Once Upon a Time: A Story Collection


Ever After High: Once Upon a TimeOnce Upon a Time: A Story Collection by Shannon Hale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
First Published: October 21st, 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 8+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Middle Grade, Short Stories, Fantasy, Fairy Tales


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Read these exclusive introductions to all your favorite characters to find out what their lives are like at home! A new chapter is about to begin at Ever After High, and all the students are preparing to start their Legacy Year. In just a few weeks it will be Legacy Day when they will sign the Storybook of Legends and commit to live out their fairy-tale destiny, repeating the famous stories of their parents.

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You don’t have to be familiar with the world of Ever After High to enjoy this book, but you must love cutesy short stories with fairy tale characters.

I could not have been happier to get my hands on this book. I’ve read some of these short stories (Apple White’s, Raven Queen’s and Briar Beauty’s) when they first came out, but this collection includes short stories of secondary fairy tale characters that are less talked about.

I am not one for anthologies. In fact, I could count on one hand the number of anthologies I have read, most of them forced on me by teachers, but this is different because Shannon Hale is the author for each and every one of them. Points of view may shift, but the new chapters are never a break with the story—more like a continuation of it.

Although some stories could have been better, for example Apple White’s, which was only a few pages long, I cannot bring myself to lower my rating of this book. Not all of them are perfect, but all of them made me feel good inside. I was able to imagine the world of Ever After High and all of the characters I had met in the web series with ease. And the writing is wonderful—no surprise there, since the writer is Shannon Hale.

My favourite story was ‘‘Dexter Charming and the Yellow-Eyed Changeling.’’ Dexter always manages to make me smile. I like that he’s quirky and very different from his brother, Daring Charming. There are twelve stories in total, about twelve different fairy tale characters, so it’s pretty complete, even though I would have liked to read Cupid’s story. Best decision ever to have her move from Monster High to Ever After High however.

Hexcellent book.

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