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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 frien
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Hardcover, 389 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Bloomsbury YA
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Karissa I haven't heard anything about a sequel. The ending is quite succinct, so if it became a series I think it would probably feature different characters…moreI haven't heard anything about a sequel. The ending is quite succinct, so if it became a series I think it would probably feature different characters. (less)
dale ✿ i think it would be fine for a mature twelve year old or a thirteen year old!

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Kai
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
I’d pitch this as Black Cinderella falls in love with Merida and together they destroy the patriarchy.

I had extremely high hopes for this one because the premise is really fucking good. And while I am often tired of seeing the same tropes and stories being recycled over and over again, this doesn't apply when a well-known concept is reinvented through a queer or otherwise diverse lens. When I started reading I was instantly in awe. The writing was piercing, the words sharp like a needle and I lo
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Chelsea Humphrey
Another reviewer used the terms "predictable, important, and frustrating" to describe this book, and I have to wholeheartedly agree. I thought for sure that this would be the easiest 5 stars I'd give in 2020, but I think my expectations were way out of line for what this book intended to be. The idea of a Cinderella retelling that features diverse characters smashing the patriarchy is truly the level of fantasy we need in the world today; however, I really struggled to get past the fact that the ...more
halfirishgrin
So this book has been described as queer black girls overthrowing the patriarchy and yep...that's basically what it is!!

This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, and it didn't disappoint. It kept me turning the pages, and I loved the main characters, and found the romance to be really sweet as well. I also think this is just such an interesting use of the Cinderella story, so props to Kalynn Bayron for that too.

I did find that at times this book could be a little didactic and heavy-han
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Two hundred years ago Cinderella lived, and ever since then she's been an obsession of Sophia's town.

She has three chances (one ball each year) to find a husband and then settle into a "comfortable" life as a wife.

But she does not want that. Not. One. Bit.

She is in love with Erin (even though Erin refuses to rebel) and on the night of the first ball, Sophia makes a run for it.

Her life is forfe
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Renaissance Kate
2.5 stars

While I was excited about the premise of this book, unfortunately it did not deliver. I loved the representation of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ characters, as this is incredibly important and something we need to continue normalizing and supporting in YA. However, from a story and writing perspective, this book totally flopped for me.


Sophia is another rebellious YA heroine whose reasons for wanting to dismantle a 200-year-old oppressive political system never truly go beyond surface level. We are
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you had me at "queer black girls overthrowing the patriarchy" ...more
Ari
May 30, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Lex Kent
3.50 Stars. I’m a huge fan of fairytale retellings so this was one of my more anticipated books of the year. I noticed that the early reviews seemed to be a bit mixed. People either loved the book or didn’t seem to like it much at all. I was wondering where I was going to fall and it looks like I came in right in the middle. I liked the read but I didn’t love it like I was hoping to.

I thought the premise was great and I liked this unique spin on Cinderella. The problem I had was that I was hopin
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C.G. Drews
It's time for Cinderella with a very very different twist. Which I am so here for! Also completely in love with this cover (both editions really) and just how furious women in beautiful ballgowns ready to destroy the patriarchy is actually very very lovely 😭I also read this in just one evening and loved being able to be submersed in the world. It read easily, but with leaves you with themes to deeply mull over.

so what's the story
First off, it wasn't what I was expecting (NOT a bad thing!) but I'
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Nov 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you expect to read to a charming, sweet fairy tale, a hearts and flowers kind of sweet,soft, swoon story, just close the book! And find yourself another read!
Because this is twisty, bloody bleak, harsh, dark, deliciously disturbing and dystopian version of the fairytale, a unique, creative, refreshing retelling! And I truly devoured it ! It was fun, smart, original , great work!

The book takes place in a horrifying, nightmarish world where the abusive monsters govern and the women are prope
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Abby
Aug 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed the first few chapters of this book, I was instantly captivated and moved by the authors powerful words that held true not just within the story.
I did feel as though the story began to fall a little flat after the initial world building and character constructions (which were fantastic) but I enjoyed the narrative and the inclusivity of the story. I loved the re-imagination of the classic tale and was left feeling inspired.
Angela Staudt
Thank you NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Cinderella is Dead was a highly anticipated book for me, I absolutely love retellings and was quite excited when I was approved on NetGalley for an eARC. Well, it wasn't what I had hoped for, I thought the plot was very bland and reminded me of every other YA fantasy plot. I didn't see anything unique about the storyline and the main character drove me up the wall. Like, I get that she wants to over throw the patriarchy and I'm all
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Peyton Reads
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Catherine
Jul 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
I did it. I finished this book. This rating is painful for me, because I was honestly expecting to at least like it. This isn't an awful book, but I usually follow the goodreads rating system and one star doesn't always mean I hate it. It can also mean that I didn't like anything about the story and the characters. I considered giving it two stars for the representation, which is the only good thing about this book, but I decided that would be condescending instead of supportive - which doesn't ...more
Gavin
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I can't wait to discuss this one with the Read, Rate, Review folk on my channel on November 7th! ...more
charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)
“It’ll be me,” I say. “I will find myself.”


On my blog.

Rep: Black lesbian mc, lesbian li, gay side character

CWs: misogyny, domestic abuse, racism, homophobia, implied suicide of a side character, death

Galley provided by publisher

Cinderella is Dead is a book that basically cements my belief that YA fantasy is not for me anymore. This book, for someone who is still into that genre (and maybe a few years ago that would have been me), is perfect. I am not that someone.

So. Firstly. Why you mig
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Dia
May 20, 2019 marked it as 2020-releases  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
" queer black girls team up to overthrow the patriarchy in the former kingdom of Cinderella"

just take my money
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Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
THIS SOUNDS AMAZING

Currently on sale for $1.99 for Prime Day!!!
Romie
I want you to understand that giving this book such a low rating does not make me happy. I thought the first 1/3 was very engaging, fast paced, and I really liked all the characters introduced.
but the other 2/3 simply did not do it for me. I thought the story was extremely predictable (not one plot twist shocked me) and everything was too much on the surface. the characters felt very much 2 dimensional, and some of their actions did not make sense. some characters were vilified simply to make ot
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Sara
ARC received in exchange for an honest review 👸🏾

3.5 stars.

Cinderella is dead but her story lives on. Sophia has been raised in a society that owes everything to Prince Charming and Cinderella. The world faced unimaginable famine and death before Charming swept in to rescue the lands 200 years ago – and ever since the kingdom has ruled under a munificent king who makes it law to remember Cinderella’s story and her sacrifice. But generosity can only extend so far, and as such every women must adhe
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Xandra (StarrySkyBooks)
The Cinderella retelling we all need right now. 💕

Rating: ✭✭✭.5 (rounded to 4)

Read the full review on my blog, Starry Sky Books!

I have received this ARC from NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA in exchange for an honest review.

Content warnings: domestic abuse, sexism, emotional infidelity, misogyny

When I requested this book, I was very intrigued by the premise. Everyone was saying “Black queer Cinderella takes down the patriarchy” and I was like, absolutely! I’ve always loved to hear about fairytale r
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Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Not going to lie, when I saw that I was accepted to read Cinderella Is Dead I most definitely screamed and geeked out. I was a giddy kid and weirdly enough wanted to watch all the Cinderella movies known to man. After reading this, I will definitely do that very thing.

In this, you will meet Sophia who is a 16 year old girl. She is stubborn and in love with a girl named Erin. Unfortunately, their romance is forbidden and the
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Grüffeline
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
"When the leader of this kingdom treats women as property, it sets an awful precedent. People think it's okay to do the same."

4.25 stars
Oh my! An amazing debut! I can't believe how wrapped up in this story I got.
I loved Sophia from the start and I totally hated the ruler and the king. I cannot go into further detail without spoilers but this book is an awesome fairytale retelling. I can only recommend it.
(Also: the mc is poc and lesbian, just in case anyone was looking for a book like that.
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Cardia
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-read
Despite the fact that our heroine was reckless and always in a hurry to attack without any plans, I'm giving it 4 stars because of the ending and the retelling. I'd say I like the twist on Cinderella's story here more than the original. Dark and twisted. ...more
Chaotic Energy
Edit: re-reading for royal bookies! Prompt: A book written in 2020

NOOOO!!! ITS OVER!!!! WHY!!!!!!! I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK.
Okay first off the twist on the tale was so good. I was in love with the plot, and the world building was some of the best I've seen.
Spoilers!!!

Here's the true story.

Once upon a time, there was a girl named Cinderella, in a corrupted kingdom. Her parents tried to fight back, but were executed. Her loving step family were the only ones who could give her comfort. He met a
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Nashita
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I honestly have no idea how much to rate this book. This book was good, fast-paced and the romance was also cute.

I think I would have liked this book better if it was longer. I wanted to get to know more about Constance and Sophia. Even about the real Cinderella story. I felt the ending was a bit abrupt, but it's okay!

I think Sophia is such a great character. She is brave and smart and she indefinitely cares for the ones she loves.
(view spoiler)
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clarissa ♡︎
A fairytale retelling that includes a black female lead and poc + queer representation?



Sophia and Constance are two queer girls who seek escape from a society that prevents them from being their true selves. Together, they create a plan to take down their king so they may all live in a fair and just society.

I loved reading this book. I found it fast paced and wholly captivating. I especially loved Sophia and Constance. They were independent, skilled and able to fight/stick up for themselves and
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Lilly
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don’t know what happened here. I was prepared to write this review and I completely forgot. Oh well it’s here now

Plot
I thought the plot was really good, honestly, it was my favorite part about this book. It was really exciting, there were some good plot twists in there and I thought it was really good. It fit its synopsis, which I love because I feel like a lot of books have an awesome synopsis and then it’s a really trashy book. One complaint is that the final-ish plot twist (I don’t really k
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♡ jules ♡
I adored this book, I'm not a huge fan of Cinderella so I was a bit meh about the concept but you say "black queer girls" and I'm sold, is that easy kids. Thank the Underworld I did.
I can absolutely say this is the only Cinderella retelling I ever liked and probably the only one I will like in the future. It dismantled everything that the fairytale represents in a better way. It shined on the problematic parts and gave it a new light.

I loved Sophia as a main character, and Constance was absolut
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Kelly Gillan
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to take a star off because the beginning was so slow & repetitive but once the story picked up i was hooked!
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