ARC Review: All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller

Posted June 4, 2018 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC Review: All the Ever Afters by Danielle Teller
All the Ever Afters
by Danielle Teller

5 Stars

BOOK INFO


Released: May 22, 2018
Published by William Morrow
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
 

Recommended Read!

“Grounding this magical tale in a semblance of reality gave a completely different perspective on all the familiar characters”
~ Under the Covers

I don’t usually seek out fairytale retellings, but All the Ever Afters attracted me for two reasons:

  1. The cover. I admit I judge by a cover far too frequently, but this one is particularly gorgeous.
  2. It was told from the evil stepmother’s point of view. Although we have books that retell a tale from a different point of view, I was intrigued by it being told by the heavily maligned evil stepmother.

Now that I have finished All the Ever Afters I am pleased that I picked it up. It told the Cinderella story in the style of historical fiction set in a medieval time period. Grounding this magical tale in a semblance of reality gave a completely different perspective on all the familiar characters, from the “evil” stepmother, “ugly” stepsisters to Cinderella herself.

Agnes’ character completely captivated me in this book. We watch as Agnes grows into a pragmatic and ambitious woman, with times of heartbreak (I shed more than a few tears) and times of joy. Teller paints a very clear picture of a woman, who although isn’t perfect has done the best with her limited circumstances. I especially enjoyed Agnes short journal entries that regularly intersperse the book.

I can’t state enough how much I loved this book, it was written very eloquently and had a very compelling story. I couldn’t put it down. Teller framing this retelling as if it was historical fiction was a brilliant decision. It brought the whole story to life in a way that telling it as a magical fantasy with pumpkins turning into carriages wouldn’t have.

I highly recommend give All the Ever Afters a try. It’s a beautifully written book which will have you completely rethinking the Cinderella story.

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Gosh, we all seem to be admitting our ages…and I hate that I am at the point in life when admitting my age is a “thing”…whodda thunk it? I was kind of hoping I would remain 21 forever. However, I have moved out of that New Adult stage of my life and am now strictly in the Contemporary Romance age zone of 28. I would prefer to be in an Urban Fantasy arena, but I don’t think I own enough black leather. However, I could probably squeeze into some PNR, I am fully prepared to give a horn job to my favourite demon, or suck on my sexy vamps…fangs and I am definitely up for some heavy petting with some fine looking shifters. Than again their’s always Sci Fi…I am fully prepared to do the right thing and help some poor alien race with more 6 packs than a supermarket repopulate their planet. Not that I am loose woman or anything.

Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?
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My nieces have children’s books of the fairy tales told from an another character’s pov. They are interesting so I may check this out. Thanks

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Fabulous review suzanne!!! I had a feeling this would be a great read!! On my tbr gr list!! Shared on all my socials!!

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This sounds good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Suzanne

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Sounds good, adding to my wishlist.

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