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So this book has been described as queer black girls overthrowing the patriarchy and yepthat 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 So this book has been described as queer black girls overthrowing the patriarchy and yepthat 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 handed with its messages I wish that could have been woven in a littlenaturally But other than that, this was a great read, and I highly recommend it if you re looking for a fast paced book about a queer black girl trying to take down the patriarchy (((READ E-PUB))) ☔ Cinderella Is Dead ↚ It S 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 AgainSixteen 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 To Cinderella S Story Than They Ever KnewThis 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 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 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 there is hardly any world building in this story, which caused me to feel a disconnect to characters that were keeping me at arms length The narrative here felt heavy handed, as the bringing down of toxic masculinity wastelling than showing , and the plot plays out pretty much as you d expect, aside from a really excellent reimagining of the fairy godmother Even though this one wasn t quite what I d hoped, I highly respect what the author was creating with this book, and I definitely recommend you try this one out for yourselfMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy. you had me at queer black girls overthrowing the patriarchy This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here BLOG Instagram Twitter Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine.I think we sometimes make the mistake of thinking monsters are abhorrent aberrations, lurking in the darkest recesses, when the truth is fardisturbing.The most monstrous of men are those who sit in plain sight,daring you to challenge themI ve never been a fan of the Cinderella fairytale It s a lovely fairytale, don t get me wrong And I certainly appreciate it But it s BLOG Instagram Twitter Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury YA for this ARC All thoughts and opinions are mine.I think we sometimes make the mistake of thinking monsters are abhorrent aberrations, lurking in the darkest recesses, when the truth is fardisturbing.The most monstrous of men are those who sit in plain sight,daring you to challenge themI ve never been a fan of the Cinderella fairytale It s a lovely fairytale, don t get me wrong And I certainly appreciate it But it s not one of my favorites Why then would you read this book I too would ask Well, it s a retelling, right Retellings build upon the skeleton of the original and from there, the writer can go anywhere, do anything create something new on that foundation It s why I enjoy reading retellings Cinderella Is Dead went past the early stages of the story we all know, and gave us a picture of the setting 200 years after Cinderella dies.My biggest disappointment with this novel is how shallow it is as far as development There is not enough depth to the world building, or to characters, or to their actions We know the bare minimum so that we can follow along with the storytelling After Cinderella dies, Prince Charming angrily decides that women will stop having any rights because Cinderella did not love him as he saw fit, men will control them, and he gets his pick of the lot whenever he wants These rules follow every king hereafter In short, he s a spoiled brat and that s his drive And by his decrees because in this world it seems that most men are shaped with the same cloth that shaped Prince Charming almost every male that our lead comes across with the exception of just three of them are all horrible human beings who just want to inflict pain on women, use them, and discard them as they see fit That line never sits right with me whenever an author uses it in a story.Sophia, our lead Well, I still don t know her I know that she doesn t want to marry a man just because her king demands it which is valid and that she wants to get out of this situation She s headstrong, and stubborn, and most of the time does whatever she wants without regard for anyone else, or much thought to her actions That s all that I know about her I neither liked her, nor disliked her, except to find her instant lust love towards Constance to be one dimensional and unbelievable Sophia swears that she s in love with Erin, her sweetheart, and yet after just one night in Constance s presence, she starts thinking to herself Her body, backlit by the flames, is like a vision She is tall and strong She s got her sleeves pushed up a wide, jagged scar runs over the muscles of her upper arm They flex as she stokes the flames I imagine how they might feel wrapped around me, and I wonder if she can tell how enthralled I am with her You just met this girl How can you be enthralled by someone that you know nothing about Sophia s feelings towards Constance s and Constance s immediate reciprocation and constant flirting see what I did there was hammered into me from their first meeting And during moments when I wanted to be focused on the story, it would rear its awkward head up again and detract from the bit of plot that I wanted to follow It felt forced.After a few chapters that dragged, and some planning by the characters to figure out how to beat the backwards system in the world of this novel, we finally come to the end of the story It involved a lot of Sophia who has run away from the kingdom so that she s not killed waltzing right back into the palace, without any guard recognizing that this is the girl they re chasing after Once that s done, and the king most obviously sees her among the other girls, the two engage in fairly poor comebacks against each other until she gets locked in a pantry sized room to await his evil deeds against her I wanted to like the ending, because it was to be the saving grace at this point But it was as bland as I found most of the rest of the story and ended in a predicable manner King Manford doesn t really have a reason to be the way that he is, there s no point to his villainous nature, and I felt like the author kept pulling twists and turns and reveals from her sleeve at random to help make sense of things but they didn t add up Sure, Sophia and Constance get what they want at the close, but we expect it Nothing that came before it left a lasting impression.Despite everything that I didn t enjoy, the twist given to Amina s role our fairy godmother was great No, she does not have much development either, but I m glad that her character was different from what we expected I like that it drew from a darker source and gave her a slightlysinister veneer Who she is to Manford came out of nowhere, but I suppose it works And while the king s history before Cinderella is flimsy at best, the way that he keeps himself going was intriguing, and definitely fits his role of antagonist, even if it s something that has been done many times past.The writing touched the mere surface of the story and a lotlife could have been imbued into every aspect of it It unfortunately fell very short from my expectations queer black girls team up to overthrow the patriarchy in the former kingdom of Cinderella just take my money 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 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 they are about to be apart of a ball where a man can and will probably claim them Sophia definitely deserves way better than Erin, friendship and or romance wise I m just saying.I honestly enjoyed the heck out of this retelling There was just something about this version and how so many little details could somehow blow my mind One thing I didn t see coming was the ending, well some of it Along the way, we do get to know some hidden truths and we get a new character to fall in love with I definitely enjoyed everything about Constance in this book She was just a little spitfire and I fell in love with her instantly.In the end, this was such a good book Definitely a page turner, gives you a couple to SHIP, and it was amazingly addicting to read This was so engaging and exciting, and I sped through this in less than a day Cinderella Is Dead was fierce and a twisted fairytale of girls taking down the corrupt system they live in, even when everyone else thinks their efforts are fruitless If you re looking for a super fast paced read of queer girls overthrowing the patriarchy, Cinderella Is Dead should absolutely be on your TBRs. 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