The Evil Queen
by Gena Showalter
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.
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, 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.
The battle between ratings is SO on. Seriously, my mind is conflicted about this book. Some parts were, OMG HOW IN THE---EEEEEEKKKKK--- HE TOUCHED HER CHEEK!! MARRY HIM, MARRY HIM!!! Whilst other parts were, Why is she--okay, but why? Oh no, she's doing something stupid again. Ugh, we GET IT, everyone can be evil, DUH. Was the story fantastic? It had its moments. Was the love interest drop-your-heart-and-pick-it-up-at-the-register swoony? Sometimes. See? I can't even form a spoiler-free review WITHOUT sounding as if I don't know how to form coherent words. Which I do. Most of the time.
RATING: 🌟🌟🌟⭐⭐ 3.8, 3.9? 4.0?! Ughhhhhhh, why is my brain like this?!
WARNING! WARNING! WARNING! ABORT IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET!
Welcome fellow booktastical dragons! To the forest of good and evil. Where Avians are good-looking men with majestic wings, where there are roguishly swoony princes with a knack for tattoos... And where I, (insert name), found solace in moments of bad reading weeks. I'll admit that when I started, my expectations were MONUMENTALLY low. They were just chilling besides Hades at this point, they were boiling to extinction in the Earth's core. That's how non-existent said things were. And I thank heavens above, that this was good! Not great mind you. But good! With an exclamation mark thrown in for surprise effect. *Clears throat* So let's follow my imaginary steps of: Writing a Review of a Book I didn't love but didn't Hate either. Let's call it The Warm-ish Review. Not overly fangirly nor overly 'I hate this why in the world did I read this?!'
𝕺𝖕𝖊𝖓𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝕬𝖈𝖙: 𝕰𝖛𝖎𝖑 𝕼𝖚𝖊𝖊𝖓, 𝕱𝖎𝖗𝖘𝖙 𝕴𝖒𝖕𝖗𝖊𝖘𝖘𝖎𝖔𝖓𝖘
Oooo let me tell you that when I opened the book and saw it was from the villain's perspective (duh, it said so on the synopsis *smacks head*) I almost died from ultimate sensory overload. I can sincerely say that I loved those first few pages. No doubt, no question. Just, loved. She was a boss, plain and simple. Prince Charming was *fanning myself for the 262394 time* a miracle and oh so beautiful. I absolutely adore fairy tale retellings and as such have my opinions of them in high regard. Meaning that after reading them I compare them to the original fairytale and nitpick EVERYTHING. Snow White was a pain in the prologue (isn't she always?), and I found it quite refreshing actually. What I most liked about the prologue was how interesting it was. How it transformed the scenery, how I could picture everything so perfectly even now I can remember how it looked. At the moment I could smell the vines, the evilness floating around in the air. And that my friends, is something very difficult to create. The first thought that popped into my mind the MOMENT I read the first sentence ~
"𝖂𝖊𝖑𝖑, 𝖜𝖊𝖑𝖑, 𝖜𝖊𝖑𝖑.” 𝕺𝖛𝖊𝖗𝖈𝖔𝖒𝖊 𝖇𝖞 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐 𝖉𝖊𝖑𝖎𝖌𝖍𝖙, 𝕴 𝖚𝖓𝖛𝖊𝖎𝖑𝖊𝖉 𝖒𝖞 𝖈𝖔𝖑𝖉𝖊𝖘𝖙, 𝖜𝖎𝖈𝖐𝖊𝖉𝖊𝖘𝖙 𝖘𝖒𝖎𝖑𝖊. “𝕳𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖔, 𝖒𝖞 𝖉𝖆𝖗𝖐𝖑𝖎𝖓𝖌𝖘.
I legit made a screechy sound at the back of my throat, and I remember this because people looked toward the sound. That had come out of my mouth. And they stared. So yeah, reading is awesome! Apart from summarizing that the Evil Queen or better yet EQ was a scorned woman who had every right to set free the beast of revenge (which I totally agreed with) and one of her phrases of how people contributed to her becoming evil, which may or may not have incited an attack of the Squealis and an enormous amount of inward fangirling because YES QUEEN! SHOW THEM THE CLAAAAAWWWSS, SHOW THEM THE FAAAAAAANNNNGSS!! Great first impression? In the magic bag.
𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕱𝖔𝖑𝖑𝖔𝖜𝖎𝖓𝖌 𝕻𝖆𝖌𝖊𝖘 𝖂𝖎𝖙𝖍 𝕿𝖍𝖊 𝕰𝖓𝖉 𝕴𝖓𝖈𝖑𝖚𝖉𝖊𝖉..
𝕱𝖗𝖔𝖒: 𝕲𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖙! 𝕿𝖔: 𝖌𝖔𝖔𝖉.
Okay, so the first impressions are long and gone, I absolutely love Everly. Like, I want her to be my sister/ BFF or simply be my friend. Hartly was adorable, obviously we all thought SNOW WHITE! When we first saw her communicate and placate animals which duh, all the princesses can. Disney? *knock knock*, I need all of you to get more creative please! Make a warrior who's bad with animals, hates singing, is completely average, or something along the lines of that. (If they HAVE made a movie like this, por favor comment below with the name. Seriously, I would LIVE for that movie) Back to Everly, my bootiful reader dragons, she punched someone in the face. I need a moment, *dramatically swallowing tears*, she was all 'I'm beauty, I'm grace, I will kick you in the face!" I can honestly tell you, my eyes almost discombobulated. Yes, that is indeed a word. Thank you, Sherlock Holmes! (OMG, did you get the reference?! I swear, I get smarter by the day. Every 100 years. On the fifth month) After that it was told about their sister language (which is extremely epic, mind you), we meet their mother (kind, benevolent, an older Hartly, beautiful to the core. Of the Apple. Get it? Dang, I'm spitting words of wisdom. *snicker*)
their step-father (oh so sweet and oh so not sweet. Because I KNEW he was too good to be true. I KNEW. After it was revealed.) Both girls were an awesome pair, they complemented each other flawlessly, loved each other to death. They were the S- Squad, for sure. Moving on, Everly can speak with mirrors. You heard that right. She can. I myself, cannot, but I can feel the judgmental stare of my wall-sized mirror laughing at me. Creepy? Maybe. She had a boyfriend. Said boyfriend dumped her, he was an utter creep at a party, Everly knocked his teeth back into his skull. She then talked to a mirror, saw what was happening between her mother and Nicohlas AKA found out that they came from a magic world, Mother Dearest was a princess, he was a sorcerer. Yada, yada, yada. He leaves, the end. Everly is confuzzled, to say the least, Hartly gets weak, we ALL know Everly is literally sucking Hartly's magic from her. Because it was obvious no? So yes, lots of drama. Now let's jump to meeting Roth. I swooned to death. I was deceased. I couldn't anymore. He was too perfect. Warrior, Prince, Tall, Dark, Green eyes, Muscle for days...*lovesick sigh*...pick up my coffin at 5 pm, will you? After they met, we are introduced to the Avian, The Merman, The Faerie, and Everly's twin sister. REAL twin sister. Um...I was very confused about that family tree. Oh! And Roth's stupid--I mean fantastic sister as well. SO. MANY. CHARACTERS. I liked them all as well (minus HER, you know who I'm talking about). Did I LOVE them though? To be such a long book I really expected more on that front. A lot more. Like, I appreciated them? But not as completely as I could have? Perhaps because they were like background chatter? When will I stop speaking in questions? I don't know? Okay, now I'm annoyed. Let's dive headfirst (without breaking anything please) into what I did NOT like about the book. It was long. And usually, I adore long books. But there was something, I don't know, that made such a long book seem incomplete. You get what I mean, right? I guess the author put so much time into the world-building (which is awesome) and Everly and Roth, that the rest, kind of fell apart. I am by no means hating on this story but picture this: There's a building, tall and sleek. All around it, there are luscious gardens, beautiful fauna, but when you look closely at the building...REALLY closely, you start finding cracks and broken windows. THAT'S what I mean. I liked Everly's personality (sometimes, again, I don't know why, but she annoyed me. But only at times), loved Roth (but he DID say quite a lot of cheesy things that made me want to scream and throw a punch of my own). The real downfall was the ending. It was too...simple. It had a message about how everyone can be evil and so, but it did not give me MORE. I actually wanted The Evil Queen's real story. How she became evil, not an anecdote. But that's probably me, personally, I want the reasons, I crave to know what forced them to become the way they are. In the end, not even Snow White died AKA Roth's sister. Ugh, the disappointment people! The disappointment. So yes, that's it. I cut it short because if I were to describe anything and everything, this would never end.
Everly's unending sarcasm. Now THAT'S what I call a good female protagonist. Sarcasm and punches. *chef kiss* Masterpiece.
Everly getting lashes with a whip. Her strength was unending and fiery in its vengeance. It even hurt ME.
Roth being the man he is. Regardless of the number of times I wanted to smack him for being such a cheesy lovebird.
Reese's sacrifice. Also, he was a siren. I'm just going to let that sink in. AND HE DIED. I am seriously angry.
Saxon. That's it. He was BOOTIFUL.
Snow White's death. Oh.
The world-building was exquisite.
Oh! And Vikander. Phew! Was that boy a piece of work.
I think I always wish for a character's death. Or for some sort of non-happy ending, but come on! Seriously? Snow Witch couldn't die? And couldn't Everly be a benevolent Queen? But still vengeful? In a healthy way, trust me. All of that *points upward* is exactly why I'm conflicted about the rating. Yes, I skipped a lot. Yes, I didn't give my fabulous *snort* opinion about everything. Alas. My brain cells only give me so much before they fizzle out.
-Bookdragon OUT! *drops mic* *BTS starts playing* Oh no...