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Sweet Success for Carly Stevens

A rousing cheer for Carly Stevens on the release of her latest book, LAERTES: A HAMLET RETELLING. After more than ten years of wanting to write this book, Carly is finally releasing this dark academia retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in the 1920’s. Rather than following Hamlet himself, the story follows his friend (and eventual enemy) Laertes in his last year at university in Paris. It’s a story of found family, ghosts, books, and murder, filled with Shakespearean easter eggs.

Laertes Cover, by: Carly Stevens


Set in 1920s Europe, this poignant dark academia novel sheds new light on Shakespeare’s masterpiece, finally allowing Laertes to tell his side of the story.

Laertes Belleforest lives two lives: a wild, passionate one with his best friends studying Classics in Paris, and a stifling existence in the Danish court where the mercurial prince Hamlet constantly overshadows him. Now in his last year at university, Laertes must decide the kind of man he will become. But who is he, apart from the huge personalities that surround him and the secret guilt that haunts him?

When tragedy rocks Denmark, Laertes’ questions are forced into focus. Like a Greek play, his story hurtles through love and wine, ghosts and revenge, toward inevitable catastrophe. Perfect for fans of IF WE WERE VILLAINS. Purchase a copy through Books2Read, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

Carly Stevens - Headshot


Carly Stevens lives in Colorado Springs, where she has taught high school English (and Hamlet!) for over ten years. Writing LAERTES is the fulfilment of a long-time dream. She also writes immersive YA fantasy novels set in the dark but beautiful world of the Tanyuin Academy. Visit Carly at and follow her on YouTube and Instagram.

Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Darby Karchut who is an award-winning author, former teacher, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her many books include DEL TORO MOON (middle grade fantasy series) and ON A GOOD HORSE (middle grade contemporary). She is the recipient of the Colorado Book Award, the High Plains Book Award, the Will Rogers Medallion Award, the IPPY Silver Award, and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Silver Award. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby can be found wrangling words. Visit the author at and follow her on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and Goodreads.