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The Evil Queen

(The Forest of Good and Evil #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  444 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Classic fairy tales are turned on their heads as strong heroines take charge and save the princes and the world in this magical action and romance-filled trilogy from the New York Times bestselling author of the Everlife novels and the White Rabbit Chronicles, beginning with a teen prophesied to become the Evil Queen from Snow White who refuses to be pigenonholed into her ...more
Hardcover, 538 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Harlequin Teen
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Miranda Reads
UPDATE: Netgalley granted me an arc. This gonna be good.

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:
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
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
◊♦ Naomi
Who’s excited for this?! I AM!!!!!
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 e ...more
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
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
Gigi H
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
Sophia Triad
Super excited for this one 😊
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?!
Nov 03, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Will you accept your destiny of Evil Queen, Raven Everly? XD
Since I got into Ever Afte High I have read what feels like a shit ton of fairy tale retellings and another shit ton awaits me still. And yet the second I find another book with almost the same premise I immediately add it onto my tbr list. I'm helpless. LOL

I understand that with a topic like this you can't achieve pristine untainted originality but the blurb alone contains several references to other works with similar concepts. Enchan
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series-tbr
a fairytale-princess turning evil?? now that is something i wanna read.
Andria Hoyle
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Brittany Kantack
I thought this was a fantastic quick read. The dialogue was kind of cringy and annoying but the intended audience is YA so I think everyone needs to keep that in mind. The storyline was great, and it was an amazing retelling. Definitely recommend!
♥ 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 creat
Tiera McMillian
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: june-2019
* I requested and received an AR copy of this via NetGalley and the publisher Harlequin TEEN and Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Tons of thanks for letting me read and review this book Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors.*

All NIGHT BINGE! Well, you see... what had happened was... I, like an idiot, decided to start this before going to bed.. I should know better, I really should. This is not your typical ever after, it was heartbreaking, gut wrenching, infuriating, and th
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Everly and Hartly Morrow are living a normal teenage life. Hartly is loved by everyone and Everly is the outcast. She doesn't understand why until the day she learns that she can communicate with mirrors and finds out that she, Hartly and their mom are from the realm of Enchantia. After a family tragedy Everly thinks that returning to Enchantia will solve all her problems. This is until she learns that she is part of a fairy tale and may possibly be Snow White's Evil Queen. She soon meets Prince ...more
Olivia Farr
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: yabc-reviews
See my full review here:

If you love a snarky heroine, surprise twists and turns, and a fairytale-themed plot, THE EVIL QUEEN is designed to be your new favorite read. This book follows Everly in the first person as she uncovers her history and perseveres to protect the people she loves. From the beginning, we know that girls were born after their mothers ate from a forbidden, magical apple tree, and that they will play a role in bringing a fairytale to li
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings
*Rating* 3.5


The Evil Queen, by author Gena Showalter, is the first installment in the authors The Forest of Good and Evil. This is a modern but twisted fairy-tale retelling of “Little Snow White” by the Brothers Grimm from the evil queen’s point of view as she descends into evil. Everyone has a complex narrative, making the novel even more enjoyable. This isn't your classic retelling. 17-year old Everly Morrow and her twin siste
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the bestselling author of the Intertwined series and The White Rabbit Chronicles, Gena Showalter brings us a new series that’s rich in fairy tale lore and will set us on a new course of the stories we only thought we knew! The Evil Queen is the start of a new series called The Forest of Good and Evil. This was a remarkable start to the series and I cannot wait to see what will happen next.

The story starts off like any other, once upon a time in a land far, far away live two girls and their
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Gena Showalter is one of my favourite authors. I've read most of her books and have yet to read one I wouldn't at the very least classify as enjoyable. That includes The Evil Queen. This novel is a clever and deep take on the fairy tale of Snow White. In adapting the classic tale Showalter highlights just what it means to be good and what it means to be evil. This book is filled with philosophical conundrums and it keeps the reader on their toes. You never know from one moment to the next who to ...more
I received a Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have some mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed it enough but there were parts of it that felt so juvenile. Which is strange considering the book is older YA.

The premise was great and I spent the entire book trying to figure out who played what role. That part was really well done. I enjoyed the characters and each individual arc.

Where I was lost was the narration of the book itself. Everly felt very immature to me. Her personality
Shelby (Graced with Books)
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!
The premise of this book is so interesting! That these characters are prophesied to play certain roles in what we know as fairytale stories. The main character, Everly, believes she is the evil queen but so do the other girls in this novel. I loved uncovering the mystery of who is who in this book. What I didn't really love was the dialogue, it just made me cringe a lot. Overall I really enjoyed the plot!
Apr 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank you NetGalley for providing me an e-ARC!

Have mixed feelings about the book. I enjoyed it but there were parts of it that felt too young for an older YA book.

I enjoyed the characters, wasn't much a fan of Everly, seemed immature and made me cringe often.

It was a decent book but would not recommend it to others.
Jenny {So She Tries}
The Evil Queen has some elements I absolutely love, some things that left me wanting more, and some things I didn't like.

I rated it at 3 stars and it's a solid 3 stars for me on this read. While overall I enjoyed it, I don't know that I'd re-read it again.

First of all, the premise of this story is amazing. Set in a magical realm, a group of various women are trying to get pregnant because if they don't succeed within a year of marriage, their husbands can execute them.

An apple tree exists that,
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
DNF. Holy moly, the CRINGE. I guess you can just publish whatever you want if you're popular enough.
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Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in paranormal and contemporary romances, as well as young adult novels. Her series include White Rabbit Chronicles, Angels of the Dark, Otherworld Assassins, Lords of the Underworld, Alien Huntress and Intertwined.

Her novels have appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and Seventeen Magazine, and have been transl