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Zombie Cinderella

(Zombie Fairy Tales #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  276 ratings  ·  53 reviews
On the day her father is buried, Cinderella’s stepmother forces her to wait upon her ugly stepsisters as they prepare for a frivolous ball. Poor Cinderella is literally worked to death by her in-laws, and left to die alone in the cinders. But thanks to an infection from a mysterious old woman, Cinderella is granted a chance for revenge. Soon, it will be midnight, and every ...more
Kindle Edition, 40 pages
Published January 13th 2012
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Mar 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-book, kindle

Why this book?
A Zombie Cinderella retelling of course i'm gonna read it

What I thought

I love fairytale retellings and Cinderella is my least favorite fairytale, but I admit I've read many Cinderella retellings. Anyway this has got to be my least favorite retelling. Even though I love zombies this just fell flat. Maybe if it was longer it would've been alot better but it wasn't so it was just bad. With that said I won't be reading any more of the zombie retellings from this author.
I really enjoyed this bloody little yarn. And I do mean bloody. This short story skirts the line of Splatterpunk. Reader beware, this story is not for the faint of heart!

That said I think I will read the rest of these fairytales.
Flora Smith
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book for review.

This is certainly a new twist on the Cinderella fairytale. Cinderella is scratched by an old woman with the plague after her fathers funeral. When she returns home she is ill and is mistreated by her wicked step mother and step sisters but instead of happily ever after zombie Cinderella takes over. This short story is well written and an original thought on an old tale. Its full of ick and gore (and altho not my genra of choice) will definitely appe
Tina Rae
Oct 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: zombie fans
I think my obsession with zombies is starting to get a little unhealthy... I have literally been snapping up each and every zombie book I find. And this series has seriously been gold. I can't even tell you how glad I am that I discovered it. I literally flew this installment and am already almost done with the next one.

Let me just say I'm a SUCKER for anything that has been zombified. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Alice in Zombieland and the like -- I love it all. So zombie fairy tales i
Lynne Bridges
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Seriously awesome book! I will admit, it is a short read but it is SOOO good! I purchased this on Amazon and I believe I paid $2.99. Wow, was it worth it. Think Cinderella meets Saw II but with zombies. These are no regualr zombies but horrid, terrifying zombies that can still think and still feel in their own way. It makes them more horrifying. I hate to say it but I kinda cheer her on through the whole thing! Thank you Kevin Richey for bringing me some of the best fairy tales EVER! I hope you ...more
Cassandra Shanahan
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-reads, owned
Richey is an amazing young writer. I am loving his short story and i can't wait to read the rest. I was trying to avoid any zombie related reading but i'm glad i finally gave in. I love all the dark humour in this short story! But I do feel a little sick. Maybe i shouldn't eat breakfast at the same time as reading a zombie book!
Lasaki Redbird
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As a child, I was fascinated by fairytales, just like any girl would be. I loved Cinderella, sleeping beauty, snow white, and bell and well a lot many other names. I longed for when the prince would arrive and end the princesses’ sufferings by taking them away from all evil. To be honest like every girl, I was waiting for my very prince charming, and was dying to be a princess too and have my own fairy tale, where I would be the fairest maiden in the entire country. However, growing up I learned ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
So far, pretty silly but fun!

These fairy tales are being released as short stories throughout 2012 on the 13th of each month. I got this story for my kindle free from I think they are trying to addict us to them so we pay for the next installment, which may just work. Besides being pretty nasty with blood and juices, this storyline step-mother and her daughters are so much worse than I remember. I wonder if my mind only remembers the Disney versions. Hmmmm, I need to check out some G
Travis Simmons
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a good, fast read. Some of the points about zombies I had to step back from and look at it fresh. Cinderella seemed to be able to think while she did her zombie thing, which was different from what I have seen so far with zombies, but it was a nice, fresh look at them.

I liked the step sisters most because there was a point you could see how human they were in their evilness. The coldness they showed Cinderella just before the ball was disturbing yet seemed to show the most about their c
McKenzie Richardson
Good short length with a lot of gory descriptions.Overall, an interesting retelling, although the concept of a vengeful zombie (one who can recall past abuse and plot to dish out violent punishment, exerting a lot of energy in the process) was a bit confusing. It was like taking a semi-intellectual zombies from Warm Bodies and turning her lose on the fairy tale world to right the wrongs against her. While not an idea I can personally get behind, it was intriguing nonetheless.Will probably contin ...more
Shina Chitwood
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: teens and adults who like gore
Shelves: zombies
I love zombies and I love Fairy Tales, and Kevin Richey, brought them together so well. I loved how the book ended, I always wanted the stepmother to get her "just desserts". I love how Kevin gives such detail to everything, the gore is great! To be the gorier the better. If you love gore and fairy tales and zombies then this is the book for you.
Crystal Withem
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and cannot wait to read the next one. Cinderella is a bad@ss Zombie and she is taking names and kicking butt. This book is not for the faint at heart. Kevin holds nothing back and how Zombie Cinderella takes control of her evil step mother. I cannot wait to read how she takes down her step sisters.
Zombies aren't my thing. This is an intersting idea but seems to use violence to replace fear.
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I thought this Zombie Fairy Tales story was fantastic and was very well written and thought out. I would definitely read more of these stories.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This first half of the Cinderella story is very similar to the original, albeit with Cinderella being unwell after encountering a zombie! I found the extent of the evilness of the stepmother and stepsisters quite shocking and sad, and loved the revenge of Cinderella on the stepmother for this reason. I'm looking forward to part two to see what she does to the sisters!

As someone who's not really into zombies, I wasn't sure I would enjoy these stories, but as a free boxset (it was on offer when I
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This book was perfect. A great twist to the classic. The treatment of Cinderella was so horrible that you’re begging for her step family to die.....and died they did! I only wish it would have continued a little further because she wasn’t finished. It leaves the possibility of her not succeeding but room for imagination all the same. Great work here and a must read for those who like zombies and twisted fairytales
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This is an excellent horror story, if you like horror stories. It is well written, has good character and plot development. That being said, I found myself faintly sick after reading it. I think my son, who is a horror fan, would enjoy it more.
Keith Chawgo
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Richey's Zombie Fairy Tale series kicks off with Zombie Cinderella which is a well written, gory, comical kick up the back side of everything Grimm. Richey has a real talent and flourishes his work through excellent descriptive detail and is able to stay true to the original but enhance it with his unique twist of events.

The story starts with the death of Cinderella's father and the cruelty inflicted upon her by her step mother and step sisters. When the fairy god mother comes to help her
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle

Full review can also be found on: Paein and Ms4Tune’s Book Blog

I loved how horrific the step family was. I don't think I've ever read a Cinderella story where they were quite so awful. Nor one where Cinderella's father died the same night as the ball. The short notice invite seemed a little silly, but quite possible - less prep time means less fakery. I liked it. Though if it had been a normal Cinderella story, one could say that she married the prince because of her broken heart. But it's not
Amir at NotSoLiterary
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was short but goodness was it gruesome! I honestly had to wince at the brutality of some scenes and the sad part is, not all of those scenes were done by a zombie. Zombie Cinderella starts with Cinderella's father's burial. Left alone by her father's grave she was approached and shortly attacked by a mysterious woman in a black cloak. Bitten and infected, she went back home to rest only to be abused and brutalized by her stepmother and stepsisters. Seriously, these three made my blood ...more
Ashley Ehlers
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

Was originally posted on Paranormal Sisters:

I originally read this back in August of 2012 and I never got to reviewing it for some reason but I did write this "Omfg, this was so good and I just love this guy! :D review to come" haha. Well, here's the review finally, almost three years later.

The Stepmother had it coming and I can't wait to see what Cinderella does to her stepsisters in the sequel, Zombie Cinderella II: The Ball! This was such an enjoyable
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
What fun, what fun. I might be a bit generous with my 4 stars but I think I simply cannot help being supportive to the concept of mixing fairy tales with Zombies, two of my favorite fictional worlds combined.
For while I was not so sure "Zombie Cinderella" would win me over the way it did in the end, the beginning is a bit so-so. We start off at the funeral of Cinderella's father where the girl has a scary encounter. After she gets back home, things get rather rushed to turn her into the family'
Sharon Stevenson
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it
'Zombie Cinderella' takes the classic fairy tale and adds in a healthy dose of horror, twisting the story into a tale of gory revenge.

I thought this was a really cool and original idea. The story is fairly short and it felt a bit bare in places; the sisters didn't get given names, back stories weren't explored, and it all took place in one night. It also ends just as the story really gets fired up but I can see there is a second part out that continues the tale.

The tale itself is twisted perfect
{my thoughts} - This book has an interesting spin on the fairy tale world. I have to admit that I enjoy reading all things fairy tales no matter how disturbing it may become. This book is well written, it is engaging and it pulls the reader in to the very last second wanting more. I enjoyed reading this particular take on Cinderella because well to be honest I never found it fair that she was treated so awful and didn't have the means of the ability to get even wit her step mother and step sibli ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: zombie fiends
Shelves: fairy-tales, horror
well i wasn't sure what to expect as i think there's no new way to do 'zombies'. However, i think there are countless ways to still do Cinderella so I gave this a shot b/c it was a quick read. I kept waiting for something different to occur with the classic Cinderella storyline but not so much. The witch instead of a fairy godmother was amusing. 3/4 of the book is how terrible her step sisters are to her. The last 1/4 is Cinderella being freaking BRUTAL in zombie mode, like damn. It leaves at a ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ha! She ate her sisters!!
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Have just had this recommended to me - and I must admit I did enjoy it. I will be reading the rest of the series but I will have to pace myself - its definitely set as a serial so I have to make sure I dont go out and buy the lot. There are a lot of "re-tellings" of classic stories from Brontes to Grimm some humorous others far too serious for their own good - this one well to me is just some fun. Its neither ridiculing itself nor it is looking at joining Poe and Lovecraft as a modern classic. I ...more
Steven Shroyer
Nov 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I heard about these books through Donald Armfield and I must say this book makes me crave more of this series.

When Cinderella encounters a zombie at her father's grave she soon begins a metamorphosis into the walking dead which is good for us... and bad news for her step-family!

Gory,bleakly comic and fast paced, this is the fairy tale Disney should have made. If you remember the old days of The Brothers Grimm before they were ran through the Hollywood sanitizing machine, this is the book for yo
Jun 01, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, kindle
I really enjoyed this version of Cinderella. I was lost in the story within minutes of starting. I loved that Cinderella had a chance at revenge after all the abuse she put up with. When I got to the end of the story, I was dying to know what happens when she gets to the ball. Such a dark twist on a children's classic...I will definitely pick up more of these Zombie Fairy Tales!

***I received this novella at no charge through***
Donald Armfield
Cinderella wash the dishes, do the laundry, walk to your farther's funeral. Then bitten by a lady in black she becomes sick. But the chores continue.

Zombie Cinderella is a short alternate story of the pretty lady at the ball. Although leaking with blood foaming at the mouth she decided to stay home. She shows torture and her evil stepmother how to clean.

Zombie Fairy Tales are coming out each month on the 13th. Make sure to check them out!
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Other books in the series

Zombie Fairy Tales (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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