Friday, September 15, 2017

Blog Tour Review: Cinderella, Necromancer

Today is my turn for a review stop on the Blog Tour for Cinderella, Necromancer. Props to Chapter By Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions for giving me the opportunity to promote this book on my blog today. Be sure to check out all the other stops on this tour! There's even a giveaway!

Cinderella, Necromancer By F.M. Boughan
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release Date: September 5, 2017
Format: Egalley*
My Rating: ★★

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Cinderella, Necromancer is Chime meets Anna Dressed in Blood and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany.

Ellison lost her mother at an early age. But since then, her father has found love again. He's happy and doesn't quite notice that Ellison does not get along with his new wife or her mean daughters. When Ellison discovers a necromantic tome while traveling the secret passages of her father's mansion, she wonders if it could be the key to her freedom. Until then, she must master her dark new power, even as her stepmother makes her a servant in her own home. And when her younger brother falls incurably ill, Ellison will do anything to ease his pain, including falling prey to her stepmother and stepsisters' every whim and fancy.

Stumbling into a chance meeting of Prince William during a secret visit to her mother's grave feels like a trick of fate when her stepmother refuses to allow Ellison to attend a palace festival. But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince once more? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother?

As Ellison's power grows, she loses control over the evil spirits meant to do her bidding. And as they begin to exert their own power over Ellison, she will have to decide whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
So this was one of those books that didn't give me a good impression at first. When I started it I was thinking to myself, "oh, I don't know about this one." I thought the main character was kind of a brat at first, but I had read such great reviews that I had to press on. So I do think Ella starts out as childish and naive in the beginning of the novel, but she does go through a period of growth so we see her change as a person. So I'm really glad I was proven wrong.

I like a good fairytale retelling, and I think this novel did a really good job of sticking to the origin story. I also really felt like this book was something written in the time period that it was supposed to be set it. I could really feel that Ella was a German girl living during the 15th century. I think just even the tense and language used in this novel really cemented that feeling for me. I also think it was interested that religion was included in the storyline. Although Ella is pulling sprits from beyond, she still firmly believes in God. That was refreshing to read about, and I also think it was really accurate to the time period.

One thing that is different in this retelling from others is that Ella doesn't have a fairy godmother! Homegirl gets to the ball her own damn self. I think that was what really made me like this book. Ella wasn't helpless, and she was able to think things through to solve a problem her own self. I loved that about this book. It was really about a girl at her wits end trying to protect her family the only way she knew how. Although I did just want to shake her when she wouldn't tell the love interest who she really was when she was in disguise. I wanted them to kiss so much sooner! I wasn't totally in love with the love interest at first, but I did really like their witty rapport, so like Ella it really grew on me.

One thing that does still irk me about this novel was that I thought all the conflict with Celia and her stepsisters Charlotte and Victoria was a little TOO over the top. I was willing to look this over because I was more interested in Ella discovering the Book of Conjuring and how she was going to deal with this problem. This didn't bother as much as the novel progressed because you find out just how straight up EVIL her stepmother and stepsisters are!!

If you are a fan of fairytale retellings, I highly suggest you check this book out.

*I received an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review


F.M. Boughan is a bibliophile, a writer, and an unabashed parrot enthusiast. She can often be found writing in local coffee shops, namely because it’s hard to concentrate with a cat lying on the keyboard and a small, colorful parrot screaming into her ear. Her work is somewhat dark, somewhat violent, somewhat hopeful, and always contains a hint of magic.

Happy Reads Everyone!