Top positive review
Reviewed in India on 1 February 2021
"The palace underestimates the resourcefulness of women forced into a dark and dangerous place."
This is retelling of the classic Cindrella story with a darker version and showing us that not all that seems good is to be accepted for what it is and to not believe in centuries old tales.
Sophia is a headstrong woman who doesn't want to be saved by someone in shining armour but want to be the one to do saving. She is brave and ready to be the one to bring about a change. She wants to free Mersailles from the cruel rules of the king. I adored her character the way she did not want to accept the idiotic things and was ready to voice her opinion, question them even though it was under her breath.
Sophia and Constance had a beautiful relationship though the romance felt a bit rushed to me. I wanted more of the world building and some depth as to why the nature of the characters is so or their actions. I wanted to see what becomes of Mersailles in the woman's power. This would have taken the book to another level.
Through this retelling Kalynn Bayron talks about the different forms of abuse, to stand for what is right and be ready to bring the change. With the theme of LGBTQ and a darker version retelling, I have respect for the author to rebuild it in an amazing and brilliant way.
This book definitely gives feminist vibes, with the lead being a strong black kickass female and if you are up for it go ahead and read this. I loved the cover and I enjoyed the book overall. Definitely waiting for This Poison Heart.