Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Tour Date: September 4-22, 2017
Darkness can only be controlled by those with the darkest of hearts.
Ellison lost her mother at an early age. Now, sixteen, 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 vicious 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 eventual 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’s and stepsisters’ every whim and fancy.
Stumbling into a chance meeting with 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 where she might see him once more.
But what if Ellison could see the kind and handsome prince again? What if she could attend the festival? What if she could have everything she’s ever wanted and deserved by conjuring spirits to take revenge on her cruel stepmother? And what if she actually liked watching her stepmother suffer?
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, it becomes harder to tell whether it is she or her stepmother who is the true monster.
CINDERELLA NECROMANCER is CINDER meets ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD and was inspired by a real medieval grimoire of necromancy from 15th-century Germany
Thank you for joining me today to celebrate the release of Cinderella, Necromancer by F.M. Boughan. Published 5 September 2017, it tells the story Ellison, the Cinderella character, who by chance discovers a book of necromancy and learns to harness a dark power. When things start to go wrong, from her brother falling ill to losing control of the spirits, she has to face the possibility that she’s becoming more monster than even her wicked stepmother.
F.M. Boughan, creator of this new retelling of the classic story, was kind enough to write a guest post today detailing their “Top 5 Reads”. That’s always a tough question for me to answer! Let’s see what titles come up.
As you might imagine, I read a lot of books. And during 2017 in particular, I’ve read a ton of YA and MG debut novels in an effort to help support my fellow debuts as we all navigate this journey together.
And as you might expect, it’s really hard to narrow down my favorites, because:
- I love them all.
- I don’t like playing favorites!
So, what I’m going to do is select five books that were extremely memorable but which fall into different categories!
5) Soulmated – Shaila Patel (YA Paranormal Romance)
I don’t read a lot of paranormal romance, but the description of this particular story drew me in right away—and I’m so glad I took the time to read Soulmated, because Shaila’s ability to write romance is spectacular. It’s evocative, lyrical, and demonstrates the perfect balance of emotional and physical reaction for teenagers falling in love. I also loved the combination of Irish hero and Indian heroine, which brought a fun and sweet element of culture clash that added depth to the budding relationship.
4) Kat and Meg Conquer the World – Anna Priemaza (YA Contemporary – with humor!)
This is a story about friendship, and I wish we had more of this type of book in the world! Two teenage girls become friends due to a shared love of a particular game, and the entire story revolves around this friendship, how they navigate their differences, and how they support each other even when one of them takes their obsession too far. It’s filled with humor and heart, and I found it incredibly relatable. I wish I’d had this book when I was a teen.
3) Allegedly – Tiffany D. Jackson (YA Contemporary – but with a thriller/mystery-eqsue angle!)
“Mary Addison killed a baby… allegedly.” I mean, does that not pull you right in?! I picked up this book and was gripped from the first page. It’s such a heartbreaking story, but filled with bittersweet moments, tears, and gut-wrenching honesty. The story kept me guessing through to the end because I was never sure whose truth to trust, and that’s essentially the whole point. The ending had me gutted in the best way, and I’m still not okay. Read it!
2) The Skeleton Tree – Kim Ventrella (Middle Grade)
I’m not sure how to label this one genre-wise, but the general gist is that a boy and his sister discover a skeleton growing in their backyard. His little sister becomes obsessed with the skeleton, but at the same time, she’s also growing more and more ill. Are the two related? I won’t say more than that, but this story basically tore my heart out of my chest, smooshed it into a little ball, and shoved it back inside. And I love it for that. It was a beautiful, shattering story that is going to be so, so helpful to children dealing with grief. I can’t say enough good things about it.
1) The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli (YA Fantasy)
Know what I love? I love kick-ass chicks with huge weapons who take on challenges that they’re most certainly unprepared for. Who tackle problems with grit, fortitude, and determination—all for the right reasons—but who need to grow throughout the course of the story before they find the right path and the right approach to what they need to do. And in this particular book, there are dragons and stories and forbidden love and horrible dudes and courageous girls, and it’s simply marvelous.
And there you have it! Five more books to add to your TBR list! I wish I could have added more books to this list, but we’d be here all week.
Have you read any of these? What are some of your top reads for 2017?
For my part, I have read Allegedly and can confirm that the ending is one heck of a sucker punch. It was a fabulous book that I read in one night! Kat and Meg Conquer the World is on my Kindle right now courtesy of Edelweiss and I can’t wait to start it. The Skeleton Tree is now on my TBR because I have to know what is going on with that story. A bone that grows into a skeleton that’s a tree? Only kids can see it? Whaaaat?
I hope you’ll add some of these books, and especially Cinderella, Necromancer, to your TBR. Thanks for stopping by, and thank you to F.M for your guest post today!
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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.