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.
* Blurb from goodreads.com
- Pages – 239
- Author – Chauncey Rogers
- To be Published – April 3rd 2018
- Rating – 5
- Genres: Fiction, Young Adult, Story Re-telling
*Feature Image from Google
I’m super fortunate to be able to get an advanced issue of Happily by Chauncey Rogers and I am so thankful. When I was reading the blurb I couldn’t wait to get started, this novel is an alternative version/retelling of Cinderella and is written from a first person perspective.
Let’s face it. You know there is going to be a shoe, a prince and a ball but within a few chapters you begin to understand where the story truly is heading and you will be pleasantly surprised. The mixture of modern literacy and the old-fashioned timeline is extremely well-balanced, making for an enjoyable read. This is a Cinderella story with sass.
The main character is not Cinderella, but a smart, headstrong and independent woman who has led a life of stealing from the markets of Éclatant to survive. How Laure spoke to the reader was incredibly relatable, she spoke like me! Having a ‘Whatever, I’ll do what’s best for me’ attitude. This begins to change after she meets new friend Luc, where the two characters eventually begin to grow together. After Laure’s adventure she comes out stronger, happier and more content with the people she has in her life. Her progression as a character is clear, the way she copes with her emotions she has held back for so long, and how she finds ways to confide in Luc.
‘Luc frowned at me. “You sure complain a lot.”’
Laure was also the protagonist which made me happy dance everywhere.
The start of the book has a very clever way of tying in with the end of the story. Starting with…
‘King Justin warned me that you’d be coming by. Well, not warned, exactly. More like notified. He said I had to tell you my story and spare you no details – that he wanted it as part of the official royal history.’
By the end of the novel you will understand the reason King Justin would want this story to be part of the royal history. A nice added touch. The book has many aspects to it that are so well thought out, I thank Rogers for giving us readers something so special.
This book is fun. It had me laughing to myself (sorry commuters on the train) and the chapters flowed from one to the other perfectly. I absolutely ADORED the names of the chapters, they gave me some giggles. The perfect thing about this book is Rogers takes an old tale and turns it into something that wins me over, to the point where I forgot about Cinderella and her fairy godmother (woops).
The ending is fast paced towards the second to last chapter, but loose ties fell into place and Laure finally knows what she needs to do to make things right. I have found that a lot of endings are hit and miss in books and can make or break the whole story. However, this had a perfect ending with a twist that links in to the original story we all know and love.
‘She’s been asked again and again, but all she’ll say is something about a fairy and magic and a pumpkin…’
I would recommend anybody who loves retellings, old tales, and strong characters with attitude. This is for you.