The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

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(Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press)

WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF GOOD AND EVIL.
A DREAM COME TRUE…AND A LIVING NIGHTMARE.

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. 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 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 queen—and villain—she was born to be?
The battle between good and evil is on.

REVIEW:

Everly and Hartly are magical twins who have grown up in the mortal world – not knowing that there is anything beyond what they have always known. When strange things start to occur and a tragic event reveals that they are actually lost princesses from the land of Enchantia – an epic adventure of fate and destiny unfolds.

This story is full of secrets, betrayal, friendships, lust, loyalty, revenge and pretty much EVERYTHING else that you can imagine – but it ultimately comes down to love.

This book reads like a fantasy novel with a contemporary protagonist. Everly and Hartly grew up in the mortal world – they are basically regular teen girls thrown into a nightmare version of Snow White. I loved the dialogue that Everly had with our Enchantia characters and I liked that she reacted to certain situations like a non-magical girl would. She is sassy and sarcastic and strong – everything I love in a main character.

What I appreciated the most about this book – was that it wasn’t your typical fairy tale/villain retelling. The story did not set out to de-villainize the evil queen, or justify her actions. What it did do was make you realize that the evil queen isn’t so much a person but result of our actions. Anyone can be the evil queen when you know what is the right and good choice but you choose to do the wrong anyway. Those that are supposed to be good, can make bad decisions. Those who have been painted as the enemy may just be your best ally.

I would suggest this book for older teens and adults who are fans of fairy tale retellings.

Sex: Lots of sexual innuendoes and suggestive situations.

Substance: Poison

Language: Lots of verbal sparring but nothing coarse

Violence: LOTS of violence! Like… LOTS!

Thankyou to Harper Collins Canada for this advanced reader copy

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