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Desperately Ever After: Book One: Desperately Ever After Trilogy by [Kenyon, Laura]
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  • File Size: 3737 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Laura Kenyon (January 30, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I5RM4OK
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I absolutely loved this book. Anything fairy tale-ish/princess-y is right up my alley. Laura focuses on a few of the major princesses: Belle, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Penelopea, and (Dawn) Sleeping Beauty. I love how she takes the different princesses and allows them to live simultaneously in their own realm in peace. Growing up, I watched The Little Mermaid on a daily basis. I also enjoyed Cinderella and was in LOVE with that big blue ball gown. And Beauty and the Beast... can we just talk about that library?! It wasn't until Tangled came out that I watched a movie about Rapunzel, and I can't remember watching The Princess and the Pea. When I started reading I was afraid I would be depressed the whole time...I mean, these happily ever after tales I grew up on are crumbling at avalanche speed! Belle realizes her husband has been unfaithful the moment she finds out she's pregnant... I mean really? *SOB* But, this book is hilarious, sweet, and ingenious. I was NOT depressed the whole time! From timid, does-what-husband-requires- Belle, to paranoid, full of regret Cindy, to plays by no rules but her own Rapunzel, to insomniac, hating her husband Dawn, Laura weaves a magical tale that shows the fairy tales can change, but can still be happy...just more real life! I mean, what woman hasn't felt depressed because she can no longer fit in the dress of her dreams from her teenage years? Or wishes she would have accomplished more goals and bucket list to-do's before she had to settle down with a career in the "real world?" I'm only 25 and I know that feeling!

My favorite character in the book is probably Belle.
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Wow... I wasn't sure what I'd be getting into when reading this... in fact I was expecting some cynical take on the old fairy tales that would leave you doubting if any of it could ever be happy... when in fact it's a rather wonderful book that did a great job of taking the old fairy tales and bringing them to life in a modern and relateable setting that still held all the fantasy and possibilities of curses and magic and maids becoming queens... and more than that it had a very deep and meaningful plot line of what anyone who has ever been in loved and especially married can understand when that perfectly happily ever after isn't all rainbows and sunshine... but deals with relationship issues and fears of what your other half is up to... however, Kenyon does it in a way that while it is a very emotional story it's witty and funny and full of magical quirks that keep that atmosphere of the worlds the Grimm Brothers first created... and I was especially appreciative that Kenyon used a lot of what the original stories held and didn't just go off the shiny Disney movies that are the better known versions... and each of the princesses were very unique characters that I think gave great definition to the image of what a woman stuck in such a tale would grow to be like... they had real personalities and real dilemmas left by the events that we would've read about and now we get to see how it all works out after the wedding bells have rung... I've read a lot of retelling of fairy tales but I can't say I've ever read anything like this before... and I can't wait for the next book to come out...
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I can say that this book follows the lives of the fairytale princesses after the ..."happily ever after" only to conclude there really isn't a happily ever after. One that you don't fight for, that is. I suppose the beauty of the fairy tale is that it is just that. Most don't truly believe it can happen but I'd guess that most think it would be nice!

The writing is like what can be found in a teenage journal so I'd say this is a tween novel. But who wants to crush the hopes of young girls? It's fun and campy but also eye rolling. It reminds me of a reality TV train wreck. I knew it wasn't deep literature but I also couldn't put it down!
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I was immediately drawn to the idea of following my favorite fairy tale heroines through their "happily ever afters." I love the reboot Ms. Kenyon has given these characters and the way that she tied their lives together was genius! The stories are addictive and full of sizzle, thereby ensuring that you will not want to put this book down until you have finished it. Ms. Kenyon has managed to find the perfect combination of humor, heartbreak and hope in her debut novel. A highly enjoyable read!
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Ms. Kenyon has cleverly gathered all our favorite fairy tale princesses and transformed them into modern day women facing the challenges of balancing motherhood, careers, and ruling their kingdoms. This formidable group of women face the same ups and downs as many of us, including maintaining their perfect figures and faces, with the added pressure of having to live happily ever after.

My absolute all-time favorite fairytale is Beauty and the Beast (the absolute zenith of love conquering all). In Desperately Ever After, Belle and her Beast (Donner) take front stage, when Belle learns that the animal in her prince has not been tamed. Rapunzel, Cinderella, Dawn, Snow White, and Penelopea rally round their friend, sheltering her from the paparazzi while she sorts her life out.

In the telling of Belle's crisis we learn that our beloved heroines are more than perfectly primped characters. Rapunzel has a vicious streak in her. Established as the socialite to watch, she unleashes her anger, from being locked in a tower, mercilessly. Cinderella's life with Aaron (Prince Charming) runs smoothly thanks to her over-achieving tendency. Dawn is just clueless, but that's to be expected given she's slept the last three hundred years away. Penny, notarized by the Princess and the Pea tale, has an overbearing mother who she is planning a royal gala for. Then there is Snow White, who we think is okay, until we get to the very end (and that's what serials are for)!

I have to admit to being quite disappointed in Donner, aka The Beast. I suppose it's every girls fantasy to have her love be so powerful that it can transform even the scariest of beings. But then I guess that is where fiction and fact take a fork in the road.

An enjoyable read. Think fairytale on steroids; colorful, over-the-top moments, that take us just beyond the reach of believability, but leave us quite happy that we let ourselves be catapulted from reality.
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