Cinderella Is Dead Kindle Edition
|Length: 391 pages||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled||Page Flip: Enabled|
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|Language: English||Grade Level: 9 and up|
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"Kalynn Bayron does more than re-write a fairy-tale . . . She breaks it apart and rebuilds it into a wholly original and captivating story where girls finally decide for themselves who lives happily ever after." --Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY"Flipping the Cinderella tale on its head, Bayron's take challenges patriarchy with kick-butt heroines and a counter-story that will forever change how readers perceive fairy tales." --Booklist (starred review) "Readers looking for dystopia, queer romance, LGBTQ inclusiveness, and women sticking it to the patriarchy will be pleased." --School Library Journal online "A queer dystopian fantasy that questions written history and societal expectations." --Shelf Awareness Pro "Bayron's deconstructive reimagining of the classic fairy tale is ambitious, replacing the happily-ever-after with a tragic legacy and a defiant, feminist tone." --Publishers Weekly online --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
Kalynn Bayron is a debut author and classically trained vocalist. She grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. When she's not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family.
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- Print length : 391 pages
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- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Page numbers source ISBN : 1547603879
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (6 August 2020)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B08C9X9DK4
- Best Sellers Rank: 28,295 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I loved this book!
I’ve seen a lot of people pitch it as queer girls in a fairytale setting teaming up to overthrow the patriarchy, and that’s exactly what this book is! The examination of misogyny, sexism, and to a lesser extent homophobia, and how the world of this book relates to our own, is about as subtle as a brick to the face, but that is the opposite of an issue for me. People with the same view as the villains in this book still exist in the real world. Some anvils need to be dropped. I enjoyed this book being so clear and unambiguous, and it’s definitely going to bring joy to the young girls who read it.
Did I mention that this book is queer yet? It’s queer as hell! Our main girls are very gay for each other and are completely unapologetic about it, which I adore! Girls waxing poetic about other girls is A+++ and that was very present in this book.
A small detail that I really appreciated was Sophia’s attitude towards dresses and traditional femininity. At the start of the book, she’s being prepped for the compulsory ball, and is obviously unhappy about it. But later on she says that she does like dresses, and sparkles, and all that. What she doesn’t like is being forced into them for the gaze of anyone but herself. I related to this a lot, and I’m sure that many people who read this book will too. And even if they don’t relate to it, it still serves as a good reminder that femininity in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, rather it’s the expectation of conformity to a specific performance of femininity that’s bad. Plus, sparkly hairpins double as lockpicks.
There was also a (possible) Shrek reference that made me laugh when it was revealed. I don’t even care if it wasn’t intentional, I love it anyway.
I would’ve liked to have seen a deeper exploration on how LGBT+ people are treated in the kingdom. This does get briefly touched on, but in nowhere near as much detail as how women are treated, and while it’s obvious that they’re not treated well, I’m still left with some questions. The ‘forfeit’ system, and how that works, is also left a little unclear. Enough information is given so the reader can understand that it’s bad and to be avoided, so the story functions perfectly well without a detailed explanation, but I still would’ve liked one. But these are nitpicks! That I didn’t even come up with until I was halfway through writing this review! Honestly, this book is great and I had a great time reading it.
All in all, I would recommend this book to people who like fairytales, dystopias, queer girls, and smashing the patriarchy into tiny little pieces.
Raise your voice.
Be a light in the dark."
I don't tend to give 5-star ratings too often, but I honestly cannot think of a single thing wrong with it. The writing, the pace, the characters, the plot – it was perfect.
When this book first came onto my radar, my initial thought was 'Holy cow, that cover!' It's simply stunning. Then I read the premise – a Cinderella re-telling but with a twist – and I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed.
Starting with the premise, it's so clever. This isn't your everyday retelling. The story of Cinderella has long-since happened... but did it happen the way we know it? Two-hundred years on, Sophia is set to attend her first Royal Ball where she and every other girl of age in Lille hopes to find a husband. But that hope doesn't come from a longing for a fairytale ending of their own. No. They hope because if they don't find a husband, they face becoming 'forfeit' – a mysterious fate from which none return.
Which leads me nicely onto the pacing of this book. We start a couple of days before the Royal Ball and it gives us plenty of time to get to know Sophia and to understand the world she is living in. And let's just say that woman get the short end of the stick in this society. After this, the events slow down a little, but the pace never really drops, if that makes sense. I was never bored. Every scene was exactly as long as it needed to be and no longer. I find this is a lot rarer than it may seem. Especially when there are lots of plot points to cover and make clear.
And what about the characters? Well, Sophia is a great protagonist. She's strong-willed, brave, smart. She has an incredibly massive task ahead of her, and yet I never felt like what she faced was too much or that it was unachievable. Then we have Constance, who is a lot more fiery than Sophia, but equally as brave and smart. She's a knife-wielding, no-nonsense-taking, badass descendant of the Cinderella family tree and I loved her. Together, her and Sophia made the perfect duo and I couldn't help but root for them.
Quite simply, this book was excellent. I wanted to take longer reading it, but I couldn't slow down. It lived up to my expectations 100% and now I get to pop this absolutely gorgeous book on my shelf – though I may have to position it with the cover out because it's so pretty!
The execution however is more than lacking. The writing is clunky, and pacing is awkward. It is very much 'I did this then she did that' with very little scene-building or real description which is crucial to inviting a reader into a fantasy world. The main character is kind of dull, and so the idea that everyone revolved around her is rather unbelievable. There was no development with any of the characters really. The big 'plot twist' had very little build up and was soon glossed over. The book as a whole is lacking emotion, the reader gets told x character feels x way (despite this being in first person), but the actions don't reflect this which makes for a jarring read. There was also little conclusion, with some prominent characters' fates not mentioned at all, which is a bit of a disappointing note to end a book on.
Overall, it's not awful, however it did become a bit of a chore to complete during the later chapters. It's a shame, as it had so much potential, I'm quite confused as to why the publisher didn't re-draft it before publishing.
I also wasn’t keen on Sophia changing her mind quickly about which girl she loves - there needed to be more development rather than just suddenly deciding. I loved the character of Constance though, she was fun.