I chose this book because I really enjoyed Nefertiti’s Heart by this author. This is a retelling of Cinderella, but with zombies of course. Ella is of course Cinderella. They are living in a time in England after a major war. The soldiers brought home a sickness that spread like wildfire and killed fast. However, the dead didn’t stay dead and once they rose from their graves they seemed to have one mindless purpose which is to find the living and infect them. It took the general populace a while to catch on to what was happening, but now most of them have a way with dealing with the zombies as long as it isn’t a loved one or neighbor who comes calling for their brains.
So Ella lives in the country with her step mother and two step sisters and true to the story she is their servant. Ella manages to meet the most eligible bachelor in England before her step sisters, but must keep this a secret. Ella is also the area’s premier zombie slayer which brings her into close contact with the Duke. He is there to gain intelligence on the zombies and Ella has that insight so they end up working closely together. However, Ella keeps her humble servants status a secret and you can imagine the rest of that.
It appears there will be a sequel. At least the ending is such that there could be. I am not sure how I feel about the way things end with her step mother. I must be blood thirsty because I admit I wish that Ella was able to “slay” her step mother as well.