Before I jump head first into this review, here are a few Trigger Warnings I think are necessary before you continue. Trigger Warnings: Domestic Violence, Domestic Abuse, mention/action that can lead to Rape
The Great: My absolute favorite aspect of this book is the characters. I loved how relatable the main character, Azere is, how badass her younger sister Efe is, how loving and caring her cousin (who's more like a brother to Azere) Jacob is. And how complex yet simplistic, the other main character and love interest, Rafael is. Not to mention Azere's best friend Christina! Their friendship felt most genuine especially during some of the dramatic parts of the story. And the fact that Christina and Azere have rocky moments when they're not seeing eye to eye, even with the best of intentions, was absolutely amazing to read.
The Great: The characters! Specifically the main characters Camila and Diego. Camila is the main reason I love this book so much. She’s resilient, ambitious, self-aware and goes after what she wants and what she knows she deserves. She puts her best foot forward in absolutely everything that she does. But what I loved most about her was her fierce loyalty and love for her mama Isabel, brother Pablo, best friend Roxana her team and coach Alicia, as well for her first love Diego. Though that love doesn't deter her from her dreams of becoming a successful fútbolera. She is La Furia through and through.
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.
Okay I'm going to try my hardest to make this review sensible and not just chock full of gush. Bare with me because I may not succeed.
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The Great: Simple answer? The last half of the book. I liked Ximena from the beginning. However, I didn't fall in love with her until closer to the end. I'm also a huge fan of other characters in the main cast like - Rumi, a healer whose primarily responsible for Ximena while she's in the castillo awaiting her wedding day to the usurper Atoc; Juan Carlos, a witty and kind half Illustrian, half Llacsan guard in Atoc's infantry tasked with guarding her while she's in the castillo; And finally, Suyana, a careful yet kind-hearted maid. They truly brought the story alive!
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Before I jump into this review, here are some Trigger Warnings TW: Suicide, Suicide Ideation, Clinical and Situational Depression, Micro-aggressions/Racism