Synopsis – Goodreads
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.
The Great: Simply put, the themes.This story definitely showcased a majority of the ways society has negatively impacted women/females. In Cinderella is Dead, Cinderella’s tale is akin to the likes of the bible. And citizens of Lille are expected to know and recite the tale, in reverence and worship. For it is the conditions of their lives. Sound familiar? Also, misogyny played a major role in the general story. The nobility and peasantry alike, delights in oppressing women and young girls in this story. And the anger I felt reading and witnessing how oppressed and sheeplike the citizens were rolled off me in waves. It sincerely frustrated me to no end. And that frustration made me realize just how much of that mentality still exists in today’s society.
The Good: I absolutely loved the plot of the story. This was not so much a retelling, but instead a remix. A, What if Cinderella’s happily ever after, was a big fat lie? And Kalynn Bayron spun a story that I couldn’t have created in my wildest dreams.
Also, I seriously loved one of the main characters, Constance! She spilled onto the pages with fiery hair and glory. I’m a sucker for female characters who exhibit strength both physically and mentally. And let me tell you Constance is not one to be messed with.
Next, I enjoyed the romance. I loved that it didn’t play out exactly as I’d thought it would. And in the end, the main character, Sophia ended up with who was right for her all along.
Finally, the pace of the book was phenomenally done. Especially for a YA Fantasy read. It didn’t take long to understand the world/world-building. And for the most part, information was written seamlessly throughout the story instead of having chunks of info-dump. I enjoyed the fast pace action-packed scenes as much as the slower moments. It felt steady and really pulled further into the story.
The not-so-good: As much as I enjoyed reading this, I had this constant desire for more. It felt like an element was missing. And I just couldn’t and still can’t put my finger on it.
Also, most of the big revelations were predictable. I’d guessed what they were long before it was revealed to the reader. However, there was one big one that I absolutely didn’t see coming and it’s a good one.
Overall, I recommend this book to lovers of fairy tale remixes, and YA Fantasy! Cinderella is Dead definitely takes you on a journey you won’t soon forget.
Special thanks to Netgalley and Bloomsbury YA for an e-Advanced Reader’s Copy of Cinderella is Dead! Receiving this e-ARC did not affect my rating or review!