Gena Showalter has a brand new Young Adult series called "The Forest of Good and Evil". The first book in the series is called THE EVIL QUEEN. If you can't tell already, it's a fairy tale retelling of Snow White, but the twist is that it's all about the villain. As a fairy tale lover myself, I was very excited about this new series. I also think that this series is a good introduction to Showalter's writing style if you haven't tried her books before. This story captures her fun, light-hearted writing style but also explores the darker themes that she often writes about in her other books.
Unfortunately, I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book because of the protagonist. I wasn't fully invested in the character, which was why I felt like this book was a little slow at times. However, I guess it makes sense that it would take me a while because it's a story about a character readers wouldn't normally get a point of view from otherwise. Nevertheless, I will still try reading the next book in the series, just to see if my opinion will change.
If you're a fan of Marissa Meyer's HEARTLESS, then I think you would definitely enjoy this book! THE EVIL QUEEN will definitely make you rethink the classic fairy tale!
Far, far away, in the realm of Enchantia, creatures of
legend still exist, magic is the norm and fairy tales are
real. Except, fairy tales arenâ€™t based on myths and legends
of the pastâ€”they are prophecies of the future.
Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea sheâ€™s
a real-life fairy-tale princessâ€”until she manifests an
ability to commune with mirrors.
Look. Seeâ€¦ What will one peek hurt?
Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be
Snow Whiteâ€™s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.
With powers beyond her imagination or control, Everly
returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth
Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is
undeniable, but their relationship is doomed. As the
prophecy unfolds, Everly faces one betrayal after another,
and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every
day. Can she resist, or will she become the queenâ€”and
villainâ€”she was born to be?