DRUNK REVIEW: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Reviewed by Sam!

What I drank prior: ok so I’ve had a bottle and a half of wine. It wasnt intentional but here we are

Goodreads Overview:

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

Drunk Overview: so in this world, Cinderella is basically a god. Te story for hr and her prince has made it in to policy and culture and basically each person with a vagina has to go to the ball like she did to be chosen by a noble to wed and live with forever. Basically its a horse trade for the babes. Our main lady was had it so she ran away and started a rebellion… sorta

Spoiler-free Thoughts: I enjoyed this mor than i thought i would. I liked the spin on it.

Characters: So we have our main lady, Sophia. I understand that this world is terrible and the way they treat women is absolutely horrendous, but JEEZE Sophia is so dramatic and selfish and so self absorbed she literally cannot see what’s going on with the people around her. Her first love interest, Erin, is actually fine. She’s complacent but like, she’s doing her duty (hehe duty) and Sophia just can’t comprehend it. And Erin says over and over that she doesn’t want it, and Sophia just like, wont hear her. And then comes Constance. This character doesn’t quite make sense to me. I mean, she’s supposed to be a alternate to Erin, but to me she has no depth. She’s #damaged because of her familial past but like…. Why though? Idk, seems flat to me.

Plot: So this is one of those stories that i sorta hate in a way. It happened in Serpent & Dove and in many others. The characters are forced to flee for whatever reason, they go off and do nothing, and then they go back. Over and over. At least DO something while you’re away and bring those skills back. That did not happen here. WITH THAT SAID, I really like the spin that this author put on the Cinderella story. What implications do our faves hapily ever after s have for the futures? This took it too far, obvi, but like that’s the point of dystopians. Taking one thing and making it extreme to evaluate how good certain things we have are (think genetic alterations in Divergent).

Writing Style: this was simple. Your typical YA. But that was the point.

World Building: So I’ve talked about this a bit already, but like, basically take Cinderella and pretend that everyone wants that to be the way that marriages happen. And the entire world/kingdom follows this. Women have to go to the ball, have a man “fall for her” aka choose her aka horse trade her, Andy hen they’re forced to submission and lack of agency and power and how dare anyone do anything different. Oh and if you’re not picked? You die, essentially. This is creepy. And really REALLY unique.

What to pair it with: This is like a strawberry Moscow mule. It’s something you know and love with a twist that can make. It even more tart if done correctly.

Rating: 3/5 Shots

Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,
Sam

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