By F. M. Boughan
Rating: 4 / 5
Summary: Cinderella, Necromancer is a retelling of the fairy tale Cinderella with a dark twist. The story follows the death of Ellison “Ella’s” mother, causing her father to get married to a woman named Celia, who would become Ella’s stepmother. With this marriage, Ella also gets two stepsisters, Victoria and Charlotte.
There are strange events plaguing the area, and Ella herself stumbles upon a dangerous yet intriguing power. However, Ella soon realizes that her stepmother and stepsisters aren’t really what they seem, and in the face of losing the one person she loves most, Ella must decide if— and how— she will defeat the evil.
Review: I loved that Ella wasn’t your classic damsel in distress; she took matters into her own hands when the possibility of her loved ones getting hurt was present, and she’s unwaveringly loyal to her family. She didn’t have the help of little animals or a fairy godmother to strike down the obstacles in her path; Ella herself overcame the numerous difficulties she faced. Additionally, Ella paramount concern wasn’t the Prince, or her love life; she yearns to keep her family safe and protect those she cares about.
The magic in this book was intriguing, especially because I have never a book that dealt with magic the way this book did. It wasn’t a high fantasy book, in which the magic has a whimsical element to it, but it is presented as a powerful, but very, very dangerous and dark. And, something else that I really enjoyed was that magic didn’t solve all of Ella’s problems— she still had to think her way through her challenges. I really appreciated that Boughan presented us with such a strong female character who doesn’t rely on outside sources to defeat her struggles.
This book was highly enjoyable, and those who enjoy fairy tale retellings will definitely like this book. It’s engaging and captivating, and I found myself reading close to a hundred pages a day, simply because I was reluctant to put it down. I’m looking forward to more of this author’s works! Also, can we just talk about how beautiful that cover is?!