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Reviewed by Trisha Dawn Daffon for Readers' Favorite
Unhappily Ever After: Fairy Tales with a Twist is a book by Anchor Group containing various stories. These are based on classical fairy tales that children grew up with. However, this is an anthology. The stories have alterations and different endings than those people know. Within this book, you can find the tale of Red Riding Hood told through the Wolf's point of view; Beauty and the Beast's story with a surprise ending; Cinderella and Jack's altered tales; and a grown up story about Cinderella's life after all the magic. Lastly, Rumpelstiltskin also graces the book, as well as the Eighth Dwarf, whom nobody ever knew about.
I have read the book and felt its charm. I feel that it is unique, given the nature of the stories. Reading this anthology is like a breath of fresh air with its new and different take on classical stories. It made me more open-minded. This book has made me realize how powerful our imagination is, and how malleable tradition is, most especially nowadays. Having said that, I enjoyed reading these stories as they offer excitement, mystery, and surprise. The writers were mostly responsible for my take or reaction. They wrote the pieces well and gave the classics some justice. Although most of the stories were morbid, I still got satisfaction and closure by the end. With this, I can say that Anchor Group's Unhappily Ever After: Fairy Tales with a Twist is a good read.