Cinderella Necromancer Paperback – September 5, 2017
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"I recommend this book if you love retellings and a good hauntingly dark story." - Hannah Loves Books
"Boughan weaves a tale so mysterious and magical, harrowing and hopeful, with such deliciously dark villains, readers almost forget this is a retelling rather than a story of original beginnings." - Kirkus Reviews
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I heard of this book months ago and I am always down for fairytale retellings and add in necromancy and I knew I was going to read this story, it was inevitable. I was pleasantly surprised that this was like a meshing of my favorite version of Cinderella, the movie Ever After with it's banter between Ella and the prince in disguise and her resourcefulness, mixed with the movie The Craft, with a teen girl playing with dark forces she has no understanding of. It was such a cool yet dark premise that I could not help but to be entranced. I had no idea what would happen and it was such a delightful twisted train wreck I could not look away.
This was so much a love story, and no I am not talking specifically about romantic love, but love in general and the lengths that someone would go to and sacrifice of themselves for love. Pretty much all of Ellison's actions (be them awesome or terrible) were motivated by her need to protect her brother, the person she loved the most. There was also a slow developing romance in the story as well that played a role in Ellison's character development, but it was not the main focus of the story, more like a positive side note that gave her something to look forward to in her depressing, soul sucking existence.
The story is told by the only main character, Ellison, a confused and abandoned girl who has to learn how to survive the terrors she is dropped into. I really wanted her to lash
out at the injustices done against her, yet at the same time understanding why she couldn't. I really empathized with her and rooted her on, even while knowing nothing was a certainty in this story. I was confused at first by how the story was delivered, but then I realized that Ellison was narrating the story as seen by her use of reflection of her mistakes and pointing out how wrong her assumptions were. It was almost as if she was telling this to someone, but who I had no idea. I was super intrigued to find out who this story was being told to, and I determined it must be her speaking to the reader...and that's all I can say on the topic, except that I really liked Ms. Boughan's writing style.
The best part of this story was all the creepiness crammed into the pages. The story started slow, with the general Cinderella-esque plot, but then ever so slowly, strange and unnatural things were drawn into the story. At first it was just hints, shadows and ideas and then it was a touch by a seeming person, to full blown scary moments with all the imagery included. By the end of the book, Demon's were reigning down on the characters and living was not a guarantee for anyone.
This story is coming out at the best time of year, with Halloween just around the corner so this is the perfect first taste of the horror of the holiday. I really enjoyed this story and the surprises the author brought forth. I highly recommend this title to anyone who wants a little Cinderella with their horror and I most certainly will read more from this author in the future.
This is a perfect book for this time of year, but read it with the lights on!
Ella finds a book and conjures spirits but doesn't know the cost. Magic always has a cost dearie...(yeah I did that)
I absolutely enjoyed the writing in this book. It was dark, magical, and convoluted. You didn't know where some part you read before would pop up but it did. The story was intricate and followed along the path of Cinderella but gave you it's own flare.
a definite read for anyone who enjoys darker fairy tales.
Great story, great writing and very enjoyable to read.
Top international reviews
Dark and imaginative, I was soon swept into the world of Ellison, her evil Stepmother and her "ugly" Stepsisters. Far from the Disney version, the idea of Cinderella being a necromancer seems more realistic than her having a fairy godmother. Very much enjoyed this book as an adult reader. On to the next one!
First off, let me start with saying I don't read YA because I generally don't like the genre. BUT I adore Grimm fairy tales and Hans Christian Anderson, so this peeked my interest incredibly. I was not disappointed. I enjoy a darker tale and am a fan of urban fantasy so I was excited.
This story was incredible, not only was it well written and easy to read, but the imaginative retelling was unique and quite inspiring. I was turning the pages feverishly and definitely sacrificed some sleep (no regrets!). I came across a few scenes that where so gripping I would actually gasp out loud and its in large part due to the talent of the authors writing.
This isn't just a retelling of Cinderella but a story of enduring love, strength and faith. Ella was the perfect main character, she's sixteen and defiant but loving. Naive but strong and willing to learn.
The stepmother and stepsisters where my favorite characters because they were written so deliciously evil and gave me chills. The perfect villains.
I could not put this dark tale down and neither will you!
This is one of those books you stay up all night to finish. It is a Cinderella retelling with magic, evil spirits, and necromancy. My first impressions were 1) wow this is pretty dark and 2) I'm not sure if I really like Ellison. That being said, she grew on me quickly, changing from a sort-of spoiled rich girl to a bad-ass-take-no-crap character when the situation called for it. Obviously your vapid Disney Cinderella isn't going to open an ancient grimoire and call forth spirits to do her bidding. She was the right character for this story.
Aside from the magic and dark stuff (I won't say too much to avoid spoilers), my other favorite part of the book was Prince William. In other retellings, the prince is always sort of this 1-dimensional character. I really liked that William has more to him than that. As much as I don't really like cliff hangers and drawn out trilogies, I was sort of hoping at the end that this wouldn't be a stand alone, so that we could learn more about William and some of the other characters in a sequel. I would definitely read a sequel if there is one coming (hint hint)!
What you get is Cinderella Necromancer, a fantastic dark re-imagining of a once familiar fairy tale that is impossible to put down once you start. Don't sleep on this one.
If you want to know more, you can read the other reviews. But don't spoil it for yourself. It's a great read. Trust me.