“Do not be silent. Raise your voice. Be a light in the dark.”
Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing you a review for a stunning, magical book telling the story of what happened 200 years after the Cinderella Story.
Title: Cinderella is Dead
Author: Kalynn Bayron
Genre: YA Fantasy
Although Cinderella’s fairytale ended 200 years ago, the King still forces girls to attend an annual ball where men select their wives. This ball is the most important part of a woman’s life, along with obeying her husband and taking care of the house. When it’s Sophia’s turn to attend the ball, she is angry because she would rather marry her best friend, Erin. Torn between trying to flee the ball and honoring her parents, Sophia accidentally uncovers the truth behind the Cinderella story- a mystery that will shake the world around her.
What an exciting, clever book! I loved that this book was a blend of dark, fantasy elements mixed with real issues such as equality, sexuality, and human rights. This story was gorgeous and captivating, and I enjoyed reading it.
I loved how this book considered how different sexualities and perspectives were impacted by Cinderella, the ball, and the expectations of society. So interesting and well done!
The plot was fun but pretty dark! There was much more pain, death, and betrayal than I was prepared for when I started this book, but it did give it a realistic feeling. That being said, the characters are surrounded by magic and mystery, and I enjoyed trying to unravel the Cinderella stories of the past and present with our characters.
Sophia is such a headstrong, determined main character, and I think she truly is exactly what her city needed. While I fell in love with Sophia, her relationship with Constance, and her single mindedness, I did feel like the characters were too trusting. There were some plot points that seemed unnecessary and convenient, and it pulled me out of the book at times.
Overall I had a blast reading this book! I loved the queer representation in a Cinderella story, and I enjoyed the uniqueness of the plot. That being said, I think I had really high expectations for this book and while I enjoyed it, I was not incredibly impressed. I recommend this book to people looking for a dark, reimagined fairytale full of strong female characters, queer romance, and a healthy dose of magic.
Have you read this book? I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🥰
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