Monday, June 17, 2019

Review: The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter

Title: The Evil Queen
Author: Gena Showalter
Series: Book One in the Forest of Good and Evil
Genre: YA Fantasy/Retelling
Published By: Inkyard Press (June 25, 2019)
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4 Stars!


Book Description:
Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. A dream come true, and a living nightmare.

Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.

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 fairy tale princess—until she manifests an ability to commune with mirrors.

Look. See… What will one peek hurt?

Soon, a horrifying truth is revealed. She is fated to be Snow White’s greatest enemy, the Evil Queen.

With powers beyond her imagination or control—and determined to change Fate itself—Everly returns to the land of her birth. There, she meets Roth Charmaine, the supposed Prince Charming. Their attraction is undeniable, but their relationship is doomed.


As bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, Everly faces one betrayal after another, and giving in to her dark side proves more tempting every day. Can she resist, or will she become the queen—and villain—she was born to be?









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 put one of her books down as soon as you start it.

I am always irrevocable transported into another world and darn if I don't want to escape it. 

This time Showater transports us into the very heart of a fairy tale, but this time, it isn't your classic retelling. Nope. With twists and turns and things you will never see coming, Showater adds not only a new twist on an old tale but blows it out of the water and makes it completely her own. 

Where nothing is black and white or what it seems to be. When you can't help but care for those you never thought you would and despise those you shouldn't.  Showater once again creates something unlike any retelling I've read before. Totally engrossing, totally enchanting, and completely hard to put down. 

This memorized me and held me captive from the first page down to the very satisfying last. 

I couldn't of asked for a more perfect, twisted tale of love and passion and wrong and right and overcoming and rewriting destiny until it fits what you want to be. Who you were always meant to be, good or bad, devil or angel. 






*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

36 comments:

  1. I am so excited to read this retelling! I have it on my reading list for this week. I am ready to be transported, and memorized! Excellent Review!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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  2. I love it when a story is so addictive you don't want to put it down. Glad to hear you loved the start of the series. :)

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  3. Oh it's been a while since I haven't read one of her books

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    1. Hope you pick this one up, it really was so much fun!

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  4. Reading this post about this author makes want to read one of her books. So now I added this to my TBR

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  5. Wow this sounds pretty gripping! Now I think I want to try Gena Showalter!

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  6. I enjoy re tellings. I have never read her books, even though I heard great things about her work. This seems like a good place to start. Great review.

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  7. Oh wow! I didn't know she had a new series out! It sounds like it was a fantastic ride for you!

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    1. It really was and just fun and different too, even from the original telling.

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  8. Oh, how very interesting and I love this fairy tale..it sound fantastic! This is the first I am hearing of it. *kicks rock*

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    1. It was s well done it really seemed like a whole new tale but not at the same time. Interesting for sure!

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  9. I hadn't heard about this but it does sound pretty good. Thanks for letting us know about this one.

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  10. Oh man I need this book! Love retellings especially when they fully make it their own. Brilly review!

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  11. Oh this is for me too kindlemom thanks for sharing

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  12. This is the first review I've seen for this book. I'm so glad it lives up to the concept---can't wait to read it!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  13. Eek, I'm so excited for this book!! Definitely on the TBR!!

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  14. I do really like twisted fairy tales, and that's awesome the author adds their own twists and turns and keeps you on your toes, so to speak.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I do too and much more when they make them their own.

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  15. i really need to give her books a shot, they sound great

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  16. So glad to hear you enjoyed this one... I'm hoping to read it soon and it just sounds so good. Great review!

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    1. Thank you and I really hope you enjoy it as well!

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  17. I need to try Showalter again. I read most of the LotU series.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. I rally need to look into her adult stuff and see if I like it. I know she has a ton out there.

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