The Evil Queen

Inkyard. (Forest of Good and Evil: Bk. 1). Jun. 2019. 544p. Tr $19.99. ISBN 9781335542243.
Gr 8 Up–For as long as Everly can remember, she’s been the unlikable and feared twin to the beautiful and endearing Hartly. Everly wears her intimidating personality as a badge of honor and uses it to protect her sister, as instructed by their mother. When not protecting Hartly, Everly escapes into a fantastic land where she’s the sweet and giving girl that she sees in mirrors, until one day the mirror reveals horrible things that affect her family. Pressuring her mother for answers, Everly learns that she and her sister are princesses from a realm called Enchantia from which their mother escaped. Everly’s mother also reveals that Everly is the fabled Evil Queen from the Snow White fairy tale who possess a unique and powerful form of magic. After a family tragedy, Everly returns to Enchantia, where she is hunted by centaurs and royals who wish her dead. At times, the pacing is too quick to fully develop the backstory. Familiar themes including fate, destiny, and fitting in will resonate with readers.
VERDICT Recommended for large collections where fractured fairy tales are popular

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