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The Evil Queen

(The Forest of Good and Evil #1)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,579 ratings  ·  770 reviews


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 fair
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press
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Miranda Reads
May 09, 2019 rated it did not like it

Just released my Worst 2020 Books Video - now that you know this one made the list, click the link to find the rest!
The Reaction Gif Review

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:

The Written Review

Whelp. I finished it. Took over a year of painful, labored reading BUT I am 110% positive of three things:

1) Gena Showalter has never met an actual teenager...
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love Gena but this was okay. I think it might just be a 2 star as I wanted to smack to many people or something like that. 🤔🙄

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

This sounded like a great book. The concept is fantastic - I'm a huge Disney villain fan, and retellings of fairy tales can be really fun, especially when told from the villain's perspective. Alas and alack, this one felt like reading a rushed first draft of a book. It was full of childish dialogue, whirlwind speed scene changes with very little substance, and little to no real character
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as to-read
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 ever

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Natalie ✩★ The Biblioholic ★✩
Hello My Darklings... Welcome to Enchantia, the land of myths, magic, and mystical creatures. It's the place make believe is made of. Realms based on fairytales, with its people living out the stories one day and battle at a time. One day, in Oklahoma, Everly finds out that her life is not what it appears to be. She was born with a destiny and it's time to take her rightful place amid the legend of Snow White and The Evil Queen. What part will she play? Is she good or evil? And is she strong ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun read!

Ugh, I love retellings and The Evil Queen was a good one to dive into. Pretty sure I loved every character that I was introduced to. The chemistry and every little twist was all amazing in my eyes. In it, you will meet Everly Morrow who is a normal girl living in the human world. Well, she thought that because one day she finds out she has been living a lie. WELL, her whole family has been really and it was a complete shock to her.

The day that her and her twin sister H
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

A retelling of Snow White. YA fantasy. 1st book in the series.
Is a person inherently evil? Or are they made evil by circumstance?
Dark and brooding, this story asks a lot of questions of the teens. Morals, decisions, and characteristics that would fit multiple roles in the inherited fable. Who are they at heart?

I alternated between a paperback copy and an audio version, both of which were equally compelling.
This is a long and complex version of the tale that is
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gena Showater has an unique ability to write stories that are so engrossing, so entertaining, that you never want to put them down. Once you start them, you are hopelessly trapped in the imaginative worlds that she is able to create. Worlds that are so far out there, so far fetched, you can't help but fall in love with them and want to go there and visit them yourself.

Add irresistible characters that are completely relatable (even the bad guys) and you can see what I mean about not being able to
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

It’s rare that a fairytale retelling captures my imagination quite as this one does but this is not a tired retelling of Snow White and the evil Queen rather it takes that particular fairytale and turns it completely on its head giving it a fresh new spin and injecting some dark undertones so, in essence, a complete reimagining.
I’m incredibly critical when rating this type of fiction and this is definitely one of the better retellings for sure.

Hero or villain here nothing is assumed history is r
Me going into hibernation until I get my hands on this

This comes out ON my birthday y'all. That means it can't be bad, right?!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter is the first book in the young adult fantasy The Forest of Good and Evil series. As one may guess from the title alone this is a retelling of Snow White in a sense that it takes readers way way back to give a background to the one we love to hate herself, the Evil Queen.

Once upon a time in the magical land of Enchantia fairy tales were not only stories but prophecies. At that time in Enchantia there was a law that all newly married women faced, if a woman was not
Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I really liked The Evil Queen, I unfortunately didn't love it as much as I was hoping I would, given my love of fairytale retellings. I did like Everly for a variety of reasons, but she also really annoyed me and came across as being a rather unlikable person at times throughout the book, too; and it can really hinder my enjoyment of a book when I'm not a huge fan of the protagonist. I really enjoyed the romance between Everly and Roth throughout the book for the most part, but there also ...more

This book is amazing. I cried like a baby. I loooove the world Gena created and she, once again, surprised the hell out of me. I wasn’t expecting half of what happened and I loved every pages. I’m a huge fantasy fan and this was right up my alley, throw some romance in there and I’m hooked. 😍
Lia Carstairs
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 4.5
Never have I loved the supposed 'villain' and hated the 'hero'.


I loved The Evil Queen . It's so much different from other stories. Imagine everyone (including yourself) believing that you were fated to be evil? Usually fairy tale retellings have the MC as the hero but this one was the opposite. With the MC trying to fight her destiny.


OMG there were so many moments where I just wanted someone dead (yes, i know violence is not the answer but that doesn't apply to (view spoiler)
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooksiown
When Everly finds out from her mom that she is destined to be the evil Queen from the Snow white story, she tries to prove everyone wrong about her. Can she do it or will they push her to the edge and make her the evil queen of mean they want her to be? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good fairy tale about the evil queen and snow white. If you like fairy tale retellings, be sure to check this book out at your local library and wherever books are sold.
A. Hoyle
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am floored by how much I loved The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter. I loved my ebook so much, I plan to buy it in print and give it True Love's Kiss. I was so hooked by every comma and looped in every question mark. Seriously! I love how the tale came full circle, though at first I was dismayed to walk into the end of a story, the tale kept taking shape in so many ways due to the complexity of these characters. Yes, I said "complexity" when our MC makes me cringe with colloquialisms like "lightbu ...more
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Jun 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
Alright, I will admit that I was attracted to starting this book because of its pretty cover and interesting blurb.
The reason why I rate this book so poorly is because of the writing style as well as the plot. There's not much plot to speak of, unfortunately. There's a lot of sexual tension that's brought up in such an awkward way that it makes me cringe. For example, our darling Everly's attempt at flirting: "You are Prince Roth.. something or other. The mansel in distress I rescued from a tro
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
Bambi Unbridled

The Evil Queen is the first installment of the Forest of Good and Evil series, which will apparently be a retelling or reimagination of our favorite fairytales a la Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, etc.

This first story revolves (obviously) around the various iterations of Snow White and we follow along with our characters to find out which prophecy will control, and which person fills the foretold role of Snow White, the Huntsman, Prince Charming, the Evil Queen, and the seven dwar
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DNF at page 76.

I could not even with this book. Mostly the dialogue that took it from young YA to feeling like I was watching middle schoolers interact and try to be cool.

I also hate when books start with a prologue that's the ending. WHAT IS THAT. I know we bascially *know* the ending of this book, but it still isn't fun for me to read it this way.

This was a crappier version of Heartless by Marissa Meyer (which I absolutely loved).
Sophia Triad
May 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
Super excited for this one 😊
Alina Nshanyan
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I absolutely loved this take on the evil queen. It was so fun and not like any other retelling I’ve read before. Really never thought i would be on the evil queens side but here we are. The romance started off a bit too quickly for my taste but I absolutely loved it throughout the story. Can’t wait for the second one
Cindy ✩☽♔
Synopsis 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
The Nerd Daily
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on The Nerd Daily | Review by Laura Erne

"Hidden inside every fairytale 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?"

It’s funny because I have a love/hate relationship for fairytale retellings, but yet here I am reviewing my third retelling
♥ WishfulMiss ♥
"Evil isn't born, it's made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you've made."

An amazing retelling of Snow White from the Evil Queen's POV. It was dark and magical, romantic and heartbreaking. You will love Everly and laugh, cry and rage right along side her. If ever there was a villain I wanted to root for it would be Everly. Hands down. I loved this book and this heroic villain!

Props to the author for writing such an awesome take on this fairy tale. The world she cre
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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-reg
Jennie Damron
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ok so call me completely cheesy, but I loved this book. I went into it thinking it would be your typical retelling of a fairytale. This one being Snow White, but it's so much more. No one is who they seem, and no one is who they think they are. Life tends to be a bit more complicated than that.
Everly Morrow is everything I love in a character. Fearless, determined, perseveres, but shows such vulnerability and yearns to be loved for who she is.
Roth Charmaine. At first he irritated me. Full of a
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much it was the best retelling of Snow White I have ever read. I loved all of the characters especially Everly and Roth I really liked their relationship and how it progressed and its ups and downs as well. I really liked how the relationships between Everly and the people she meets I just do not like how she was treated after a certain point. I loved the story how she tries to prove she is not the evil queen and what happens after all the events of the story. I loved everyt ...more
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family an ...more

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