Thank you so much to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for letting me read an e-arc of The Evil Queen by Gina Showalter! I read her White Rabbit Chronicles books and I loved them so much, so I was super exited to read The Evil Queen. Unfortunately, this book didn’t live up to my expectations…. honestly, I was just really bored throughout the entire book.
The Evil Queen 3/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: Welcome to the Forest of Good and Evil. A dream come true, and a living nightmare.
Evil isn’t born, it’s made. One thought and action at a time. Take a good look at what you’ve made.
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—and determined to change Fate itself—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 bits and pieces of the prophecy unfold, 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?
So after reading the summary, I was so excited to read the book. There was so much promise in the concept, and I love evil queen retellings, so I was all for it. Then I started reading and I almost stopped reading at least 12 times. I couldn’t stand Everly as a character and because she narrates the entire book, I had such a hard time connecting to her and the way the plot was moving forward. I read other reviews and everyone said that things picked up and got so much better at the 30% mark, so I pushed through and got to the 30% mark, and nothing was better. I kept going, and things honestly just never got better. If I had liked Everly or been able to connect to her as a character at all, I’m sure my review of this book would have been totally different.
I’m giving this book 3 stars because of what it could have been and my hope for future books in this series. There were also some aspects of the book that I did enjoy- for example, I love the cover. It’s so cool and the mirror breaking is great. I also liked Everly’s original power and how the evil queen’s obsession with mirrors was explained through that. The explanation of how sorcerers and sorceresses get their power by syphoning it from others was pretty interesting too.
If you end up checking this book out, it comes out on June 25th, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.