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Happily Never After (The Grimm Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Ken Brosky , Isabella Fontaine
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Book Description

Book 2 of the award-winning Young Adult adventure!

200 years ago, the Brothers Grimm unleashed their stories upon the world.


Now the characters of the Grimms’ fairy tales walk among us. With every day that passes, they grow more evil. They are the Corrupted, and only a hero can stop them.

For 18-year-old Alice Goodenough, that means taking precious time off from her summer vacation. In addition to volunteering at the local library, Alice must stop the Corrupted who are now actively hunting her down. With the help of her magic pen and her trusty rabbit friend, the world has suddenly gotten a lot more complex. The Corrupted are everywhere, and only Alice can see them for what they truly are.

Meanwhile, at night, Alice’s nightmares have begun to grow more real. Terrifying man-eating rats are plaguing the city of Chicago, and it’s up to Alice to figure out a way to stop them. But before she can do that, she’ll have to face off with an even more dangerous enemy sent to kill her.

An enemy that has killed heroes before …

This book also contains the following Grimms’ fairy tales:
- The Frog-Prince
- Fundevogel
- Aschenputtel

Editorial Reviews


"5 Stars! ... Another great book! ... I would recommend this book for ages 14+ and I can't wait for the next one!" ~ Cuzinlogic Book Reviews

"So, do I think you should read this one? Yeah. You should already have!" ~ Stories of My Life Book Reviews

If you are looking for a quick and funny read, try these books. I can't wait to read the next installment!" ~ Bookingly Yours

"4 stars (out of 5)" ~ Wading Through the Electronic Ink

From the Author

The Grimm Chronicles is intended for Young Adults aged 13 and up. The goal is to provide Young Adult readers with a strong, charismatic young woman in the role of the hero and provide readers with a positive protagonist who uses her brain to overcome obstacles life throws in her way. Like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Katniss Everdeen, we like our female heroes tough and smart.

Product Details

  • File Size: 931 KB
  • Print Length: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Brew City Press (November 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008AK7Y2O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,616 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start With Book One, ("Prince Charming...") January 15, 2015
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the second Book in the Grimm Chronicles series. The first Book sets up and sells the whole premise; (Alice is a "hero" called upon to slay escaped Grimm Fairy Tale characters with a "magic pen". she is guided by and accompanied by a life size mystical/chatty Rabbit). This book starts right off without any preamble or intro. If you start here you may well conclude that the series is lightweight and dumb. It isn't, but really first off you need to be drawn in and trapped by Book One.

I like this series because I like clever and slightly irreverent Grimm variations, and I like smart, feisty, independent female protagonists. Our heroine, Alice, is certainly smart and confident. She's not a swoony romantic, but she's interested in boys. She's not snarky, but she won't be pushed around and she doesn't play clique games. She likes her parents and she isn't a mope who has a lot of imagined grievances. She's just an all around solid character. She's a little lighter in this Book, and the Rabbit is a bit chattier and funnier, and it seems like the balances of light/dark, action/talk, humor/darkness will vary from book to book, as the plots warrant. This one is on the lighter, talkier, funnier, (almost casually plotted), side.

As always, the writing is sort of in-between. It isn't middle grade simple, but it also isn't overwrought or overdone. The story telling is direct, dialogue is to the point, the patter remains snappy, (especially between Alice and her Rabbit counselor/guide), and the pacing keeps the book screaming along. This Book isn't as violent as the first one, but then again, the original Grimm stories, (and the pertinent ones are reproduced in an appendix so you can refamiliarize yourself with them), were more gruesome than this book anyway.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining series June 26, 2012
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(cross-posted from the blog Wading Through Electronic Ink)

So I am back for the second installment of this series, The Grimm Chronicles, which promises to offer a new title every other month. Which, let's face it, is reason enough to take a look at it. At least it is for me, who reviews three books a week and still has some time to read on the side. But it's also worth checking out for anyone who thinks that stories are better when there is an invisible rabbit sidekick doing all the google searches.

I liked Happily Never After somewhat better than Prince Charming Must Die! In the first book, Alice spent a lot of time trying to figure out whether her boyfriend Edward was evil, when there was a lot of evidence that he was and no evidence that he was not. This second one features some more innovative sleuthing, including geocoding and mysterious trips to the aquarium. We also get hints of an uber-plot involving dwarves foreclosing on somewhat innocent people's homes.

There were still some parts that had me rolling my eyes. I mean, faced with dreams about a woman named Cindy who has power over rats, your average 8-year-old Disney fan could probably figure out who the villain was long before Alice did. And Alice seemed disproportionately embarrassed by her parents in a manner more reminiscent of a younger teen. There's also a chapter from Briar the rabbit's point of view in which he directly addressed the audience, and I couldn't decide whether I thought it was cute or lame.

All in all, though, The Grimm Chronicles is an entertaining series, and I am interested to see where it goes next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventure Continues... June 18, 2012
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This book did not disappoint. "Happily Never After" is the sequel to "Prince Charming Must Die." It continues the tale of Alice on her quest to kill the Corrupted. This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not wait to see what would happen next. This book was just as good as the first. I was sad to see the book come to an end. I can't wait for the next installment!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappoints October 13, 2013
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Not as entertaining as the prequel. Sometimes boring fill the space perhaps...did not like the ending at all...horrible ending.
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4.0 out of 5 stars nice easy read May 23, 2014
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Good read for a quiet Saturday. Enjoyed it with a warm blanket and glass of wine. Looking forward to the next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happily Never After April 27, 2014
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This is as good as the first book. Very enjoyable. Thank you. I will recommend it to any and everyone so that they may, not only enjoy it too, but all of the Grimm Chronicles. Please, don't stop writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coolest May 3, 2013
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Very neat take on the Grimm stories. I enjoyed it immensely. You should def take a look at it. Worth that at least.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.. March 14, 2013
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I really liked this book..Thought it was well written and was entertaining..I will read the rest of the books in the series..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grimm Diaries and Grimm Chronciles and I love them all
I have every Grimm novel out there, Grimm Diaries and Grimm Chronciles and I love them all, keeps me coming back for more.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy White
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleplusgood
Good quick Kindle read and am looking forward to the next installment. Slowly developing into my favorite fantasy author for short stories such as this. Definitely recommend!
Published on December 29, 2012 by Vin Dizel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This book is a great read with some fast passed action and a touch of nostalgia in its new use of old fairy tale characters
Published on December 29, 2012 by Jason Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars A REAL PAGE TURNER
Fairy tales such Grim's books were an important part of a child's development, and this book lives up to the challenge as well. Read more
Published on December 29, 2012 by l pl
5.0 out of 5 stars awesomeness
honestly this book is a real page turner! it is also not predictable, which is hard to say about most books.I definitely recommend it.
Published on December 29, 2012 by T. Darden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have to say I loved the book. Once I began reading it I found it very hard to put down. Timeless stories with a very interesting twist. Great reading !
Published on December 29, 2012 by dee3
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Book
Very enjoyable book. I loved this creative rewriting of the Brother's Grimm. A little scary, humorous at times, but above all entertaining. Read more
Published on December 29, 2012 by coolsoup12
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More About the Author

I received my MFA in fiction writing from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. I've had over a dozen short stories published.

In addition to regularly contributing literary fiction to various journals and magazines, my current project is a Young Adult series called The Grimm Chronicles. Maybe you've heard of it? No? Really? Well ...

My co-author Isabella Fontaine and I devised 3 "rules" for this Young Adult series. They're important to us.

1. There are no love triangles. We've set this as an explicit rule. Our main character might find love, but she won't be hounded by topless boys and she certainly will never spend her time deciding who to spend the rest of her life with.

2. Our hero, Alice, must use her brain to overcome her obstacles. That doesn't mean she can't kick some butt (she definitely can!), but she does have to rely on her knowledge to win the day.

3. Alice will never commit an act of violence against another human being without there being consequences. Sure, she can do battle with evil monsters ... but violence against human beings has real consequences. Too often our heroes of today cause physical pain to people around them in order to achieve victory. Alice is different. Alice respects nonviolence to solve real-world problems, and only uses violence to rid the world of the evil Corrupted.

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