On Legacy Day each year the students at the Ever After High boarding school sign the Storybook of Legends and pledge to fulfill their destinies as the next generation of Snow Whites, Prince Charming, and Evil Queens. Everyone believes that refusing to sign means both you and your story will vanish forever after. Poof!
Raven Queen, however, is having doubts. As the daughter of the Evil Queen, it is her destiny to give the poisoned apple to Snow White’s daughter. But Raven has a spark of rebellion in her heart and she knows one thing for sure: Evil is so not her style.
On the other hand, the royal Apple White, daughter of the Fairest of Them All, cannot wait for Legacy day! It will be the day she shuts the book on getting her Happily Ever After. But her destiny is intertwined with Raven’s and if rebel Raven doesn’t sign the Storybook of Legends, it could mean a Happily Never After for them both.
These days there are so many books with new takes on the classic fairy tales and this is just another example of how much fun it can be. I was aware of the dolls and a few of the toy product since I come in contact with that stuff at work, but I hadn’t looked into the rest of the brand because I didn’t want it to interfere with my book review process. Author Shannon Hale takes the reader past the original Happily Ever After and explores the future through the children of some of our favorite classic fairy tale characters. Raven Queen is definitely my favorite character and I think it’s because she doesn’t want to just follow in her evil mothers legacy, she wants to be more, and why does her destiny have to be strictly Evil? Knowing that her destiny is intertwined with her friend, Apple, she sets off on a search to discover what happened to the last person who didn’t sign the Storybook of Legends. Apple White is so excited for her story to play out and she will do anything to make sure Raven signs the book, including following her on her search in hopes of making Raven see the light and commit to the destiny that awaits them both. Amid quirky puns and even more quirky characters lies a great story of finding yourself in a world where things seem black and white. I loved seeing all the kids from classic fairy tales combined into one book and really look forward to reading the next books. The only question left to ask is “Are You a Rebel or a Royal?” Fun read for ages 8 and up.