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The Evil Queen

The Forest of Good and Evil, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Summary

WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF GOOD AND EVIL.

A DREAM COME TRUE.... AND A LIVING NIGHTMARE.

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, 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 the prophecy unfolds, 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?

The battle between good and evil is on. 

©2019 Stella Cameron (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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gets confusing

there is a lot of tooing & froing with this book and although it captures your attention at points it gets a little confusing as to where every what is actually going on. it was an enjoyable read but I won't be remembering it in great detail 4 years.... meh!

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  • Krista Jasper
  • 25-07-19

Is she or isn’t she?

I was pleasantly surprised by this version of Snow White. Gena Showalter alluded to various versions of the tale including the original penned by the Brothers Grimm which is a darker take on the story which most of us are familiar. I believe she used this version as her
inspiration as Evil Queen is dark, but it is so much more. It has depth and the characters are fluid, just when one thinks they know what to expect... everything shifts!

Everly and her twin sister, Hartley, were raised in the Mortal Realm. Unbeknownst to them, their mother, Aubrey, was a fairy Tale princess from Enchantra (? Spelling). They were told the truth when the threat over their lives was finally gone. Each had their own magic, but Everly’s was more powerful. When her sister was taken, Everly vowed she would save her. So she found a way to get to the realm of Enchantra. That’s when the story gets even more exciting - familiar but not.

Caitlin Kelly is a fantastic narrator. I recently listened to the Cruel Prince series which she performed. Excellent. Her voices and accents are fantastic and plentiful. Even her male voices are good where I find many narrators fall short - opposite gender voices. Ms. Kelly’s list of credits is extensive which makes sense because she is talented.

If you like Fairy Tales revisited, you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy well written Fantasy with characters to get invited in and surprises at every turn, you will enjoy this book. If you just like reading, or listening to a great story, you will enjoy this book. So, get the book. This audio version is excellent and I believe the narrator truly added to my enjoyment of it!

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  • nayatron
  • 23-10-19

Must read!!

This is a must read for anybody ever absolutely loves a twist on any Disney story.

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  • Britttany
  • 17-10-19

Good Young Adult Read!

Very good book. While the Caitlin was amazing. A male voice in this would have been perfect.

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  • sarah
  • 19-09-19

Loved it Be prepared to not be able to put it down

This was an awesome book. I love almost anything Gena does however I was hesitant to read this one for whatever reason. I loved it!!! The book kept me guessing the whole time. Also I’m super happy she didn’t leave a huge cliff hanger but instead left room for the story to grow. Only thing I didn’t like was the main character seemed a little dense. She did grow a lot through out the book though which made me like her more and more.

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  • Tanjuania
  • 13-09-19

Simply Perfect

OMG! This book is everything. Gena Showalter has done it again. This is a new take on an old story, without question we are asked to rethink old tropes. To look beyond what we know or think that we know. I love the challenges that the heroine has to accept and reconcile. She is funny, snarky, smart, strong, weak, loved and hated. Even from the start, she knew so much about herself but learns so much more.

You never really know who is who and what part they play until the end. Which is awesome, because it keeps you guessing and thinking. Hoping and groaning. I laughed, cried, and cheered while listening to this book.

I can not wait for the next fairytale.

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  • nicole darland
  • 29-08-19

Gena has done it again

Another amazing book by Gena Showalter. I’ve never been disappointed by her books and this one was no different. The world she creates in this story is amazing leaves you wondering is she or is she not, who is that, but what about this!? It’s another Showalter book that grabs your face from page one and holds on until the last.

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  • hoppy1
  • 10-08-19

The Evil Queen Rocks

This story was epic. It is everything you want in a great story. Amazing characters, great plot twists, you laugh, you cry, your heart pounds as you hold your breath for the outcome. Can’t wait for the next one.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-08-19

So worth the credit!

I hesitated for a long while to download this because I wasn’t a fan of the writing in the last Gena Showalter book I listened to. This was nothing like that and so much better. I’m glad I gave her another chance. It was such a refreshing take on Snow White and I literally loved every minute. Not a dull moment in the whole book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-19

A Beautiful Queen thru and thru

I loved this story of the Evil Queen..its a must read for fantasy lovers of all ages

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  • Alisia
  • 31-07-19

Next Book Please!!

First off half way through I was so intrigued by how the story was unfolding I became so sad that shortly it would end and the next installment is not out! I really enjoyed it and if you like the idea of a little dark fairytale with a twist you will enjoy it too. I hope the following books pull more of those classic stories into this exciting world.