Once Upon a Time meets Game of Thrones in New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter’s magical, romantic dark fantasy series, in which the fairy tales we know and love are prophecies of the future.
Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil, where villains may be heroes and heroes may be villains…it all depends on who you ask.
In the realm of Enchantia, creatures of legend still exist, magic is the norm, and fairy tales are real.
Raised in the human world, Everly Morrow has no idea she’s a fairy-tale princess—until she begins to commune with mirrors. 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, 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 Everly faces disasters and betrayals, giving in to her wicked side proves more tempting. Can she resist, or will she become the villain she was born to be?
Critics love The Evil Queen:
“Showalter (the Everlife books) delivers an entertaining series opener that condemns prejudice while championing self-determination. Romance-sweet and steamy, gay and straight-features prominently, action and humor abound, and the mystery of how each character figures into the legend imparts intrigue.”—Publishers Weekly
“The novel's conceit has a lot of potential with its deconstruction of a cherished fairy tale, an interesting take on good and evil as actions rather than fate, and a long cast of characters in ever evolving roles that will leave readers wondering who they are supposed to be.”—Kirkus Reviews
The Forest of Good and Evil Series:
The Evil Queen
The Glass Queen
After Everly Morrow, 17, discovers that she can spy on people using mirrors, and her fraternal twin, Hartly, develops the ability to commune with animals, their mother, Aubrey, divulges the truth: they are from Enchantia, where magic is real and fairy tales are prophetic. Aubrey decamped to Oklahoma after King Stephan tried to murder the family and succeeded in killing the girls' father, Prince Edwin. Now, Stephan has died, and it's safe to return. However, an Oracle claims that the sisters' fates are tied to the tale of "Snow White," and if their newfound talents reflect their respective roles in the fairy tale, tragedy awaits. Upon arriving in Enchantia, Everly falls for Roth Charmaine (aka Prince Charming?) raising questions about good vs. evil and fate vs. free will. Despite a ponderous start, purple prose, and a convoluted premise, Showalter (the Everlife books) delivers an entertaining series opener that condemns prejudice while championing self-determination. Romance sweet and steamy, gay and straight features prominently, action and humor abound, and the mystery of how each character figures into the legend imparts intrigue. Ages 13 up.
Masterful contemporary retelling of a classic fairytale
From the first sentence of Chapter 1, I was hooked and could not put the book down. The Evil Queen is a masterful, contemporary retelling of The Snow White fairytale (Grimm and Disney) and has appeal to its intended young adult audience as well as an adult audience who appreciates fairy tales in all their incarnations. The story took a fundamental good versus evil tale and made it multi-layered and complex, reflecting reality more accurately. Though the characters in the novel are destined to be characters from Snow White, by story’s end they discover that who they are is a matter of perspective. The Evil Queen will enthrall you, entertain you, and make you believe in fairy tales once again. This novel should be a must read on your summer list! Full review can be found at www.theresapulyer.blog
Everything I didn’t know I needed
Honestly, all clichès aside, this was beautifully written and a perfect rendition of one of our favorite fairy tales. Hopeful we’ll get some more content like this, could not put it down!