Cinderella Is Dead

Cinderella Is Dead

Children's, Teenage & Young Adult
Paperback Published on: 06/08/2020
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Cinderella Is Dead
She is dead....
Sophia knows the story, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night of the royal choosing. And every girl... READ MORE
Dan - Clifton, Bristol.
Cinderella Is Dead
Captivating, tender and exciting
I kept uhmming and ahhing over this book as it sounded really good but I'd read so many retellings/alternative fairytales that I wasn't sure if I could han... READ MORE
dani harrogate
Cinderella Is Dead
Cinderella's happy ending not so happy!
I have finally had a chance to read this fantastic novel! The story revolves around a girl who finds the partirachy in the land of Lille disgusting, confus... READ MORE
Dom at Ealing


It's 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she's tiny until the night she's sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball ... are forfeit.

But Sophia doesn't want to be chosen - she's in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia's night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella's tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world ...

An electrifying twist on the classic fairytale that will inspire girls to break out of limiting stereotypes and follow their dreams!

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526621979
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 280g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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Cinderella Is Dead
An enchanting, spectacular read!
Trigger warnings: Homophobia, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, sexism. Fairytale retellings are something that I adore! I love seeing how authors put unique ... READ MORE
Amy Rehbein
Cinderella Is Dead
A brilliant YA reimagining of the Cinderella story
I received a free copy of the book from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This book is a brilliant mix of fantasy, dystopian and fairytale retel... READ MORE
Gracie Price
Cinderella Is Dead
This novel is amazing! It's one of the best YA novels I've read this year. I spent a few days walking around glued to my Kindle while reading it. Cinderell... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
It Almost Had "It"
I'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 favor... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Simply a phenomenal book
Cinderella is Dead burst into my life and found a special place in my heart. It’s just such a phenomenal book in every way and has easily found itself high... READ MORE
Emily (ashortbooklover)
Cinderella Is Dead
powerful, exciting and unique
This unique fairytale retelling was spearheaded by a Black lesbian fighting the patriarchy. I flew through this book - the writing was gorgeous, powerful a... READ MORE
Sasha  Zatz
Cinderella Is Dead
2.5 Stars
2.5 stars. I was super excited to read this, mainly because of how beautiful the cover is, but also because I love retellings, and love LGBTQ representatio... READ MORE
Alice M
Cinderella Is Dead
Fantastic Twist on a Well Known Fairytale
This story centres around Sophia, a rebellious young woman who struggles with her place in society and her sexuality in a world where a woman's only role i... READ MORE
Liv Burrell
Cinderella Is Dead
Takes the original fairytale and completely flips it on its head
I loved Cinderella is Dead, it takes the original fairytale and completely flips it on its head. It's not really a retelling, because this book isn't about... READ MORE
Katie Springett
Cinderella Is Dead
I loved this book!
200 years after Cinderella’s death, the kingdom that she used to live in has become a dystopia. When girls turn 16, they are forced to attend a ball, where... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Review by The Disney Bookworm
Thank you to Netgalley and Kalynn Bayron for giving me the opportunity to read an advance copy of Cinderella is Dead in exchange for an honest review. Wi... READ MORE
Charlotte Shepherd
Cinderella Is Dead
Stunning, Unique and Truly Brilliant!
A truely stunningly unique twisted fairytale in a way you could not imagine until you read it. Kalynn has a true gift for showing the reader the world she ... READ MORE
Victoria Alyesa
Cinderella Is Dead
New take on an out-dated Fairytale
A great, well paced book, with a diverse cast of characters. I loved Sophia's wild character, and her determination to change the way things are. Overall I... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
I definitely recommend
I'm only on page 100 but it's sooo good I love it I definitely recommend it Ps if you go to the waterstons in Scarborough you can get it for 2.50 in shop o... READ MORE
Violet jewels
Cinderella Is Dead
Buy it now, it's sooooooooooooooo good The drama and suspension
Violet jewels
Cinderella Is Dead
Unfortunately Underwhelming
3* I was really intrigued by the premise of Cinderella is Dead - set 200 years after Cinderella found her Prince Charming, and now every girl is 'invited'... READ MORE
Tika MacPhee
Cinderella Is Dead
A Powerful Retelling
Actual rating 3.75/5⭐ You had me at Diverse Cinderella retelling. For me I enjoyed Cinderella is Dead, a very awesome and fierce retelling, with F/... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
I read this book in one sitting because it was just awesome! The storyline was incredible and had so many twists and turns you never knew what was coming n... READ MORE
Alice Brandon
Cinderella Is Dead
A nice twist on a classic tale
Cinderella is Dead is set 200 years after the Cinderella story and the world now is a much darker place. The women are oppressed and the men seen as their ... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
An Empowering Queer Fantasy
This is definitely my favourite fairytale retelling to date, however I was still slightly disappointed with the execution of this fantastic concept. I fou... READ MORE
Madelyn Boyd
Cinderella Is Dead
The romantic dream is a burst bubble with insurrection in the air in this energetic fable.
The story you know is lie, there isn’t a happily ever after. Generations of women have been at the mercy of the mythology of Cinderella’s tale and the abu... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
I went into this with mixed expectations as i saw the five-star reviews and was wary of people were over hyping this book however i really enjoyed this boo... READ MORE
beth younge
Cinderella Is Dead
This is a dark fairy tale retelling featuring plenty of diverse characters.
"Do not be silent. Raise your voice. Be a light in the dark." It’s 200 years after Cinderella found her prince, but the fairy tale is over. Teen girls are... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Great retelling of Cinderella
This book had been on my tbh for a while and it did not disapoint. I loved it and I could not put it down. This book tells the story of a society moulded... READ MORE
Kathryn Marshall
Cinderella Is Dead
Shouldn't be labeled YA
I was so excited for this book; I loved the fan art and thought the story sounded so lovely. I could barely get through this book without cringing. It seem... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Gorgeous and inviting story!
I couldn't put this book down. It was wonderful. The pacing kept the story going all the time and the world of Lillie was intruiging to learn about, with m... READ MORE
Leah Harris
Cinderella Is Dead
Simply enchanting!
I could not put this book down, it’s fabulous. Baryon writes in a way which enthralled me entirely in her fantasy setting. A brilliant fairytale adaptation... READ MORE
Katie Nolan
Cinderella Is Dead
Promising but disappointing
The premise is queer black girl overthrows the patriarchy in a fairytale retelling, and it’s interesting as a theory. But unfortunately, for me, the book w... READ MORE
Jennifer Brown
Cinderella Is Dead
A Great Cinderella Retelling
It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her Prince Charming at the ball and lived happily ever after. However the story has inspired ill treatment and inequa... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
A Great Retelling
Bayron gives you the whimsy and magic of the Disney version while also giving you the darkness of the original Grimms tale. She stays true to both while cr... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Sinister and Empowering
Cinderella is dead hooked me from the start. The setting is sinister and the opening chapters gave away enough about the potential plot that I could not pu... READ MORE
Laura Reed
Cinderella Is Dead
Enchanting and Empowering!
A truly extraordinary story!
Tiana Frankcom
Cinderella Is Dead
From an actual teenager... wow
I loved this book! I got it thanks to adverts on social Media, knowing practically nothing. And I was shocked! I read through the whole thing in a matter ... READ MORE
Aoibhe (ee-va)
Cinderella Is Dead
absolutely incredible
one of my new favourite books it’s just amazing and it’s so refreshing to see a lesbian couple in a fantasy book or just in any book it’s so well written a... READ MORE
aliysha martin
Cinderella Is Dead
Love the cover but was underwhelmed by the rest
200 years ago Cinderella met her one true love Prince Charming. Whilst the original story is over, the young girls of Lille know it word for word. They hav... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Amazing Book
This book had me glued for days to it. Cinderella Is Dead is a unique retelling of Cinderella, full of amazing and surprising plot twists throughout the en... READ MORE
Holly-May Broadley-Darby
Cinderella Is Dead
Strong, Queer and Feminist!
‘Cinderella is Dead’ is a fantastic look at identity, feminism, sexuality and the harm that fairytales can do when taken too seriously. There were several ... READ MORE
Francesca Brindle
Cinderella Is Dead
Very much YA
If you enjoy younger YA and fairytale re-tellings, you will enjoy this. The POC and WLW and queer rep in this is great and I think younger readers (and the... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
A powerful but twisted retelling with kick-ass main characters
I’ve heard mixed things about this but I honestly really enjoyed it. I read most of it in a day and if I didn’t have so much going on, would have probably ... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Has good LGBTQIA+ representation but the book doesn't describe the setting as well at the beginning so its hard to imagine thing and you need to imagine it... READ MORE
Laura Flis
Cinderella Is Dead
I loved this book! It was easy to read and helped me get out of a reading slump. It helped me fall in love with reading again
Eloise Richardson
Cinderella Is Dead
I love this book , if you are looking for an adventure filled ,dangerous and exciting book I think this is for your ! NOT TO MENTION THE AMAZING PLOT TWIST... READ MORE
Lilly Burgess
Cinderella Is Dead
Captivating from the get go, really nice need
Cinderella has been dead for 200 years but yet her fairytale still lives on. We are led on a journey of Sophia a determined girl who knows what she wants b... READ MORE
Charli Simpson
Cinderella Is Dead
This book has such a good story plot and it surprises me every chapter. It is also very easy to read! Not once did I feel like the story was dragging, I ju... READ MORE
Enrika Satrauskaite
Cinderella Is Dead
A story of feminism and freedom to be queer
I really enjoyed this book, it’s a wonderful story of feminism and freedom to be queer. I did find it a little disjointed and the pacing felt off but that ... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Best Cinderella story I've ever read
This is an amazing novel that peaked my interest as soon as I started it. I found it hard to put the book down, I was that engrossed I completed reading it... READ MORE
Terrie Woodhouse
Cinderella Is Dead
This feminist twist on what happens in fairy tales is amazing. This is one of the first fantasy books i have read and it has inspired me to read more. This... READ MORE
Hannah Medi
Cinderella Is Dead
I’m gonna be honest I was very disappointed with this book. I’d heard great things but this plot was lacking in quite a few ways, it was underdeveloped and... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Brilliant Idea, Average Execution
Loved the idea of this book, being a big ‘twisted’ fairy tale fan. Unfortunately the writing isn’t very good, and aspects aren’t well thought through. The ... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
One of my favourite books
This book was so amazing and it had so much adventure.The romance makes it so much better and I would definitely read it again! I ready it so quickly and g... READ MORE
Maddie  Powney
Cinderella Is Dead
Struggled to keep reading
I love the idea of the plot and enjoy the story building but I found I struggled to be involved in the world and felt like I was unable to really enjoy the... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
The middle was the highlight, the rest was less than stellar
Everything that we need to know is quickly established as we are told that there are balls held every year for girls to get married and that our main chara... READ MORE
Cinderella Is Dead
Cinderella is dead
Sophia, this book entails the journey Sophia faces coming across the truth of the beloved Cinderella story and the harsh realities of what her world reall... READ MORE
Thomas Colhoun
Cinderella Is Dead
Absolutely Captivating!
I first saw the cover of this book and was intrigued by the title. The retaking of a classic fairytale is always a promising premise, but this book had exc... READ MORE
Katie Bowman
Cinderella Is Dead
i absolutely loved reading this book i couldn’t put it down! i definitely recommend this to any YA fantasy readers, along with her other books :D
mia cheetham
Cinderella Is Dead
"Absolute must read"
I love this book, read it five times over (no exaggeration) but when I get to the end it always bugs me. As if it's an itch as we never know how it really ... READ MORE
Tayla Mitton
Cinderella Is Dead
Really amazing and exciting
Sophia Bencheikh