The Evil Queen

The Forest of Good and Evil, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
Series: The Forest of Good and Evil, Book 1
Length: 20 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (185 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

WELCOME TO THE FOREST OF GOOD AND EVIL.

A DREAM COME TRUE.... AND A LIVING NIGHTMARE.

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, 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 the prophecy unfolds, 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?

The battle between good and evil is on. 

©2019 Stella Cameron (P)2019 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Is she or isn’t she?

I was pleasantly surprised by this version of Snow White. Gena Showalter alluded to various versions of the tale including the original penned by the Brothers Grimm which is a darker take on the story which most of us are familiar. I believe she used this version as her
inspiration as Evil Queen is dark, but it is so much more. It has depth and the characters are fluid, just when one thinks they know what to expect... everything shifts!

Everly and her twin sister, Hartley, were raised in the Mortal Realm. Unbeknownst to them, their mother, Aubrey, was a fairy Tale princess from Enchantra (? Spelling). They were told the truth when the threat over their lives was finally gone. Each had their own magic, but Everly’s was more powerful. When her sister was taken, Everly vowed she would save her. So she found a way to get to the realm of Enchantra. That’s when the story gets even more exciting - familiar but not.

Caitlin Kelly is a fantastic narrator. I recently listened to the Cruel Prince series which she performed. Excellent. Her voices and accents are fantastic and plentiful. Even her male voices are good where I find many narrators fall short - opposite gender voices. Ms. Kelly’s list of credits is extensive which makes sense because she is talented.

If you like Fairy Tales revisited, you will enjoy this book. If you enjoy well written Fantasy with characters to get invited in and surprises at every turn, you will enjoy this book. If you just like reading, or listening to a great story, you will enjoy this book. So, get the book. This audio version is excellent and I believe the narrator truly added to my enjoyment of it!

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I love the E queen!

I started this book months ago, and I only listened to the prolouge and then put it away. I didn't go further thinking it was just another snow white story. I decided to give it another try as it was sitting in my library, and I'm loving that I did. I laughed, and I cried, and I worried! Must read!

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Took me on a ride I'd never forget

An emotional rollercoaster that will have you laugh,cry get angry and overall fall in love. The best rendition of the snow-white fairy tale I've ever heard. The performance was superb. You won't regret it

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AMAZING!!!! And no cliffhangers !!!!

I seriously hate cliffhangers. This book was riveting all the way through, didn't leave a cliffhanger, but left me so excited for the next book which I've already preordered!!

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excruciating

I have always heard good things of Gena Showalter, so I was anxious to begin the series, and hopefully find a whole new writer and genre and series to love and explore. Alas, this story was so painful I could not even bring myself to finish it. The premise seemed to be that the narrator was not sure if she was the evil queen in the snow white story, or snow white herself. Less than a third of the way in, all the signs pointed to evil queen to me, but she continued to deny it, then do something bad, then deny it, then do something bad, etc. Get on with the story, and if there is some lovely wrinkle that would make me root for the narrator, it needs to show up a little earlier. Painfully bad.

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Mrs. Showalter is a goddess!

Loved it. Ready for the next in the series!
Gena is my favorite author and she never disappoints.

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Disappointed in the story, great narration

While the story kept sucking me in wanting to know who is the Evil Queen, Everly herself frustrated me. One minute she was very clever and wise able to figure out those around her and the next she would have no clue. Did not realize this was a Harlequin publication, that explains the overt sexual tension and actions between Everly and Roth. While I enjoy sexual tension between characters to help with the story, I felt this went over the top.
The narrator did a great job considering all the characters!
Overall, I felt the story deserved 3.5 stars but that isn't an option. If you like kinda steamy remakes of fairy tales with a twist this is for you!

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Loved it!


The narrator deserves an award, felt like a movie!! Great retelling. Loved the story.

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Amazing

one if the est retellings of snow white I have ever read. I absolutely recomend this if you're a fan of mysteries, fantasy, love, betrayal and some twists you'll never see coming.

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Give it a try

Sucks you right in. I absolutely love Caitlin Kelly’s performance. The story was quite original and not what I expected but decided to give it a chance and so glad I did!

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  • Claire
  • 08-24-19

gets confusing

there is a lot of tooing & froing with this book and although it captures your attention at points it gets a little confusing as to where every what is actually going on. it was an enjoyable read but I won't be remembering it in great detail 4 years.... meh!

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