Book Title: Cindrella’s Inferno
Book Author: F.M. Boughan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publishing Date: May 28th, 2018
Date Read: May 26th, 2018
Synopsis: It’s been two years since Ellison defeated her stepsisters and sent her evil stepmother back into the Abyss.
Though she’s learning to control her dark magic and has spent time traveling with Prince William and bringing peace to the kingdom, one fact remains. She is a necromancer and he is a paladin of light. And so, the king refuses to give his blessing for them to marry.
To appease his father, William has begun to avoid her. But when even her younger brother Edward grows distant, Ellison learns her mother’s spirit has been visiting Edward in secret, threatening to overwhelm him with her own loneliness and longing. When Ellison accidentally touches her mother’s spirit, her tainted touch condemns her mother’s spirit to eternal damnation.
Ellison resolves to descend into hell to save her mother’s soul and bring her physical body back to the world of the living. William hopes this good deed will bring Ellison into favor and finally allow them to be wed.
But the journey through hell is fraught with peril. Temptations abound and the demons Ellison sent back to the Abyss are thirsty for revenge.
Evil cannot be defeated without sacrifice—but when that sacrifice means choosing between the ones Ellison loves and her very own life, how far is she willing to go to make her family whole again?
Cinderella’s Inferno blazes with darkness. It is horrific and twisted. If you enjoy journeys in to the depths of the underworld, you will love this one!
I enjoyed how dark and gritty this one was. It had a very slow start, and was pretty predictable, but I still loved F.M’s writing, and the horrific twist on Cinderella. It was a sequel worth reading, and kept me turning pages until the end.
Like the first one, I really loved the horror in the story and writing. F.M. painted a very grotesque picture of the underworld and the obstacles Ellison had to face to attempt to save her mother’s spirit from the depths of Hell. Even though this wasn’t particularly categorized as horror, I still loved the intensity and darkness of it all, and it would top any of the horror novels I have read in the last year.
Even though this was a sequel to Cinderella Necromancer (a dark Cinderella retelling) it focused more on Ellison and her inner struggle with darkness. It followed Ellison to Hell (literally) to save her mother’s soul, which she thought she was responsible for sending there in the first place. So, this one did not fall in the retelling category itself (in my opinion), but still stood as a pretty interesting follow up to the retelling.
Ellison was still dealing with the aftermath of her evil (quite literally) stepmother and stepsisters, and finding out about all the dark power she held. She was working through self-doubt and wondering if she was a match for prince William, who very much embodied light and purity. She was also dealing with guilt over almost losing her brother, and the rumors spreading about her through the kingdom, so the journey to Hell symbolized both an internal, and external struggle for Ellison.
Cinderella’s Inferno was macabre and intriguing. Could it have been better? In some respects, yes. Do I recommend it? Yes. Though the pace was slower than the first, it was still well written and very vivid in terms of how F.M portrayed Hell, and Ellison’s struggles. I enjoyed being back in the Necromancer world, and I read this one in one sitting. 3.5 stars (or 4 mermaids since I don’t think even Ellison could bring half a mermaid back from the dead).
Thank you to Chapter by Chapter, and the publisher, for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review, and as part of the blog tour!
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.
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