A Curse of Ash and Iron
When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. His delight turns to dismay when he discovers she has been under a spell for the past 7 years, being forced to live ...more
The answer is... nope. I didn't even realize that it was the same name until after I had finished and a reader told me. I like comics but I'm not a big FF follower. Ben gets his first name from my great-grandfather, Benjamin Russell. The last name I chose just for fair-tale reasons.
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Great fun to read, perfectly balanced between the new and old elements. I was very glad to have this to read!
Disclaimer: I received a free copy fro ...more
Benjamin Grimm prefers to hide behind the theater curtain than interacting with the society in 1876 Philadelphia. Eleanor Banneker is one and only friend, but he hasn’t seen her in years. When they are reunited he is delighted, but shocked to discover that she’s been under a spell for 7 years. Ellie and her father are both under the spells of her stepmother, but she is sure that she can break them. The problem is that when the clock strikes mi...more
The book is out for a while now and you should totally check it out.
This is a Cinderella retelling with a few Steampunk elements.
Even though Cinderella isn't exactly one of my favorite fairytales, I still loved the story in the book very much. I loved the magic in the book. I loved the Steampunk elements. And just all the little details that the author put in this story.
The characters. Ellie is such a wonderfu ...more
Based on the cover I assumed it would be a steampunk novel, however, I didn't realise that it was a Cinderella retelling until I was halfway the book.
Benjamin Grimm reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor and find out she's been living under a spell for years, forcing her to live like a servant in her own house.
I didn't like the book, it wasn't for me. I didn't think it was steampunk, so maybe I was just disappointed and didn't like ...more
But then, when I looked at the character names (Benjamin Grimm) I thought that this could be a retelling melding several fairy tales together.
Alas, I was wrong.
What was involved in the retelling was a steampunk-esque version that mixed stories like The Illusionist with its orange tree trick, and other magician movies like The prestige with the birdcage tricks...
The Evil Queen from Snow Whit ...more
* Realistic Cinderella retelling. Cinderella was never one of my favorite fairy tales, mostly because I had ...more
On a more serious (or book related note), this wasn't terrible by any means, but it was mediocre at best - the prose was solid & I'd be curious to see the author's future work, but the plot was in need of significant development. It was a little too cut & dry in terms of a Cinderella adaptation, and given the premise re: illusions, magic, steampunk &a ...more
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I love fairytale retellings. I like knowing the general outline of the story and seeing how the author puts a new twist on it depending on the theme of their story and what they want to do with it. A Curse of Ash and Iron does this almost to perfection.
I thought the prologue was a bit misplaced, but it was there to introduce us to both ...more
Author: Christine Norris
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars
I would like to thank NetGalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I would also like to thank Tanya for helping with opening the file.
First off, why doesn't this book have more reviews?! This truly is a hidden gem in young adult! The more books I read, the more and more that I am discovering that many times the books not on the bestseller lists are actually better than the so called "b ...more
I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I had not heard of A Curse of Ash and Iron before I received the opportunity to review it, but I was extremely intrigued by the premise. This is a young adult novel written by Christine Norris.
As the story begins, we are introduced to Ben and Ellie. Despite the fact that Ben was the son of the cook in a grand home that Ellie lived in, the two were best friends of c ...more
Note: I received a free copy of this book from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.
Plot summary: The novel starts with best friends Ellie and Ben hiding from the fighting that has broken out between Ellie's stepmother and Ben's mother as his mother, the household cook, is being fired. They make a pact to never forget that they are friends. From this point forward, the narrative alternates perspective with them as their young adult sel ...more
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
I didn't realize right away that this is a Cinderella retelling because apparently the cover distracted me from actually reading the synopsis.
What I liked:
-the cover!! Gorgeous. It reminds me of the Gail Carriger novels that I really want to read.
-the plot. I love fractured fairy tales or retellings, and, even though I think the best Cinderella retelling ever is Ella Enchanted , I'm always down to read a ...more
A Curse of Ash and Iron is a steampunk retelling of Cinderella. There is action, romance, magic, and gears. A pretty good combination. Add that it's a fairy tale retelling and I couldn't resist.
The book starts off with a prologue that becomes important to set the tone of the friendship between Ellie and Ben. Ellie is the daughter of a well to do man. In the beginning of the book, her mo ...more
A retelling of Cinderella, ‘A Curse of Ash and Iron’ incorporates magic, steampunk and 1876 Philadelphia to create a beautiful book that really grabs your attention. I really enjoyed the book from start to finish and I am really pleased that the author included things that might be a b ...more
This was a fantastic book and very well written, definitely one of my favorites of late.
The only thing keeping it from getting a full 5 out of 5 is the way the author would switch scenes or point of view between Ellie and Ben. Occasionally, Norris would stop in the beginning of an action or conversation that the reader never experiences later. Personally, I don’t like to end scenes with a loose piece of dialogue, but that ...more
A Curse of Ash and Iron follows Ellie, who has been under a curse for the past few years. Though she's still living in the same house she's always been in, no one recognises her. ...more
(This review may contain spoilers).
I found this book to be a really good take on the story of Cinderella. It was good to see the friendship between Ben and Ellie at the start of the book and I couldn’t help feeling a lot of sympathy for Ellie. I was glad that Ben had his mother, and that she cared about him as well.
There were times in the book that I didn’t especially like Ben, I have to say. Despite his promise to help Ellie, I felt ...more
Excellent re-imagining of ‘Cinderella’ with a steampunk twist; a satisfying and magical tale told from dual perspectives, of Ellie and Benjamin. ‘A Curse of Ash and Iron’ is an old familiar tale set in a new place with some different characters and a refreshing twist on the plot. The tale touches upon key elements of the traditional ‘Cinderella’ story and provides a much more in depth look at the inner workings of the plot. Set in Philadelphia in 1876 amidst the introduction of scientif ...more
I just love fairy tale retellings and this one was unique! I just finished reading The Ugly Stepsister and so I was excited to read yet another Cinderella story. It follows Eleanor(Ellie) and her best friend, Ben as they try to break the curse placed on Ellie and her father. You see after Ellie's mother passed away, her governess Olivia swooped in and married her father. Soon after that Ellie was ...more
The lovely cover illustration led me, like others, to believe this story would be set in a steampunk world. It’s not. Everything mechanical is actually realistic, and there are no airships, etc. However, there is just a bit of magic.
This is a re-telling of Cinderella, and you know how much I love a retold fairytale. This one does not disappoint. While there is no fairy godmother, Ellie does have a secret supporter, whose identity, when it is revealed, may surprise some. He ...more
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish date: 21st May 2015
Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog
This didn't quite turn out to be the book I thought it was going to be. It was sort of a steampunk cinderella. It's not obvious at first and it's not the main plot, but you start to see the comparison early on, I noticed it enough by 14% to make a note. It's quite clever how it's slipped in there, some ...more
A Curse Of Ash And Iron is a stand-alone by Christine Norris. Christine Norris has written many fiction novels including The Library Of Athena series. This is the first time I am reading a book by this author, and I've never read anything like this ever before. This book has just been released and thanks to Curiosity Quills (amazing publisher) that they sent me this amazing book. Wow, this book was insane! A Curse Of Ash And Iron was an ama ...more
I was really looking forward to this retelling of Cinderella with what I assumed would be a strong steam-punk flavour based on that fantastic cover. However I found that the steam punk elements a little light on and would have enjoyed a more of these.
This was not an awful retelling but it didn't really work for me. I found it a bit slow moving in terms of action, with a lot time spent in th ...more
I was a fan of this book from page one. As it led in, with the prologue, we were given the opportunity to get to know the two main characters. We also find out a lot about the background of our ‘Cinderella’, who is now known as Ellie. She recounts her life, since Ben last saw her, and he comes to find that ...more