Hey guys. Today is my stop on the blog tour for Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron and I am sharing my review with you. Enjoy!
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release date: 06/08/2020
Summary: 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 …
An electrifying twist on the classic fairytale that will inspire girls to break out of limiting stereotypes and follow their dreams!
I was sent a free copy of the book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own
Guys. This book is so good. It is such a unique fairytale retelling, full of feminism and featuring an f/f relationship and I absolutely loved it.
I really loved the retelling aspect of this book. This is the first Cinderella retelling I have read, and I thought that it was super original. Every other retelling I have read has taken the bare bones and plot of a fairytale and applied it to their own world and their own characters, which Cinderella is Dead also did, but it is also set in the same world as Cinderella, where the Cinderella fairytale is their history, and I found it super interesting.
Another thing that made me love this book is that it is SUPER feminist. This world is very misogynistic, woman have basically no rights, and it has been that way for 200 years, so it is all Sophia knows. Despite this, she fights against it, she stands up for herself, and she tries to change the way things are. I love feminism in books, and I love fantasy books, so both in one is the perfect combination for me.
Sophia was an awesome main character. She was so determined to fix the injustices in her world, and she does what she needs to do to achieve that goal, even the less pleasant things.
The relationship in this book was great. It is a female/female relationship, which is definitely underrepresented in fantasy, so it was great to see. I also really appreciated that Kalynn didn’t use the miscommunication trope to create relationship drama, because I absolutely hate it when that happens, so I was very glad to see that that was avoided in this book.
If you like f/f relationships and feminism in books, and if you like fantasy and fairytale retellings, please read this book. It is so good.
Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and a classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she’s not writing, you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, going to the theatre, watching scary movies and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas, with her family.