Review: Happily by Chauncey Rogers

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38363145“You seem to have a gift for inviting trouble and adventure.”

Published: April 3 2018

Publisher: Self published

Pages: 316 (Kindle)

Series: N/A-standalone

Three Stars (2)

It was time to take control of the situation. To take control of everything and do what I felt I needed to, even if it lasted only for a moment. 

 

If the shoe fits, wear it.
If it doesn’t,
 make it.

Laure has spent the past year on the streets. She’s dirty, hungry, poor, and very unhappy about it. All she wants is enough money to get away–away from the filthy streets, away from the gleaming castle on the hill, away from everything she knows.

But then she hears the king’s proclamation: a mysterious girl disappeared from the royal ball, leaving behind a glass slipper. The first girl to fit into the shoe will be the prince’s bride.

Some see an enchanting love story. Laure sees the nobility’s incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. With a change in luck, a clever plan, and an unlikely accomplice, Laure might just be able to hoodwink the royal family and con her way into the palace.

The unexpected adventure that follows catches Laure in problems much bigger than she could have imagined. But without a fairy godmother of her own, Laure will have to think, feel, and fight her own way out of the mess she made and into the happily ever after of her dreams.

 

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Collage 2018-07-07 21_23_25 (2)First and foremost thank you so much to the author, Chauncey Rogers, for reaching out to me and sending me a copy of this book! Ya’ll know I’m a sucker for royal romance/fiction and fairy tale reads. I couldn’t say no to this!

I want to start off by saying that I really enjoyed this book; the premise was fresh and fun, the characters were two vastly different people but somehow worked well together, the main character had a pretty big arc throughout, and there was definitely that campy/cozy journey through the woods feel. I enjoyed it, I just didn’t love it.

When it comes to what I didn’t like about this book, the list is small. I don’t like dwelling on what I don’t like so we’ll cover it briefly! One, I didn’t necessarily like Laure. I understand she was supposed to be a ‘grumpy’ character, and I can understand why she has the outlook she does, but she was kind of a downer and slightly annoying throughout the beginning/middle of the book.  Two, it was a little weird to me towards the end because there was a certain romance that blossoms that seems to just happen, it doesn’t grow over time, and felt off to me. That’s it. I told you it was a small list!

I think this book is a prime example of what a fairy tale retelling should be. It was something that was fresh, different, and exciting but with just the right amount of tie ins that reminds you its a retelling and gives you those fond feelings of beloved classics. While this book has the classic Cinderella ‘use the shoe to find the girl’ ending, it’s a completely alternate way to get to that happy ending. This was probably my favorite part of the book, I just enjoyed the premise so much and thought it was a really well executed story.

Overall this book was light, fun, enjoyable, and funny. It was a sweet little adventure that features a big (and successful) twist on a fairy tale classic. I loved the way everything tied together at the end, it was imaginative and fun and I didn’t see any of it coming. If you’re looking for a fresh fairy tale retelling then this book should definitely be on your radar! Again, thank you so much to the author for reaching out to me and providing me a copy for review!

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