The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
Format: ARC provided by Harper Collins Canada
Top 3 Genres: Young Adult , Fantasy, Fairy tale
My rating: Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hey, bookdragons! I’m enjoying my holidays so much! Lots of pool + family + reading time… what else can I ask for?? Now to talk about books… Are you tired of retellings? I am NOT! Especially when they are about villains and their making! I could not miss my chance to discover the back story of the Evil Queen!
Far, far away, in the magical realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm, and fairytales are real. Except, fairytales aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future. Though Princess Everly Morrow was brought to the mortal realm as an infant, she knows she’s destined to rule a kingdom in Enchantia, thus fulfilling a beloved fairytale. But which one?
At seventeen, when an ability to commune with mirrors manifests, she begins to suspect the truth, and it’s more sinister than anyone ever realized…
She is destined to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.
With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to prove herself good—Everly returns to the land of her birth, smack dab in the middle of the creepiest forest of all time. There, Everly meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after the other, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Soon, she will have to choose. Be a hero and walk away, or become the queen—and villain—of her dreams.
The battle between good and evil is on!
Enter Enchantia at your own risk…
This book follows this new « trend » of placing your characters in the actual world, with very modern female characters (The Hazel Wood or A curse so dark and lonely), who are not afraid to speak up their mind! Everly, our future Evil Queen, is no exception! She lives with her mom and her sister, just discovering her seer power with mirrors and dealing with an ex-boyfriend. Until she discovers she (and her sister) is actually a missing princess and part of the Snow White tale. And in the world she comes from, tales are truths waiting to happen!
Our strong headed girl finds herself fighting for her life, for her sister and simply to know the truth of who she is. Is she really the Evil Queen? What can she do about it? How will the story unfold? Lots of mysteries and questions, while trying to prevent the prophecy has the opposite effect. Not all is as it seems and Everly finds herself pushing against her will into a very dark path…
It took me a while to really be hooked by the story but when I was… 😱😱😱; the tale aspect was really well done! I grew attached to our characters, Everly but also all the ones she meets along the way (special mention to Saxon – I love the wings!) all playing a part in the unfolding prophecy!
I could not stop reading at the end and needed to know how it would end!!
Some easy ways were chosen…
What I mean with that is.. the author took some shortcuts and easy decisions for her story sometimes. With a girl coming from our world, she could take tampons and clean underwear and such before leaving. Some scenes were also not written as good as they could have been, and the relationships with the characters were built in a strange dynamic sometimes…it made it hard for me to stop « judging » the book flaws and really get into the story. Fortunately, at some point, the story took over and made this book really enjoyable and worth reading!
In a few words
A promising debut for this new retelling series « The forest of good and Evil », with interesting ideas around fairy tales and flawed but likable characters (loved the prince Roth!)
See you for a cup!