Synopsis: The tale of the young princess and her evil stepmother, the Wicked Queen, is widely known. Despite a few variations from telling to telling, the story remains the same—the Queen was jealous of the girl’s beauty, and this jealousy culminated in the Queen’s attempt on the sweet, naive girl’s life.

Another tale far less often spoken of is the one that explains what caused the Queen to become so contemptuously vile. Still, some have attempted to guess at the reason. Perhaps the Queen’s true nature was that of a wicked hag and her beautiful, regal appearance a disguise used to fool the King. Others claim that the Queen might have hated the girl for her resemblance to the King’s first wife. Mostly, the Queen is painted as a morally abhorrent woman who never loved another being during the course of her miserable life.

In fact, the theories about exactly what cause the Queen’s obsessive vanity and jealous rage are too numerous to catalog. This book recounts a version of the story that has remained untold until now. It is a tragic tale of love and loss, and it contains a bit of magic. It is a tale of the Wicked Queen…

Release Date: 18th August 2009

Genres: Teen, Disney, Disney Villains, Magic, Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Retelling, Young Adult

Pages: 250

Review: This was a much sadder story than I ever expected it to be, I really thought this was going to be creepy and eerie and full of evil, but it wasn’t at all it was just a sad story of an abused woman that gets used in a trick.

Okay so I will start with that I didn’t like the writing style at all it was very off putting and just written weirdly, the author also over used certain words, we also never heard the Queens first name spoken it was always The Queen even in parts of the story where she wasn’t even The Queen yet. It was very odd and made it a bit hard to get used to the way it was written.

I really liked the Queen which is so weird to say as she was supposed to be a villain, she was so humanised and her story just made me so sad. I loved her kindness and connection with Snow and the King they were such a beautiful family. She honestly tugged at your heart so much and you just wanted to protect her from the evil that was coming.

The instant I met the cousins I knew trouble was ah-brewing from them and what a mess they caused my goodness. It was horrible reading everything and felt so so bad for them all. I knew it was coming but I also didn’t know it was coming and it was horrible reading all the sad, scary and mean things my goodness.

I really liked the story behind this it was such an interesting take on a villains story that I just wasn’t expecting but I still found the writing style hard to read, I shall still be reading the others in the series as they will be just as interesting in story I’m sure.

About Author: Serena Valentino is best known for weaving tales that combine mythos and guile with her work on the comic book series GloomCookie and Nightmares & Fairy Tales, and her best selling Disney Villain Novels which have earned her critical acclaim for her unique style of storytelling, bringing her readers into exquisitely frightening worlds filled with terror, beauty and extraordinary female protagonists.

Her Disney Villain novel series would be best enjoyed if read in this order: Fairest of All: The Story of the Wicked Queen, The Beast Within: The Story of Belle’s Prince, Poor Unfortunate Soul: A Tale of the Sea Witch, Mistress of All Evil: A Tale of the Dark Fairy. Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch and The Odd Sisters: A Villains Book to be released in Summer 2019. Book 7 will be out Summer 2020, Book 8 summer of 2021, and Book 9 Summer of 2022.

Serena lives in New Orleans with her dog Gozer, and a very tiny kitty named Momma.


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