Book Review: Happily Ever After

About the Book:

The end of one story is often the beginning of another. Hollywood heartthrob Brian Oliver and his Cinderella princess Ellamara Rodriguez have finally found love outside the digital world. But leaving their anonymity behind creates a whole new set of obstacles for the nation’s new favorite sweethearts. With the stress of Brian’s fame and the pressures of a new relationship weighing down on them, the It Couple quickly begins to wonder if they can hold on to their newfound joy, or if maybe happily ever after is only a fairy tale.

About the Author:

Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.

The Review:

I think I got a little too excited and ended up reading the sequel to Cinder & Ella by staying up all night last night. I finally finished the book this morning and I realized to my sadness that this was an okay-read. I had thought now that Brian and Ella knew one another, that they were together, things would be different. There would be lots of funny exchanges and witty comebacks. Instead, what I go was Ella and Brian assuring one another over and over again how much they love one another. It was sweet. But I wish they’d not kept repeating ‘I love you’ at every drop of a hat!

A slew of new characters were introduced in the sequel – mostly from Brian’s life. We never do get to meet the family from Ella’s father’s side. Her issues with her dad surface again in this book, where I am glad to see that her family stops stepping all over her toes. I wish there had been more of Vivian in this book. It disappointed me a little to see that Vivian doesn’t come back at the end of the book that the curtain doesn’t close quite properly on her.

Ella and Brian seem to have grown up a lot from the last book. But Ella has a long way to go before she’s an actual grown up. She realizes that as much, and we leave better than we find her at the start of the book. Brian too doesn’t seem to be the typical, spoilt Hollywood It-Boy as one would expect. Ella is the love of his life and goes above and beyond to prove to her that he wasn’t about to abandon her. Even when she’s being a snarky little witch, he sticks it out and is there for her in a way which is pretty enviable.

If you expect Happily Ever After to be a story that has tied up all its loose ends neatly in a bow, you’re mistaken. I am not sure if there will be another book in the series. But the way this story ends it leaves open a huge door open for a world of possibilities. I liked this story. However, it doesn’t hold a candle to the charm the first book has. Maybe this way authors are forever advised against writing sequels. That isn’t going to stop us though. Look at me! I’m presently in the middle of writing When Our Worlds Meet Again.