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The Evil Queen

(The Forest of Good and Evil #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 ratings  ·  351 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 is currently reading it
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
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 e ...more
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
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
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
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
◊♦ Naomi
Jun 28, 2018 marked it as to-read
Who’s excited for this?! I AM!!!!!
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
Gigi H
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
Sophia Triad
May 27, 2019 marked it as to-read
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?!
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
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
Nov 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
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
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.
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
Mar 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: series-tbr
a fairytale-princess turning evil?? now that is something i wanna read.
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
♥ 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
Jun 30, 2019 marked it as gave-up-on
DNF. Holy moly, the CRINGE. I guess you can just publish whatever you want if you're popular enough.
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
Tiera McMillian
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Brittany Kantack
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 Stars!
(movement points)

As far as fairy tale retellings go, this one was just okay. Normally, this kind of books are a hit or miss for me but this one fell somewhere in between.

The writing came off as a bit childish and it seemed like the author was trying too hard to make Everly seem evil, especially while she was in the mortal world. Unfortunately, this author doesn’t quite know how to handle alternating timelines so the attempt to do different storylines that flashed back and forth did no
Sara Saif

Retellings...they're everywhere. I bet it's becoming harder and harder for writers to tell a unique version of the same story. However, even though I hope they never run out of said 'unique' ideas, some of them can be right unsavory. Like this one.

I haven't been this torn about a book since...the last time I was this torn about a book. See, while I'll give the Evil Queen full points for being original, I will also label it weird. The weirdest of them all, infact.

It's smack dab in the middle of b

Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
Gena Showalter has a brand new Young Adult series called "The Forest of Good and Evil". The first book in the series is called THE EVIL QUEEN. If you can't tell already, it's a fairy tale retelling of Snow White, but the twist is that it's all about the villain. As a fairy tale lover myself, I was very excited about this new series. I also think that this series is a good introduction to Showalter's writing style if you haven't tried her books before. This story captures her fun, light-hearted w ...more
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
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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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

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