- File Size: 2871 KB
- Print Length: 337 pages
- Publisher: Headtrip Productions (August 31, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B010U1PDJQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,513 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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No Happily Ever After (The Fairytale Diaries Book 1) Kindle Edition
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The setting is modern so we get cars, TV's and proms but the dark core of the stories is kept intact, as per the title Happily ever after happens in a different book.
Now as to the flaws (since its "only" 4 stars and all). Some events around 2/3 of the book were a very much on the unrealistic side (the cellar/dungeon events to be clear) but should be forgivable in a "fairy tale" adaptation for most readers.
The novel is comprised of 12 parts, all set in Faraway, Washington with overlapping characters and events. In these short fragments, Amanda Gatton rewrites 12 traditional tales including The Ugly Duckling, Briar Rose, Snow White and one of my personal favourites, The Pied Piper of Hamelin. On paper it would be easy to look at this amalgamation and wonder how it works - but it does. Though these are fractured fairytales they do not conform to any rules of the genre; the prince does not rescue the damsel, there are no happy endings and the stories could not be read to children at bedtime.
We go from each short story to the next knowing the danger that this group of friends is in and how the situation can possibly end well.
One of my favourite aspects of No Happily Ever After is the way that Amanda Gatton not only rewrites the fairytales but seamlessly combines them,
"Unable to sleep, her bedside lamp cast sim light across her as she read a dark and chilling book of Grimm fairytales. She'd had no idea the original versions of fairy tales she'd known and loved all her life had originally been so frightening."
No Happily Ever After is a book which will make the reader gasp, reach for a cushion and grab for the nearest stable object. Amanda Gatton cleverly creates tension and fear through surprise which continues right up to the very last page.
I am lucky to have been a fan of the author for a long time, but this book is by far my favourite of anything she has written and adults and older teens alike, will find something they can connect to. Total awesomeness!!!
I received this as a complimentary copy, in exchange for an honest review.
I loved how the chapters were broken down into parts, the art work at the start of each was done by Amanda too & those parts where focused on a particular character, but which fairytale character did Amanda get her inspration from?? Leaving breadcumbs about the character/s so we are able to figure out on our own, sometimes it was easier to pick which fairytale Amanda used as inspiration & others not so much. Our first definite hint was the artwork (I FLOVE the artwork) at the start of each part, but other little things within the chapter would give hints too....
At times I forgot to try & figure out which fairytale character Amanda used as inpiration, I was to busy holding my breath, bitting my nails, trying to handle the new twist to the story I was reading. Believe me there are so many twists in here. Then I get to the new character artwork & just be able to breath before jumping into the next part of the story of this deliciously wicked, dark story. While each part of the story is in itself the individual characters, the story intertwines them all together, to make this dark, twisted, violent, gory read. I have told you how much I loved it yet?? no?? wow, ok then, I FLOVED book 1 in Amanda's new series "The Fairytale Diaries", 'No Happily Ever After' is something I could read over & over, especially when I need that dark hit!
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