Saturday, July 25, 2020

#BookReview: Cinderella Is Dead by @KalynnBayron @bloomsburykids

Synopsis: 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.


Rating: ★★★★
My Review: Cinderella is Dead was amazing! This retelling is set two-hundred of years after Cinderella died and the world that she knew is overrun by horrible laws where women have no rights and are basically property to be sold and forfeited.  The beloved story that you grew up with has been turned on its head and darkness has been spread across its pages.  This story is not for the faint of heart dear readers but one of twisted measure.  

This one if it was turned into a movie would really remind me of Snow White: A Tale of Terror!! I think it would fit right along side it.  I was drawn into the story as soon as I started and I could not put it down.  This story had darker themes as well as LGBT characters.  It worked so well for this one!! 

There was one twists towards the end that I didn't see coming.  However, there was another part that I wished the characters would have figured out before the reveal. I felt that it made the characters seem stupid after everything they had been through.  

The pacing in this one was great. It was fast and slow when needed and it just worked out so well for this tale.  I can not wait for more by this author!!!  She is totally one of my favorites now.  

Go Into This One Knowing: Abuse 

*Full Disclosure:  Half way through reading this title and sharing quotes the author blocked me.  I have no idea why this happened but it did not impact my enjoyment of this story. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—A Cinderella retelling set two centuries after that famous happily ever after. Each year, young women must attend a ball where they are judged and selected by the men of the kingdom. Sophia is a headstrong young woman who just wants to marry her best friend and secret girlfriend, Erin. The book follows a “What happens next?” plot, and from the start Sophia is outspoken, always trying to do what is right. The cast is diverse and inclusive, though the character development is uneven. VERDICT Readers looking for dystopia, queer romance, LGBTQ inclusiveness, and women sticking it to the patriarchy will be pleased, though some may find the plot predictable.—Gilly Yildiz, Eisenhower Public Library, Harwood Heights, IL --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

About the Author

Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she's not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


“Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after.” ―Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY

“Readers looking for dystopia, queer romance, LGBTQ inclusiveness, and women sticking it to the patriarchy will be pleased.” ―School Library Journal online

“A queer dystopian fantasy that questions written history and societal expectations.” ―Shelf Awareness Pro
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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