Review: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Title: Cinderella is Dead

Author: Kalynn Bayron

It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, where the men of the kingdom select wives based on a girl’s display of finery. If a suitable match is not found, the girls not chosen are never heard from again.

Sixteen-year-old Sophia would much rather marry Erin, her childhood best friend, than parade in front of suitors. At the ball, Sophia makes the desperate decision to flee, and finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last known descendant of Cinderella and her step sisters. Together they vow to bring down the king once and for all–and in the process, they learn that there’s more to Cinderella’s story than they ever knew . . .

This fresh take on a classic story will make readers question the tales they’ve been told, and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

‘Do not be silent. Raise your voice. Be a light in the dark.’

Omg. A Cinderella retelling! I was all up for that!

It’s Sophia Grimmins turn to attend the ball to find a husband, well more like be picked by a man who can basically do what he wants…..and Sophia does not want to go…..and I cannot blame her. She lives in a really horrible, oppressive world.

There were so many things I loved about this book, the shops, the games, the fairy godmother twist, Sophia, how she is just who she is and will fight to make that happen.

I would’ve loved to have seen more world building, I just felt like I didn’t get enough and I would’ve loved to see more development for Amina too (if you read it you’ll know why!)

I really enjoyed the authors reimagining of this tale, it was unique and really interesting…..I just felt like I needed a bit ‘more’.

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