Book Review: 'Cinderella is Dead' By Kalynn Bayron.

I picked up 'Cinderella is Dead' while out shopping at Waterstones last week. It immediately caught my attention because the cover is stunning. Upon reading the blurb I was instantly intrigued by the concept of fairy tales not being quite what they seem and I have to say that this is one book that, after judging it by it's beautiful cover and short blurb, did not disappoint


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!

My Review

I loved the concept of this book and the idea that there is more behind the Cinderella Fairytale than we are bought up to believe. I think Kalynn Byron did a brilliant job in creating a truly powerful and captivating story that makes you want to keep turning the pages. Furthermore, I love that it makes you question fairy tales and life in general. Sophia is always being told what she has to do, how she has to act, what she's allowed to wear and who she has to be. I adored that she went against all of that and wanted to be herself and live her truth. Moreover, I thought it was awesome that she didn't just want to do that for herself but she wanted to free her village of the King and his evil rules and regulations. I found myself getting caught up in the lives and history of Cinderella and how these stories are told to us and how they effect the world in which we live. I was rooting for Sophia to overthrow the King the entire way through the book and disrupt the village and show them a new way and I couldn't help relating it to the world we live in today. I love fairy tales, I do, but this one just gave a whole new meaning to women that I want to see more of. Disney make amazing films and we are staring to get more fierce females but they've still got a long way to go if they want to represent everyone in the world, both in characters personalities, sexualities, breaking down stereotypes of what men and women should be, what people should look like, etc, and telling stories that empower people from all walks of life and backgrounds. I digress, but when reading this book it made me think of the kinds of stories I want to share with my kids one day and how I would be teaching and reading the fairy tales we are used to, I might have to adlib a bit like Sophia. 

Now, I will say that I found this book really intense. I know I'm terrible with anything gruesome but this book can get quite gory. There are also a lot of parts where the men are talking that really made me sad, angry and feel a bit sick. I did have to pause a few times with that. It truly makes you want to see Sophia succeed in her mission but some of their actions and comments towards the women are extremely harsh. But, again, it does make you want to see Sophia triumphant, I was sitting at the edge of my seat and cheering for her out loud. 

Sophia is a wonderful character. I loved her very much. My heart broke for all she had to go through and how her friend Erin treated her. At the same time, my heart hurt so badly for Erin too and I just wanted to give her a hug and make all the horrible stuff go away. This book will definitely have you feeling incredibly protective over the characters. I loved Sophia's fierceness and boldness. I loved how she didn't take no for an answer and that she had such a strong will and fight in her, she was incredibly inspirational. It made my heart happy when she met her match in Constance. The two of them together made for a gorgeous, kick ass team. I adored that they believed in each other and shared the same dreams, that was truly beautiful. Their banter with each other and the way they flirted with each other was everything and made me smile so big. They just fit together and truly deserved the happiness they created for each other. 

This book is a magical, scary, heart racing and heart warming story of standing up for what you believe in, fighting back against those who try and keep you from being all that you are and finding both yourself and your person, all while changing the world. 

I highly recommend picking up a copy of 'Cinderella is Dead' today. 

Happy reading.

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