Cinderella is Dead by Kaylnn Bayron
Available At: Liberty, Mountain Ridge, Pine Creek
Categories: LGBTQ+, Sexual
Description: Queer black girls team up to overthrow the patriarchy in the former kingdom of Cinderella.
YA Label?: Yes
Notes: This book contains references to sexuality and sexual activities.
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Page 149: “Her body backlit by the flames, is like a vision. She is tall and strong. She’s got her sleeves pushed up; a wide, jagged scar runs over the muscles of her upper arm. They flex as she stokes the flames. I imagine how they might feel wrapped around me, and I wonder if she can tell how enthralled I am with her.”
Page 251: “Constance turns her back to me and slips her arms out of her tunic, pulling it up over her head and tossing it to the ground. I am unable to take my eyes off her. She removes her trousers and tosses them aside. As she pivots toward me, I have to make a concerted effort to keep my mouth from falling open. A blanket of freckles covers her chest and shoulders and trickles down on to her arms like a sprinkling of stardust.”
Page 286: “My heart races. I don’t know what to say or do. All I know is that I want to be close to her. I lean in and she reaches up, running her fingers down the side of my neck, tracing my collarbone, My stomach twists into a knot. Before I have a chance to overthink it, I press my lips to hers. Her hands move to my neck and face. A surge of warmth rushes over me as she presses herself against me.”
Page 296: “She puts her opposite hand on the small of my back and leans close to my ear. I think she’ll speak some other bit of useful information, but instead she lets her lips brush against the side of my neck.”