I received an e-arc of this from Netgalley and Bloomsbury in exchange for an honest review. I also received a physical copy as part of the Pride Book Tours which I am really excited to be a part of today over on my Bookstagram. So go check out my bookstagram post if you can!
You know how much I love a fairytale retelling and Cinderella is Dead was an amazing example of a well written retelling. Think of the magic of Cinderella but with a bad ass, queer woman of colour and this is what this book is. It was such a fun read and I am truly thankful I got to read it.
I really enjoyed the action and how it turns everything you think you know about the fairytale on it’s head. Who you think is good is not as good as you think and those baddies may have just been some kick ass women who want to overthrow a monster.
Sophia was the heroine we all want to read about. She refused to be manipulated and fought for all the women who were being used by the patriarchy. She wanted to tear down the walls the King had put up to entrap woman and set them all free. Basically if I could have joined her army I totally would have.
The only thing that story being more than 4 stars is I felt some of the characters were thrown in to prop up Sophia’s storylines when needed instead of being fleshed out characters in their own right. Constantine was amazing and I adored her back story and her relationship with Sophia but near the end she was just a background character. I also felt one of Sophia’s earlier love interests was only thrown in to suggest a potential love triangle, which I felt was forced and unnecessary.
Overall I really did enjoy this book except for this one aspect of the supporting characters that niggled at me and if I am to be truly honest it is something another reader may completely disagree with. From the Goodreads reviews it seems like most readers disagreed with me lol. I love a fairytale retelling and it was so refreshing to have one with LGBT+ characters. I can’t wait tor read more from this author.
Cinderella is Dead is out August 6th! Go give it a read 🙂
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.