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A prince in search of a bride, a lady in search of adventure, and a wizard in search of a job each follow a folktale to a remote castle buried in thorns and briars and find what they seek in this delightful non-Grimm fairy tale from the author of "Eccentric Circles." (July)...

Title : Never After
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ISBN : 9780441009077
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 261 Pages
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Never After Reviews

  • Jackie
    2019-03-11 00:33

    Easy read. A new take on various fairytales strung together into one story. Light and humorous. Doesn't take itself too seriously.

  • Uriah
    2019-03-02 23:31

    I have to preface this review by saying that I am a friend and neighbor of the author and I own a proof of the book. If that turns you off, so be it. ...Never After is a great hodge podge of fairy tales with believable characters. Often in fairy tales the characters are so sublimely good or inherrently evil that you don't get a good picture of who they are and what their motivations could be. Rebecca does a good job of filling in pieces of the characters while at the same time understanding how ridiculous many of the situations in the tales can be. I have re-read the book several times and enojy it each time. If you are looking for a spoof of fairy tales with a similar feel to Terry Prachitt, this could be a great book for you. Originally this was planned to be the first in a series and I hope we will get to see the other books eventually.

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-02-19 21:54

    With only two likeable characters, one of whom is only barely not an utter prat, this book was almost painfully devoid of charm or wit. While the central villain was a complete waste of time as a serious character (cliché is only the beginning of the authors problems there), the three meddling wizards were, by parts, self-involved, boorish, greedy, and, at a push, outright evil as they not only consent in the imprisonment of the only really likeable character but become enforcers of same in order to procure the gold she is supposedly spinning from straw.While I did make it past the halfway mark, I completely lost interest once a domineering queen showed up and derailed everybody into some stupid party. Suspension of disbelief can only weather so many setbacks.

  • Mike (the Paladin)
    2019-03-01 02:41

    Fun and funny. Enjoyed this book. It slowed down a couple of times ( some of the wizard humor was a bit strained) but on the whole enjoyable. Fun without "making fun" of fairy tales. Recommended.

  • Joy
    2019-02-26 22:46

    3 --

  • J. Else
    2019-03-04 22:41

    "Not just another frog-meets-girl story."This book is a hodgepodge (and by hodgepodge, I mean a freaking "mess") of different fairy tales all twisted into one. There is really no magic to this book even though three of the characters are wizards. The names are unusual yet do not fit into the magical world unless its one written by a 5-year-old child. The characters are all one-dimensional and cliché. Most all of the characters are mentally challenged as well. In the end, everyone gets married to someone, but why? Just because they happen to be in the right place at the right time I guess. Maybe this is supposed to be a play on how actual fairy tales have that love-at-first-sight-so-lets-get-married couples, but I just felt as if the author had given up and wanted to end things quickly. Everything in the plot is building around a castle where the inhabitants are all fast asleep and three princes are the ones that need to be kissed to awaken them. They are put to sleep by their "fairy godmother" who never truly explains why she wants to keep them sleeping besides saying she's "keeping them from the evil in the world." **SPOILER** Then she just runs away when they are finally awakened. Then the book just drags on until everyone gets married and goes their separate ways. There is a kingdom in turmoil where a prince was turned into a frog so he cannot ascend to the throne, but I guess who cares when he is finally transformed? There is a shortage of princesses in the kingdoms, and though one of the characters hints that he might know why this might be, the author certainly never tells you. There is absolutely NO POINT to this book. It builds into nothing. One of the characters has a spell cast upon them where they speak in verse, and it really gets annoying. They also repeat the curse so many times you want to rip the pages out! I'm sure this was supposed to be funny, but it made no sense to what was going on. Basically, this author decides to mess with a bunch of fairy tales that have been modernized so many times that her verson is really a little pop in the grand scheme of things. Very disappointed with this book.

  • Dale
    2019-03-02 20:51

    Wow! Was this book bad!Never After is one of those humorous fantasy books, in which everything is sweetly parodied and lots of puns are thrown in, etc.A Prince in search of a princess finds a castle in which all of the inhabitants are asleep due to the spell of a fairy godmother (as in Disney's Sleeping Beauty), including the girl of his dreams. However, he needs to wake up 3 princes before he wakes up his love so he enlists the help of his tomboy cousin (a princess) and his boyhood friend, who happens to be a newly graduated wizard and they all go back to the castle for adventure, treasure and love. Along the way, Rumpelstiltskin (yes, that one) gets involved.My review:This book was so irritating that I got to page 85 and called it quits. The author seems to be more bent on being cute than she is on advancing the story (which had gone nearly nowhere in the last 25-30 pages I did read). I was afraid that if I read it any longer, I would somehow be sucked in and trapped like the people in the castle. Maybe that would have been fine - at least I'd be asleep and not reading the book!

  • Kaion
    2019-03-19 21:01

    A bit of a mess really... Fairy tales have no shortage of spoofs, but I'm always game for a new imaginative one. Unfortunately, Lickless hasn't really gotten a good handle on tone, which is really necessary to ground a plot with this much ... well, let's call is "farce" if we're feeling generous, and "noise" if we're not. There are some amusing ideas, but there doesn't seem to be an idea or specific point to all this criticism. The end result is a wildly inconsistent product in which none of the characters or storylines is sympathetic enough for me to make the effort to try and figure it out.I mean, it kills time and there are funny moments, but I won't even remembering reading it soon enough. Rating: 2 stars

  • Shay
    2019-03-20 04:55

    I appreciate the author’s attempt at finding a new story in the constantly retold fairytales genre, however this book lacked the charming or endearing sidekicks or great main character that make us love them. Some characters were so close to normal humans, that you couldn’t ever decide if they were good or evil. A small amount of that is charming and thought-provoking, but for me it was so over the top that I couldn’t find a character I liked enough to root for, or read for. I kept putting this book down and not coming back to it, which is a huge statement for me.

  • Bree Turner
    2019-02-24 01:42

    interesting mix of numerous fairytales

  • Cindy
    2019-03-09 02:49

    Prince Althelstan wants to get married, but his parents, mostly because they're trying to keep him from marrying his cousin Vevilia (as if she would have him!) tell him that he can only marry a princess. The only available princess he can find is still a toddler, and so he sets out on a quest. He manages to find an enchanted castle, buried by weeds and herbage. He is not surprised to find the inhabitants asleep. He kisses every woman in the place, to no avail. Even when he kisses the beautiful young woman who he thinks must be a princess he has no luck. Upstairs he finds a trio of sleeping princes, but he has no intention of kissing them. So he thinks back to his dear old cousin, and decides to ask for help.His dear old cousin has run away from home. She doesn't want to marry some boring sop and spend her life producing babies and embroideries. She wants adventure. When her cousin catches up to her, he convinces her to go to the castle and kiss the princes for him, because he has become quite smitten with the young woman he couldn't wake up. He has also convinced a trio of wizards to come along and help him, but their motivations, at least the leader of the three, are more inclined toward all that gold laying around than the suffering of the sleepers. The only thing that stands in their way is the princes' fairy godmother, Urticacea. She insists that Vevilia must take a princess test to prove that she's worthy to kiss the princes. Turning straw into gold... how easy.The true charm of Never After is the sense of humor with which Rebecca Lickiss infuses the story. She adds bits and pieces from other fairy tales. In one scene, Rumplestiltskin benefits greatly from Vevilia's advice. She sarcastically asks him if he's going to want her firstborn child, and when he complains about how awful a burden a baby is, she suggests he just take the baby back to its parents. Another example is the discovery of the real reason why the Princess got bruised when sleeping on top of twenty mattresses and one pea. I found this quite funny, in a sort of, "Yeah, of course!" way. The remarks, the way the author uses the stereotypical aspects of fairy tales blend well together, making a humorous story that reads lightly and quickly. If one of my friends was depressed, and they liked fairy tales, this is the book I'd hand them. It's that pleasing and pleasant a read.Part of this is characterization. For ages we've (as a collective down through the years) have written stories with the prince being mighty and strong, and the princess being a swoony wimp. Then, more recently, we've turned that on its head, and made the princes weak and the princesses warriors, and thus this is becoming a bit of a stereotype in itself. Lickiss manages to walk the line, by creating characters that have both strengths and weaknesses. Althelstan is the strong, typical old time Prince who, while not exactly quick on the uptake, is very dedicated. His devotion to the unknown princess is very sweet. He's a good prince, and an enjoyable character. Vevilia is strong, filled with a combination of bad luck, determination and the need for adventure that brings her vividly to life. Even old, set characters such as Rumplestiltskin are given new life and purpose. It's wonderful to see old characters in a new light, and to see the conventions used with a deft twist instead of abandoned.You probably wouldn't want to start Never After before bed. While its sweetness would provide pretty dreams, its engaging aspects will keep you reading to see what happens next. It even ends like a proper fairy tale, promising the reader that they all live happily ever after... and really, what more can you ask?Published at The SFSite: in 2002.

  • Elevetha
    2019-02-23 21:47

    Fairytales incorporated: Sleeping Beauty, Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, The Princess and the Pea, The Frog Prince. It had a cute idea for a story and cute aspects such as Berangaria, acting as the Princess in "The Princess and the Pea", not feeling the pea but rather falling off the bed many times during the night. The characters had potential but mostly fell short of any and all expectations. Some of them were a bit annoying and the majority were boring.The book itself was not terribly engaging.Favorite character: Rumpelstiltskin. Just quirky and likable.Urticacea had an almost "Madame Mim" quality; always angry and jumping around. I liked her.Berengaria was a sweet dear. I wanted more of her.Mazigian is a wizard cursed to only speak Shakespeare. He was decent.The Frog. What to say? He's barely in the book and seems rather dense but he had more potential than the rest of the characters.Princess Vevila was okay but a bit of a feminist. She had a few good scenes. Her and Rumple were kinda cute.Rueberry, the fat wizard that only thinks of eating. Annoying.Prince Althelstan annoyed me as well, though I'm not as sure why. Maybe because all he did was run around drooling over Berengaria.Zenpfennig, the old wizard, was also slightly aggravating, what little he was in the book. He really didn't do much.One of the main problems was that the characters that I liked were barely in the book. Another was that things were very rarely, (who am I kidding?) NEVER, explained and that aroused my ire. If you're going to hint at a ton of stuff that must be super important...then explain because we don't know what's going on!!Overall, some cute aspects and very few and far between good characters, that don't get much page time or development. Nothing in here was enough to entice me to a re-read in the future. I wouldn't recommend it as there are far better "Not just another frog-meets-girl story" books out there. FAR better.

  • Michelle
    2019-02-21 01:52

    I'm not sure why this book has so many negative reviews. It's meant to be light fun, and that's what it is. It doesn't take itself to seriously, has a cute romance, and has good characters. The only actual flaw that I noticed would be that everything isn't explained and developed as fully as it could be. Now, onto my review: What happens when you combine a stubborn princess, greedy wizards, cursed princes, and a hag? A lot of fun!!! Never After is a thoroughly entertaining take on several fairy tales. This knew look at The Princess and the Pea, Rumpelstiltskin, The Frog Prince, Sleeping beauty,and Cinderella will have you laughing in your seat. It all starts when Princess Vevila decides she's had enough of the princess thing. She's ready for adventure, and not in the mood to marry her doltish cousin Prince Althelstan. She 'escapes' her castle and ends up setting off a train of events that leads to her imprisonment in a different palace with different doltish princes. The difference is this castle has been cursed by a witch, or blessed by a Fairy Godmother depending on how you look at it. One thing is for certain, no one is going to let Vevila leave until she does a few ridiculously impossible tasks, or dies trying. Luckily our heroin finds a hero, his royal shortness Rumpelstiltskin, who, for what he lacks in height he makes up in saneness in a world of crazy people.This is light and fun reading. It's a very clever book filled with likable characters. I'm surprised that it has had very little publicity, but I'm excited that a sequel has just come out and if it's anything like this one it's going to be marvelous.

  • Janice (Janicu)
    2019-03-01 01:43

    This was a comedic tale with references to several fairy tales - Rumplestiltskin, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and others. The story centers around a castle overgrown by vines and everyone within it cursed by a magically induced sleep. Sounds familiar huh? Except when Prince Althestan comes to kiss a sleeping princess, he finds 3 princes there instead. Calling in his headstrong cousin Vevila and 3 wizard friends (rotund Rueberry - always eating, young Mazigian - not overtly cautious, and white haired Zenpfennig - pompous and gold-loving), for help, they all encounter Urticacea - a crazy witch who is adament that she is keeping everyone asleep for their "own good" and to "protect" her princes from the evil of the world. Things just get crazier from there. The witch insists they throw Vevila into a cell to make her pass a princess test, Rumplestiltskin appears, Vevila keeps trying to escape, other princesses start to appear, many screaming matches occur between all. While I thought the whole concept was very witty and original, this book wasn't my type of humor since all the characters felt like giant caracatures to me, so I give it 3 stars for being OK. I think that is just a matter of taste in humor though.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-09 01:59

    Lickiss' Never After novel was written in a run-of-the-mill fairytale style, and that's what made the reading experience so fun for me! The story was centered around an enchanted castle covered with vines and brambles with all of its inhabitants frozen in sleep, including three young princes. A group of characters arrive at the castle to help dis-enchant it; including an arrogant prince, an adventurous princess, and three wizards. Controlling the spell on the castle is an evil godmother/witch who refuses to let the princess kiss the princes to awaken them unless she passes tests to validate her royal status.I liked the classic fantasy approach to the book with all its tradition; the frog-prince, the magical troll, and the wizard/witch elements. What I didn't like about the book was the fact that there were no chapters, so it seemed to be a bit of a run-on. The novel was overall pretty short and required pure imagination; so I suppose breaks weren't really needed to process any mystery-solving or to provide much mental recovery.Although I liked the book, I am curious to see if it impacted me enough to remember and relate to in future fantasy novel-reading.

  • Kim Riehle
    2019-02-21 20:36

    I enjoyed this book. It is a little slow starting but it is a really interesting look at all the common fairy tales that we heard when we were kids. One of my favorite parts is the incident with the princess and the pea. A young woman claiming to be a princess comes to the castle and has to pass a princess test to prove her authenticity. Just like in the normal fairy tale she has to sleep on a large stack of mattresses with a pea underneath it. It wasn't the fact that she could feel the pea that kept her up all night it was trying to stay on top of the pile of mattresses without falling off. She does fall off several times and ends up with bumps and bruises everywhere. It was a very entertaining read about Rumplestiltskin, his brother, sleeping beauty, her brother, and all of the wizards, witches, and other characters that just so happened upon an enchanted castle.

  • Lighthearted
    2019-03-15 00:47

    “And, since he hadn’t known which one was the sleeping princess, he’d kissed hundreds of unconscious women. To no avail.”Princesses are in short supply in Rebecca Lickiss’ playful reinterpretation of fairytales. Prince Athelstan is having a truly difficult time finding a proper princess to marry—the scarcity of princesses is also making things difficult for his tomboyish cousin Vevila—as one of the few available princesses above the age of 2, she’s quite sought after, regardless of her wishes. Accompanied by a trio of wizards, Athelstan and Vevila set off on a quest that will poke gentle fun at a collection of fairytales from Cinderella to Rumplestiltskin.Vevila is the scene-stealer in this light, humorous read. She’s clever, resourceful and sassy—and she knows that her ‘happily ever after’ means being true to herself.

  • Lindsay
    2019-02-25 22:36

    Rebecca Lickiss' Never After has such potential, but is bogged down by tedious characters and poor writing. The premise is promising: a hodge-podge of fairytales come together to create a fanciful, new story. Unfortunately, it never comes to fruition. The characters are unlikable and flat; the plot feels forced, and the entire tale is quite predictable, with no reward for the reader who sticks it out from "Once upon a time" to "happily ever after".The front cover proclaims: "Lickiss has a breezy, inventive style." This is true if "breezy" is a synonym for "awkward", and "inventive" is a euphemism for the atrocious sentence fragments that are cobbled together to make this book. I can appreciate what Lickiss is trying to do, but the end result leaves a lot to be desired. There is little adventure, and no laughter. In a word: boring.

  • Deirdre
    2019-02-27 22:58

    Takes several fairy tales and plays with them.Prince Althestan wants a bride but Princesses are rare. Lady Levila is his cousin who doesn't want marriage but wants adventure. Mazigian is a magician trying to work out what to do now that his studentship is over. He's travelling with two friends who are trying to do the same.When they all find themselves at a castle surrounded by brambles and the fairy tales start to mount. It's funny but sometimes does seem to try to hard to be funny. Still it's an interesting read.

  • Meg McGregor
    2019-03-15 04:35

    I have to admit when I started reading this book, I didn't know if I would keep on as the names are difficult to pronounce and her style is unlike any book I have ever read! But I decided to give the book a chance and I am so glad that I did! I loved it! Such a neat version of several fairy tales and I love the message that you should never give up on your dreams. I heartily recommend you read this book!

  • Abigailann (Abigail)
    2019-03-02 20:57

    A charming and entertaining spin on the world of fairy-tales, this book seemed like a lesser Terry Pratchett to me.I enjoyed trying to spot the different traditional tales that were woven into the story. However, it seemed rather too familiar at times. My favourite character was Prince Atheslstain. I felt rather sorry for him at times and I think this was enhanced by the well-rounded nature of the other characters that surrounded him. A light-hearted easy read.

  • Miki
    2019-02-22 01:31

    sort of wish I could give this 2.5 stars. It was a decent plane read, and an interesting twist on classic fairy tale tropes, but I felt like the author never quite got a handle on alll her characters, and in particular I couldn't decide if she actually liked her protagonist, which is a bit of a problem, really.

  • Laurie Gienapp
    2019-03-03 04:33

    A charming story that combines elements of all those fairy tales you grew up with, in a very different and very delightful manner. In the beginning, it's a pleasant surprise, as you come to each new element. Later on, even as you anticipate some of the new elements, Rebecca Lickiss still manages to surprise and entertain.

  • Becky Churchman
    2019-03-20 02:43

    Lickiss has a cute idea behind this, but it just falls flat. Her attempt at goofy humor doesn't work and really isn't funny. This is probably due to the fact that she throws multiple fairy tales together and then makes a story out of it. She tries to make Princess Vevila a tough "I-hate-being-a-princess," but she still lets everyone push her around and she still gets married at the end. Meh.

  • Trisha
    2019-02-27 21:43

    A surprisingly good book! Using familiar fairy tales as jumping points, Rebecca Lickiss wove a curious and engaging tale, with an unexpected (and pleasing) ending. Above all, her characters were well-rounded, thought-out, and likeable! I really wish the book had been longer! At the very least, I would enjoy another story with Princess Vevilla and Rumplestilskin at the center.

  • Nikka102
    2019-02-26 02:47

    Fun, cute read. Occasionally too cute for its own good, but overall an enjoyable read. My favorite line was about how the prince didn't know which of the sleeping ladies was the princess, so he had kissed hundreds of unconscious women to no avail.

  • Pat
    2019-02-19 00:52

    A clever, amusing and humorous 'fractured fairy tale.' Takes some of the old tried-and-true's and turns them sideways and inside out for a fresh and funny book :-)Definitely enjoyed this much more than her first book, Eccentric Circles. Ms. Lickiss has come into her own with a bang!

  • John
    2019-03-09 23:56

    A light little blend of fairytales that doesn't take itself too seriously. Some cool ideas for characters. Overall, it's a simple book. Entertains but leaves one thinking that there should be something more.

  • Kristina
    2019-03-16 23:34

    I thought it well written and an interesting story line. The names were a little outrageous but still they were unique. I'm someone who enjoys fairy-tales and I liked that this was a fairy-tale with a twist. The beginning was a bit slow but the more you read the more interesting the book gets.

  • Tishangela
    2019-03-14 00:00

    This is a fairy tale gone crazy. I really enjoyed this book both times I read it, but do know that it is silly. Part of the fun is identifying all of the classic fairy tale stories that are rolled into this one fun book.