Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron: Book Review - The Fantasy Review

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron: Book Review

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Cinderella is Dead Review – Spoiler Free


Everyone must be familiar with the term fairytales, right? I mean those are the stories that we grew up on. As a young girl I too wanted to find my prince charming and live out my happily ever after in a castle.

I never would have thought that at the age of 21 I’d still be reading about fairytales. I mean those books are for little kids.

But it seems that fairytale retellings are the new crave. There a bunch of us oldies who are diving once again into the stories that we love, but with a few extra twists.

Cinderella Is Dead is a story that has put one heck of a spin on a fairytale that we all know and love; Cinderella.

Cinderella is dead review

Here is the cover in all its glory. Isn’t it beautiful? I knew straight away from looking at this cover that this was not going to be a story about a dewy-eyed girl; who looked for love to get her happy ever after. That is what drew me to the book after all.



Cinderella is Dead is a feminist retelling of a classic fairy-tale that had me compelled from the very beginning.

I absolutely loved the main character Sophia. Sophia, who is forced to battle her feelings for her best friend and her disgust at the way in which her society works. Her character was written beautifully; she had characteristics of the cliché new girl but also had more of a personality than just reading books.

Her determination to make the world a better place for women is admirable; I would gladly tell children the story of Sophia rather than the story of Cinderella and the other princesses.

The diversity in this novel! A protagonist who is a person of colour. LGBTQ representation. I love, love, love that. That is what made me like the series even more as it’s great to see a voice given to those who are usually silenced.

I found the romance in this story quite sweet, and I loved how it did not overshadow elements of the action plot as I’ve seen in other novels. The fact that it was a love between two girls made it even better.

This was gripping from the very beginning. The twists and distortion of the fairytale that we’ve all come to love was absolutely brilliant. Each twist left me gasping in shock and turning the page for more.

I thought this was a beautiful story of a girl establishing her self-worth and rebelling against the oppressors in society.

I also loved the message within this story, one that is very applicable today; to use your voice.

This was my first time reading a fairy-tale retelling and it definitely won’t be my last. Cinderella is Dead is a must read for bookworms everywhere.

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