DATE PUBLISHED: 05th September 2017
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.
I love fairytale retellings and this Cinderella retelling is no exception. This book puts a darker twist on a classic tale that clashes with the Disney version we all know. Ella is an empowered young woman with strong beliefs. She stands up for herself and to protect those she loves. This was great to read and really endeared the character to me. There was a romance in the move (this is a Cinderella retelling), and I did enjoy the romance element. However, this was not the selling point of the book for me (shocker)! The moody and atmospheric writing and magic system was fantastic and gave a chilling element to the book without it being overly scary or horrific. A fantastic novel with a truly electrifying atmosphere and a main character that holds a special place in my heart. This is a must-read for any fan of the fairytale retelling genre.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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 contains a hint of magic.
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