Book Review

A Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine Norris

A Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine NorrisA Curse of Ash and Iron by Christine Norris

Genre: Fairy Tales, Historical Fantasy

Published on May 21, 2015
Published by Curiosity Quills Press
Format: eBook, 300 pages
Source: NetGalley

My rating:

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For a long time, A Curse of Ash and Iron have been on the list of the books I was waiting to be published. I noticed it while it was announced as a Strange Chemistry release. Then the Strange Chemistry got shut down. 🙁 I was happy to hear Christine Norris and Curiosity Quills Press made a deal and that A Curse of Ash and Iron is going to be published after all. And finally, it’s here.

What Did I Like?

  • Realistic Cinderella retelling. Cinderella was never one of my favorite fairy tales, mostly because I had problems with too many plot holes. How come no one ever complained that stepmother forced Cinderella to work as a servant? They were nobles, surely she had some relatives. And that insta-love with the prince at the ball never worked for me. Christine Norris masterfully resolved all these issues.
  • Clean romance. So many young adult novels these days shock me with the amount of sex and explicit descriptions. A Curse of Ash and Iron pleasantly surprised me with romance that was squeaky clean. I think even some advanced middle-grade readers can read this book.
  • Love triangle that worked. A Curse of Ash and Iron is proof that all love triangles are not bad. After we get to know all the history behind characters, Eleanor not being able to decide between two love interests actually makes sense.

What I Didn’t Like?

  • Failed expectations. From the announcements, I figured A Curse of Ash and Iron will be a steampunk version of Cinderella. Gears on the book cover only cemented that belief. The fact that one of the characters was called Benjamin Grimm only intrigued me more. I thought it was going to be one of the Grimm brothers. Both of these assumptions were incorrect. A Curse of Ash and Iron was not a bad book, but I expected something completely different…

My Rating:

A Curse of Ash and Iron was a charming retelling of Cinderella set in 19th century Philadelphia. Sadly my wrong expectations hindered me in enjoying it, but I think that fans of Jessica Day George are going to love it.

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