The Book: The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
The Rating: 3🌟
“Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who will perish when I call.”
I had such high hopes for this book. A fairytale retelling by an author who’s books I’ve enjoyed in the past – surely a recipe for another book I would love? The only problem? I didn’t love it.
And I’m not 100% sure why…
Let’s start with the premise: a girl from our world discovers she’s actually a princess from a magical realm, and returns home to live out a prophecy centred around the tale of Snow White. Her role in it? The Evil Queen. The Witch who mothers tell their children to fear. Her hope? To not live up to expectations!
It sounds brilliant. Refreshing and vibrant. But in actuality, the story was just very, very complicated. At times when I was reading I thought certain plot points had been added just to add another layer of confusion, which got pretty frustrating after a few random story twists. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good plot twist! But this book just had too many of them, which made the story telling feel a little messy.
I also found it really difficult to connect with any of the characters. They all felt quite two dimensional to me, and the relationship development between them felt forced and often times was too fast. The strongest and best developed relationship was that of Everly, the main character, and her sister Hartly. It was honestly the only one I enjoyed reading about.
The world of Enchantia sounded interesting, though I didn’t feel it was explored enough. The characters spent a lot of time in the Enchanted Forest, which was made up of lots of different pocket dimensions and Gena described these beautifully. I wish she’d spent more time developing the world, as lots of it was only hinted at.
I don’t really have much else to say, except that I was quite disappointed with this book. What’s the most frustrating is that it could have been amazing, I just feel like it needed a little more time and some more development.
If you’ve read The Evil Queen, let me know what you thought of it in the comments.