It’s 200 years since Cinderella found her prince, but the fairytale is over.

Sophia knows the story though, off by heart. Because every girl has to recite it daily, from when she’s tiny until the night she’s sent to the royal ball for choosing. And every girl knows that she has only one chance. For the lives of those not chosen by a man at the ball . are forfeit.

But Sophia doesn’t want to be chosen – she’s in love with her best friend, Erin, and hates the idea of being traded like cattle. And when Sophia’s night at the ball goes horribly wrong, she must run for her life. Alone and terrified, she finds herself hiding in Cinderella’s tomb. And there she meets someone who will show her that she has the power to remake her world

It wasn’t exactly a fairytale retelling, it was what happens after if people take what happened to cinderella as their laws. I loved the idea of the ball, every toung woman getting her happily ever after. But it quickly became clear that this was not the case. Not only were women viewed as pretty objects rather than humans, but what happens if you do not fit the mould.

Sophia does not fit their mould, she wants to create her own ahppy ever after which does not include a prince. I really enjoyed this book. It was full of magic, love, friendship and mystery. I loved how I had no idea where this story was going. It was full of twists and turns. It made me question everyone, made me think “are they who they say they are?”. Which I loved.

Overall it was a fantastic read and I will be reading more from this author.

5 out of 5 stars