Trying to Live Happily Ever After is a shortish anthology containing 17 very short stories which aim to give an update and twist on old fairy tales and fables. Drawing from the works of such luminaries as Aesop, the Brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Andersen, Lilwall had a rich vein of stories to mine, but still managed to come up empty.
I’ve tried to find something positive to say about this book, but nothing comes to mind – the only redeeming quality is that each story only takes a few minutes to read. The original stories were written as teaching tools, warnings or morality tales, a fact which has been totally missed here. Beloved characters are turned into obnoxious shadows of themselves, the writing is of poor quality, and the stories are lamentably shallow. I’m not sure if the author was aiming for satire or humour, but neither appeared.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.