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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Happily Never After

Happily Never After (The Grimm Chronicles, #2)
by Isabella Fontaine

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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


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

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This installment finds our hero, Alice, recovering from finding out who her boyfriend was (Prince Charming) and having to make him disintegrate.

We meet a number of new fairytale characters, go on a trip, and we even get a chapter from another character's point of view.

I do wish we could see more of Alice's fencing skills, but that's just me! Since Alice is interning at the library for the summer, she has a chance to look through a lot of books, learning how different things work. That diligence pays off at the end of the book!

Both books in this series include the fairytales the characters come from at the end, which is a nice addition to the story.

Another quick, fun read. I can't wait to see what title is given to the next installment!

4/5 stars

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