Hello. So my monthly goals are going pretty okay. My mid-terms start on 16th so I thought that putting this post out today will be appropriate.
Ok so I don’t know how to start this post as the number of brain cells I have left are very few. So Cinderella Is Dead, this book was perfect. It came into my house and the cover called me ugly in 16262352757157 languages. I loved it so so much. Literally who knew I needed a black, queer and feminist retelling of Cinderella in my life.
I also made a Kpop Playlist to go with the overall mood of the book which will be linked at the end of the post. I am very new to making curated playlists but I tried my best to match songs with the mood of the book 🥺
So without further ado, lets get into the post-
Cinderella Is Dead
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.
Where do I even start? I heard loads of mixed reviews about this book but I really enjoyed Cinderella Is Dead.
Cinderella is dead centres around Sophia, who hates the patriarchal ideology of the people and king of her town Lillie. According to the law, all girls are supposed to attend an annual ball where they will be chosen by their husbands if not, they would be declared forfeit. Sophia, on the other hand, doesn’t like this ideology, in fact, she is in love with her best friend Erin.
I don’t want to be saved by some knight in shining armor. I’d like to be the one in the armor, and I’d like to be the one doing the saving.Sophia
On the day of the ball, Sophia wants to run away, away from everything and live a happy life away from Mersailles with Erin. But Erin on the other hand doesn’t want to leave and disappoint her parents. She wants to get married and be a good child, so Sophia escapes alone and stumbles upon Constance in an unfamiliar place which happens to be Cinderella’s Tomb, where she learns that the palace approved story of Cinderella wasn’t the truth at all.
From here they decide that they need to do something about the oppressive regime and fight for equal rights which ends up taking them on quite an adventure.
It will be me. I will find myselfSophia
Oh my gosh, the world-building was impressive. I really loved the author’s writing style. It was captivating from the very first page. It literally kept me awake all night.
If you like fast-paced stories with black queer girls, I would highly recommend you pick up Cinderella Is Dead!
Trigger Warnings– Violence, Death, Domestic Abuse, Misogyny, Homophobia
Representation– Lesbian Black MCs, Side Gay Character
As I mentioned above, I made a playlist to go with the book which I feel like I am going to be doing very often from now as it was so much fun! You can listen to my playlist by clicking here or just view it below!
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