Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron Review

We keep up the series where I am reviewing books that Booktok has made me buy due to a massive amount of recommendations. This book has an interesting premise and it made me jump it to the top of the list.

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.

Taken from goodreads

After finishing the book I found myself being in love with the story as for me personally a continuation of a fairy tale is something I have never read before and to have it done in a way that is so bad for the world is simply a great idea and something that Kaylnn Bayron has done very well to pull of so well. 

The story does a great job in showing just how kickass women are and what they are able to do when they stick together. 

However, having a good story is not the only part of a book that matters and to me one of the important ones has to be character development and in this book there is none. Sophia is the exact same person she was at the start of the book as the end. Yes she may seem more confident in what she is saying at the end but that is only because people are not telling her to shut up all the time. 

The romance is also something I wasn’t too happy about, this is mainly because Sophia goes from being in love with one character and wanting to run away together to loving another character and running away with her in the space of 30 pages. I hate it when authors do this in a book and for me it really reduces the rating at the end. Don’t get me wrong I do like the relationship they have at the end of the book and they are perfect together. I just wish the author allowed it to happen a bit more slowly instead of making it almost instant.

The story and message the book gets across is fantastic and I think it should be in just about everyone’s shelves but due to the lack of character development and the rushed romance I don’t think it will be something I will be coming back to in a hurry.

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