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Bloomsbury presents Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron, read by Bahni Turpin.

Girls team up to overthrow the kingdom in this unique and powerful retelling of Cinderella from a stunning new voice that’s perfect for fans of A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

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 listeners question the tales they’ve been told and root for girls to break down the constructs of the world around them.

©2020 Kalynn Bayron (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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loved

was amazing i wish there was more to it would be great as a series if the creator decided to go that path

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Awful, just awful

Written like a high school essay. Main character incredibly selfish and whiny. Also strangely ignorant of the world she supposedly grew up in - made it totally unbelievable.This would have worked much better if she had dropped in from another world like Dorothy in the wizard of Oz.

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MUST READ

loved it easy to finish quick moving plot and amazing representation with queer characters and characters not fitting eurocentric characters

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I couldn't finish this book

I thought that this would be a spin on a fairy tale. Warning: Any link to the fairytale is VERY tenuous indeed.

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what a twist

the overall take on this classic story was quite refreshing. I liked most of the characters but some lacked developmemt. same with the story. I wanted more. it felt rushed at times but was overall enjoyable. highly recommend.

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Great book

If you care about women’s rights, you might find the first few chapters triggering because of the sexism but if you continue, you will want stand alongside the main character and fight against the system too!

It’s a classic, good against evil.

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Great read

Positive storyline that a determined individual can make changes especially . Well written and read.

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Refreshing

Not a common protagonist- Sophia is a black, gay woman who doesn't need anyone to save her. She and others met along the way try to overthrow the king who rules over a sexist misogynistic land. The woman saves herself in this one.

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Loved it!

Such a brilliant alternative take on a classic story! Great performance! Will be recommending to friends!

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  • C. Moody
  • 23-09-20

Great rendition of a usually bland fairy tale

As someone who doesn't like the typical Cinderella story, this rendition did not leave me wanting! The story put a new and much needed twist on the fairy tale, one that highlights a few key criticisms of the Disney-fied version.
Sophia is a very loveable and headstrong narrator that leads the readers through the plot easily; her story is compelling in a way that the typical Cinderella retelling is not. She is a woman that is ready to do what she can for the ending she wants, not the one that has been foretold for her.
I can't wait to see what Kalynn Bayron puts out next, and would love to see her retell other fairy tales!

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  • Zekeria123
  • 04-12-20

Loved it

I loved everything about this book. It had women’s rights, lgbtq, equality and justice while still being a fairytale in its self.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-01-21

I was excited and immediately deflated

The premise had me so excited I skipped the preview! That was a mistake; maybe this book could be better if you bought it and read it yourself. I doubt that; I wish I could get a credit refund.

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  • VG
  • 15-01-21

Almost Loved It

I love spins on fairy tales so thought I would love this book. While the story does have some twists, most of it is predictable. There are some parts that feel a bit disjointed. It feels rushed in some areas and drawn out in others. The protagonist annoyed me so it was really hard to empathize with her. She comes off as selfish and whiny and it gets to be annoying. Also, I thought it would take more of a deeper look at fairy tales as a whole and the messages we’re sending to women.

What really pulls me out of it is the narration. I really struggled with it. There are moments where it’s really good and you can feel the emotion, but the rest of the time there’s no real feeling. Some character voices are done really well, others aren’t. This is the second book I’ve listened to that she narrated; I doubt I’ll listen to another.

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  • Alexandra
  • 24-11-20

Great idea but...

Started out well enough, is an interesting premise but as the story advances the plot gets weaker and weaker and is too easy to see all the "twists" almost from the beginning of the book. I really wanted to like this book because the empowering representation is very rare but it could have had more substance to back it up

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  • Sarah Mitchell
  • 20-04-21

Great concept, poorly executed

The concept of the book is clever and intriguing. However the last two thirds of the book are boring and feel like filler. This was extremely hard to finish and I am a huge fan of the fractured fairytale genre. The narrator reads well but the text is straight up repetative and dull. So many unnecessary, annoying scenes that serve only to make the novel longer instead of moving the plot or developing characters. I don't recommend.

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  • Mehlennial
  • 18-03-21

Simplistic :(

I loved the ideas here and was so excited for this book. But the world building is non-existent and the characters are flat and sometimes ridiculous. The simplistic nature was almost an unintended slap in the face of the real world issues at play. All in all, it was a dissatisfying listen, even with the amazing Bahni Turpin narrating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-01-21

Gay women rule

The title of my review needs no further explanation icon as far as I’m concerned, but I feel I should clarify just in case any people fetishizing sapphic women are listening. This is a fabulous book centered on all of the ways that women, gays, and all kinds of minorities are pushed down by our society. Using a fairy tale taken to the extreme of a dystopian society is genius to me, especially considering I often think we already live in a dystopia. Anyone looking for a solid concept with social commentary and genuinely interesting characters should read this. Other people too, but especially the aforementioned. I’d like more like this please!!!

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  • Danielle Roberts
  • 14-11-20

Absolutely Love

This was amazing. Definitely a great great read in some ways. Men trying to rule the world and wanting people to conform to them goes on today. Constant is a character I love so much. such bravery

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  • tobester
  • 29-10-20

Loved it!

I absolutely loved this take on the cinderella story and Bahni Turpin performed it beautifully.

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