Happily by Chauncey Rogers
April 3, 2018
MG and YA/Fairy Tale Retelling
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.
Unique retelling of Cinderella
I really liked this story. I liked the twist of the retelling of the Cinderella story – it’s very original, very entertaining, and very well-written. It states grade level is 6-12 which I think that age group would enjoy it as well as adults. I also think both genders would like it. The authors imagination shines through. The characters are well developed and interesting. I liked the main characters snarky attitude. This is one girl who didn’t have the Prince in her sights or desire to live in a castle. Life lessons are cleverly woven in this story giving it a little extra specialness! Well done.
Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel
Review Copy provided by the author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Chauncey Rogers was born in Arizona, and since then has hopped back and forth between the mid-western and western United States. He married in 2012 while attending school in Utah. His favorite movie since he was three is Jurassic Park, and he wishes very badly that Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster were real, though he doesn’t believe in them as much as he used to.
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