Review: Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A retelling of Cinderella you will not forget.


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.4 

I have to be honest, I am more familiar with Drew Barrymore’s version of Cinderella in Ever After (Dir. A. Tennant, 1998) than in any other version. A kick ass heroine in Cinderella is one I am familiar with (laugh). 

Cinderella is Dead has only been released for three days and it already has over 400 reviews. So I am going to do my review a little differently today.

Love this cover!

Kalynn Bayron takes their version of the fairy-tale and puts a twisted yet historic retelling spin on something that is familiar to readers. Every year King Manford has all of the girls who are sixteen-years-old and over go the ball to be married off. It is mandatory. Every family must comply or have to forfeit everything they own. They must dress according to his rules. The girls must memorize Cinderella. Every home must have his picture hanging and live by his rules. If you do not live by his rules, he will behead you in front of everyone.

Doesn’t this sound familiar? Slavery. Everyone has to pay Manford exorbitant taxes to work and to live. They have curfews. Women are property and nothing else. When attending the ball, the girls are paraded out in a line like a cattle call and looked over. Then the men, no matter their age, get to choose their product. The girl gets no say in the matter. Her family gets no say in the matter. He owns her from that point on. 

Manford is the obvious villain in this piece. Yet so is the society of Lille. They stand by and some even grovel and let this abuse happen. Just like we do today. Bayron retells the history of yesterday and today. Bayron has prettied it up into a fairy-tale retelling, but it is still the same story told time after time.

Cinderella is Dead is not the usual retelling of the same ole’ tale, it is one you want to read.

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Further Details:
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA, 9781547603879, 7 July 2020
Cover Design: John Candell
Series: N/A
Pages: 400
Settings: Lille, France
Sex: N/A

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