Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

“I think sometimes we make the mistake of thinking monsters are abhorrent aberrations, lurking in the darkest recesses when the truth is far more disturbing. The most monstrous men are those who sit in plain sight, daring you to challenge them.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Two hundred years after Cinderella married Prince Charming teen girls are now required to appear at the Annual Ball, At this ball men in the kingdom get to select wives. If a girl doesn’t find a match she is never to be seen again. So what happens when Sophia decides to run away from this fate?

I love retellings and was super excited to pick this one up, once I did, I couldn’t put it down! I instantly became obsessed and totally invested. I loved the dark dystopian twist the author went for. This story is a huge metaphor for oppression and how the rich and powerful control society.

I loved Sophia she is smart, strong, powerful, brave, and so progressive. She decided to overthrow the patriarchy, and that is exactly what she did. Constance was a badass, with totally hot energy… you know? I totally didn’t expect her storyline and hsdhgfhs I loved it. Their romance was insta-love but, this was a fairytale, Cinderella basically knew nothing about Prince Charming.

The antagonist in this had me feeling real rage. I don’t want this to have any spoilers because I highly recommend reading it, but the king is awful and so is everyone involved with him. They are classic fairytale villains who don’t have much motivation other than being pure fucking evil. The king was basically a personification of all the bad men in the world in one.

I could be looking too deep into it but it felt like there was a lot of metaphors to religion. Many of the oppressive rules they follow are all based on someone’s interpretation of Cinderella’s story… Sound familiar? Cinderella’s story is used as a tool to force people into a traditionalist, predatory, straight forced, classist, cruel society, where the powerful win… so pretty similar to ours haha.

I really enjoyed this book and was totally taken off guard by the plot twists. Despite its flaws, I was completely invested from beginning to ending and needed Sophia to murder the fuck out of the king. Overall the plot is just so clever, dark, and unique and I am so excited to see what Kalynn releases next!

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