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The Rules of Ever After

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  308 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The rules of royal life have governed the kingdoms of Clarameer for thousands of years, but Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel know that these rules don't provide for the happily ever after they seek. A fateful, sleepless night on top of a pea set under twenty mattresses brings the two young men together and sends them on a quest out into the kingdoms.

On their travels, they
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 9th 2015 by Duet, a Young Adult imprint of Interlude Press
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I've always loved fairy tales and to see a collection of favorite tropes told in a new light sent my imagination in a blissful overdrive!

With a tone full of wit, humor, and poetry, Killian Brewer gave adventure a new meaning by intermingling contemporary references with the medieval classics.

What the blurb failed to put emphasis on is that this wasn't just Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel's crusade for their happy ever after. The book was so much more than that. It introduced an array of familia

Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Maybe a 3.5? This was utterly ridiculous and probably closer to middle grade than YA but I smiled from beginning to end.
Carrie Pack
Feb 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Killian B. Brewer’s The Rules of Ever After is pretty much everything I look for in a fairy tale-with-a-twist: fun, witty, and an interesting new take on a classic. To me, reading Brewer’s book reminded me of reading Wicked for the first time. It was characters I felt I already knew but I was forced to look at them in a new light.

This is, at its heart, a tale of Prince Charming finding his own Prince Charming, but it’s also much more than that. Set amid common tropes like the princess and the p
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-mm
3.75 stars

Enjoyable young adult twist on a number of different fairy tales. I liked the different take on the stories. There seemed to be a few too many characters, though -- I couldn't keep all of the princesses, princes and kings straight!
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, ya
Inked Reads
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
I don't know how to describe this book in a way that captures its grandeur. Every adjective I come up with is diminishing. Fairy tale. Humor. Adventure. Trope-bending. Epic. It's more than the sum of its parts. Though, per "epic" it is quite long. Too long to be a light romp. This, my friends, is a novel.

It has multiple plot lines that all come together at the end! Different perspectives that are so fluid they aren't jolting. Puns that evoke happiness, not despair.

Anyway, Prince Phillip
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adore this book. In a world that is becoming increasingly obsessed with the rehashing of classic fairy-tales, it is refreshing to read a story that, although does contain familiar tropes and tales, is both unique and imaginative. It is a story I wish I had kids to tuck into bed and read to; a story that begs to be read out-loud and retold over and over.
Lynn Charles
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When handed a book that you know to be a fairy tale, you go in with certain expectations. You expect evil step mothers that misuse their power and magic. There will always be handsome princes on a quest for truth and justice, and beautiful princesses awaiting their prince—and possibly getting into a little mischief themselves.

You must have interfering fairies—although they mean well, of course, because doing harm would be against the rules. There will be curses and spells, blessings and magic. A
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I normally don't do this much cuteness, but this is the fun re-imagined fairytale I've been wishing for in animation form, that dashes tropes and the traditional 'prince and princess' tale.

The Rules of Ever After - a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, with inspiration from many well-known fairytales - is exactly what I expected it to be - zany, fun and quirky. It doesn't take itself seriously, which was a refreshing treat after all the sweeping, darker, drama-filled retellings I've recently
Rachel Leigh
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We expect a certain bluntness from a fairy tale; the good guys are good, the bad guys are bad, and the lesson is clear from a thousand paces. But then again, The Rules of Ever After isn’t your average fairy tale. Author, Killian Brewer, builds upon the history of the genre, but his rendition is also marked by the deftness of his dialogue and plot. This story sings, and it isn’t just because of a certain performer in the local tavern.

I should start with the dialogue, because the characters’ speec
What do you get when you mix an evil step mother, a troll king, several unconventional princesses, a couple of princes who break the rules and some meddling birthday fairies? You get an adventure that is rolicking good fun and one happy ending to end all happy endings. Brewer takes some familiar tales and weaves them into a masterful new tale that’s entirely fresh and uniquely his. All the familiar tropes are here but Brewer deftly creates a cast of loveable characters and a tale that’s light-he ...more
C.B. Lee
Brewer skillfully weaves a fun, lighthearted and fast-paced tale that draws inspiration from well-known fairy tales such as "The Princess and the Pea" and many, many more. Daniel and Phillip are both princes, brought together after a misunderstanding about a "test" on a stack of mattresses and a pea. Not only are the princes' both likable with working flaws, their character development throughout the book and their devloping relationship truly makes the story wonderful. In addition to our main r ...more
Shira Glassman
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I keep inventing microgenres and subgenres within fantasy, because of the way my own books don’t sort neatly into the existing ones. What I write is not, for the most part, “epic fantasy”, in that I don’t always deal in multi-kingdom political struggles or stories that span months, but I still write fairy-tales. So I decided to take a cue from the mystery world and call them “cozy fantasy.” Well, if I’m cozy fantasy, The Rules of Ever After is “fantasy humor.”

This already is a genre,
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
4,5 stars. Was really good. Sweet and engaging. Review @STRW

I usually don’t read young adult books, but lately I found myself intrigued by all the covers of a new publisher called Interlude Press. There imprint for YA stories and I was really curious about The Rules of Ever After. I was interested by the blurb but the book was not what I was expecting, it was so much more. Not only a YA but a fairytale, just what I was in the mood for. So here I am. Moreover it is the debut novel by this new aut
Jude Sierra
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I definitely recommend this one!

I love YA, and this was a great one. I have never been much into fairytale books, which makes how much I enjoyed this one a testament to how good it is.

This book is definitely a feel good book. The characters are likeable, funny, sweet, etc. I laughed out loud while reading this, and looked forward to bedtime -- my reading time -- every day.I rooted for Phillip and Daniel the whole time. I loved Brewers female characters, and applaud the way he wrote them and th
“Your happiness shouldn’t deny another’s happiness. Don’t ever try to deny a person their happily ever after.”

Lovely and adorable book about everything I love. I love many things but give me a prince, a princess, a knight, kingdoms and adventures and I’m certainly going to love it.

The author gave me 2 wonderful princes, meant to fall in love and be together against all odds. Then he gave me a lot of badass princesses willing to go against the rules to get themselves their happily ever after. Wha
Teach Gleek
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I adored The Rules of Ever After. I knew going into it that it would probably capture my heart and mind, because I am a lover of the fantasy genre, fairy tales, and YA literature.

I was not disappointed.

Brewer has created a world as vivid as any I’ve seen. The setting descriptions create a picture immediately in the reader’s mind. The plays on words that he integrated into the place names, as well as the connections between the settings and their rulers, flags, and symbols are all links that drew
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of fantasy, medieval romance
4.5 stars and 5 stars rounded up on Goodreads for this amazing book that managed to fix my 'bad book' reading slump. As I understand, this is this author's first book that was published and, yes, gimme more author, please.

THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS(I'll make it short, swear)

So, basically the premise of this book is a mashup of all kinds of fairy tales and it's also a mashup of, like, a thousand characters. The writing is pretty good and the humor as well. When you realize that all of the
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With a pinch of Sleeping Beauty and a dash of Tangled via a Pride parade in a distant land called Clarameer. This story was a joy from the first fairy with her pink rainbow bubbles, to the final rose petal page. I loved the burgeoning relationship between the two Princes, and their journey through secrets and misunderstandings. Furthermore a cast of Princesses content to carve their own path gives this tale a wonderful dose of independence. Brewer's writing is joyful, nuanced and full of fun. No ...more
Jul 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: currently-owned
This has to be one of my favorite adaptation of the Princess and the Pea fairy tale. I like the twist of the fairy tale of the romance being between the (view spoiler)
It is time to write one's own rules about one's life! Princess, Princesses, witches, travelling, romance, curses and blessings, and more!

I am back at one of my favourite YA groups on Goodreads, which means tons of fun challenges, including the Blind Date Challenge. My partner and I had to pick a book and we decided on this one, and boy, I already loved it from just reading the blurb/seeing the cover, but I love the book even more after reading it.

We have 3 POV, though 2 of them are the main POVs

I must say that I expected more from this book. I liked it, but I also felt a bit cheated.
The blurb captivated me, but then I understood that the story wasn't really an M/M, or to better say, our M/M couple wasn't the focus of the plot. There were many other couples and also If I liked the secondandary characters, I wished we could have more chapters about Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel and their growing relationship.
This could be read by a 12 years old kid, bcs the only thing we s
Feb 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
THIS BOOK WAS SO FUN AND CUTE im so happy : ,)
Jun 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to have been given the supreme privilege of being an advance reader for Killian B. Brewer’s first novel, The Rules of Ever After. I tend to read young adult literature almost exclusively. This is primarily because I truly enjoy the fresh, wonderfully written, engaging worlds that young adult literature has in spades. As such, I have been thrilled the past few years with the resurgence of quality YA literature, and with its widespread appeal that now includes more and more ...more
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The night I started reading this book, I was extremely restless. It had been one of those days where your body and your limbs just don't feel right, and you can't get comfortable, no matter what you do. In any case, I was restless, and I couldn't sleep - so a friend suggested I buy this book and read it.

And I'm absolutely glad I did. This was the kind of book I needed. It soothed me to the point that I found myself reading half of the book that night, and I would've kept going if I hadn't had cl
Sarah A
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I read it as my small press book for 12 Days of Diversity Retellings Readathon. It's an LGBTQIA retelling of The Princess and the Pea, with flavors of other fairy tales thrown in. It was so GOOD! It follows several princes and princesses in a realm divided into five or so kingdoms, but focuses mainly on Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel, who both have problems going on. Daniel is trying to find the cure for the curse of insomnia he got from his birthday fairy, and Phillip is ou ...more
C.E. Case
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

I don't know how to describe this book in a way that captures its grandeur. Every adjective I come up with is diminishing. Fairy tale. Humor. Adventure. Trope-bending. Epic. It's more than the sum of its parts. Though, per "epic" it is quite long. Too long to be a light romp. This, my friends, is a novel.

It has multiple plot lines that all come together at the end! Different perspectives that are so fluid they aren't jolting.
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
“I’m just surrendering to the ridiculous.” This line from Prince Daniel is my advice to readers of The Rules of Ever After. If you do you’ll have fun. Take a Simon Pulse romantic comedy, throw in some twists on fairy tale magic, and season heavily with pride and rainbow sprinkles.

Brewer mixes and matches the tropes of well-known fairy tales to create a whimsical and funny story of two princes looking for adventure. Phillip might be a little sneaky, but he wants the best for his kingdom. Daniel i
Riina Y.T.
I'm glad I stumbled over this one! :)

Prince Phillip and Prince Daniel took me on an adventure that was everything I could have hoped for. Their journey was truly entertaining - funny, tender, full of bravery, friendship and hope. Oh, and love. Can't have a book without that, can we? (I can't)

"Those rules were written by and for different people. Not us. These are our lives. Why should we not write our own rules for happily ever after?"

There wasn't a dull moment, the world was richly crafted a
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Killian B. Brewer grew up in a family where the best way to be heard was to tell a good story, therefore he developed an early love of storytelling, puns and wordplay. He began writing poetry and short fiction at 15 and continued in college where he earned a BA in English. He does not use this degree in his job in the banking industry. He currently lives in Georgia with his partner and their dog. ...more