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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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  • Cyndibunnia
  • 05-11-20

I liked parts

I read the preview and was very excited. I often assigned children to change fairy tales in some way. That part of the story is great. Why the main character is gay etc really doesn't add to the story at all. i have gay friends who would agree. Throwing it in for fun? Why? The story of domestic violence and abuse of women is strong. It is a distraction that is not necessary. Just my opinion.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tina Strange
  • 27-10-20

Didn't see it coming.

I absolutely love alternative fairy tale stories. I listened to this entire book thinking to myself, this is so predictable, but I swear the last 20 minutes were like OMG! I did not see that coming. I won't spoil the ending for you, but if you like these kind of books this is a must read (or in my case listen to). I can't wait to listen to the next one by this author.

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  • Tiff S
  • 16-04-21

Fasanating!!

What a creative and awake way to tell Cinderella's story. Not too overdone. A great lesson for people.

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  • AOM
  • 01-01-21

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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  • Emma Brookes
  • 22-03-21

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-02-21

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-01-21

Great read

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

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  • Annalie
  • 02-01-21

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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  • sheri
  • 08-11-20

Loved it!

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

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  • Chinaza
  • 13-09-20

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-21

Excellent!

I loved this story. Couldn't stop listening! A dark twist on Cinderella that kept me hooked until the end. Exploring important aspects of society that are present in real life, this story highlighted the importance of standing up for what you believe in and for fighting for what's right, never accepting anything less. A gem.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-03-21

SO GOOD 😳🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before, put it in a blender, shit on it, vomit on it, eat it, give birth to it.

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  • Natasha
  • 08-03-21

Wow!

Loved the storyline. Kalyann put a good twist on the Disney princess story of Cinderella. The narrator did awesome as well, loved how she gave a voice to each character and pronunciation and style of speech was different for each character. Love the book, couldn’t recommend it more.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-02-21

So good

I loved the story. It had a good pace and characters. I called some of the turns but some were still surprising.

Such a worthwhile listen.