Review | Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella is Dead

by Kalynn Bayron

YA Romance, Fantasy, LGBTQ

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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.


Doesn’t this book just sound absolutely glorious from the blurb? Well, spoiler alert: it is. I loved this book so much and it was certainly one of the strongest debuts I’ve read in a long time!

Cinderella is Dead is a clever subversive take on the fairytale we all know so well. Set 200 years after the original tale, it follows Sophia who no longer wants to be moulded into the kind of woman society is making her into. She doesn’t want to marry some random man who chooses her at the ceremony because she loves girls and she’ll go to great lengths to break the chain.

This had such a great main character. I loved the equal parts fierce and vulnerable we got to see from Sophia’s character. It made her all that easier to relate to because she had more then just one side. The side characters in this novel were all really well-crafted – flawed but three dimensional.

Bayron weaves the tension and an atmosphere of uncertainty into this novel too really well. The whole time I was reading I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next and that’s what I loved most about this book. I was constantly on the edge of my seat, constantly turning the page to see what was going to happen. Really brilliant storytelling from Bayron and I can’t wait see what she does next!