- File Size: 1438 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press (May 20, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 20, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00Y13JU4Y
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,226 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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* Realistic Cinderella retelling. Cinderella was never one of my favorite fairy tales, mostly because I had problems with too many plot holes. How come no one ever complained that stepmother forced Cinderella to work as a servant? They were nobles, surely she had some relatives. And that insta-love with prince at the ball never worked for me. Christine Norris masterfully resolved all these issues.
* Clean romance. So many young adult novels these days shock me with amount of sex and explicit descriptions. A Curse of Ash and Iron pleasantly surprised me with romance that was squeaky clean. I think even some advanced middle-grade readers can read this book.
* Love triangle that worked. A Curse of Ash and Iron is proof that all love triangles are not bad. After we get to know all the history behind characters, Eleanor not being able to decide between two love interests actually makes sense.
* Failed expectations. From the announcements I figured A Curse of Ash and Iron will be a steampunk version of Cinderella. Gears on the book cover only cemented that belief. The fact that one of the characters was called Benjamin Grimm only intrigued me more. I thought it was going to be one of the Grimm brothers. Both of these assumptions were incorrect. A Curse of Ash and Iron was not a bad book, but I expected something completely different…
IN THE END…
A Curse of Ash and Iron was a charming retelling of Cinderella set in 19th century Philadelphia. Sadly my wrong expectations hindered me in enjoying it, but I think that fans of Jessica Day George are going to love it.
Disclaimer: I received this ebook from publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
I had not heard of A Curse of Ash and Iron before I received the opportunity to review it, but I was extremely intrigued by the premise. This is a young adult novel written by Christine Norris.
As the story begins, we are introduced to Ben and Ellie. Despite the fact that Ben was the son of the cook in a grand home that Ellie lived in, the two were best friends of children. They were separated rather abruptly when Ellie’s stepmother fired Ben’s mother seven years earlier, but a chance meeting brings them together again. Ellie tells Ben a wild story about being enchanted by her stepmother and forced to work as a servant in her own home. Ben is a young man enamored with science and technology, and he finds the idea of magical enchantments to be absurd, but he agrees to help his old friend. As they explore the nature of the enchantment, they learn that if the curse is not broken by midnight on New Year’s Eve, the effects will become permanent, and Ellie will be bound to her stepmother forever.
The story is set in 1876 Philadelphia, and that was one of the aspects that attracted me to this story. I love novels set in the 19th century, and this book did not disappoint me. Ben’s love of technology is relevant because the world is on the brink of great discoveries; the telephone is a brand new invention, and talking to someone so far away seems almost magical. His curiosity proves to be an asset in their quest, as is his knack for tinkering. The 19th century setting also provides us with a glimpse into the world of debutantes and Society events.
A Curse of Ash and Iron is an amazing book. The addition of spells and enchantments provide a nice contrast to technology. It seems inconceivable that real magic can exist in the modern world, but appearances can be deceiving. There were some interesting twists that I did not see coming, but I think it might have been too predictable for the story to end a certain way.
I would absolutely recommend A Curse of Ash and Iron. This is a young adult novel that holds appeal to readers outside its target audience. This is an interesting version of the classic Cinderella story with an infusion of steampunk. I thoroughly enjoyed my reading experience, and I’m looking forward to reading more from Christine Norris.
Even though Cinderella isn't exactly one of my favorite fairytales, I still loved the story in the book very much. I loved the magic in the book. I loved the Steampunk elements. And just all the little details that the author put in this story.
The characters. Ellie is such a wonderful character. I love her relationship with Rebecca, her stepsister, who is not evil at all and I'm so very grateful for that. Cause it's just a wonderful element in this story. I also loved her relationship with Ben, the childhood friends who haven't seen each other in such a long time but still have that great bond years later when they meet again. Ben is such a great character with such a great mind. His little brother Harry, was such a great character too. Olivia. Ugh. I mean, she is like the typical stepmother. I hate her with a passion. It's crazy to what lengths she went to reach her goals.
I had to take half a star away because I am not as happy with the ending as I wanted to be. I didn't hate it. Cause about halfway through the story, it's the ending that I suspected. But still. I was a bit disappointed.
It's still an amazing story and I seriously recommend it to everyone.
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