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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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I was sorry when it was over.

Would like to say I loved it and it was hard to put down. The narrator really sells the main character, and makes you love her and hate her at the same time. Everly Morrow is flawed and a frustrating character to love. I found myself growling whenever Everly did something that made things worse for herself. but being relieved when made the good choice as well.

I also became invested in her love interest Roth, I would love to see a chapter through his eyes. the other characters are fun as well. I loved Noell, the way the narrator did her voice with her it reminded me of a Anime character. this book as a anime would be fun actually.

Can't wait for the 2nd book to come out, curious to see where the story goes

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  • Krista Jasper
  • 2019-07-25

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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  • Memeke
  • 2020-02-17

Hmn...

Everly Morrow has oozed a bad aura since she was a child, and everyone she comes into contact with is suspicious of her. In contrast, her sister, Hartly, unites humans and animals of the like. Everly is content with looking at magical images that form in her compact mirror and plans to open her own business to take care of herself once she finishes high school. Unfortunately, Everly is whisked away to the other world of Enchantia where she is told that her fate is tied to that of the prophecy/fairy tale, Snow White. She hopes that she isn’t the Evil Queen in the scenario, but all signs point to her.

The narration is performed by Caitlin Kelly. I was not fond of her performance when she narrates Everly’s lines and thoughts. I did like the portrayals of other characters, especially Prince Roth.

There are far better retellings of fairy tales for teens. The Evil Queen faced a tonal problem. The plot dictates that Everly spent her childhood in the mortal realm, which is a non-magical realm and similar to our reality. When she travels to Enchantia, her modern jargon, slang, and thought process was jarring. There was no benefit to Everly and her sister Hartly living in the human world other than to try and make contemporary teens sympathize with Everly through catch phrases like “spoiler alert.” The attempt was a hard miss, and Everly would have been better off being raised in a remote land in Enchantia rather than introducing a modern world that is not relevant to the rest of the plot. The plot itself was confusing and riddled with plot holes. This novel could have benefited from a better editor and some major cuts to whittle down a 20 hour audiobook to a more satisfying 10 hour book with a clean, better thought out story. The Evil Queen did have potential, but it felt sloppy and rushed. As such, I would recommend other retellings of fairy tales such as Entwined by Heather Dixon or The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale.

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  • Kim
  • 2020-04-05

AMAZING!!!! And no cliffhangers !!!!

I seriously hate cliffhangers. This book was riveting all the way through, didn't leave a cliffhanger, but left me so excited for the next book which I've already preordered!!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-06-10

I love the E queen!

I started this book months ago, and I only listened to the prolouge and then put it away. I didn't go further thinking it was just another snow white story. I decided to give it another try as it was sitting in my library, and I'm loving that I did. I laughed, and I cried, and I worried! Must read!

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  • Monica licea
  • 2020-04-29

Took me on a ride I'd never forget

An emotional rollercoaster that will have you laugh,cry get angry and overall fall in love. The best rendition of the snow-white fairy tale I've ever heard. The performance was superb. You won't regret it

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  • Charles
  • 2021-06-13

Looked Great From The Description, What Happened?

This had the "Terrible Trifecta" of bad audible books - characters actions that didn't match their motivations (when characters don't make sense, there's no buy in from the reader), extensive inner thoughts with little doing or action (couldn't stay awake), and a narrator whose voice didn't change to match the pace of the story or personality of the characters (bad narration). Another reader said this was "excruciating" to listen to and I couldn't agree more.

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  • innerdragon
  • 2020-01-03

excruciating

I have always heard good things of Gena Showalter, so I was anxious to begin the series, and hopefully find a whole new writer and genre and series to love and explore. Alas, this story was so painful I could not even bring myself to finish it. The premise seemed to be that the narrator was not sure if she was the evil queen in the snow white story, or snow white herself. Less than a third of the way in, all the signs pointed to evil queen to me, but she continued to deny it, then do something bad, then deny it, then do something bad, etc. Get on with the story, and if there is some lovely wrinkle that would make me root for the narrator, it needs to show up a little earlier. Painfully bad.

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  • Cookie Chronicles
  • 2021-07-09

Refreshing take on a fairytale

Those of us who like fantasies have probably read a few books that tell the origin story of the villain. This is one of the more refreshing, new, and innovative ones I’ve read. The whole time you’re wondering if she is good or bad, who is who, and how the story, or prophecy, is going to okay out. The narration is excellent. The only reason a docked a star is because the sappy love stuff got a little annoying, but I suppose it fits with the fairytale/princess part of it!! I say go for it, spend the credit. It’s worth it!

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  • Aura Creations
  • 2021-06-14

Mostly Good

I got this during a sale and the premise was promising. The voice acting was superb! I was beyond impressed with the different voices. The modern day slang in a fantasy novel was slightly jarring. I understand she grew up in the mortal world but it still broke the scene from time to time. I also realize the characters at like mostly 17-19 but good God so much could have been avoided by proper communication and trust. The characters came off too immature at times epically when the fates of kingdoms have been placed in their hands. Overall I enjoyed the story and will very likely listen to the next one.

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  • Tanner Robinson
  • 2021-03-26

Interesting take

The story started pretty slow for me, but became better as it went on. I didn't really like the whole Schrodinger's cat theme, the writing of it demonstrated a faulty understanding of the whole concept. I admit that may have partially been the point, as we were seeing it through the eyes of a teenager who refused to pay close attention during the lecture, but it still bugged me each time Everly brought it up. That said, I still enjoyed the book and storyline and think Gena did a pretty good job on the classic fairy tale.

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