Title: The Fairest of Them All
Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Age Group: Adult
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A deliciously wicked retelling of the cherished fairy tale, Snow White, with Rapunzel as the evil stepmother? Twisted, freaky, human? If you sound interested in either of those things, this book is definitely worth checking out!
This book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
In this gorgeous, sexy retelling, a young naive Rapunzel invites a young man into her bed--a young man who happens to be a prince. When their night of passion is interrupted, Rapunzel learns that her beloved is to wed another. The pair have a beautiful infant, Snow White. Rapunzel, scorned and alone, wastes away in her tower. But when the queen mysterious dies, Rapunzel becomes queen. Thinking she may at last have the life she has longed for, she discovers that her heart is darker than she realized.. And that her jealousy just might swallow her..
What I enjoyed:
-I loved the premise of this novel--I love retellings, but once I realized Rapunzel was the evil queen, I was completely sold
-The pacing of this novel was breakneck--I was enchanted the whole while and I couldn't put it down
-The prose of this novel was epic and gorgeous, and I was just mesmerized
-Rapunzel, the surprisingly human Evil Queen in this retelling--I really felt for her as she grew in the story, and through most of it, I was sympathetic and wanted a happy ending--she was all mad darkness and bitterness, and it was really intriging to see her evolve as a villain
-Manthena, Rapunzel's mother and best friend--I really liked her as a character and I really enjoyed watching hers' and Rapunzel's relationship
-Snow White, the sweet, vulnerable young beauty, all the while hiding a great mind--I also enjoyed her as well
-I loved the way the novel incorporated other fairy tales as well, in a way so subtle it took me a moment or two to notice
-I loved, loved, loved the ending, and I enjoyed the way it did justice to all the characters
What could've been better:
-Josef--I didn't like him for most of the novel
I loved The Fairest of Them All--a dark, rich fairy tale retelling reminescent of Grimms' fairy tales. Next on deck: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien!