Wickedly Ever After: An Anthology of Retold Tales Edited by Rachel Kenley

Wickedly Ever After: An Anthology of Retold Tales

Published: January 7th 2020 

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

Length: 232 pages

My Rating: 2 stars

Blurb:

Something wicked this way comes–and this time, wicked is going to win.

Villains are the heroines and heroes of their stories, and in this anthology, they are going to be the leading players–and finally, find love. In these 10 stories, you will find villains from fairy tale, folklore and myth. From the familiar to the fantastic. From Hades to Grendel.

You’ll meet:
A man who gets more than he expected by binding himself to a selkie,
A woman who discovers the loveable Beast in the young man she once knew,
A mermaid who is not meant to be with a prince,
A witch who has so much more to offer than a cabin made of sweets,
A singer who has promised something she cannot deliver and gets help from an unexpected source,
And more. If you’ve ever rooted for a witch, an evil fairy or a wolf, this anthology is for you.

My Review:

With anthologies, there are always stories that are good and some that aren’t. In this anthology, there were more stories that disappointed than there were stories I enjoyed. I loved the idea of seeing villains in a new light, but this book didn’t deliver on its promise. The short stories were written in such a simple way that a child could read it. Not that I would recommend this to children, some stories are heavy on the smut.

Only one story actually stood out to me “Sea and Hearth.” a widower got more than he bargained for when he took a selkie skin and wound up not with a wife like he expected but a husband.

This book explores m/f, f/f and m/m romances so theoretically there is something for everyone, nut the execution is mediocre at best so not worth the time.

I received an arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

*Blurb and cover image via Goodreads. 

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