Anticipated Adventures: Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Anticipated Adventures is a regular feature at Reader Voracious where I highlight and discuss upcoming releases I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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I’m going on an adventure!

📣  This week, I’m shining the spotlight on Cinderella is Dead, a compelling reimagining of Cinderella featuring queer black girls overthrowing the patriarchy!


About Cinderella is Dead

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA  |  Release Date: July 7, 2020  |  Pages: 400
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, LGBTQIAP+

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US cover for Cinderella Is DeadIt’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.

I am not even lying when I say that Cinderella is my favorite Disney film from childhood (next to Beauty and the Beast for obvious bookshelves reasons). When I found out about this diverse reimagining I was excited, and then I saw the cover. Talk about stunning!

I was lucky enough to receive an eARC of this book and am looking forward to reading it in June!


Preorder Incentive

Receive a signed bookplate and enamel pin when you submit your preorder receipt for Cinderella is Dead! This preorder incentive is open in US/Canada/UK/ROI/AUS/NZ! The book is releasing at different times internationally, so be sure to check the incentive page for applicable deadlines.

I love this enamel pin so much and can’t wait to receive mine!


With everything going on in the world right now and some publication dates being pushed back, I want to do my part to boost books I’m excited for… especially since my reading capacity on ARCs has been zero for weeks.

Are you excited for Cinderella is Dead? Was it already on your radar? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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  1. Amber

    May 14, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    OMG, this sounds amazing! I absolutely love the cover. I cannot wait to read your thoughts about it! 😀 I hope you adore it! <3

  2. AJ

    May 14, 2020 at 2:48 PM

    I have this on my TBR and I’m very excited to see a black Cinderella! I might read this on June since I got an early copy, but also really excited to preorder for the UK version but Book Depository is not allowing me to because shipping to my country is still suspended due to COVID-19.

  3. Rameela

    May 16, 2020 at 6:05 AM

    omg this sounds SO GOOD! and that pin is so incredibly beautiful!

  4. Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

    May 21, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    😭 I’m still crying over the fact I didn’t hear about this until it was mentioned in the Bookish Collision Discord server and honestly I’m not amused by that. Cinderella Is Dead sounds absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to get around to reading this when I can.

  5. Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    May 26, 2020 at 6:26 AM

    AH THIS BOOK. This book is one of my MOST anticipated reads, it sounds absolutely incredible and I am so loving that cover, as well. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it! 😀

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