Cinderella Is Dead
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Romance / LGBT
"Wholly original and captivating." - Brigid Kemmerer, New York Times bestselling author of A Curse So Dark and LonelyGirls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that's perfect for fans of A Curse So Dark and Lonely. 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.
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"What an outstanding book! I loved the hook!! The premise really draws you in and Sophia is such a fun character. I loved being drawn into the story with it's unique worldbuilding. The story is set in and wrapped around the Cinderella tale, most likely Disney's version. It shows the messed up story and the cruelty of others. Sophia is unlike almost all the other girls. She's bold, knows what her standards are, and hates the Cinderella story. She also only likes girls, not boys, and therefore is an outcast, because she wants to be with her girlfriend."
"⭐️⭐️⭐️ I think all cinderella retellings struggle with the fact that everyone knows the story so well, right? This one really seemed to play into that by making the characters believe it to be true and then flipping it on its head. It was so close to being a better book but it just was missing something that I can’t quite place. Maybe it was a little rushed or didn’t dig deep enough into the details."
"This was so good. I loved that there was black queer female representation in this fairy tale adaptation. I enjoyed reading a different interpretation of the story we grew up reading. I felt so sorry for the people who were affected for generations by outdated and misogynistic laws. Defiantly recommend."