Review: The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter


The Evil Queen
(The Forest of Good and Evil #1)
by Gena Showalter
Kindle Edition, 544 pages
Published June 25th 2019 by Inkyard Press



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. 

My Thoughts

Gena Showalter had a new series debut last year, and I knew nothing about it. That is, until about a few weeks ago. I've read a few of Showalter's  urban fantasy books in the past that I gobbled up like warm cookies. And just like here fated couples, The Evil Queen came into my life at exactly the right time.

I was stressed, tired, and just plain worn out. I wanted a way to quiet my mind and to escape my reality for a little while. That's when I came across this book. It's the perfect mixture of urban fantasy mixed with fairy tales. Two of my favorite genres.

In the land of Enchantia fairy tales exist. Except these aren't bedtime stories, they're prophecy. Everly Morrow was raised in the mortal world. She isn't aware that magic is real. Her bedtime stories are real. And she isn't aware that she will become The Evil Queen. 

When I first read the reviews to The Evil Queen, I was a little put off at first. There were several that stated the writing was very juvenile. I have to disagree. First, the book is a young adult book. So if you're looking for the hot and steamy of the Lords of the Underworld series, you may consider these a bit juvenile. However, I thought the chemistry between characters was fantastic, in spite of the lack of smooshing. Not that there isn't any per se; it's just a little tamer than her adult series.

Fairy tale retellings are one of my favorite things to read, and I really like the fact that this was told from The Evil Queen's perspective. I thought it was introspective, engaging, and just a lot of fun. I like that the characters had to figure out, not only which fairy tale they were a part of, but the roles they were to play in the prophesy. This was definitely a fresh take on the genre. 

The Evil Queen did exactly what I needed it to do. Showalter brought me out of myself and dropped me into a world that was so entertaining, I almost didn't want to leave. 

*Thank you to HarperCollins for providing me a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.