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Evil Thing

(Villains #7)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  1,631 ratings  ·  295 reviews
Cruella De Vil is the perfect villain: stylish, witty, relentless...and possibly cursed.

From her lonely childhood, to her iconic fashion choices, to that fateful car crash (you know the one), Cruella tells all in this marvelous memoir of a woman doomed. Even the cruelest villains have best friends, true loves, and daring dreams. Now it's Cruella's turn to share hers.

Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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Michaelyn Howard Mullan For the other books in this series, I would say you need to read them for it to make sense. However, this one isn't really connected to the rest of th…moreFor the other books in this series, I would say you need to read them for it to make sense. However, this one isn't really connected to the rest of the series, I don't think you need to read the other ones. I do think this one is weaker than the other books in the series.(less)
Addisson Hey il sort le 7 juillet aux USA ( normalement, mais avec le COVID....) donc il sera sûrement dispo en France en fin d'année ou début d'année prochain…moreHey il sort le 7 juillet aux USA ( normalement, mais avec le COVID....) donc il sera sûrement dispo en France en fin d'année ou début d'année prochaine ( encore une fois, pas sûr avec le COVID). Les autres livres étaient déjà sortis aux USA depuis longtemps ce qui explique l’enchaînement des traductions.(less)

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Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Cruella De Vil. It follows something of The Great Gatsby route, being centered in that same old money world. All she ever wanted was her mother's love. Love that was not to be found even though Cruella could never see it. He mother was more obsessed with "things" and social status and couldn't be bothered with raising a child. **Shakes Fist** Darn you, Serena Valentino, for making me feel empathetic to such an evil villain. If I had any criticism, it would maybe be that Vale ...more
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dahlings! Cruella De Vil here. You may wonder what an icon like me is doing here, on Goodreads. Just to be clear, I don't have an account for this foolish website and I won't have one in the near future. Instead, I decided to annoy a French reader of Serena Valentino, Hugo, while he was writing an annoying review of my MARVELLOUS MEMOIR. You know what people say: You are never as well served as when you serve yourself. That's why I decided that I will write an amazing review of my own book( and ...more
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, wish-list
This book was received as an ARC from Disney Book Group - Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

I absolutely was looking forward to the release of this book since I am a huge fan of the Villains series by Serena Valentino. All of the books so far were brilliantly written and I expected nothing less from Serena and I must say, this was the BEST villains book in the series (in my humble opinion). I loved the approach
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cruella's story, told from her point of view. In this book, you are Cruella as a child, teen, and adult, so you can see how she changes and becomes evil. I really appreciated seeing how she grew up and also her friendship with Anita, who we all know as the owner of Perdita. Quick read. ...more
Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love Serena Valentino's Disney Villains book series and Evil Thing was absolutely no exception! 101 Dalmatians was always one of my favourite Disney films as a little girl and it is my very own princesses favourite now too. I absolutely love Cruella De Vil as a villain and hearing her side of the story was like finally slotting the last piece of the jigsaw into its place. I believed every word of Criella's ast and to me it made erfect sense. Brilliant, will be keeping this aside for ...more
Jul 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This installment, #7, was formatted a bit differently than previous books which featured some characters unique to this series, but not to the Disney world. This was told as a bit of a memoir and is much stronger for it. This was easily the best book of the series and in my opinion brought new life into it. I'm ready to see what is next! ...more
April B.
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for allowing me to read Evil Thing, book 7 in the Disney Villian series, In the words of Cruella "It was simply Mahvelous Dahling!" I loved this book so completely, was written in the format of a memoir by Cruella's own words. The backstory included her childhood, which was interesting because her Mother was a very typical high class socialite, wanted to go out running than be anywhere near her daughter and then there was her Father, who was loving, kind a ...more
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Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evil Thing is the 7th offering in Serena Valentino's Villains series.
Highlighting 101 Dalmations' Cruella De Vil.
Readers are introduced to the broken girl behind the iconic villainess.
The only child of Lord and Lady De Vil.
Cruella grew up a very sheltered and cosetted child.
A lonely bird in an extremely gilded cage. Where nothing mattered more than the appearance of perfection. The trappings of class and social position.
And the mandate from both Cruella's parents that she "distinguish herself".

Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Not bad but very much a slow descent into madness.

“Evil Thing” gives the infamous Cruella the chance to tell her side of the story we all know so well and this time we get to meet the young girl desperate to make her father proud and earn her mother’s love even if it means giving up everything.

I haven’t read the other books in this series so I don’t know if they’re all this kind of character study but it was interesting to see this rather long, drawn out take on Cruella going from this young g
Amélie Boucher
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Well, that was disappointing.

2.5 stars

Watch my reading vlog and review for this book here:

Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First things first, a huge THANK YOU to Serena Valentino for this fun contest she had on her FB page that offered a PDF ARC of Evil Thing to the winners. Of course, this review is based on my personal opinion and my own feelings.

Fairy tales are cautionary stories, as they provide important lessons. But what does Serena creates with those retellings? Well, I'll tell you. It's not just about creating amazing backstories for the undeveloped characters of Disney pictures that are villains. It's abou
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This review originally published in Looking FOr a Good Book. Rated 3.75 of 5

One of my favorite Disney movies is one that seems the least Disney-like - no princes or princesses, no kings or queens, no beasts or monsters to be slain or under-estimated, no curses, no magic ... just good storytelling and one very frightening villain. So when I saw this new book from Disney-Hyperion, it caught my eye and I really wanted to read it.

Apparently this is a series - Disney villains get to tell their back s
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Evil Thing is book number 7 in the villain series and it was just as amazing as the rest of the stories. While this one is completely different than the others I thoroughly enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. There is a small part of the fairy-tale world and an important tie-in with a pair of earrings but outside of that this is a dark and sad story of Cruella DeVille and her slow progression into insanity that takes place in the human world. The story starts with her childhood in a very wealth ...more
Kasey Giard
Sep 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
EVIL THING wasn’t the story I expected. This is the second book I’ve read in the Villains series by Serena Valentino. I read and reviewed MISTRESS OF ALL EVIL in 2017.

Especially early on in EVIL THING, I felt like Cruella De Vil was as likeable as Lady Mary from Downton Abbey. She was dismissive and sometimes cold, but there were a few people she loved. Her relationship with her mother was complex and tragic. I liked getting to explore her relationship with Anita and learn more about their histo
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was sent this eARC from Disney-Hyperion via Netgalley

Evil Thing was my first experience reading one of Valentino’s books from her Villains series and I’m IMPRESSED and loving it and now need to read the rest of them!

This story was told from Cruella’s point of view as if she was telling us the story herself, so we had the benefit of seeing what transpired but also hearing her thoughts throughout the entire story. We were able to watch her deterioration and really understand why she is so evil
Chanel Lindsay
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a long time since I was this excited about reading a book, and I certainly wasn't disappointed!
101 Dalmatians has always been my absolute favourite Disney classic, and I have always been massively obsessed with Dalmatians! And while yes, Cruella is a wretched evil villain, she is still my favourite as well.
Told from Cruella's POV, this book certainly had me gripped and intrigued right from the very start!
I even started to feel a lot of sympathy for Cruella! While I definitely don't
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really have been slacking on my reading this year but nevertheless this book was amazing! The author made me hate cruella yet have sympathy for her, try to hope that all would turn out ok. I also loved all of her servants how they all had their own personalities and how I felt more compassion for them than anyone else. I really recommend this book!
Sophie Crane
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: women-in-h-f, disney
Loved this! So great to get more of Cruella's background and find out why she is what she is. Brilliant. ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, how delicious is this book?
Cruella is one of my least favourite villains, but it's lovely to read about how she got that way. The influence of a parent, and how we all are just looking for love.
Manipulation and naivety had its toll on her.

Evil? Nah, misunderstood.

And finally, a book that took me less than a week to finish #hooray
Alejandro Camacho
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I must be honest with everyone who might read this review…

I never saw Cruella fitting in the universe Serena created, I always imagined that if she was ever going to be featured in the saga, her story could be something like a standalone novel because Cruella’s environment seem at first sight a world apart from the world with Odd Sisters, Circe and the other Villains. Even if we grew up, seeing Cruella in Disney parafernalia along with Malefincet, Ursula and the Evil Queen as Disney Mean Girls,
Aubree | Literately Speaking
Jul 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
The next chapter in Disney's Villians book series, Serena Valentino explores the psyche and history of the evil Cruella De Vil. Departing from the prior books, in which fantasy villians are explored, this story has a more realistic tone, presented as an interview between the author and De Vil. Though a risk, this approach very much payed off, a perfect in-story reason to find out who the villain really is.

In order to understand why Cruella is indeed cruel, Valentino writes the character not as m
Bri C
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book was given to me by Netgalley in return for an honest review.

It's hard to believe you can feel bad for Cruella but some how Serena pulls it off. The story follows Cruella throughout her life up until the crime. She wonderfully expands on the characters we all know and love. And she even she keeps you wondering if things are as they seem for some of the players.
It's interesting to see the story through Cruella and how far she goes off the rails without realizing it. Gives you a good unde
Shasta Bos
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was amazing! Right up there with book #1. So wonderful and tragic. You can’t help feel sorry for Cruella. Don’t want to give anything away so you’ll just have to read it. I will say that The Odd Sisters do not make an appearance snd for that I am grateful as they were really annoying me in the last few books.
Gemma Searle
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book it gave such a different perspective to this character. A very enjoyable read I love how the author managed to slip princess tulip into the story just a tiny bit
Becky Ginther
I've read all of the Villains series by Serena Valentino, and this one is probably my favorite so far. The main reason, quite honestly, is no mention at all of the Odd Sisters. Their presence in the stories of the other villains has felt forced and distracting. Evil Thing is just about Cruella's story, which I appreciated.

Much of this book centers on Cruella when she was younger, from about the age of 10 up until her teenage years. We see how she was raised and the impact that her mother had on
Dec 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: yabc-reviews
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EVIL THING is a book that takes us into the mind of Cruella De Vil. The book is set up as if it is her memoir, remembering her childhood and life that took her to the place where she was going to steal those puppies for a fur coat. I imagine that this villain was particularly difficult to write, as her character on screen was larger than life.

We begin when Cruella is young and wishing for the love of her mother- a love that could n
Kyle Wieczorek
Apr 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing

First of all, I would like to thank Serena Valentino and Disney Press for an advanced ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Evil Thing: A Tale of That Devil Woman hits book stores July 7th.

I've always been interested in the bad guy. (or girl) I've been reading Serena Valentino's Disney Villain Series since I was lucky enough to stumble across it in 2016. They're fun, generally quick reads. Most of the Disney films typically don't offer us much backround on these sinister, of
Kristin Katsuye
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I was lucky enough to receive this book as an early read. I highly anticipated reading this as I love Disney and love a good retelling. I wanted to know what drove Cruella De Vil to become the villain we are used to seeing her be. I enjoyed this story but the only reason it isn't rated spectacular to me is I felt the feelings in this were lacking. I didn't feel empathy for her or come to see why she became the way she is. I did start to feel for her when her father passed and how badly she was t ...more
Tasmin Lang
Jul 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Emily Wyatt
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this book by Netgalley for an honest review.

Of the many villains of the Disney universe, I have to say Cruella De Vil never stood out to me. Sure, I watched 101 Dalmatians as a kid, but I didn’t really like Cruella as a villain. I found her to be two dimensional. After all, who would find any sympathy for a woman whose goal was to murder puppies??

Enter Evil Thing, a clever revealing of what made Cruella the way she was.

The book starts in Cruella’s high society childhood. T
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Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her best selling Disney Villain Novels which have earned her critical acclaim for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female protagonist ...more

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