Review: Happily Never After (The Grimm Chronicles, Volume 2) by Ken Brosky and Isabella Fontaine

Happily Never AfterReview by Sandra Scholes

Volume 1 of this series brought introduced the characters to which we have now become familiar with, Alice Goodenough, Prince Charming, Hans and Br’er Rabbit. The general plot here is that 200 years ago the Brothers Grimm brought their fairy tales into reality, causing so many problems and mysteries for the characters in the modern day. Alice has to go to school, not one of the best places for her, which isn’t as easy as it sounds. Br’er Rabbit is still looking for his own clues as to where the next Corrupted are.

None of the characters act anything like they should, Alice is a keen fencer, and keeps her eyes focussed on dealing with a rather nasty bully which keeps terrorizing the classroom. Prince Charming isn’t anything as charming as he should be, and well, the other characters. You might as well just read the book!

Alice is an intelligent girl, and much older than the original Alice from the story, she is self confident, smart and knows what she wants in life even if she has to get rid of the horrible Corrupted who are running around their world. Her general attitude makes her a great character to read about. She gets constant nightmares where she sees the Corrupted, twisted characters from fairy tales she used to read as a child, which are now real and destructive. She along with Br’er Rabbit has to track down and kill every last one of them. These two as well as the other characters in here are well written and as real as they can get, it is almost as though they have based them on real people.

This edition includes:

  • The Orphanage of Doom (book 4)
  • Blood and Thunder (book 5)
  • The Order of the Golden Dragon (book 6)


Additional features:

  • The Lost Journal of Eugene Washington
  • A collection of original Grimms’ Fairy Tales
  • Special features.


Setting it in modern day lends the writers, Brosky and Fontaine a lot of leeway to making the story almost believable. It is one I would recommend to anyone who is teenage or older.

Buy: Happily Never After (The Grimm Chronicles, Book 2)

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