** Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury for this book in exchange for an honest review**
It’s a whole new take on the Cinderella story with a feminist spin. I really liked the concept of the new dystopian world (which has a bit of a Handmaid’s tale feel to it)
200 hundred years after Cinderella meets her Prince Charming, the fairy tale has become a sacred story for the town of Lille. Now, like the rest of the girls, Sophia is about to attend her first ball, in which she has to find a suitor who will marry her. However, rather than looking forward to this milestone, she is dreading it. When she meets Candace, she realize that the story about Cinderella isn’t what it seems to be. Together, the two plot to overthrow the current King of Lille.
I really enjoyed the concept of the story and how it strays from a typical retelling. The only issue I had with the novel was that it felt that the plot was too linear and the characters were a bit one dimensional. Sophia fell out of love with Erin and rebounded with Candace a little too fast for my liking, and it doesn’t help that Insta-love is one of my least favorite tropes.
I really liked how the book was a cautionary tale against patriarchy and conformism and the need for women to speak out. In addition, it’s a great book with lgbtq and poc representation and one fun adventure.
The message was strong and the book had a lot of potential, but unfortunately I felt like the execution fell short.