Once Upon the End

Once Upon the End

Book - 2013
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"Knights, fairy godmothers, giants and beanstalks--all of these and more fill the pages of the conclusion to the Half Upon a Time trilogy"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Aladdin, 2013
Edition: First Aladdin hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781442474215
Branch Call Number: J FICTION RILEY...J
Characteristics: 373 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 05, 2019

Amazing series!

Nov 21, 2018

The series ended too fast.

Oct 09, 2018

This is SUCH A GREAT BOOK! LOVE IT! If you love fairy tales with tons of unexpected twists, than this book (and the rest of the series) is for you!

Mar 22, 2017

An awesome read, great for children AND adults. The prophecy given to the Queen by her magic mirror just gives the book an extra twist.

One shall betray you, and one shall die.

At the first glance, it appears to be Jack who betrays May. After all, in book two, Twice Upon A Time, Jack joined Her Majesty. But after reading the last book in the Half Upon A Time series, Once Upon The End (the book I am currently commenting), it is actually Phillip who betrays May, and poor Jack who dies, then getting placed into a world without magic, May's world (Jack calls it the land of Punk), by his sister, Jillian (Jill / Lian). Jack does come back to life again, but that is something so interesting that I won't even retell myself again, and I have already read the book! I do this to prompt myself to read it again, if I forget (highly unlikely!).

Mar 17, 2017

Following their adventures in Twice upon a time, May, Jack and Philip, believe they found their place. With a trail of secrets, betrayal and just plain confusion, James Riley continues the story of the unforgettable characters in Once Upon the End. This is the concluding book in the trilogy and it does not disappoint, with the wonder and suspense that left the reader wondering, what now? After betrayals and hard decisions, Jack and May are back for the ending of their fairy tales. This book is a wonderful ending, that answers and ties up all the loose ties and questions, with the journey that doesn’t seem to stop. With the final battle and truth against the Evil Queen, Jack and May are left questioning who's really good and evil, going against many stereotypes in the average fairy tale. Overall, this book is a bit more on the serious side after many humour-filled encounters. Jack, May and Philip are risking a lot more that their friendship. However, it wouldn’t be a proper ending without characters as stubborn, cunning and sly as Jack and May. Overall, it is an amazing conclusion to an amazing trilogy.
- @Because_Logic of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Jan 22, 2017


Dec 02, 2016

Awesome series amazing

FindingJane Sep 09, 2016

The series comes to a thrilling conclusion as the characters mature, come into their powers and battle against seemingly invincible odds. Phillip shows that he’s wily as well as brave, Jack becomes an unexpected hero and May proves once again that she’s no mere damsel in distress.

Of course, these character developments don’t come out of nowhere. Each has demonstrated his or her nascent qualities from the very first installment. But now they have others depending on them; the triad has split but each one is more than capable of working without the other two.

With alliances being forged, shifting loyalties, travels in time (!) and old and new romances coming into play, the story gets bewilderingly complex, cementing my opinion that this is more than a series for children. Adults who like their fantasy layered, complete with plot and character development, will find this entire trilogy a dazzling display of storytelling from the beginning to the end.

Aug 08, 2016

best book ever it made my 1st place

Jun 01, 2016

i love these books!!!!!!!!!1

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Mar 22, 2017

"Everybody gets tired of losing. You'll see, too."

Dec 02, 2016

"Jacks grandpa still poured the bucket of water on him anyways."

Feb 27, 2016

"I am not going to go Cinderella"!

Jul 05, 2014


Jacksparrow69 Jan 31, 2014

“The truth insults you a lot doesn't it?”

Jacksparrow69 Jan 31, 2014

The rope snapped and Jack went tumbling straight into the pot

Jacksparrow69 Jan 16, 2014

Then someone, somewhere in the back yelled, "Down with the Wicked Queen''
And that's when things got ugly

Jacksparrow69 Jan 16, 2014

And with that Jack's heart stopped and he died

Jacksparrow69 Jan 16, 2014

Jack smiled weakly, she saw it coming and she still had no idea

Jacksparrow69 Jan 15, 2014

"So prince charming huhh"

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Jacksparrow69 Jan 15, 2014

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Jul 05, 2014

Jack, May, and Phillip have split up and are finding different ways to defeat the Wicked Queen. Jack is now in Eye after what Jill had told him, May is now working for her evil step sisters and step mother after what MaryWeather had said about may being Cinderella and Phillip is now at his kingdom with his true love, Penelope. Will the three friends come back together to defeat the Wicked Queen?

Jacksparrow69 Jan 15, 2014

The conclusion P.S. May finds her prince


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Other: For supreme awsomness

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