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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 anThe 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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Ella, The Slayer Reviews

  • Aj the Ravenous Reader
    2019-05-08 18:20

    When I saw this book on GR a few weeks ago, I was , “Wait, what? Cinderella and zombies? I have to read this! Ella is the local zombie slayer in a town called Leithfield in 1918. A pandemic attacked the community and those infected are turned into what they called “vermins” or more commonly, zombies. Ella is a likable character, a certified kick-ass, who always wielded a katana and preferred trousers over dresses. I was just bothered that despite her bad-ass status, she still cowered in front of her stepmom and dutifully submitted to her roles as a serving girl. It was also quite disturbing that people went on with their lives, dressed up, went to parties, went on dates while the walking dead strolled along the streets. As the author said herself, it is a weird story. The story indeed has a lot of weird stuff going on. But then again, which zombie story isn’t weird anyway? Lol.What I mainly enjoyed about the book is the writing which is really light and a bit humorous. A.W. Exley is a capable writer and very bold too. Writing this book is one very risky move considering that Cinderella is the most widely known fairy tale and somehow, the author managed to pull the retelling off. The plot is predictable because it’s quite the same with that of the original story but without the insta-love and of course, the zombie incidents but it’s still an entertaining enough read and if you’re looking for something different as in weird and nasty different, you are looking at the right book.^^Thanks to Paula's review for convincing me to read the book. Do check out Paige's awesome review too.

  • Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
    2019-05-11 16:19

    "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!

  • A.W. Exley
    2019-05-18 19:33

    A upper young adult Cinderella retelling, set in Downton Abbey with a slight zombie problem.It's weird. But then you didn't expect "normal" from me, did you? ;)

  • N.N. Light
    2019-05-26 20:27

    Cinderella and zombies? Sign me up! That was my first thought when I picked this book up back in 2016. Yes, I know, that's a long time ago. I'm trying to work through my tbr before buying new books. I digress.Ella has a big problem on her hands. People are dying from the flu, only they're coming back to life. Ella is a scullery maid yet has the ability to control the undead by decapitating them. She runs into a Duke and they team up to save Somerset. Can Ella and Seth control the vermin while maintaining propriety or is it too later for both?I loved this book! It's got all the things I love: an ass-kicking heroine, a down-to-earth hero, plenty of action and of course zombies! It's Pride and Prejudice meets The Walking Dead and I highly recommend!My Rating: 5 stars

  • Hollie
    2019-05-10 15:07

    A Cinderella retelling where the heroine carries a sword and fights off the "undead".....that had me sold.This was a unique spin on the fairytale. While I found it to be an ok read, at times I felt as if the dialogue was overly detailed. I also would have liked more depth and more of a connection between the hero and heroine. their relationship just had a generic feel to it. I don't think it was worth its current price tag of $3.99 either. I will still likely check out more of this writer's work in the future though.

  • PaigeBookdragon
    2019-05-21 14:05

    Such a weird weird book..I love weird books so when I saw the cover of this book, I immediately want to read it. I mean,Cinderella as a zombie hunter?! Count me in.What I like about the book is that, it's unique.Ella, The Slayer is the type of book that will intrigue the hell out of you.Just imagine a Nikita type of Cinderella in the World War Z setting. I love that Ella is a badass sword wielding English girl and that this story doesn't have that silly love story Disney have.This book doesn't have that idiotic"I'm going to marry you because the first time we saw each other, I knew you're the one" bullshit. Nooooo. Thank goodness the author has a good instinct to let the romance roll out between the H/H.So if you want something different from your retelling shelve, I suggest you read the book about Ella the Slayer...

  • Mandy
    2019-05-08 18:12

    Ella’s life has been rough turned into the scullery maid after her father returned from war brain dead her step-mother took full advantage of her. With her father an invalid it’s fallen on Ella to protect the farm from the vermin known as Zombies. She’s even become the town slayer keeping a log book of all that she’s had to dispatch. After disposing of her most recent kill Ella encounters Seth the Duke who is return from war to run the area. Not wanting to be known as a lowly scullery maid she omit’s who she really is and uses her formal name. However Ella’s due to have many chance encounters as they both are fighting the war against the undead vermin who are roaming the countryside. Ella’s step sisters and step mother are sure that the Duke will want to marry her sister after all she’s the most beautiful girl. The more time Ella spends with Seth the more she doesn’t want to give him up. What will happen when her step mother finds out about their budding relationship? What about when he finds out the truth about who she really is? What about the zombies who seem to be organized? I really like Ella she’s not your typical scullery maid after all she carries a katana and slays zombies to protect the town and those she loves. I like the way she and Seth find an unlikely friendship both doing something they are both doing something for the good of humanity. I also liked Henry and Alice in the story they are each unique. I picked up Ella, The Slayer because it fit my reading challenge this week and I’ve had my eye on the cover. A unique spin on the Cinderella classic I love the idea of Ella as a zombie slayer. I’ve never been a big fan of the Cinderella story it wasn’t my favorite Disney growing which is sad because most kids face something like this every day. I really enjoyed how Ella was this kick-ass- heroine who risked her life to save the town, but she was also really smart and full of compassion. She stayed behind because of her friends and her father even putting up with her step mother’s abuse. This is a fast paced novel it’s easy to get lost in the story and short so just a few short hours I was able to read the whole book. I see a lot of potential for another book in the series and I would really another chance to read about Ella and Seth. Overall it’s a great spin of Cinderella and I bet growing up this would have been one of my favorites.

  • Laura Thomas
    2019-05-13 17:25

    I don’t read a lot of fairy tale retellings, so I figured it was time to do just that. And how could I resist a retelling of Cinderella, taking place after World War I, with zombies! Yep, zombies.Now, the zombies don’t dominate the story. They are there, lurking in the background, threatening to burst onto the scene at any given time. Sometimes, they do. And that’s where Ella opens up a can of whoop ass.Ella didn’t ask to be the town’s protector, executioner. She was kind of forced into it. Her and that katana she wielded so well. And that’s just one role she’d been forced into.She didn’t blame her father for getting married again. She wanted him happy. She didn’t blame him when he came home from war catatonic. She hoped for and watched for him to recover.She did blame her evil step-mother and two spoiled step-sisters. They relegated her to maid service, whipping her when she didn’t do something right or fast enough. Ella almost relished having to go slay a zombie or two.Her world changes when she runs into tall, dark, and handsome. Seth, the Duke, is so far out of her league, but her heart wants what it wants. And that’s Seth.Can Ella have a happy ever after? Or will her evil step family spoil her plans? Will Seth want a lowly maid ? Or will he want one of the snotty step-sisters? And can he see her as a protector, not a killer?All of my questions are answered, and in such fun and delightful ways. Ella is no lightweight and she has some awesome friends who love and support her.Seth, weighed down by responsibility, by proper appearances, steps into the shoes assigned to him with strength and fortitude.And then there’s the zombie thing. The author offered a fresh take on them. I didn’t quite see where she was heading until the end. Very interesting.I stayed up late and then got up early so I could finish this book and find out what happened. Such a fun retelling.And did I mention zombies?I received this book for my honest review.

  • Joana Veríssimo
    2019-05-25 17:10

    I really wasn't a fan of this book - it just wasn't for me... Normally with Cinderella retellings it doesn't bother me as much, but now I still hated the 'evil stepmother' trope (which is definitely the trope I hate the most, but I normally forgive in this occasion...) Also I think I figured I don't really like books set in the Regency period - this one was definitely not set on it, one century after, but it still had the feeling of it - just no romances with Dukes and Lords for me, I think that's it...You may like it, I just don't really like it...(Free book from Google Play, through BookBub)

  • Dragana
    2019-05-03 15:22

    A.W. Exley’s series Artifact Hunters is one of my favorite steampunk romances. When I heard that she was doing a Cinderella retelling, I was veeeery excited.LIKES * Atmosphere. Downtown Abbey is one of my favorite historical series. Ella, The Slayer has the same background of English countryside and nobility that is trying to adapt to the modern world. * Ella was not a pushover. One of the reasons why I do not like retellings of Cinderella so much, is cause she was such a Mary Sue. Why did she stay in her own house to work as a servant? In Ella, The Slayer A.W. Exley gave me a valid explanation that only added bonus point to the awesomeness of Ella’s character. * Kick-ass heroine. Ella wields a katana and dispatches pesky zombies. * Cute secondary characters. A.W. Exley always has quirky and hilarious characters. I loved all the cast of Ella, The Slayer. * That ending. If i had any doubts Ella was my girl they were lost in that last chapter. I am not referring to how she dealt with her stepmother, but that last romance scene…DISLIKES * Why do zombie novels have to be gross?"Maggots burrowed through his dead flesh, tiny writhing white bodies filling a hollow in his leg. The hair had peeled away from the scalp, and the bone was coated in dirt and mud as though he had tried to disguise his baldness by painting on hair. Very little flesh clung to his form, the white showing through where skin and bone had parted company. Tendons moved as he flexed and struggled against the barbwire digging into his back." * Romance happens a bit too quick. A.W. Exley added the realism to the love story and Ella meets her ‘prince’ more than once. But, I still think they fell in love too fast… * A bit open ended. Ella, The Slayer does not end with a cliffhanger but some things are not resolved.Obviously we need more books about this subject! *hopeful look at A.W. Exley* Maybe another novel set in the same time period with different main character? Another fairy tale retelling for example…IN THE END…Ella, The Slayer is everything I hoped it would be: a great retelling of Cinderella with kick-ass heroine and wonderful setting. It’s like someone (who knew what she was doing) mixed Downtown Abbey and The Walking Dead.Disclaimer: I received this ebook from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review. This text is also posted on my blog Bookworm Dreams in a little bit more styled edition.

  • Domoni
    2019-05-10 21:22

    In the early 20th century, the flu epidemic tore through England killing many. As the people try to recover from such a huge loss, a new plague comes in to wreak havoc on the people. Those who died are coming home. Much like the pest that many blamed for spreading the flu, their bites are spreading this new plague. The country is overrun but their morals have many believing that killing these previously dead people will send their souls into damnation. When Ella kills one, she opens the door to being the one damned soul in her village that can kill the vermin and save everyone else. Until the duke returns to his family lands to lead the war on the undead. Spoilers will appear in this reviewI was excited to read this book. A reinterpretation of Cinderella with zombies, it was right up my ally. It was pretty clear within the first couple of chapters this book was like someone took Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and combined it with Ever After: A Cinderella Story. Ella’s Mother died when she was young. Her father remarries a cruel woman only interested in money. He returns from the war in a near vegetative state leaving the stepmother to relegate Ella to a servants status. When Ella accidentally meets and nearly decapitates the Duke, she hides her real identity from him. Though of course it wouldn’t be much of a story if he didn’t pursue her. Fascinated by a woman willing to battle the undead he begins to attempt to court Ella. They bond over their love of fast cars and the ability to battle the vermin and eventually fall for each other.Ella’s stepmother is of course scheming to have her eldest foul daughter marry the Duke and Ella must hide her forbidden love from her family. Typical Cinderella shenanigans ensue and in the end, of course Ella gets her man. Then they must race to battle the Undead herd and its hive-like queen. After the battle ends, a dirty and resolved Ella returns home to evict her evil stepmother and finds her trying to murder her father. She defends him and in the process infects her stepmother with queen zombie toxic blood. This is where the story really lost me. In what appears to be an attempt to lead into a sequel she lets her evil infected stepmother leave to go out and munch on random people and none of the soldiers or people who just eradicated the horde stop her.I wanted to love this book but it had so many similarities to the two stories I mentioned above and quite a few moments that made you question the characters and the author herself that I am not sure it will bring me back for a second book. The first half of the book was great but the second half left me with a lingering disappointment.

  • Tonyalee
    2019-05-22 21:21

    "We all pulled together to nurse the sick and bury the fallen.Except it wasn't the flu.And they didn't stay dead."Zombies? Sign me up. Ella, The Slayer was such a fun, unique retelling of the Cinderella story many know and love. Set soon after the outbreak of the Spanish Influenza, Ella is caring for her father, taking care of her home, living with a monster of a step mother and all the while, clearing the town of the "vermin."Ella, The Slayer is a masterfully written retelling that is engaging, fun, gory and with a slow burn romance that I loved. Ella is not your average girl. Is is a katana welding, badass girl that bears the burden of ridding her town of the vermin. She is strong, spunky and has her wits about her. She has a vulnerable side too. Her deep desire to be mothered and wanted by her step mother but never getting it. And not to mention, taking on the task that was necessary but others condemned her for. I admire the fact that she stayed behind to care for everyone. Her compassion knows no bounds.While the romance played a major part in the book, I loved that it didn't overshadow the main plot as a whole. It's slow burn, one that had me smiling often. I loved their deep conversations as they were getting to know each other and how the war has changed them both, but in different ways. They work well together in their fight against the vermin and Seth always treated her like his equal.There were some parts that for me, were left open-ended. I actually liked this -- because it leaves me to my imagination on where the story can/will go. I am hoping for a sequel because I would love to revisit the world A.W. Exley created.Overall -- I loved Ella The Slayer. It's engaging, fun with a dash of gore and a romance that I truly adored. If you are looking for a unique retelling, this is IT. Highly recommend.I received this book for free from The Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Kimber Wheaton
    2019-05-08 14:11

    I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest reviewElla the Slayer was a fun twist on the Cinderella fairy tale. Cinderella was never one of my favorites because as a character, she's rather weak. Ella isn't weak-- a definite improvement in my opinion. Add in zombies and you have all the makings for an imaginative retelling.Ella was a well-written, strong character. Not only did she wait hand and foot on her stepmother and two stepsisters, but she also patroled her land, slaying any undead who make it past the perimeter fence with her trusty katana. And she did it with a good attitude. Ella had good friends, namely Alice and Henry who helped make her a decent person.The romance between Ella and Seth, the new duke, was slow to build. No insta-love here, though Ella is attracted to him from the start. I thought the story moved along a tad slow, especially the beginning. But it is a rather short story and things picked up quickly. I enjoyed the budding relationship between Ella and Seth.The ending-- well, I wasn't a huge fan. It was left somewhat open-ended, perhaps for a sequel? I also was at odds with the way some things turned out- but of course that's just my feelings. My favorite thing about this story was the imagination present throughout. It was definitely a fun retelling-- I think it may be true that zombies make everything better :)

  • a_tiffyfit
    2019-05-05 18:07

    Review to come! Thoroughly enjoyable twist on Cinderella.***************See what happens when I don't review immediately? Time slips away from me. I'd blame the chemo, but really, it's just me. SO! This was quite the twist on Cinderella. Ella is the Slayer because everyone else is such a chickenshit and are willing to let this young girl do the dirty work for them. And the Duke is a soldier returning from war to pick up the helm of the family seat...why would he ever want a simpering twit as a partner in life? Ella is of course mistreated by her nasty stepmother and ugly stepsisters and this is where Ella pissed me off. She just TOOK it. Here she is saving lives and she just took getting smacked around and bossed around, etc. It set my teeth on edge, but it all works out PERFECTLY in the end. I mean really...perfect. If you like zombies and fairy tale retellings, don't miss this one!

  • Reyes
    2019-05-21 13:25

    This is the second book I read during my holidays. Ella the Slayer was a confusing mix of Cinderella meets Downton Abbey meets The Walking Dead. I picked this up expecting it to be some kind of 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies', which I liked a lot, but zombies are really not my cup of tea, and without the ridiculousness (and I mean this in the best possible way) that made me enjoy P&P&Z this turned out to be a disappointment. The book as a whole was ok and the twist at the end was cool, but it was not enough to make me want to read the rest of the series.

  • Runningrabbit
    2019-05-16 21:04

    FREE on Amazon series on Kindle UnlimitedI'm not one for historical novels, however, this one has a background of WWI which is rarely used and I appreciated this as a added difference to this one. The book is essentially based in the aftermath of the war in 1919 verging on to the 'flapper' era and the rise of the suffragette. So, having said that Ella is a modern woman and the local zombie slayer.I enjoyed this one, it's well written and I'm surging on to the next novel.

  • Cerera
    2019-05-22 21:13

    Оригинальная история Золушки) Вроде с зомби еще не было))) На один раз сойдет. Само больше меня выбесила концовка. Из-за нее поставила бы вообще тройку... Нет ну понятно что здесь цепочки для второй книги, но чисто логически героиня идиотка, что так поступила с мачехой % потом из-за этого такие проблемы будут. Я бы на месте Эллы сразу бы убила ее и жила бы себе "долго и счастливо".Короче не знаю стану ли читать продолжение, пока под вопросом.

  • Dani
    2019-05-22 18:12

    Between 2.5 & 3 stars.

  • Zoë
    2019-05-20 13:13

    "You shouldn't be out in the woods alone. There are undead about, but I suspect you know that."What gave it away? Maybe the piece of red matter stuck to my boot. Was that spinal column? I snorted back a giggle.I picked this story up because of its author. Not because Exley has proven to be a such a competent and intriguing writer in the past that I couldn't pass on the opportunity to read another of her books but, on the contrary, because I thought Nefertiti's Heart was so, quote unquote, bad it was funny. Combining the awkward fun I had with said book and the concept of a zombie-slaying Cinderella? Well, needless to say, I was intrigued.But, ultimately, this was a disappointment. It was neither funny nor particularly interesting. Basically, it was a slightly below-average story with maybe slightly below-average characters – and it had a definite below-average impact on me. In other words: I was bored. Very bored. You know those kinds of books you start reading and immediately wish you had picked something else? Well, this one belongs to that category.Exley seems to have a tendency to write about "strong female characters" (you know, those that kick-ass to some capacity) but not only did Ella fail to even fulfil said description (shrinking from her step-mother, shrinking from her "duty" as slayer just as Seth arrives) there also isn't much more to her character than that. In Nefertiti's Heart the protagonist had additional stuff to work through besides being a bad-ass (it wasn't done well but at least there was something), Ella, however, was simply Ella-who-sometimes-kills-zombies-with-a-katana.Lots of elements in this book played out similarly. The zombies were very boring – although the whole "the church doesn't know yet whether killing zombies is bad or not" concept was mildly interesting it was never explored in a satisfying way. The Cinderella plot was nothing but dull and stereotypical (retellings can be fun if you play around with the concept enough to create something truly new out of it). The setting (time-wise) fell flat. The romance happened way to fast and was so cheesily see-through that it put me to sleep. I could go on but I think you've got the gist of it.My Blog"Such a glorious spot to grow up. You must have had so many adventures around here." I know I did. I doubt there's a tree I hadn't climbed in the district, or a river that I hadn't stripped down to my chemise and swam in.He shook his head. "I gaze at it and see only a procession of sad memories.""Oh." Well, that drained some of the magic out of the sight.

  • Chelsea
    2019-05-08 13:03

    Loved this book! Cinderella plus zombies was way better than I thought it would be! The romance was a bit cheesy but would it be horrible if I said I loved it anyways? Sometimes a cheesy romance is exactly what I need. My only complaint would be that this book could have been longer and the plot flushed out a little more. Plus a little more character development. At the same time I was glad for the quicker pace because it made it really easy to read. It was also meant to be a Cinderella retelling so of course some parts were predictable but I thought it was all done in a good way.I'm really excited to see how the rest of this series turns out!

  • Dorothy
    2019-05-04 16:32

    I'm not a "fairy tale retelling" person. I don't love books where I'll know the ending from the first word of the title. Cinder by Marissa Meyer convinced me to give the genre a chance and now I'm a little more open to the subject. That being said.....THIS IS THE BUTT-KICKING, ZOMBIE-SLAYING, FIREPLACE-SCRUBBING, WWI PTSD-CONFRONTING CINDERELLA I NEVER KNEW I NEEDED IN MY LIFE. READ THIS BOOK.There's JUST enough romance to fit the Cinderella story and JUST enough gore to keep the zombies fascinating. It's not too far in either direction. Is it perfect? No, but the writing is very detailed and the world-building is lovely. If I had to pick at a problem, I'd say the ending wraps up a little too neatly, but with zombies, who knows..... your wrapped up problems might always come back.

  • Heather Brinkerhoff Burdsal
    2019-04-26 17:30

    Exposition much?

  • Alexandra
    2019-05-26 20:14

    10/31/17 FREE for Kindle.

  • Got My Book
    2019-05-23 18:24

    Also posted on my blog Got My Book.Real Rating = 3.5While I enjoyed some parts quite well, in the end this YA Historical Fantasy was disappointing.Source: I received this book free in return for an honest review, courtesy of Audiobook Jukebox.BOOK DETAILS:Ella, the Slayer by AW Exley, read by Gabrielle de Cuir, published by Skyboat Media (2016) / Length: 8 hrs 21 minSERIES INFO:This is Book #1 of 2 (so far), in the "Serenity House" series. Both book are available on audio. Book #3, Alice, the Player, is currently scheduled to be released in November 2016.SUMMARY:I am giving this book a 3.5 star rating because, while I had some issues with the earlier parts of the book, for the most part I was enjoying it until her actions and choices in the end completely ruined it for me. If you don't like characters who do completely illogical things that endanger themselves and others, just to set up conflict in the next book (?), then you probably won't like the ending either.CHARACTERS:Ella: I am conflicted about her. I liked who she was as a person - the way she interacted with the other servants, wanted to tell the truth, and took care of her invalid father; but I had problems with the decisions she made (and not just at the end).Seth: I like him and feel that the book would have benefited from more of his POV and background. I feel that some of his actions towards Ella weren't appropriate for a gentleman of his era.Ella & Seth: Although I think they are a good match, I also had problems with the way this relationship developed especially considering the time period.PLOT:It started well and did a good job of establishing both the characters and the history. It was paced more as a romance than a zombie thriller until towards the end. As I said, I really disliked pretty much everything after the action climax.HIGHLIGHTS / CAUTIONS:--Henry--Ella & Seth working together--Ella and her fatherI COULD HAVE DONE WITHOUT: A bit gory for me (but not unexpected, and probably not gory enough for true zombie fans) / The younger stepsister being almost nice (that is just too derivative of other recent Cinderella retellings) / Ella's choice to continue a relationship with Seth when she thinks he's probably engaged to someone else.NARRATION:While it wasn't bad, I didn't love the narration despite liking the sound of her voice. It felt a bit over enunciated and over emoted to me at times. It's possible that I'm just not used to the way they spoke in that place & time. The English accents sounded good to me, an American, and the speed was typical (I listened on my usual 1.25)

  • Jasmine
    2019-05-17 13:26

    I'm going to start out by saying I really enjoyed this book. That being said, I also had some issues with it. The setting and the premise were ideal -- they went hand in hand in a way I never would have expected, but somehow worked very well. However, the setting also irked me -- possibly because I didn't feel it in a way I'm used to feeling it in historicals. I didn't get a good feel of the time period. I don't know if this is from a lack of my deep inside knowledge of the time (I'm admittedly much more familiar with the Regency era), but it didn't seem like there was a huge depth of research there, though I know from reading the bio that the author is something of a historian, so I really don't know what to think. Perhaps it's the transitory nature of the time period. I do think the use of a little more slang might have helped a little.I loved Ella. I found her to be very keen and very smart, with flaws and self doubt. I could believe how her father raised her, though (view spoiler)[not that he didn't realize what his new wife was doing to her when she came to live with the household (hide spoiler)]. However, the insta-lust thing for the male protagonist was a bit much for me. A little too incredible for such a self possessed person as Ella. I also loved Seth, in his own right, and the forthright treatment of PTSD in an era where they didn't know what to call it other than that the war changed the men who were involved in it. The background characters were also pretty well rounded, I thought, though part of me wants to know more about a couple of them.I also had qualms about the ending, and how Ella handled not only her step-mother but her step-sisters. Especially the nicer of the two. It also left the zombie problem very open-ended, and I didn't like that. Perhaps if there is a sequel, it could be wrapped up? It was a bit of a disappointment when it could have been neatly wrapped. I don't really agree with some of the characterization of Ella here.And a personal bother of mine was the commas. Please, dear author, you write a good story -- please have someone correct your commas so you have enough of them. I had a twitch by the end of the book. (Yes, I'm aware this is a personal thing, but it's so easily fixed!)Overall, it was a good, engaging story, and I would read more by this author. I do feel it could have done with one more thorough edit, though, for a few story quirks as well as punctuation. These things are why I bumped it down to 3 stars.

  • Francesca
    2019-05-18 18:30

    Improved as the story wentAfter the first chapter I almost stopped reading. The story had the main character explaining the whole situation in her thoughts while she as sitting down in the morning. Then, she meets Seth, who is a Lord (right after killing a vermin) and immediately swoons after him (literally saying she wants to fall into his arms). I'm sorry, but even if a girl thinks a guy is attractive when she meets him she doesn't want to fall into his arms. Normally she thinks, "wow, he looks good."I kept reading only because I bought the book when I was desperate to read something, and it had some good reviews. After a while I started to think, I could give this a two or three star review. I see some potential in the writing, but there is also some tense switching and some points where the writing disassociated itself from the story. The story reminded me strongly of Ever After set just after World War 1 in England, with zombies. The after World War 1 in country England reminded me very strongly of Mercades Lackey's elemental masters book that was a retelling of the Cinderella story. About half way through I started to see myself definitely giving the book three stars; it was getting better. Then, near the end, it broke the cliches and turned it from a simple Cinderella retelling into a much more interesting story with potential for a much bigger ark. So much so that I actually would buy the next book and read it if the author wrote a sequel. The main character stopped continuously swooning (though there was still some), and the writing was a lot better by the end of the story. I decided that since I would buy the next book, and I liked the last quarter so much, I would give the story 4 stars. Because of the first chapter or so, it really should be closer to 3.5 stars.

  • Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
    2019-05-16 14:05, 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.

  • Heather Duff
    2019-05-22 19:11

    So I do love a book that involves the undead but usually they are roaming about in the present time or a near dystopian future, I have never read a book where they are roaming about in the past.It is the early part of the twentieth century, the first world war has ended, flu has ravaged the world's population killing millions, it has also brought many back to life.Ella lives with her father, who was injured in the war, her step mother and two step sisters, like a certain fairy tale princess she is beautiful but put to work by her cruel step mother.Ella is no pushover, she is a katana wielding, zombie killing machine, she calls them "Vermin", every day she patrols and gets rids of these deadly creatures.One day a creature takes her aback, he talks back, she has very nearly decapitated the local duke, Seth deMage who is definitely not a vermin, he sees something in Ella that intrigues him but he is a duke and a duke needs to make good connections.The only connection they make to begin with is trying to get rid of the undead together but will they both see what is in front of them or will all those zombies (and the wicked stepmother) get in the way of true love!This is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella, I won't reveal any spoilers for you but we all know how Cinderella goes. What I love about this book is that it covers so many genres, historical, horror, fantasy and that cover is beautiful it could give The Selection a run for it's money. An enjoyable read!Thanks to CBB for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

  • Nic
    2019-05-10 19:03

    This is a silly, fun and light read. The series isn't amazing but it does pass the time and all of the books in the series are quick reads. It is a different take on Cinderella and I did have fun reading this book although it is lacking in a lot of areas. I gave it a 2 star rating because the story and the characters just feel unfinished. Even though I wasn't bored I didn't particularly think it was anything but a 2 star read. I didn't hate it but I didn't much care either way. I would still recommend it as the price of the books are decent, and if you are looking for something quick and light just don't put too much stock in the story.

  • Anne's Bookish Travels
    2019-04-30 13:07

    When I read the summary, I really wanted to read this story so, so much ;-) It is an interesting story that made me fall in love with it chapter by chapter. Ella has a strong personality, she needs to with such a stepmother, and the vermin walking across the countryside. The people rely on her so much that she has become their 'professional vermin killer'.She covers her feelings behind a fassade, but Seth is there and breaks down her walls :) They fall in love and show us what really matters - love, not hierarchy ♥♥♥♥