Book: Cinderella Is Dead
Author: Kalynn Bayron
Genre: YA Fantasy
It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.
Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball . are forfeit.
But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world.
My Rating: 5 STARS
Cinderella Is Dead is such a unique story, it takes the original story of Cinderella and gives it a whole new meaning. In Cinderella Is Dead the original story of Cinderella is used as a way to control and oppress women. In this book women are not allowed to do anything without a man’s permission, it’s a society filled with misogyny and sexism and the original Cinderella tale in held up as an example of what woman are ‘supposed’ to do.
I thought Sophia was a great main character. I liked how she was willing to take a stand and fight for what was right and what I liked even more was that she didn’t doubt herself. She was unflinching in her quest to change the horrible world she lived in and I loved that.
The plot was very interesting and I liked the twists in the story and how the story turned things on its head. I liked finding out more about Cinderella in this world, it felt like reading a story within a story. I liked how deep and thought provoking Cinderella Is Dead was. I feel like my perspective of the original Cinderella story has changed and I loved how this story gave such a different twist to it.
Overall I loved Cinderella Is Dead and how original it was. I loved how it twisted the Cinderella story that we all know into something hideous and how it made it work. Cinderella Is Dead talks about some hard topics like domestic abuse and misogyny and I loved how Sophia stood up and fought for what was right. I liked the ending and the messages and themes of this book and can’t wait to see what the author writes next.