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Blog Tour Ella the Slayer by A.W. Exley

Blog Tour Ella the Slayer by A.W. Exley

Blog Tour Ella the Slayer by A.W. ExleyElla The Slayer by A.W. Exely
on June 6, 2015
Genres: Retelling, Horror
Pages: 208
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.


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


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About A.W. Exely

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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  • AW Exley August 11, 2015, 12:45 pm

    Thank you so much for hosting a tour spot and taking the time to read/review. It’s really interesting to read people’s take on the ending and I’m really sorry that it comes across as a marketing ploy, that was never my intention. I wrote Ella as a standalone. While I absolutely agree the story could continue and there are unresolved issues in that world, I thought her particular journey had ended. Then beta readers (and even my editor!) said “there’s a sequel, right?” and I went “ummm… no?”

    The question to readers about a sequel was genuinely meant (because it just never occurred to me), but I will certainly take your feedback on board and maybe change/reword it.

    Thanks so much :)

  • The Bibliophile Babe August 11, 2015, 1:39 pm

    It sounds really interesting and out of the ordinary! Too bad about the ending though – that’s so frustrating.
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    • Jessica August 11, 2015, 8:35 pm

      Umm… Yeah… I’ve read a few Cinderella retellings that have yucky endings…

  • Candace August 11, 2015, 3:51 pm

    I’m really glad you loved the book! Thanks for hosting a tour stop!
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  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction August 19, 2015, 11:42 am

    Well, if it won you over, then I definitely want to read it because I DO like zombie books!
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    • Jessica August 19, 2015, 1:01 pm

      It really did! I’m glad you are going to try it. Just for your peace of mind, I talked with the author last night, and there is going to be a sequel!

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