August 28, 2017

Cinderella, Necromancer Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Author: F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 324

Find it: Amazon, B&N,  iBooks, TBD, Goodreads 


CINDERELLA, NECROMANCER is CHIME meets ANNA, DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany. 

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. 
Cinderella, Necromancer is a dark retelling that readers are going to really enjoy getting lost in. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical going in - I had a feeling that this retelling would be cheesy or just plain bad. Happily, it surpassed my expectations and I'm glad I gave it a chance. I'm a big fan of the fairy tale retelling fad happening lately, and this went darker and more paranormal than most. That was actually a big plus for me and made me want to read this book to begin with. The premise was intriguing - mixing the classic tale of Cinderella with dark magic and necromancy - and the execution was fantastic. I really liked the supernatural elements the author brings to the plot - it made the story more thrilling for me as a reader.

The characters were all well written, especially Ellison - the main character. She's fiercely loyal to her family and friends and will do pretty much anything to protect them - which is what gets her into trouble to begin with. She isn't perfect - she really wants to make her stepmother and stepsisters pay for what they've done to her and her family, for example - but that made her easier to connect with for me. She's realistic in her flaws and personality traits, and the fact that the story is told from her point of view made it almost impossible not to root for her. I admit she got in over her head, but everyone has that capability inside. I really enjoyed getting to know Ellison and seeing her character change throughout the story. I also liked watching her relationship with William grow and the romance between them blossom. I definitely recommend this for fans of fairy tales, retellings, and fantasy.
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. 

You can follow Faith on Twitter (@FaithBoughan) for plenty of flailing about food (she likes to cook!), TV shows (she watches too many), and world dance (did you know she's been performing & instructing in Bollywood-style dance for over 8 years?). 

Or catch her on Facebook where she just might post pictures of her adorable cat & bird... among other things. 

F.M. Boughan is represented by Bill Contardi of Brandt & Hochman.  

(1) winner will receive a finished copy of CINDERELLA NECROMANCER - US Only!

Tour Schedule: 

Week One: 
8/21/2017- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview 
8/21/2017- Book Briefs- Review 
8/22/2017- Nadaness In Motion - Excerpt 
8/22/2017- Darque Dreamer Reads- Review 
8/23/2017- rabid readers book blog- Excerpt 
8/23/2017- The Desert Bibliophile- Review 
8/24/2017- Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog- Guest Post 
8/24/2017- Books, Boys, and Blogs- Review 
8/25/2017- Tara's Book Addiction- Spotlight 
8/25/2017- Bibliobibuli YA- Review 

Week Two: 
8/28/2017- BookHounds YA- Guest Post 
8/28/2017- A Dream Within A Dream- Review 
8/29/2017- Wandering Bark Books- Guest Post 
8/29/2017- Portrait of a Book- Review 
8/30/2017- Morbid Romantic- Excerpt 
8/30/2017- A Weebish Book Blog- Review 
8/31/2017- Interview 
8/31/2017- Pandora's Books-Review 
9/1/2017- Rainy Day Reviews- Guest Post 
9/1/2017- The Autumn Bookshelf- Review