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Cinderella Is Dead

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This book is wonderful. I’ve purchased several copies for our school library and studebts are just going to love this cool, diverse, exciting update to the Cinderella story.
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I will be posting this review at my profile of Goodreads according to Bloomsbury required, a month prior the release date: June 7 of 2020.

3,75 stars.  
Queer princesses, Cinderella and Merida, overthrow Monarchy, aka Dorian Gray.
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OMG! this was such a guilty pleasure. I think I'm having way more fun remembering the story than when I was actually reading it haha. 
I don't wanna give you too much information about the plot because I feel that Kaylynn has already a lot of plot twists going around the begging of the story that it'd be too easy for me to make them obvious for you, if that makes sense. 

I'm getting lots of butterflies remembering the main romance which is weird because i didn't have them while i was reading so you can only imagine how  tempted i feel to give this reading a four stars rating but first let's dive into my main 'issues' with the story.

If I had to rate this book by how much I enjoyed it, it'd be easily a 4 or 4.5 stars but I do have to take in consideration how well is this story written.
There were a lot, like seriously tons of plot twist that I saw coming since B.C. and ridiculously the protagonist happened to realize them just moments before crap started happening.
Also, there was no drama at all towards our main romance and while I found it to be kind of refreshing and healthy, I still missed that spark of forbidden and uncertainty, you know the one that gives us da butterflies!

Our protagonist was so likeable and always stand up for what she believed even if it was against all of the beliefs she was raised with while being immensely proud of her sexuality that inevitable brought out the queer in me. I just loved her, she saw the big picture rather than only her needs and we obviously stan a Queer-Queen. 
Even when the way of telling the story may not have been the smartest I still think It's a really fun, unique and cool book and I absolutely recommend y'all to read it!

Than you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange of an honest review.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I loved this fresh take on a fairy tale retelling! There are so many out there, but this is the first one I have seen that weaves in the original fairy tale into the history of the story. They reference reading the book so many times - each home has a copy! It was amazing. There was also a shoutout to another fairy tale - I'm hoping we get a book on that one too! 

The characters were amazing and diverse. This was a true dystopian time, but there was so much hope in the book! Definite must-read if you love retellings or dystopian tales!
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Cinderella is Dead is easily on of my favorite books of 2020. A feminist retelling of Cinderella taking down the patriarchy us something that is going to be so important to many young girls (and young women as well) Kalynn's writing is compelling and beautiful, leaving you wanting to read more.
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I love classics told in a new light, such as this story! It look forward to the authors future work as this story was definitely different and creative!

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this ARC.
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This retelling is ESSENTIAL. Feminist, inclusive, and reflective of the world in which we live today, Cinderella is Dead is the book I would force my daughter to read if I had one.
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Cinderella is one of my all-time favourite fairytales.  So of course, I loved the idea of a Cinderella retelling.
While I loved the premise, it  was just ok for me in the end.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy for review. 

I actually enjoyed this much more than I anticipated. Cinderella has been dead for 200 years now. With no heirs, kings have been hand selected from neighboring towns having been raised to enforce Lille's rules. Sophia is a very strong willed girl who is having none of this blatant oppression. At a certain age, I believe 16, the girls are summoned to the annual ball. There they are basically auctioned off to the men of the town. You have 3 balls to get picked, if you don't you are considered forfeit and your life is more or less done. 

I found Sophia to actually be a really strong character, without ever being obnoxious, which is refreshing. I actually liked all the characters, although I will say the villain was kinda flat for me. The overall concept was really unique. It felt like its own thing while paying paying homage to the original story. The world building was pretty good, and normally I would have wanted more, but this felt more character centered. The only other thing was the ending felt a little rushed, but overall this was an enjoyable read.
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Set 200 years after Cinderella’s death, the happily ever after has turned ugly. Teenage girls ae now required to attend the annual ball to be judged by male suitors and married. Whether they like it or not. It’s Sophia’s worst nightmare. Even if she wasn’t in love with her best friend Erin, the thought of people – men – having such absolute power over her life and death infuriates her. So she flees the ball and straight into the arms of Constance, a descendant of one of Cinderella’s ugly step sisters. Only the Cinderella tale espoused to the Kingdom isn’t exactly the truth and no one is exactly as they appear…As Sophia and Constance soon find out.

The young adult genre isn’t usually my thing, however, occasionally a blurb will pop up that intrigues me enough that I decide to pick up the book. I want to expand my reading horizons and there are a couple of things that I haven’t read much of that are contained in Cinderella is Dead: a fairytale retelling and a f/f romance.

I wouldn’t say I actively avoid fairytale retellings, but they don’t often appeal to me. But, one of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was the way Kalynn Bayron had used the tale of Cinderella. In Cinderella is Dead the fairytale is used a tool of propaganda to subjugate the populace, especially if you are female. Women are expected to know the tale inside and out and conform to the ideal of femininity and heterosexuality that it portrays. There is no room for non-conformity. It was such a fantastic set up to plonk our headstrong heroine in.

But, I don’t feel like this dark and oppressive setting was utilised to its full potential. The solution came to easily and the more I got into the book the more obvious some of the plot twists became. Perhaps I am being too harsh on a standalone book aimed at a young audience. However, I did feel myself losing interest as the book went on and all the complex problems involved in such a repressive and patriarchal society were swept under the proverbial rug.

This was a fun adventure story though and I really enjoyed Sophia’s character, she knew who she was and had the courage to stand up against what she thought was wrong. I also really liked the romance, this may actually be my first f/f book! There was fantastic chemistry between Constance and Sophia and I enjoyed seeing their relationship develop.

Overall I liked this book, the story was fast paced, the romance was sweet and the world was great. It just didn’t quite hit the spot for me, Bayron has created a sophisticated and well developed world, but the story itself was a little too simple to fit that world comfortably.
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"Do not be silent.
Raise your voice. 
Be a light in the dark."
-Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I will also 100% admit that I was supposed to read this back in July 2020, but had so many other books on the go that it never happened. Fast forward 4 months, I was pushed to pick it up and give it a go in order to vet it for LGBTQ+ content to determine if it was appropriate to purchase as an ebook for the high school students in the Catholic school board I work for (gotta love the religion/lgbtq+ issue... -eyeroll-).

I am REALLY glad I had the opportunity to get this one as an ARC then have that push to read it, as it is very far from what I ever reach for normally in the way of books (I rarely read Fantasy, either YA or Adult!), and if it wasn't for that, I never would have had the privilege to go down this rabbit hole of a story and get so drawn in. On top of that, it has me rethinking other fairy tales and how they could be completely wrong through years of retelling them a certain way.

Cinderella is Dead takes place 200 years after Cinderella went to the ball, fell in love, and married the prince. In the town of Lille in the kingdom of Merseilles, it is tradition for every 16 year old girl to present herself at the ball every year to be chosen by the men of the kingdom as their bride, regardless of how they feel on the matter. Sophia is dreading her upcoming trip to the ball, as she'd much rather spend the rest of her life with her best friend Erin, who will also attend. When the bad situation of being at the ball turns worse and Sophia flees, she finds herself drawn into a whole other side to the Cinderella story than she knew existed. With Constance, descendant of one of Cinderella's stepsisters at her side, they set out to stop the prince on behalf of women and girls everywhere in their kingdom, because as the above quote states, Don't be silent.
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Lovely take on a classic fairy tale! Cinderella is Dead is full of diversity, fun times and sticking up for whats right. I can’t wait to read more from this author in the future! 

I did find the story lacked the character development and world building that I would normally expect from a fantasy novel. However, I feel like the author waned to focus more on the overarching message which I think they accomplished.
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Overall, I liked this.  I did think most of it felt like standard trope-y YA with a very slight LBGTQ theme, but still very YA.

I did like our main character, but thought some of the other characters were rather thinly drawn.

The take on the Cinderella story was interesting, though SHE could have been used to better effect.

All in all, a pleasant read.  The darkness was there, but not too dark and the book didn’t quite have the edge I expected.

Would try the author again.
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I went into this blind, knowing only that it was a Cinderella retelling with a queer MC. I was so excited to read a story like that! Unfortunately, this was another story that fell flat for me. The story went on far, far too long. There were huge chunks of the story where nothing of note happened other than describing the scenery. The MC felt shallow, under developed, and dull. I wanted to connect with her but I just could not. The premise of the story was compelling but the lack of a dazzling MC ruined the story for me.
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I loved every single part of this book including the fairytale retelling and the focus of a strong, woman of color as the main character and feature of this story.  This book would be great for younger readers because of its change in the traditional story and its representation and inclusion.
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Beautiful take on a classic fairytale. The author did such a great job with this book.  I loved the story and definitely recommend this to others.
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I absolutely loved the way the ending was written in this book and the emotional pay off the reader recieved from it. Kalynn Bayron sure knows how to write plot twists and beginnings and endings, as, especially in the beginning and ending, the fast-paced, plot-driven sections were extremely captivating. For me, the middle, which was more character-based was slower and the writing wasn't as strong. The writing of the character of Constance was probably the strongest, in my opinion. I am very excited to see what Bayron writes in the future!  
I really appreciated the sapphic elements between Constance and Sophia, but I wish the relationship between Sophia and Erin was explored and explained a bit more. 

tw: mentions of abuse and abusive relationship
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*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

This book is a very interested take on the story of Cinderella. I loved how the author used the tale as lore for the land. Sophia's journey is amazing and powerful.
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I loved this take on the classic fairytale of Cinderella! It was action packed, and overall pretty fast paced. The romance was just perfect, got butterflies every time.
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Ever feel like the "And they lived happily ever after..." wasn't quite enough for you at the end of a fairy tale?

Yeah, me neither. After a sweepingly perfect courtship assisted by singing magical woodland creatures, I'm curious to see how the true relationship plays out. 

After Cinderella and her prince say "I do", it's been 200 years and things aren't great for the women on the kingdom. They are required to be at an annual ball to be looked over by the men for potential spouses. Not romantic at all and 16 year old heroine, Sophia, isn't the least bit interested in dealing with such traditions. 

She decides to take a chance and run from potential suitors and finds herself hiding in Cinderella's mausoleum. There, she meets Constance, the last living relative of the the fabled princess. Together, they decide it's time for a change and they set out to raise some chaos, but in the process, learn a whole lot about the real story of the woman from the fairytale. 

This YA LGBTQ romance is a great twist on a classic story. 

Wonderfully fierce girls and incredible world building. Beautifully done.
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Book Review | Cinderella id Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
YA, Retelling, Fantasy
Bloomsbury YA | July 7th, 2020
4/5 Stars


It’s been 200 years since Cinderella died, but nothing’s really changed. The men are in charge and make all the rules. Every year the King holds an annual ball where the men of the kingdom choose their wives. If a woman is not selected she gets two more tries before she becomes a forfeit. Sophia is tired of the way things are and is ready to make some changes. After escaping the ball, Sophia runs into Constance, descendent of Gabrielle, one of Cinderella’s stepsisters. When Constance tells Sophia Cinderella’s true story, Sophia feels like there’s hope that together they can take down the King. 


I absolutely loved this book. Every time I thought I figured out what was going to happen next, BAM plot twist. I could not put this book down. This was a really awesome retelling. There was enough of the original story, but also a lot of originality that makes this story its own. 


I loved Sophia’s character so much. I loved watching her character develop throughout the story. She knew what she wanted from the start and Constance helped her get there. I also loved Constance’s character on her own. Her character was so strong and fiery. 


If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it. I really really hope the author writes another retelling of another fairy tale. I really enjoyed her writing style and I think it would be really cool if she wrote another book like this. 


Thank you, NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this arc in exchange for an honest review.
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