The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1)
Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. A dream come true, and a living nightmare.Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.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 aren’t based on myths and legends of the past—they are prophecies of the future.Raised in the mortal realm, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a real life fairy tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.Look. See… What will one peek hurt?Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to change Fate itself—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 bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, 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 queen—and villain—she was born to be?

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1) Details

TitleThe Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1)
Author
ReleaseJun 25th, 2019
PublisherInkyard Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil, #1) Review

  • Miranda Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Me when Showalter announcing there's ANOTHER book: It's 500+ pages :Remembering all the other Showalter books I've read: Not giving a f*ck cause I'm gonna read it anyway:
  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    this is either going to be the best thing ever. or it's gonna totally suck. there is no in between that for this... my fingers are crossed that it's the best thing everFollow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr
  • ◊♦ Naomi
    January 1, 1970
    Who’s excited for this?! I AM!!!!!
  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
    January 1, 1970
    2/24/19Synopsis and cover are both great, can't wait to see how this unfolds---So many villain centered retellings lately, but oh so very promising still
  • Gigi H
    January 1, 1970
    The story had an excellent start and I liked that it was told in first person. Unfortunately, my expectations were a little too high and ended in a DNF.What worked:- I liked that we dive right into the story from the get-go. A lot happens, which is also its ultimate downfall for me.What didn't work:-The timelines move back and forth at warp speed making it confusing. It was like listening to someone with a million thoughts speaking a mile a minute. You had to keep up to follow.- Because there's The story had an excellent start and I liked that it was told in first person. Unfortunately, my expectations were a little too high and ended in a DNF.What worked:- I liked that we dive right into the story from the get-go. A lot happens, which is also its ultimate downfall for me.What didn't work:-The timelines move back and forth at warp speed making it confusing. It was like listening to someone with a million thoughts speaking a mile a minute. You had to keep up to follow.- Because there's so much going on with alternating timelines, the story doesn't properly unfold. Before one portion of the story finishes, the next one begins.The final straw for me was when the story takes place in the mortal world. The narration went from classic fairytale to contemporary YA. It was like I was reading an entirely different story.There others who enjoyed it, I just wasn't one of them..sorry..Thank you Netgalley & Harlequin teen for my ARC.
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  • Sophia Triad
    January 1, 1970
    Super excited for this one 😊
  • Bara
    January 1, 1970
    Will you accept your destiny of Evil Queen, Raven Everly? XDSince I got into Ever Afte High I have read what feels like a shit ton of fairy tale retellings and another shit ton awaits me still. And yet the second I find another book with almost the same premise I immediately add it onto my tbr list. I'm helpless. LOLI understand that with a topic like this you can't achieve pristine untainted originality but the blurb alone contains several references to other works with similar concepts. Enchan Will you accept your destiny of Evil Queen, Raven Everly? XDSince I got into Ever Afte High I have read what feels like a shit ton of fairy tale retellings and another shit ton awaits me still. And yet the second I find another book with almost the same premise I immediately add it onto my tbr list. I'm helpless. LOLI understand that with a topic like this you can't achieve pristine untainted originality but the blurb alone contains several references to other works with similar concepts. Enchancia, turning into the Evil Queen, Noun of Good and Evil. I'm not saying it will be an inevitable screw up, it might be though. Let's wait with any premature judgmental words anyway.***'Kay so the cover is gorgeous. Again, original isn't a word that comes to mind but it looks stunning. ***544 pages is a lot. If it's going to be a bore, we'll suffer 500 pages in agony. (I don't mind long books that are good, however when a book is bad and long it's anything but a joy ride. :P
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  • Kilikina
    January 1, 1970
    Me going into hibernation until I get my hands on thisThis comes out ON my birthday y'all. That means it can't be bad, right?!
  • asbah
    January 1, 1970
    a fairytale-princess turning evil?? now that is something i wanna read.
  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever been around middle schoolers and hear how they talk and just think to yourself, my god I’m old? That’s how I felt for 75% of this book. “The Evil Queen” takes us through the twists and turns of the classic fairy tale as the board is set but the pieces are yet to be played as Everly tries to understand her role in the prophecy that describes her path in the world of magic and with each step she takes she finds herself asking the question is evil born or made?The dialogue in this is Have you ever been around middle schoolers and hear how they talk and just think to yourself, my god I’m old? That’s how I felt for 75% of this book. “The Evil Queen” takes us through the twists and turns of the classic fairy tale as the board is set but the pieces are yet to be played as Everly tries to understand her role in the prophecy that describes her path in the world of magic and with each step she takes she finds herself asking the question is evil born or made?The dialogue in this is so cringy! I could not handle how anyone in this book spoke, half the time it was in riddles and the other it was so absurd that I rolled my eyes so far in my head I thought they were going to be stuck. I’ve never heard anyone talk like these characters especially in a fantasy based story even though it crossed over with the real world bringing in some of that slang. The entire first 20% was nothing but exposition. They threw so much world building, background info and everything that ties the rest of the story together so quick I felt like I was cramming for a test. There is a lot that goes into understanding the dynamics that will play out later in this story and the pacing never managed to make that an easy journey instead it would throw everything at you before backing off for character development, and that’s being generous here, before doing it all over again when the story moved some place else. This book has all the elements for a great villain origin story and I’m sad it took so long for us to get to a point where it actually worked. At about 3/4s of the way in is when it finally hit its stride and came together with the plot and the characters actually being something to root for or against rather than something that appeared so juvenile you questioned finishing it altogether. This is going to be a struggle for people to get into and I’m not sure the pay off is worth the effort but I’ll leave that for each reader to decide, as for me I’m glad it’s over and I’m not sure I’ll be revisiting the forest any time soon. **special thanks to the publishers and netgalley for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    The Evil Queen could have been the next big thing to hit fairy tale retellings. It is dark and awful, with an MC that you can get behind, and it really tugs on your heartstrings, yet it is still so full of hope and innocence.And yet... To me, The Evil Queen read like a rubbish first draft, not the polished gem, ready to be finalised and sent out to print that it should be by the time ARCs come out. There were OH SO MANY typos, the writing was clumsy at best (awful at worst), with stilted dialogu The Evil Queen could have been the next big thing to hit fairy tale retellings. It is dark and awful, with an MC that you can get behind, and it really tugs on your heartstrings, yet it is still so full of hope and innocence.And yet... To me, The Evil Queen read like a rubbish first draft, not the polished gem, ready to be finalised and sent out to print that it should be by the time ARCs come out. There were OH SO MANY typos, the writing was clumsy at best (awful at worst), with stilted dialogue, poor character development, and a range of 2 dimensional characters who see absolutely zero growth. Not the mention a love interest purely there for abs and plot progression, and a bunch of actions taken by other characters that don't actually fit their character. And characters that made no sense. And a hell of a lot of plot holes.Seriously, if it had been a new author looking to get this published, I am 100% sure the publisher would have scoffed and told them to add some major polish. The only reason I could see it being fast tracked is due to the name attached, regardless of the myriad flaws. And this makes me so damn sad! Much as I hated the aforementioned issues, I really enjoyed parts of the book, and think it holds a lot of promise. I just wish the bloody editors had been allowed to do their work!Anyway, it is a very unpolished novel with lots of promise, and I hope that the finished copy will have some major changes. Due to my massive doubts however, I can't say I can recommend The Evil Queen. Maybe if you are super new to YA you could get past the massive issues, and it might have a fan base in the middle grade age bracket, despite not really being appropriate for them. But for the well read teen/adult? Steer clear my dears!Age: 12-13+Warnings: Abduction, Stockholm syndrome, killing, and torture, with one fade to black sex scene and some kissing.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Gena Showalter is one of my favourite authors. I've read most of her books and have yet to read one I wouldn't at the very least classify as enjoyable. That includes The Evil Queen. This novel is a clever and deep take on the fairy tale of Snow White. In adapting the classic tale Showalter highlights just what it means to be good and what it means to be evil. This book is filled with philosophical conundrums and it keeps the reader on their toes. You never know from one moment to the next who to Gena Showalter is one of my favourite authors. I've read most of her books and have yet to read one I wouldn't at the very least classify as enjoyable. That includes The Evil Queen. This novel is a clever and deep take on the fairy tale of Snow White. In adapting the classic tale Showalter highlights just what it means to be good and what it means to be evil. This book is filled with philosophical conundrums and it keeps the reader on their toes. You never know from one moment to the next who to actually root for because each choice changes ever characters motivations from beginning to end. It's almost like all of the characters are each running through the story choose your own adventure style. I really liked it and I'm going to keep an eye out for the next book in the series.
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  • Shelby (Graced with Books)
    January 1, 1970
    I received this NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!The premise of this book is so interesting! That these characters are prophesied to play certain roles in what we know as fairytale stories. The main character, Everly, believes she is the evil queen but so do the other girls in this novel. I loved uncovering the mystery of who is who in this book. What I didn't really love was the dialogue, it just made me cringe a lot. Overall I really enjoyed the plot!
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  • Brittany Kantack
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this was a fantastic quick read. The dialogue was kind of cringy and annoying but the intended audience is YA so I think everyone needs to keep that in mind. The storyline was great, and it was an amazing retelling. Definitely recommend!
  • Jessica (a GREAT read)
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come June 17th
  • Janet
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC! Have mixed feelings about the book. I enjoyed it but there were parts of it that felt too young for an older YA book. I enjoyed the characters, wasn't much a fan of Everly, seemed immature and made me cringe often. It was a decent book but would not recommend it to others.
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  • Gillian
    January 1, 1970
    I received a Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have some mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it enough but there were parts of it that felt so juvenile. Which is strange considering the book is older YA. The premise was great and I spent the entire book trying to figure out who played what role. That part was really well done. I enjoyed the characters and each individual arc. Where I was lost was the narration of the book itself. Everly felt very immature to me. Her personality I received a Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have some mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it enough but there were parts of it that felt so juvenile. Which is strange considering the book is older YA. The premise was great and I spent the entire book trying to figure out who played what role. That part was really well done. I enjoyed the characters and each individual arc. Where I was lost was the narration of the book itself. Everly felt very immature to me. Her personality and thought processes made me cringe on multiple occasions. And not in a good way. Overall, it was a decent book. Nothing special in my opinion.
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  • Olivia Farr
    January 1, 1970
    See my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...If you love a snarky heroine, surprise twists and turns, and a fairytale-themed plot, THE EVIL QUEEN is designed to be your new favorite read. This book follows Everly in the first person as she uncovers her history and perseveres to protect the people she loves. From the beginning, we know that girls were born after their mothers ate from a forbidden, magical apple tree, and that they will play a role in bringing a fairytale to li See my full review here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...If you love a snarky heroine, surprise twists and turns, and a fairytale-themed plot, THE EVIL QUEEN is designed to be your new favorite read. This book follows Everly in the first person as she uncovers her history and perseveres to protect the people she loves. From the beginning, we know that girls were born after their mothers ate from a forbidden, magical apple tree, and that they will play a role in bringing a fairytale to life- Snow White. However, which role each girl will play is unknown. The beginning of the book also gives us a taste of where things will end, but we must also follow the journey to get there.Everly was taken from Enchantia, the magical land where the women had eaten from a tree which is full of mystical creatures, fairies, fairytales, and humans with magic, when she was an infant. She has been raised in the mortal realm with her twin sister, Hartly. Now, as a teenager, Everly has begun to see things in mirrors. In particular, she sees another girl who looks like Snow White and whom she refers to as an angel. As she will soon learn, however, her scrying powers (e.g. seeing things in mirrors) are from her Sorcerian heritage. Sorcerians do not have wells of magical ability like others in the realm. Instead, they must take the power from others to use for their natural abilities but also to take other abilities. If they take a little, the being will feel tired until they regenerate it, but if they take a lot, they will kill them. As such, they are generally considered evil and hated by many.Although we know that the girls and main characters will play out the tale of Snow White, who will play which role is unclear. Each character seems to possess characteristics or abilities that would point to one or many of the potential roles. For instance, Prince Roth Charmaine (Everly’s love interest) could be Prince Charming or he could be the Huntsman or he could be something else altogether. It is only as the story plays out that we might be able to learn how the fairytale will come to pass.What I loved: This book surprised me in a lot of ways. Although Everly seems slated to be the Evil Queen, a major theme is that your actions determine whether you are evil or good, and this has many sides/views. For instance, if you do something which could seem evil out of self-defense, does this make you evil? There are also some themes about prejudice (regarding trolls and sorcerers) and sexism which also add to the thoughtful plot. Familial love is also a major theme in the book, particularly love between siblings. The romantic love also adds a nice touch to the overall story.World-building in this book is top-notch. While the early parts of the book are a little slower due to all the information there is to take in, this pays off later in the book when it is all much easier to understand and imagine. Adding to that, the characters, primary and secondary, are all really well fleshed out and come alive throughout the story. There are so many fantastic characters whom I adored throughout the story, and aside from the main characters, Phobia, a spidorpian, might be my favorite. On the whole, there’s so many to love, hate, and be intrigued by though that I felt completely engrossed in the story and their lives.As for the main characters, primarily Everly and Roth, they are beautifully crafted. Everly is multidimensional. We see the world through her eyes, and although she is full of snark, she is also full of heart- whether guarding herself, worrying about her family, or caring for her friends. Roth is a completely swoony hero, and while he doesn’t always make the best decisions, he also cares deeply and tries to do what is right.Final verdict: Overall, this is a consuming, engrossing, and addictive YA fantasy/fairytale retelling that will keep you guessing. Fans of Gena Showalter, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Gregory Maguire will delight in this exciting new tale that turns Snow White on its head.
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  • WS_BOOKCLUB
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book, in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available to purchase on June 25th.This is going to be one of those blog posts that is a mixed bag. The premise was original, in that it’s Snow White’s nemesis that’s a bit reluctant to take up her expected role as as the villain. I also haven’t read many fairy tale adaptations that take place in both “the real world” (I write that in quotes because the way the real world was written felt off to Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book, in exchange for my honest opinion. It will be available to purchase on June 25th.This is going to be one of those blog posts that is a mixed bag. The premise was original, in that it’s Snow White’s nemesis that’s a bit reluctant to take up her expected role as as the villain. I also haven’t read many fairy tale adaptations that take place in both “the real world” (I write that in quotes because the way the real world was written felt off to me), and the fairy tale world.The premise is what worked for me. The rest…not so much. The characters felt very one-dimensional to me, like they were archtypes of a CW show. There was the snotty ex, the prom queen, the popular good girl that everyone likes, and the misunderstood outcast. I found it very difficult to care about any of the characters at all.The writing didn’t work for me. I’m just too enamored by words. So, when something unexpected happened to the main character (Everly), and the book just said, “reeling” in italics, it really irritated me. I would have preferred something along the lines of, “the news sent me reeling,” just as an example. A full thought, as opposed to a quick word, would have worked much better for me.The dialogue felt very over the top and unbelievable to me, and the very long random explanations given throughout the first bit of the book caused the story to seem very stop-and-go. I never ended up invested in the story.Ultimately, while it had potential, this book simply did not deliver. However, I could be just too much of a grammar nerd to appreciate the dialogue and writing style. While this book wasn’t for me, this is just one person’s opinion. I believe that Showalter is very popular author, but this book just wasn’t my thing.
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  • Kendra Burns
    January 1, 1970
    Gena Showalter does it again. In The Evil Queen she crafts a new version of Snow White where everyone can be any of the characters in the fairy tale; it's all a matter of what you choose to do with your life and the situations that transpire around you. Everly was everything that I hoped for when it came to an Evil Queen and a Snow White. While she fits the Evil Queen bill better the situations that transpire around her make for a thrilling ride as she transitions from being a girl obsessed with Gena Showalter does it again. In The Evil Queen she crafts a new version of Snow White where everyone can be any of the characters in the fairy tale; it's all a matter of what you choose to do with your life and the situations that transpire around you. Everly was everything that I hoped for when it came to an Evil Queen and a Snow White. While she fits the Evil Queen bill better the situations that transpire around her make for a thrilling ride as she transitions from being a girl obsessed with mirrors to a girl fighting for her life in an enchanted world. Gena brings the magic of the fairy tale and the romance that she is known for and weaves it together to make an enchanted story that transcends the fairy tale and even the Disney version; creating an all new tale as old as time. I can't wait for her to transcribe other fairy tales into the world of The Forest of Good and Evil series.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Netgalley. This book is everything!!! I was hooked from the beginning. I don’t want to give any spoilers but this is so far my favorite book of the year.Six girls, one prophecy and no one really knows which role they fit. Everly believes she is the Evil Queen and so does everyone else but does standing up for your family and defending yourself really make you evil? Maybe she’s really Snow White.Everyone loves Princess Farrah who believes she is Snow White but despite all her good ARC provided by Netgalley. This book is everything!!! I was hooked from the beginning. I don’t want to give any spoilers but this is so far my favorite book of the year.Six girls, one prophecy and no one really knows which role they fit. Everly believes she is the Evil Queen and so does everyone else but does standing up for your family and defending yourself really make you evil? Maybe she’s really Snow White.Everyone loves Princess Farrah who believes she is Snow White but despite all her good deeds she hides darkness in her soul and a willingness to hurt others.Could she really be The Evil Queen?Roth, Princess Farrah’s brother, is cast in the role of Prince Charming but finds himself falling for the Everly.Hartley is Everly’s Cousin and Truly is Everly’s sister and Noel is a crazy-ass Oracle. Together they are trying to help Everly survive this nightmare fairytale.
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  • The Kawaii Slartibartfast
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of The Evil Queen from Harlequin TEEN (US Canada) through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to like this one more than I actually did.The righting is great and a lot of it is really evocative but the character of Every came off as about 12 or so. Her reactions didn't strike me as realistic for a high schooler at all.The dialogue is a bit cheesy at points but I'm not gonna complain to much because what's a fairy tale without some cheese?I did enjoy the story bu I received a copy of The Evil Queen from Harlequin TEEN (US Canada) through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I wanted to like this one more than I actually did.The righting is great and a lot of it is really evocative but the character of Every came off as about 12 or so. Her reactions didn't strike me as realistic for a high schooler at all.The dialogue is a bit cheesy at points but I'm not gonna complain to much because what's a fairy tale without some cheese?I did enjoy the story but the sensual parts did come off a bit awkward to me on account of the MC seeming so young.
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  • Sabrina
    January 1, 1970
    The more retellings I get more happy I will be. 🥀
  • Stephanie B
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to the publisher and author for this ARC through NetGalley. I love all of Gena Showalter's books. She is one of my all time favorite authors. With that being said I really enjoyed this book. It felt more YA than her other fantasy books, but it was still a good read. I'm interested to see if there will be any more in this series.
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  • Alexis Stankewitz
    January 1, 1970
    This was an interesting take on Snow White retelling via a modern Evil Queen POV. While I found the first half of the book interesting by the middle I felt it drag. Still an decent retelling.
  • Merrisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I had such high hopes for this book. The description contained so many elements that I absolutely love: a magical realm, Princesses raised in our normal world, fairy tales, true love, etc. Unfortunately this one fell a little short for me. The main character, Everly just wasn't particularly likable for me. I wanted to like her. There were times that I absolutely was rooting for her, but overall I just wasn't that invested in her. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I had such high hopes for this book. The description contained so many elements that I absolutely love: a magical realm, Princesses raised in our normal world, fairy tales, true love, etc. Unfortunately this one fell a little short for me. The main character, Everly just wasn't particularly likable for me. I wanted to like her. There were times that I absolutely was rooting for her, but overall I just wasn't that invested in her. The way this story unfolds you need to be 100% invested in her because some messed up stuff goes down. Honestly I wish the story was not even about Everly and her peers, I thought the story of her mom and the other women that ate the magical apples would have been far more interesting. As it was, we meet all the children of the apples, but only Everly is really given any attention. She and the Prince are the only characters that are given any time an attention to the detriment of the overall story. There were so many other characters whose actions had huge impacts on the story. but they just seemed tossed in like plot grenades. I wanted to know more about all these other characters and their motivations, but none of that information was ever shared. It was occasionally a fun read, but I was equally frustrated with it and yelling at the characters for willfully making poor choices. Overall a bit of an up and down emotional roller coaster for me, but I would be particularly interested in a prequel.
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  • Britt
    January 1, 1970
    DNF at 25%. Didn't like the tone. Will still use for RA for youngish teens (13-15) who like Rachel Hawkins' books and fairy-tale retellings.Thanks to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for the advance copy, which I received in exchange for an unbiased review. The Evil Queen will be released on 25 June, but you can pre-order your copy today.
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  • Sally Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this, but just couldn’t.I found the beginning of the somewhat childish, and the rest of the book dull.
  • Sally Maxwell
    January 1, 1970
    I wanted to like this, but just couldn’t.I found the beginning of the somewhat childish, and the rest of the book dull.
  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    The Story: (May contain very minor spoilers)Everly is an unusual girl. She goes to high school like every other teen her age, but she is different. She does not look the same as those around her, does not act the same as her peers, and people instinctively fear her. Her ex-boyfriend never wanted anyone to know he was dating her. He was ashamed of her and the fact that he was attracted to her. Her sister on the other hand is considered lovely. She has an affection for animals, who are naturally d The Story: (May contain very minor spoilers)Everly is an unusual girl. She goes to high school like every other teen her age, but she is different. She does not look the same as those around her, does not act the same as her peers, and people instinctively fear her. Her ex-boyfriend never wanted anyone to know he was dating her. He was ashamed of her and the fact that he was attracted to her. Her sister on the other hand is considered lovely. She has an affection for animals, who are naturally drawn to her, and a strong love for her sister Everly. Everly is a ball of angst and deep down, she wants to be accepted and loved despite her hard-outwards appearance she uses to protect herself and her heart. Shortly after having a rough day at school that resulted in her suspension, she goes to a party with her younger sister, and her next choices lead her down a rabbit hole of dark and twisted events happening. Everly has to come to terms with the death of a loved one, spurring her to take a chance on someone she doesn’t know. She goes to Enchantia before her sister and stepfather and takes on the world as she knows it, seeking answers about herself, her abilities, and her prophecy. Is she truly the Evil Queen? “Hidden inside every fairy tale is a prophecy of events to come, and I play my part to perfection. Not that anyone understands my endgame- yet. But you will. Soon. I will set the record straight. Fair warning, my darklings. This tale isn’t for the faint of heart. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who will perish when I call?”Everly’s new world brings her into a dark tale of her own making. Her choices change her future. Who is the Evil Queen? Is it truly her? Is she Snow White? Who is Prince Charming? Which of these people she meets on her adventure is what character from the prophecy she is supposed to be part of. Why is she cursed with this horrible “gift”? Everyone hates her for what she is and what she must do to obtain her power. “Every hero is a villain, and every villain is a hero. It just depends on who you ask.” Instead of letting her heart always take precedence, she makes her decision based on logical facts of what is going on around her at the time. Even when she does something for the right reason, it always backfires on her and causes people to assume the worst about her. But...Why does she have this curse? Several women were scared about their lack of children after nearly a year of marriage. Being childless after a year of marriage meant certain death and so the women did what they had to do: they went to an enchanted tree and ate the apples from it in order to conceive a child before their time ran out. “Whether a royal or a peasant, a newly married woman had twelve months to conceive a child. If the clock ran out, a husband had the right to end the union- with the wife’s beheading.”Her entire journey leads her to believe that she is the Evil Queen and that fate has decided her course in life despite her wanting to be good...but being bad feels even better. There is a constant battle within her soul when it comes to her choices. Power equals safety, and sometimes it cannot be acquired by gentle means. Even with the encouragement from her friend and lover, the darkness calling to her is sweet and tempting. “I was born to be the Evil Queen. The monster other monsters fear. Selected by Fate. Joy is the carrot forever dangled out of my reach.” He shook his head, a lock of midnight hair falling over his forehead. “Fate might have predicted our course, and the corresponding outcome, but we decide what parts of the fairy tale are literal and what parts are symbolic. We still have freedom of choice, and I am thankful for that. You are the one I crave more than breath, Everly.” “Evil is knowing what’s right and doing what’s wrong anyways.” “If a warning sounds deep in your soul, pay it heed or pay the toll.”Even when it appears that her fate is set in stone and that she is nothing more than the result of Fate’s prophecy, she is faced with another loved one’s life coming to an end all too soon. Revenge surely wages in her heart against forgiveness. She is faced with a great temptation; to accept the unlimited power source being offered to her... for a price. The power would allow her to take revenge and glory in it. “The worst has happened, every path a disaster. Behold! Destruction has become your master.” “If a warning sounds deep in your soul, pay it heed or pay the toll.”Her previous friends are now at her mercy at the end of this dark, twisting tale as we are given a glimpse of in the beginning chapter of this book. She has all of the power to execute them all for their various crimes and hatred towards her. Will she finally succumb to the all-consuming evil that whispers to her heart? Is she capable of forgiveness and love anymore? Or will her pride and anger get in the way of changing her own fate and determining what is literal and what is symbolic? “They say pride goes before every fall. I say take someone with you-take them all.”My Thoughts: 4 StarsI was originally going to rate this book a solid three stars. The opening chapter was amazing! It drew me right into the story and characters. You could feel the tension in the scene and I wanted, no, needed more. However, after that I felt a tad bit withdrawn from the characters. It took until Everly returned to her roots in Enchantia for the story to actually work for me again. You can see how Everly changes as the events unfold around her. Everyone it seems it set out to harm her. Her type of person and power is disgusting to everyone there. Her kind is typically hunted down and killed. Her journey is not an easy one despite finding, losing, and finding love of different sorts again along her way. She learns a lot about herself and her character. She must learn how to balance the good within her soul, along with the evil whispering tempting sweet nothings into her mind. This fairy tale retelling was done beautifully and kept me enchanted for the majority of the book. That being said...this is a book for mature teenagers. There is a plethora of innuendos strewn across this book. There is murder, death of loved ones, difficult choices, imprisonment, and dark and twisted scenarios. I personally love dark fairy tales and enjoyed that the author did not shy away from the dark and did not stay only light-hearted and sunny. I am looking forward to future adventures in the Forest of Good and Evil. In summary: you are going to will never know if you will enjoy something unless you give it a try. Try this book! I was given a copy by Netgalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review. Release date: June 25th, 2019Please check out my blog!https://celticslibrary.wixsite.com/we...
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