-of-badass and living in a Downton Abbey world. Can’t visualize it? Well then you have to read this novel because surprisingly, Zombie killer Cinderella and Historical Fiction are a fit. And A.W Exley made it work.
Ella, The Slayer is made of lovely writing, a slow burn romance and a well thought plot. I admit that I found it’s pacing slow at the beginning but it picks up right at the middle and I found myself lost at Ella’s world and I enjoyed her everyday adventures. Whether she’s slaying zombies or just bringing tea to her wicked step mom. I was such a big fan of Exley’s flawless writing.
I really like how appropriate the romance was. I mean, this is YA and Ella wasn’t even 18. I enjoyed the slow burn romance between her and Seth. Although Seth have his own POV, I feel like there’s still a lot to learn about him. I know that some readers are looking for a sequel and I’m one of those readers. I think that there’s still a lot of loose ends that needs to be tackled.
Overall, I enjoyed this new take of Cinderella and like I mentioned above, I’m a big fan of the writing!
Books and writing have always been an enormous part of my life. I survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, I overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics.
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