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Faerie Tale Friday: Happily by Chauncey Rogers

The Book:

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Book Title: Happily

Book Author: Chauncey Rogers

Page Count: 310

Publishing Date: April 3rd, 2018

Publisher: Self Published

Date Read: February 22, 2018

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

Laure is a teenage street urchin just trying to get away. Where the rest of the world sees an enchanting love story, Laure sees royal incompetence and an opportunity to exploit it. She’ll have wealth and a way out of a life she detests, if she can only manage to pay off a would-be cloth merchant, outrun the angry bandits, hoodwink the royal family, and survive to tell the tale.


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The Original Faerie Tale:

The original tale of Cinderella, or the Little Glass Slipper was written in 1634 by Giambattista Basile, and published in Italy. Cinderella had 6 step sisters in Basile’s version. The most popular version was published by Charles Perrault in 1697, where he introduced the fairy god mother, and later adapted by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, where the step sisters had their eyes pecked out by birds.

Fun fact: Cinderella hasn’t always had a fairy god mother or glass slippers.

You can read Basiles version here, and Perrault’s version here.

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The Review:

Happily is not your average retelling. It is so much more. It is full of wonder and whimsy, and jolly good fun. For those who enjoy reading retellings outside of the box, you will love this one!

Oh my, this was wonderful! It had everything I love about faerie tales and retellings. It was engaging, charming, amusing, full of  bandits and bamboozling, and had a few great morals.

I loved Chauncey’s writing style. It was fun but elegant, and it flowed so nicely. It had some great imagery, allowing me to imagine the world while I read, and he did a fantastic job with fleshing out the characters so that I learned more about them as the story went on.

Laure was a refreshing character. She had fight in her. She struggled for everything she had and endured a pretty hard life. I loved her humor and wit, and really enjoyed watching her change and learn some great life lessons with Luc.

Luc stole my heart. He struggled just like Laure, but he had a vastly different outlook on life and people. He was innately good and kind, and was such an optimist. I loved his heart and how he made an impact on Laure.

And, I loved the story changes made to the prince. He wasn’t your average charming, handsome prince. He was a little timid when it came to his kingdom and his father, the king, but he was also kind hearted and ambitious, deep down. Plus, he had a crazy, eccentric king of a father to contend with.

So, what do you get when you throw together an optimist, a pessimist, a bunch of angry bandits, an eccentric king, and a timid prince looking for his true love that ran away from the ball and left only a glass slipper? You get Happily. And, boy did Happily make me happy!

Without going in to too much detail, Happily was more than just a retelling. It was almost a sideways telling. It had a lot of changes from the original tale (good ones), and leaned more toward an origin type story with the way the events unfolded. It was refreshing, entertaining, and whimsical! It had amazing characters, and was so fun to read, almost reminiscent of The Princess Bride.

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Thank you to the author for providing me with this free e-ARC in exchange for my honest review and as part of my Faerie Tale Friday post.

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Discussion:

I love a good retelling. I enjoy when the tale keeps true to the original, and holds the same morals, and I also enjoy when a retelling is vastly different and changes key characters or plot twists.

Do you enjoy major differences between the original tale and a retelling?

What do you consider “too different” when it comes to retelling changes?

Do you enjoy reading the original tale before reading a retelling?

 Do you consider a tale a retelling if it is an origin story or a sideways story?

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