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.
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!
I know I can get a teensy bit dramatic when I finish a book that I really really like but this was such a good read! The world-building in this story from beginning to end is AH-mazing! Just when you think you’re getting a handle on the magic system and the mythology BAM! You’re hit with a curveball!
This book does not get the recognition it deserves. I usually—make that never— come across a book where I have generally no issues with anything. Even my beloved Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series have some problematic issues.
Hello Booklovers, This month has been a successful reading month. Since it was Black History Month, I made the decision to read books written by Black authors and other POC authors. I enjoyed almost all of the books I got my hands on this month. So, let's jump in! Physical/ Print Books Becoming by Michelle … Continue reading February ’19 Wrap Up
Hello my fellow readers! I know we are a week into the New Year and this should've been posted at the very least by the third of January. But, I'm playing catch up and starting a new schedule for posting. Stay tuned for all of my updates soon! 10: The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker For more on what I liked/loved … Continue reading Top 10 Books of 2018
The Falconer by Elizabeth May Synopsis - goodreads One girl's nightmare is this girl's faery tale She's a stunner. Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty. She's a liar. But Aileana only looks the part of … Continue reading The Falconer