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Book Review and Giveaway: Ella The Slayer by A.W. Exley


Welcome to my tour stop for Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley. Ella, the Slayer is an Edwardian retelling of Cinderella with an undead problem. It is an upper young adult novel. The tour runs August 10-21 with reviews only. Check out the tour page for more information.

ELLA ebookAbout the Book:

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…

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~Book Review~

Ella, The Slayer. The name itself had me intrigued and then add the beautiful cover with the heroine wearing such a fetching gown, I just knew I had to check it out!

The blurb is also pretty interesting and peeks our interest at first glance.

This book is very different from the other books that I have read. I am not a fan of undead people but here I didnt mind them that much. The story flows fluidly and had me enjoying.

The author's writing style is simple and I loved her world building where she managed to make it all very believable to me. The characters are well thought out and developed expertly. I liked Ella and Seth and enjoyed reading the scenes with these two in them. 

While I generally enjoyed the book, I do feel the need to point out the grammatical errors that suddenly started popping up in the second half of the book and some scenes which were not stitched together properly. Some sequences looked out of place. I cant specifically point them without giving away the story but if you read in detail like I do then you'll most probably pick them up.

All in all, Ella, The Slayer is a very different book that is part a fairytale retold, part horror and part fantasy. I enjoyed reading it and recommend it to all lovers of YA, fairytales with a twist and readers looking to read something a little different! 3.5 out of 5 to it. I enjoyed Anita's style and will be checking out her other book too.

I received the book from the author and the tour organizers and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.


About the Author:

Books and writing have always been an enormous part of A.W. Exley’s life. She survived school by hiding out in the library, with several thousand fictional characters for company. At university, she overcame the boredom of studying accountancy by squeezing in Egyptology papers and learning to read hieroglyphics. Today, Anita writes steampunk novels with a sexy edge and an Egyptian twist. She lives in rural New Zealand surrounded by an assortment of weird and wonderful equines, felines, canine and homicidal chickens.

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Signed paperback of Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley
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Ends August 26th
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