We are all trapped here, our stories already written.”
If I tell you the story of Cinderella you knew is all a lie. Would you believe me? I for one love fairytale retellings. This was a different take on Cinderella. But I felt it was very one dimensional. All men are evil and all women are oppressed. It felt a little off.
This book is set in a small town, Lillie, 200 years after Cinderella is dead. The evil Prince Charming loved the story of Cinderella so much, that now it’s practically the law of the kingdom.
All the women in the kingdom have to go to the annual ball from the age of 16 and they have only 3 chances to get married, or they are sent to dungeons or into servitude. Women own no property or have jobs. They are living under the men of the household. The women go through domestic violence and they believe it’s their fate to serve the men.
Amongst all these women, is a young and brave girl, Sophia, She would prefer to marry her friend Erin instead. But there is no escaping the claws of the law. At the ball, she is horrified by the men and system and finally manages to flee, which leads her to Constance who is the last relative to Cinderella. Constance, who will stop to nothing to stop the evil King.
Together, they fight for what is right and try to save the kingdom and the women from the monster. They find out the truth behind all the lies. This book lacked in strong-powerful scenes and some Inspiration. It was a good book even with the flaws. I liked how they beautifully showed respect to the LGBT+ community. All in all, a good book.