Cinderella Is Dead

Kalynn Bayron

fiction fantasy lgbtqia+ young adult
adventurous dark hopeful mysterious fast-paced

400 pages | first published 2020

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.

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adventurous 87%
dark 48%
hopeful 43%
inspiring 42%
mysterious 37%
emotional 31%
tense 26%
challenging 8%
reflective 6%
sad 5%
funny 4%
lighthearted 4%
informative 0%
relaxing 0%


fast 53%
medium 42%
slow 4%

Strong character development?

Yes: 55% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 2%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 63% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 16% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 96% | It's complicated: 2% | No: 1%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 51% | No: 28% | It's complicated: 15% | N/A: 4%

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