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Minute review: Happily Never After (Missy Fleming)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 180
Publisher: February 6th 2013 by Fire and Ice
ISBN: 9781612355603
genre: paranormal, fairytale retelling
source: copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review


Happily Never AfterThere's no such thing as happy endings.

Savannah, Georgia is rumored to be the most haunted place in America. Quinn Roberts knows it is. She's felt the presence of spirits her entire life, investigating and photographing them with her best friend. Only none of those encounters ever turned violent, until now. The menacing darkness feeding off her stepmother has promised she won't live to see her eighteenth birthday.

After a chance meeting Quinn reluctantly allows actor Jason Preston into her life, which has complications of its own. She's not used to letting people get close. Falling for him while fighting for her life, and her family's legacy, only complicates things more. Jason shows her exactly what she stands to lose, especially when she's being attacked by the mysterious entity. Each attack is more violent and terrifying than the last.

With Jason's help, she dives into the Roberts' family history, searching for a link between a woman who went missing a hundred and fifty years ago and what's happening now. What they find is a brutal murder and that the ghost doesn't just want to hurt Quinn, it wants revenge.

It wants her life.



The first thing that caught my eye about Happily Never After is the setting. It's set in this amazing Georgia town. You may know of Savannah, Georgia. I could not believe the author was not from Savannah because she did such a great job describing its quirky atmosphere.

If you are expecting a traditional fairy tale retelling, you may be a bit disappointed. Yes, there are obvious similarities between Happily Never After and Cinderella. However, the author really gives it a spooky paranormal spin. I loved the ghost hunting aspect (which can be found on every corner in Savannah just about) and the freaky haunted house.

I wasn't overly impressed with the characters because the book was so short. What I did enjoy, though, was the plot. It was just the right amount of creepy ghost story paired with a smidge of Cinderella. The villains were enough to make your blood boil.. especially the awful stepsister. Ugh!

I have to say the majority of the book was pretty straight forward and predictable. I even figured out the ending prior to the epilogue. I can say though that I was a bit surprised to see this is a series. It should be interesting to see what happens as the series continues. Plenty of doors were left open and I hope our dear Quinn gets her happily ever after.

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