THE EVIL QUEEN by Gena Showalter
Updated: Sep 7
I DEVOURED this book! It was so, so, SO good! While I will admit there was a bit of insta-love, it actually kind of worked with the story. Prophecy and dreams and magic and all that. I loved this book so much that I actually read for over four hours straight just to finish it!
Showalter crafts a fabulous world with dynamic characters and an interesting magic system. And it really helps to answer the question of whether people can be truly all good or all evil.
I found the plot very refreshing. Instead of the fairytales being an old tale of yore, they were actually prophecies for the future. In this case, the characters were grappling with a version of "Snow White and the Evil Queen." And there were a lot of twists and turns! Just when you think you figured out which person was which character, something else came up to make you question your assumption. And that's really what this book was all about: questioning the assumption that the world is black and white.
What makes this take on fairytales even more fun is that the people in the book know about the fairytales too. And, just like you as you read, are trying to figure out who is who in the fairytale. Some of the choices made would not have been made if people hadn't known about the fairytale. This book also makes it obvious that, no matter how hard you fight, you can't run from Fate. But it is also clear that Fate is a tricky, fickle thing and that you should never trust it to be straightforward.
There were actually quite a few important characters in this. I mean, that makes sense, since the fairytale of "Snow White" has Snow, the Evil Queen, the Huntsman, Prince Charming, and seven dwarves. I would say I am going to focus on the most important characters, but they really are all important. So, I'll just say I'm focusing on the characters that get the most 'screen time.'
Everly: Everly Morrow is the main character, the book is told through her point of view, but that doesn't necessarily make her the most important character (what's interesting about this book is that it probably could have been told through many different POVs). However, I think Showalter made the best decision in having us read this story through Everly's eyes. We really get the struggle between good and evil and see how things can be warped so easily.
Roth: Roth Charmaine was a brooding bad-boy through and through. He wasn't afriad to get his hands dirty (or bloody...) for the people he loved. He was also immedietly drawn and paired with Everly. But nothing is ever that simple in a fairytale, is it? Roth has to fight through old prejudices, social pressures, and more to fight for his happily ever after.
I found the pacing of this book to be pretty fast, despite it being 500+ pages long. There was basically alwasy action happening, whether actual action, emotional action, or just plot movement. Part of the reason I read for four hours straight is because I just needed to get to the end. I couldn't stop! This book just hooked me right away.
While I only give this book four stars because of the insta-love and a few unexplained things, I really did love it, so it really deserves five stars. I don't know. This book was really hard for me to categorize. Either way, I can't wait for The Evil Queen's sequel to come out! And then more books, because there are always more fairytales to explore!
"I will eagerly walk into a sword as long as I can impale her too."