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Happily by Chauncey Rogers | eARC Review

Happily by Chauncey RogersPublisher: Independently published

Pub. Date: April 3, 2018

Genre: Fantasy YA, Retelling

Pages: 314

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

I received this electronic Advanced Reader Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I’m late to publishing this review, but better late than never. Happily, by Chauncey Rogers, is clever retelling of Cinderella. Instead of a helpless goody two shoes, this protagonist is no stranger to crime and taking advantage of incompetence. Laure is a street urchin who gets into trouble. To escape a cruel life, she has to exploit royal decree and not get killed in the process.

Laure and Luc are the main characters of the book. Laure is sassy and makes it clear from the beginning that she doesn’t like you. She does what she must to survive, and she wants to get away. She is willing to take big risks. She is one of only two characters who develop. Luc is an interruption in her life with his identifying features and kindness. He is pretty resourceful, and I like his interactions with Laure.

There are also bandits who are a real threat. It isn’t clear what their full motivation is. The other minor characters are unique.

These take place in Éclatant and Galamonte, which belong to the incompetent royal family. They were described in enough detail for the major plot points, but the descriptions rely on your imagination of fairy-tale cities and towns.

Happily is an okay novel, but I think I would have loved it when I was a teenager. As a YA book, I think it would be best loved by teens. Some events toward the end felt a little too fast or cliche, but they wouldn’t have been an issue for me when I was in high school. This is a unique retelling of Cinderella that should be read for its unique approach.

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