THE EVIL QUEEN by Gena Showalter

THE EVIL QUEEN

From the "Forest of Good and Evil" series, volume 1
Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A new take on “Snow White” in which fairy tales are prophecies.

Life in Oklahoma did not prepare 17-year-old Everly Morrow for the truths she comes to discover: that she is a princess from the realm of Enchantia; her stepfather, Nicolas, is an evil sorcerer; and her beloved twin, Hartly, is not actually her sister. Plus, they are all players in a developing prophecy connected to the “Snow White” tale—but none of them knows which part they will play. Everly crosses over to Enchantia to find the truth behind who she is, and there, she meets other potential players, including Prince Roth Charmaine (Prince Charming, perhaps?), with whom she has an insta-connection. This is only the beginning of Everly’s journey: With her newfound ability to communicate with mirrors, it seems fairly clear which character Everly is fated to be. 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. But cringeworthy dialogue and a convoluted, overlong execution let the premise down along with Everly’s repetitive am-I-good/am-I-evil internal monologue. Everly is white; some secondary characters are described as having brown skin, and two major secondary characters are lesbians.

An intriguing but ultimately disappointing series opener. (Fantasy. 14-adult)

Pub Date: June 25th, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-335-54224-3
Page count: 544pp
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2019




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