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Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron is a darker twist on the classic fairy-tale that sadly did not meet the mark. The world building Bayron presents is intriguing, yet isn't explored well enough to build that connection with the reader. What this novel struggles with is, focusing on "telling" the reader aspects of the world, its characters and their internal psyche instead of "showing" that to the reader through events they endure. Though I may have liked the variety in the characters, they were never explored enough as individuals also leading to the romance being fairly mediocre. The ending being very predictable was a "punch in the gut", considering how I felt the first few chapters of the book showed so much promise. As a whole, I was very disappointed in how this novel progressed. 3.5 Stars-@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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