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Ella, the Slayer

Serenity House, Book 1
Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir
Series: Serenity House, Book 1
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Summary

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 by caring for her war-injured father, scrubbing the floors, and slaying the undead that attack the locals. Like rats, these vermin spread pestilence with every bite. Ella's world collides with another when she nearly decapitates a handsome stranger - one 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: 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 - her home, her head, and her heart.

©2016 A. W. Exley (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Skyboat Media, Inc.
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3 out of 5 stars
By Poppy on 19-02-17

Could have been so much better

I loved the premise of this - Cinderella with zombies! But to be honest, I feel like with such a fun idea so much more could have been done with the story. It couldn't quite decide whether it wanted to be serious or silly, and in doing so failed at both. The writing style was also not great and at times a bit cringeworthy, especially the romantic scenes.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Iffet Burton on 26-04-19

Cinderella meets the Walking Dead

It a lovely easy read type story with some twists. The First World War finishes and a pandemic sweeps the land. Its set in rural England. The Step family live up to their reputation. The zombies are graphic. It is a subversion of the genre as Cinderella is supposed to be a dutiful and gentle creature where as Ella carries around a blade to be-head the 'vermin'.

If you want a light easy listen then this one is for you. Nothing special but fun to listen to. Well presented.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 06-08-18

Fairytale meets Zombies

I am a fan of this author. I wasn't sure about this book when I purchased the kindle version. I started reading and went ahead and spend the 7.49 to add the audible. I really enjoyed it. I liked the romance. I liked the action. The narration was good. The addition of emotions of soldiers returning from war compared and contrasted to Ella's emotions at being a slayer of the infected added dimension and complexity. The plotline was more complex than I expected. The storyline wraps up a part in this book but continues in the series. After I finished this book I purchased the ebooks available in the series (Henry, Alice, Rory). So, I am still a fan of this author and now a fan of this series too. Only this book and the companion novel about Henry are available in Audible right now. The books which continue this story arc are not yet available on audible (hopefully soon).

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5 out of 5 stars
By Aurora Steele on 15-01-18

Europe’s Buffy!!!

Amazing story!! Loved the narrator and the refreshing retake of a classic story! I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys action fairytales!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shylock on 04-11-17

Fantastic Twist on a Classic Fairytale

This is such a fantastic Twist on a well known Fairytale, I just love it. The storyline is so well written and yhe narration brings the characters to vividly life. Such an enjoyable story, I highly recommend this book.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Maria Dryna on 07-09-17

Nice twist to the Cinderella story.

Evil stepmother, wicked stepsisters, handsome Duke, beautiful blond daughter/servant/slayer of the undead?!? Set around the time of WW1 the writer did a great job of incorporating the PTSD and Shell Shock of the men that came home after The Great War.
No frail sweet servant girl is THIS Cinderella (Eleanor = Ella) :)

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5 out of 5 stars
By flykitty50 on 14-04-17

A new favourite.

I am certain that I don't speak eloquently enough to say how much I love this book! I have a new favourite author and audiobook performer! A great new twist on an old story. It is a cross between Jane Austin and Stephanie Myer. The characters are well developed and the story really kept my attention... I would sit in the car with it running just to hear more. I love Ella. Her inner monologue was a hoot. The reader nailed the characters and did a great job. At no point did her voice distract you from the story as many can when the change characters. Well worth the investment as an audio book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 31-10-16

Took me in right away!

Great story. Loved the fact that it timing of the story was set right after WW I. Historical yet modern Cinderella story.
It would have been just perfect if there had been a different narrator. Some of the character voices were just obnoxious.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Siobhan on 24-10-16

Ella the Slayer

Well written and fun to "read". I like the spin on the classic fairytale. I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

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