on June 6, 2015
Genres: Retelling, Horror
Source: CBB Book Promotions
I received this book for free from CBB Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
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…
In ” an Oyster Shell – The undead is not my usual scene, but I made an exception due to the fact it’s a cinderella re-telling. It was a pleasant read, and I recommend it.
The Pearls –
This book has helped me to come to terms with the fact that I am a die-hard Cinderella re-telling fan. I did not know this about myself, now I do. I guess my first clue should have been that I’ll read anything cinderella like even if it includes zombie -creatures. Like I said earlier I am not usually a undead, zombie, kinda of girl but this book was an exception for me. Excuse the confusing semantics. I am not sure what to call them exactly… they are like zombies… but they don’t eat brains… they just rise from the dead and spread a viscous disease.
I felt like the writing in this book was absolutely immaculate. The storyline was solid, The character development was splendid, and it had an overall professional feel to the book. You could tell the author put a lot of care into her story and craft.
My favorite part of the book is the climax to conclusion had a nice little twist to it. I was impressed.
The Sand – The ending of this book was a tease. Not the good kind. As the book was wrapping up I could see my kindle climbing to 100%… there seems to be more to the story, so I just assumed there will be another book. Then it ends (abruptly I think) and the author has a note of contacting her if we want to see another sequel!!! I did not like that. I felt like I was sucker punched.
I’m not sure what I disliked the most, that I felt it was a slippery marketing ploy, or that I liked the book so much I’ve considered grovelling for the sequel, but feel I shouldn’t have to. If there is more to the story (great story might I add) then tell it! Don’t leave us hanging!
For the record A.W. Exley I would very much like to see a sequel.
I give this 4.5 Pearls