Review of “Frightfully Ever After” by Nick Dewolf

Review of "Frightfully Ever After" by Nick DeWolf

A review by Domoni.

I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

The world can be a dark and scary place, especially when all the fairy tales are true. Trolls, goblins, witches, and princesses: all real. Fairy godmothers, and the Woodsman, and even the Big Bad Wolf are very real as Anastasia is about to learn. It is hard enough for a normal person to survive a world full of normal evils. How are they supposed to survive when what they thought was just fantasy is true? Luckily for Ana, she isn’t normal either.

Grimm Inc. is a modern-day company that keeps fairytale creatures productive. The world is running out of princesses to save, so Gayle and Mary, two fairy godmothers who need to keep working, are assigned to help Anastasia. However, Woods (The Woodsman and big boss at Grimm Inc) and Fee (an actual fairy just doing his part to help the good fight) have some pretty big concerns.

Anastasia is a tough, street-smart woman who has no problem using her sexuality to get her through sticky spots. She was essentially sold to Saber, a ruthless gang leader, to pay her parent’s debt. When Ana sees a chance to get away from Saber, she plans it out carefully. She will steal a huge shipment of drugs Saber is going to receive from the Turks and fence it herself. Then she will use the money to pay off Saber and make her escape before he realizes she paid him with his own money. Ana’s best-laid plans are suddenly interrupted by the appearance of two little old ladies who insist they are there to help her get her dreams. When their interruption almost costs Ana everything, she has no choice but to let them help her. What none of them realize is the power that resides inside of Ana can make good men bad and bad men worse.

I very much enjoyed this book. It took twists and turns that I never expected it to take. I enjoy all manner of fairy tales and this was a unique take. Gayle and Mary were hilarious and then terrifying; I thought they would be my favorite part of the book and at many times they were. I actually did not much like Anastasia, however. I feel like the book has a kind of noir feel to it, very much the gangster and the bombshell, but Ana was a bit too much of the trollop for me. So though the author wrote her as strong and fearless, her actions and behaviors often didn’t make sense to me.

The flashback scenes to Mary, Gayle and Wood’s pasts were fantastic and help the reader understand the evolution of the story to the present time. I wish there had been more scenes giving a glimpse inside of Grimm Inc. And I would love to know more about Fee’s backstory. Perhaps the author will write another book around this world.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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