Review: Ella, the Slayer by A.W. Exley

Posted August 9, 2016 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Review: Ella, the Slayer by A.W. ExleyElla, The Slayer by A.W. Exley
Series: Serenity House
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on June 15th 2015
Pages: 206
Narrator: Gabrielle de Cuir
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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Also by this author: Nefertiti's Heart, Hatshepsut's Collar

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…


Ella, the Slayer is a Cinderella retelling with an unexpected twist, zombie like creatures.
I love that Ella is strong and pretty fierce.  She doesn’t take the job as slayer lightly, and I think a part of it destroys her each time. I love how loyal she is to her friends, and will do pretty much anything to protect them. She also tries her best not to tick off her stepmother or stepsisters. It isn’t always easy.
There are quite few action scenes, and at times I felt like I was there right along with Ella.  The author’s ability to put you in the situations with her characters is amazing. We also get peaks into some of the other character’s minds. It was interesting to see what the Duke was thinking at times.
The way the zombies behave is also different.  I won’t tell you how, but it is, and it was refreshing. I’ve come to expect that from Exley. She is able to take a story and shake it up a bit.
The narrator did an amazing job with this book.  You could tell the difference in characters, and she wasn’t difficult to understand.  She brought the characters to life, and made them feel real.
If you are a fan of zombies or retellings, you should definitely give Ella, the Slayer a try.

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I’m a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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