Cinderella Necromancer by F.m. BoughanCinderella Necromancer by F.m. Boughan

Cinderella Necromancer

byF.m. Boughan

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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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.
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 contai...
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Title:Cinderella NecromancerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:Month9Books, LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1946700339

ISBN - 13:9781946700339

Reviews

Rated 2 out of 5 by from A For the Lover of Books Review <em>*I was provided a copy of both books in this series in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own</em> I spent a weekend of my life reading these two books because I was supposed to write a review for the Cinderella’s Inferno blog tour, and I somehow have shockingly little to say about them. However I still feel obligated to review them, so here we go. Let’s start with the world building. I still have no idea where this series is set. I figured it was in some fantasy world that hadn’t been named, but the second book mentions England and the French, so it’s definitely set in our world. The blurb mentions Cinderella, Necromancer is based on a 15<sup>th</sup> century German grimoire, so does that mean it’s set in Germany? As far as I know it doesn’t say so in the text, though I did skim-read book 2. And when is it set if it’s set in our world? I really can’t tell you. I also feel like the magic wasn’t well explained. Why do whatever William and his friends are exist (I forget what they’re called)? What was William even doing out at night if they had no idea what was actually causing the unexplained and unnamed problem? Speaking of William, I’m pretty sure the reason for him lurking around Ellison’s housea bunch is never explained, so that’s kind of creepy. Also, he and Ellison have no chemistry. She just constantly criticizes him. That’s not a healthy relationship. In my opinion, the way to identify a good Cinderella retelling is to look at how the step-sisters are handled. Do they feel like real people that could exist like the step-sisters in Geekerella? Or do they have seemingly no motivation for being unnecessarily cruel like in this series? Sure, the reason for Ellison’s sisters being piles of awful is sort of explained, but I had already given up on Cinderella, Necromancer by that point. Ellison provided a really frustrating perspective to read from. She was super dense, and I feel like she was written younger than her given age. She was even more frustrating in book 2, because turns out she hadn’t actually learned the lesson she was supposed to have learned at the end of the first book. If you hated Dante’s The Divine Comedy (specifically Inferno) I do not recommend book 2. I unfortunately did not make the connection, though I for sure would not have signed up to review it if I had. Maybe I’m the dense one. I felt like the writing was trying too hard. The writing having this forced flowery feel to it combined with the actual story did not mix well. You have what is supposed to be this dark book filled with necromancy with writing that didn’t provide the required atmosphere to make that kind of book work. It was frustrating to read. Most importantly for me was the fact that I had to take frequent breaks while reading these books. They exhausted me to read, and I skim-read book 2. I shouldn’t have to step away from the book I’m reading after 2 chapters because I can’t stand to continue reading. Overall, I was not a fan of this duology, earning it an average rating of 1.5 stars out of 5.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting and Dark ***Minor Spoilers Ahead*** I have very conflicted feelings about this book. There was a lot I liked and a lot I didn't like, I don't usually make my reviews in the form of liked vs. disliked but I think this book warrants it, so here we go. Liked The Characters - I liked Ella for about the first half of the book, her feisty-ness, flaws and grief were realistically portrayed and she had charm. In the latter half I wanted to throttle her (see below) but then she redeems herself at the very end for me. I really liked William (even better than Ella) and I liked their interactions. I actually also enjoyed the supporting characters, the little brother, stepmother, stepsisters and even some of the demons had surprisingly interesting characterization. The Concept and Plot - The plot and concept were extremely creative and I have to give kudos to the extreme imagination of the author. I never quite knew what to expect, especially with how far the darkness would go. I also loved that there were references to the German and French versions of the fairy tale and that the necromancy was relevant to it's historical context. The Ending - As you'll read below I had problems with the latter half of the book up until near the end, but then at the very end things comes together so nicely that I actually breathed a sigh of relief and contentment. Disiked Ella's Decisions - I liked Ella at the beginning (and the very end), however there was a large portion of the book where I wanted to throttle Ella for her poor decisions and shortsightedness in the face of very serious circumstances. Having said that, I know it's easy for me to see it from a third person's perspective and to know what she should have done in "hindsight", and indeed she is telling the story from a "hindsight" perspective and even she admits her mistakes, so there is that. However I couldn't help but feel that a lot of her poor decisions were contrived by the author in order to make the story fit into the narrative of Cinderella, which was disappointing. There were so many simple ways that plot devices could have been used in order to make her actions more believable and understandable and yet still fit into the narrative. Rushed Ending - Near the end of the book I realized that there were still a lot of unknowns and then all the information gets spilled out in just a few paragraphs here and there in the last few chapters. This wasn't too bad though as it really grew Ella's character and redeemed her in my mind. Overall I enjoyed the read and would recommend this book to those who like YA and are interested in reading a very dark and creative version of Cinderella.
Date published: 2017-09-23