Author: Camille Griep
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: 47North (July 1, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars
Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty)—until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell’s best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined “happily ever afters,” regardless of the consequences. CeCi wonders whether she should become a professional chef, sharp-tongued and quick-witted Bianca wants to escape an engagement to her platonic friend, and Rory will do anything to make her boorish husband love her. But as Bianca’s wedding approaches, can they escape their fates—and is there enough wine in all of the Realm to help them?
In this hilarious modern interpretation of the fairy-tale stories we all know and love, Letters to Zell explores what happens when women abandon the stories they didn’t write for themselves and go completely off script to follow their dreams.
I have always been a sicker for a retelling, especially those that feature some of my most favorite childhood stories. However, this isn't your typical happily ever after tale with a twist. In fact, quite the opposite.
Told in letters to Zell (Rapunzel) through Ceci (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty), these in fact are tales of what happens when the ending of the tale isn't so happily ever after.
Quirky, fun, and but sometimes disjointed as the letters bounce back from one scribe to the next, this often times lighthearted but still serious story was quite the adventure.
As each narrator seeks to find what will truly make them happy in life, all emboldened by Zell who finally escaped her life of not so happy ever after, to a life she truly wanted, these smart, sassy, and often foul mouthed princess take quite the adventure to self discovery and purpose.
A fun collection of letters all to Zell that is sure to engage anyone looking outside the box on what the norm is suppose to be in a retelling. This retelling has spunk, adventure, heart ache, self discovery and more often than not, just down right strange but fun.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*