Honestly, I can’t even remember getting this book, it was on my kindle and I wanted a quick read. It only took me an hour or so to get through it so it did the job. No Happily Ever After tells us a story based in Faraway, and the characters all seemed to have somehow familiar names, and familiar stories attached to their lives. Yup, you’ve guessed it, fairytale retelling ahead.
Here is the blurb for you;
‘The town of Faraway, Washington is buried under a particularly harsh winter. Teenagers in attendance at Faraway Senior High find themselves restless, bored, and experiencing a myriad of problems ranging from mild to extreme. Cailyn Pure discovers her father involved in an adulterous affair with a wicked woman who is obsessed with apples. Ella Cinder is victimized by her evil foster mother Thelma Dark, and Thelma’s ugly twin biological daughters. Aspen Briar finds herself once again on the verge of being uprooted and moved by her parents who are constantly on the run from a mysterious woman from their past. Stella Rampion is ever smothered by parents who consider her their miracle baby; only conceived once her mother consumed a supposed “magical” flower. Her parents are so overprotective; she’s never even been allowed to cut her hair. Zoe Locke feels neglected and ignored, so much so that she begins breaking and entering in and around Faraway; just for kicks.
Enter the three Bars.
One night, on the cusp of a blizzard, Zoe burglarizes the fairytale like home of the uber wealthy Bar family. What she discovers in their basement sends her into a terrified frenzy, especially when the family unexpectedly returns while she is still inside the home. She breaks her leg while escaping, and is eventually apprehended by Officer Hook. Zoe Locke is sent to juvenile detention and nobody believes her desperate pleas to investigate the Bars. Unfortunately, the oversight on the part of local law enforcement will cost many lives, and the disappearances of numerous Faraway teens. A series of dastardly events is triggered by Zoe’s infraction that will bring the town of Faraway to its knees. All involved will learn, there is no happily ever after.’
Yeah it know, it’s long. However, the book isn’t.
The plot – I actually really enjoyed it. I guess it’s not everyones cup of tea, but I did find the plot to be engaging and kept me wanting to read on. I loved the idea of all the different characters from various tales living somewhere together, having a completely different life. Of course, this isn’t a sweet and bubbly tale, it’s full of twists and while it isn’t totally ‘dark’ there are some things that could make it seem that way.
The characters – It’s pretty easy to work out who everyone is, either their name or circumstance gives away which fairytale they belong to. They aren’t built up in too much detail, which is fine really, because there are so many of them and they are all linked in one way or another. It focuses on the plot and doesn’t get sidetracked with mundane tidbits about the characters backgrounds and such.
The ending – Well, it was good, I can tell you that much, but I wish it had been SOOO much more. It could have been so much more. It wasn’t a boring ending, and it wasn’t one that was easy to predict but it just seemed to lack that… wow factor. I wasn’t disappointed, but I wasn’t totally blown away by the ending either. It was a fizz, not a bang.
Overall I enjoyed this book, it was a good filler for the time I had and for a quick read. I know that there are more in the series and I’m willing to give them a chance to see what other plots and characters can be moulded and shaped differently. I would recommend if you do like a twisted fairytale, and something short.
4 out of 5 stars