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Unhappily Ever After: A Fairy Tale for Grown-ups

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  26 reviews
It is nearly time for the Grand Royal Annual Ball and Fairyland is in chaos. Cinderella, has had enough of Prince Charming and is desperate to get a divorce – as long as she can continue to enjoy her current standard of living. Harold and Snow White quarrel over his philandering and her refusal to go where every woman has gone before. Augustus also has a problem, his wife ...more
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Published April 14th 2016 by Amazon Digital Services
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Max Power
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a big fan of Lucinda E Clarke. I have read several of her books and this is the main reason I was attracted to this book. Normally I am not a fan of comedy in books so that is probably my starting point. Humour is a very personal thing and I suspect my sense of humour has been warped with age. My sense is that this book will have a great deal of appeal to most but unfortunately I only got the edge of it which to be fair I believe would be a truly personal thing. I could be thrown off by the ...more
Sarah Stuart
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Classmates liked school trips to pantomimes; it was an escape from afternoon lessons. I never understood the appeal of yelling “he’s behind you” or, at that age, the sexual innuendo. I watched three of them all the way through until I thought of taking a book and reading it in the cinema cloakroom. Those three are the main stories featured in Unhappily Ever After: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White.

In Fairyland, characters live to a great age. They are six centuries out of date but they
Grant Leishman
I was fortunate enough to be offered this book by Lucinda Clarke for Beta Reading, prior to final editing and production. Having read Clarke's work in the past and realising this was a totally new genre for her, I was keen and excited to do so.

This dip into the world of Grown Up Fairy Tales is one that I enjoyed greatly. What I find, especially with legacy published authors is that they get caught up in a genre, or a character series, that quickly becomes their sole focus. What was successful b
Beth Hale
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a totally different look at beloved fairy tales. Lucinda Clarke has re-imagined the stories, giving them a raw, gritty, witty feel. The satire is there, along with laugh-out-loud humor. The writing flows, and I enjoyed Clarke's descriptive voice. It's a very character driven book, and I liked the way each character was presented. If you enjoy sarcasm and dry wit with a dose of modern happy ever after, you'll enjoy this book.
Julie Haigh
I don’t like fantasy/fairy tale books for adults! I LOVED THIS!!!!!

I have read four of this author’s previous books and loved them so I said ‘yes’ quick as a flash when she asked me if I’d beta read her new book. Naturally, I assumed this would be another memoir or fiction set in Africa, as before-but I was told no, it was a different genre. Now, I read just about everything-except for Fantasy and Sci-fi. Lucinda told me it was ‘sort-of-a-fantasy’ and it was set in Fairyland. Errrm……..She would
Gordon Bickerstaff
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A right royal pantomime of wit and well-described imagery

Satirical fantasy is not my normal genre but Monty Python was at its height when I was young, so I enjoy a good satire. I thoroughly enjoyed this trip to the Fairyland kingdoms where unhappily ever after is the daily grind for all the characters we thought were living happy ever after. In this world, peasants are rebelling against injustice, and their demands are spelled out in a petition to the King. Cinderella was a peasant, not of Roya
Robert Lalonde
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Fairy Tale For Adults

Welcome to Charmingdon, where everything is not as you thought it was. Unhappily Ever After is an entertaining parody that is guaranteed to tickle your funny bone.

Fairyland will never be the same.
Chris Longmuir
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don't often give 5 stars for a book, it has to be special to deserve this rating, but I really, really liked this book. It turned all the fairy tales I've ever read, upside down. It is a spoof. We have Cinderella scheming to divorce Prince Charming, and if she can't manage that she might just have to kill him, Meanwhile, Augustus, husband of Sleeping Beauty can't quite keep track of all their 28 children, and they desperately want to marry some of them off. The problem is there's a dearth of P ...more
Brenda Mohammed
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was given this book as a birthday present on 1st December 2016. I started reading it before Christmas but had to put it down because of the many activities I was involved in. Right after Christmas, I had to entertain visitors from abroad so I put it down again. I resumed reading it a few days ago. The author's writing is very appealing. I never gave a thought as to what happened after reading fairy tales like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella, when the stories en ...more
Susan Wüthrich
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this upside down story based on the fairy tales we all know so well: Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Hundreds of years later, bored and dissatisfied with their overindulgent lives, the characters together with their partners and spoilt offspring, descend on a ball in the Kingdom of Charmingdon.
As in pantomime, the best laid plans of mice and pumpkins, all goes to pot as each character is hell bent on outdoing the next. Told from various POV's it is a satiric
Chuck Miller
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I finished (quit) reading the book, but didn't complete it. I simply didn't find it enjoyable reading. That doesn't make it a bad book, it just didn't appeal to me.
Tom Benson
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Please don’t allow the three-star rating to colour your view of this book. I read widely in genre, so it stands to reason there will be books which will not appeal to me. This was one such book.
Humour is a difficult genre to write and, wherever it lands between slapstick and satire – the effectiveness does not depend solely on how good the author is, but, also on the taste of the individual reader.
All the ingredients are in this story. We have realistic dialogue, imagery, characterisation and, p
Apr 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a fun read or something a little different I recommend you take advantage for the Amazon free sample of this book. If the type of humour tickles your funny bone read on, it gets funnier and funnier and you're in for a treat. If it doesn't appeal, then nothing lost.
The humour is peculiarly British. I sensed influences from the odd British tradition of Panto and slapstick, the slick stage farces of Alan Ayckbourn and the political satire and dry wit of Tom Sharpe.
If you're
Ian Mathie
May 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Unhappily Ever After made me laugh so much and so hard that I developed a hernia. I loved the way Lucinda Clarke has thrown caution and political correctness to the winds brought a bit of reality to Fairyland in this clever parody of the world as it is today.
Taking famous characters from folklore, like Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty (without her Beast), she has stripped off the frilly, romantic wrappings of tradition and revealed them all for the venal, grasping, self-centred wretches that
Rick Johnson
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lucinda E. Clarke has an over-the-top sense of humor, and she brings every ounce of it to the front in this delightful, outrageous fairy tale. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White, were not the charming characters we were led to believe in this turned upside-down fairyland. Lucinda takes all of our known childhood characters and twists them around with an outlandish flair that leaves no doubt this story will end unhappily ever after. This incredible author stepped out of her comfortable z ...more
Jana Petken
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of being asked to Beta read this book before it was published. I also give this review, honestly and with my own opinions.

I defy anyone who has a sense of humour, not to laugh out loud at this fairy tale romp/satire.
To take our most beloved princesses and heroic princes, and turn them into credible idiots, gold diggers, and nymphos, take courage. The author deftly displayed her metal by delving deep into the minds of her flawed characters, and she did it with hilarious results
Ann Patras
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to be given an advance copy of Unhappily Ever After. Knowing this was outside the author’s regular genre, I was keen to read it. What an absolute hoot! All those endearing characters we know and love from our childhood are now showing their true colours. And how colourful they are. We discover why Cinderella must have spent so much time in the kitchen; how Sleeping Beauty clearly has other plans for her bed than sleeping in it and that despite being married to an over-sexe ...more
Jess James
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was really keen to read this book, as I'm a lover of Fairytales taken and adapted - and this version did not disappoint.

Certainly a different take, it is honestly laugh out loud funny. Mixed into one big story, the author takes the happy ever after and brings new meaning to the endings we know and love. Its quite honestly a great read, and I love the parodies around the seven dwarfs being a part of Snow White's life thereafter - but the prince not quite sure of the friendship, or after true lo
Sharon Brownlie
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was struggling wether to give four or five stars for Unhappily Ever After. It is so very different from the seriousness and heartfelt stories in her novels. I think revamping the fairytale Disney characters is being done to death, most are in the erotic genre but this satirical take on Disney from Lucinda E Clarke will have you laughing out loud. This book is like Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it!

Technically it has been written to a high standard but then again I expect nothing less f
Joey Paul
Jul 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read this author's other works I knew I was in for a treat when I picked up this one. What happens after the fairy tale ending? The book was funny, down to earth and excellently written. I found myself laughing and it kept me guessing with how it was going to end up, from Cinders wanting to trick Beauty to Snow trying to starve her King into submission. All round a great cast, a great story and very very enjoyable! Check it out for a book with a different look at happy ever after endings!
Cherime MacFarlane
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Be careful where you read this! When laughter catches you unaware, you could wind up in a bad position. And laughter is going to take you unaware be sure of it. Ah, Charming. Whatever have you let yourself in for. And poor Augustus, sometimes too much of a good thing is more than we can stand. Cinder...poor woman. Everyone in almost every fairy tail you can thing of gets nailed in here. Grand romp.
Robert Jr.
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Maybe there is no such thing as happily ever after but there is for sure is Unhappily Ever After - but this unhappily ever after is funny, sarcastic in a twisted smile sort of way, and a more realistic interpretation of those old fairy tale myths (at times is is better to grow up) need a chuckle and a break from tradition read Unhappily Ever After and find out unhappy is truthfully all the happy you can handle - a chuckle a page.
Philip & Stella Lemarque
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the kind of humor down my alley. This book will make you laugh from beginning to end. The parody with the seven dwarfs add to this fairy tale satire. An over sexed prince with Snow White, an interesting marriage. Unhappily ever after is a landmark in the story telling of the weird, unusual, satirical and humorous. Well done Lucinda.
Charissa Dufour
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An absolute riot! I had to explain to my husband why I was always laughing out loud while we read in bed, because it happened so often. This book will seriously keep you in stitches as it works its way through Fairyland and all the characters we know and love-- Or rather slightly twisted versions of their Disney movie self. One of the best comedies I've read in a long long while!
Bernie Morris
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A good laugh :-)
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