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The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
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it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, ya, netgalley-or-publisher, read-in-2019

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 development.

I understand that it's a YA, so it's going to be written to appeal to younger readers, and the prose will be at a different level than a book written for adults, but honestly, it felt like a middle schooler wrote it.

I feel like it was a great concept with poor execution -- lots of potential, but never quite lives up to it.

All in all, I felt like it was appropriate to give this one two stars, the extra star because of the interesting concept and relatively neat magic system.

Review to come, but boy, this was a mess of a book. Felt like a rough draft of a middle grades book, rushed into production because of the big name. :(
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Reading Progress

February 5, 2019 – Shelved
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: fantasy
February 5, 2019 – Shelved as: ya
April 1, 2019 – Shelved as: netgalley-or-publisher
May 24, 2019 – Started Reading
May 24, 2019 – Shelved as: read-in-2019
June 4, 2019 –
June 4, 2019 –
June 6, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Rozanne Bekker Wow.... that is not how I perceived ot at all.....

Steven Rozanne wrote: "Wow.... that is not how I perceived ot at all....."

Alas, sometimes beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that's how it is with books. It's all opinion.

I'm glad you loved it! I wish that I had.

message 3: by Brie (new) - added it

Brie I feel like YA swings either way; the author either "dumbs" it down or they write as though the reader had a modicum of intelligence. I've been running into it a lot. What you described is what I felt about her Alice in Zombieland book. It was so awful I couldn't get through it no matter how much I loved the concept.

message 4: by Kari (new) - rated it 1 star

Kari Yes! Thank you. You put into words my feelings about how poorly it was written. It DOES feel like a first draft that is basically outlining the book.

Steven Brie and Kari, I'm glad I'm not the only one who felt that way. It had so much potential!!! :(

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