The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil Series #1)

The Evil Queen (The Forest of Good and Evil Series #1)

by Gena Showalter

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488034275
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: Forest of Good and Evil Series , #1
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 7,481
File size: 6 MB
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over fifty books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld and Angels of the Dark series, and the White Rabbit Chronicles. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at
Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs. Visit her at

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The Evil Queen 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 7 months ago
This read was nothing like I expected, it was so much more. There is so much development in this story. Everly is everything. She was such a fun and sometime frustrating character to follow. She is strong, funny, witty and so flawed that it really in my mind brought the story to life. This series is a great spin on the classics and if you're looking for something fun and different, this is it! I could easily see this being developed into a TV show. Gena did an amazing job with this book.
Anonymous 8 months ago
an amazing take on the story of snow white. i am looking forward to the next one in the series.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book was great ! Couldn't read it fast enough , Gena Showalter has done it again . Lovely story with a great crew and plot . Thanks for the great read.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Amazing new take on Snow White
Eloise_In_Paris 10 months ago
This is a 2.5 star book for me. The way the book starts off is not very good, and it was almost a DNF. The story picks up at a little over 20% in when we finally get to the magical land. Is the story original? No. Is it full of cliches? Yes. But I love fantasy and things told from the side of the villain. Even as a child I side-eyed a lot of the heroines of Fairy Tales because their actions seemed inappropriate if not plain old wrong. So reading a how I became the bad guy story appeals to me. Everly is predictably snarky. Roth is problematic and unnecessarily brooding. All the other characters are written more to push the leads story forward and aren’t really developed outside of their roles in the lives of the leads. However, I still had a good time reading this. It’s basically like a b movie version of YA. I wouldn’t pay to see it in the theaters, but I would watch it at 1am on the SyFy channel. I will be reading the next book in the series.
Anonymous 4 months ago
this book made me laugh, cry, grieve and rejoice for all the things everly faced. the characters and the story line were so well written. that i felt like I was right there in enchantia with them. it was an absolutely wonderful read. I would recommend this book to everyone!!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Perfect! I love all of Gena Showalter's YA reads, I finished it in only 2 days!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Kayladeej 6 months ago
Wow, what a beginning! It hooked me in like no other, two second in and I was already enraptured. An hour later, I could hardly keep focused. The Evil Queen was promising at the start but it just didn't work for me. I don't know if it was because I'm not a fan of fairytale retellings, or if I was getting too annoyed of the slow pacing. Excellent writing by the author though.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Gena never disappoints. Loved the whole storyline. Couldn’t put it down. Any wait for the next one.
SardisYS 7 months ago
The Evil Queen, YA Paranormal fantasy. I always love a Gena Showalter. Her characters are so well-developed! This is a book you’ll love. Teens-YA will relate to her main character and her frustrations.
Anonymous 8 months ago
What a unique storyline!!! Gena Showalter has always been a favorite of mine but this just takes it up a notch. I've never thought of the fairy tales being told from the other side of the story. Everly knows her predicted future, but can she do anything to change it? Does she want to change it? As events happen, it becomes harder and harder to set this book down. You might as well plan on spending an over night reading binge! I can't wait to see which fairy tale character she retells next!
BeckyRendon 8 months ago
Holy poisoned apples! The Evil Queen is the kind of book that "consumed and devoured [the reader], lighting a fire inside" that cannot be quelled. You can't exactly label this book either, just like you can't claim to be good or evil. You can try and say it's a fairy tale (Grimm style; not Disney). You can say it's a suspenseful mystery. You can call it a glorification of the villians. You can call it a love story. An adventure. A quest. A dystopian novel. All are wrong and all are right. Welcome to Schrödinger’s mind games. Gena Showalter has zero remorse. I can tell by how many times she brought this full grown adult to tears. This novel is timeless and though it is YA, it is enough to make even the staunchest adult crack a smile, fly, and even believe in Peter Pan. The Evil Queen is an incredible journey that proves actions are louder than words. With so many incredible quotes that I'm dying to share, I know that it's not only an adventure you will never forget but it's an inspiring journey that will shape your thoughts and change your views. Evil...such a dark and depressing word. It conjures up very specific images in the minds of every person. The images vary but the meaning is the same. However, Gena Showalter shows us the truth. Evil is a choice. The Evil Queen is a spectacular story. A genuinely awe inspiring story with so many characters to steal your heart, so many beings to capture your imagination, and too many feels to process. I am forever going to need a place in Enchantia. Perhaps I can convince some of my new friends to give me a permanent home. Though I suspect I'm going to want to further research (read the rest of the series) before settling. Wish me luck in my relocation, I'm going to need it. P.S. I'm totally getting a unicorn!
Anonymous 9 months ago
She never disappoints!!!! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time! I can’t wait for the next one!
Brooke Allen 10 months ago
The Evil Queen was like the movie Enchanted in reverse: while in Enchanted, the main character leaves the fairy realm and enters our world, the main character grows up in our world and then enters the land of fairy tales, Enchantia. Everly, the main character, grows up listening to her mother tell her fairy tales like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. In high school for some reason, the kids dislike her. She has one boyfriend, Peter, who's embarrassed by her in front of her friends. This causes her to become cynical about people in general. One day, she discovers that she has magical powers, but she's a particular kind of magician called a sorcerian: they don't make magic on their own, but have to take it from other people. For that reason, they're universally disliked. When she arrives in Enchantia, Everly begins to believe that she's the Evil Queen, although she doesn't want to be. This story was a lot different than a lot of other stories I've read (it feels like half-contemporary, half fantasy) but it has romance, action, and the overall message that we can choose our own destinies. I enjoyed it, and will probably read the next book in the series when it comes out.
S_White_1218 10 months ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. This sounded like a great book. The concept is fantastic - I'm a huge Disney villain fan, and retellings of fairy tales can be really fun, especially when told from the villain's perspective. Alas and alack, this one felt like reading a rushed first draft of a book. It was full of childish dialogue, whirlwind speed scene changes with very little substance, and little to no real character development. I understand that it's a YA, so it's going to be written to appeal to younger readers, and the prose will be at a different level than a book written for adults, but honestly, it felt like a middle schooler wrote it. I feel like it was a great concept with poor execution -- lots of potential, but never quite lives up to it. All in all, I felt like it was appropriate to give this one two stars, the extra star because of the interesting concept and relatively neat magic system.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I was originally going to rate this book a solid three stars. The opening chapter was amazing! It drew me right into the story and characters. You could feel the tension in the scene and I wanted, no, needed more. However, after that I felt a tad bit withdrawn from the characters. It took until Everly returned to her roots in Enchantia for the story to actually work for me again. You can see how Everly changes as the events unfold around her. Everyone it seems it set out to harm her. Her type of person and power is disgusting to everyone there. Her kind is typically hunted down and killed. Her journey is not an easy one despite finding, losing, and finding love of different sorts again along her way. She learns a lot about herself and her character. She must learn how to balance the good within her soul, along with the evil whispering tempting sweet nothings into her mind. This fairy tale retelling was done beautifully and kept me enchanted for the majority of the book. That being said...this is a book for mature teenagers. There is a plethora of innuendos strewn across this book. There is murder, death of loved ones, difficult choices, imprisonment, and dark and twisted scenarios. I personally love dark fairy tales and enjoyed that the author did not shy away from the dark and did not stay only light-hearted and sunny. I am looking forward to future adventures in the Forest of Good and Evil. In summary: you are going to will never know if you will enjoy something unless you give it a try. Try this book! I was given a copy by Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN (US & Canada) in exchange for an honest review.
Hawtmess 10 months ago
*I requested and received an AR copy of this via NetGalley and the publisher Harlequin TEEN and Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Tons of thanks for letting me read and review this book Gena Showalter is one of my favorite authors.* All NIGHT BINGE! Well, you see… what had happened was… I, like an idiot, decided to start this before going to bed.. I should know better, I really should. This is not your typical ever after, it was heartbreaking, gut wrenching, infuriating, and the chemistry between the characters like to scalded my fingertips! This book had one of the most unique takes on a prophecy that I've read before keeping the reader guessing till the very end on who's who, and rooting for the characters with every emotion on the scale. This is one of those books where the prologue really threw me, not sure why it threw me so much but after that prologue it was almost impossible to focus enough to really fall into the start of the book. I think it had more to do with my ADD than anything as I just couldn't get the prologue out of my mind and reconcile that brief glimpse we got with the start of this book. So that being said, it was a little difficult to sink into this story, not because of the world building itself but because the backstory was hard to reconcile until further into the story. After a few chapter's though I was so incredibly hooked that there was no "putting the book down." Everly Morrow, our FMC, has been raised in the mortal dimension with no idea that she is a fairy princess, nor does she know that on the day or her birth a prophecy was made tying her fate to a fairy tale. In this case the tail of Snow White. Growing up with her twin sister Hart who is beautiful, communes with animals, and is her greatest and only friend. Everly would do anything for Hart and her family. Her world turns upside down as both her and her sister find out they have supernatural powers. Everly communes with mirrors, unfortunately her power must come from a source because she is a sorcerer decedent.. in this case her source becomes her mother and since she is unable to control her powers her mother ends up dead. In a letter to her daughters Everly's deceased mother reveals Everly is in fact not her daughter and now she must venture to the land of her birth to find answers and thwart a prophecy as well as meet her true family. This book is absolute evidence that Evil isn't born but made.. nothing goes right for Everly she gets the short end of the stick in almost every situation. The only good thing, meeting the prince. But isn't prince charming supposed to love Snow White? All the trials reveal each player in the game, all except the Evil Queen. It can't be Everly, but if not Everly then who… Maybe everything isn't black and white because not everyone can be all good, all the time… The chemistry between Everly and the prince was off the charts, steamy, beautiful and heartbreaking. I just can't even. This journey was epic but never boring and the twists and turns really made for an incredible ride for the reader. It was just sooo good. I can't wait to see what other fairy tales are tied in!
marongm8 10 months ago
This book was received as an ARC from Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I see a lot of modern fairy tales trending with the new up in coming YFantasy novels but I have never read a story that had a modern take on the prequel to the most classic fairy tale of all time. I loved how the whole tale was a struggle against good and evil and how much she wanted to escape the temptations of the darkness and how it overtook her life and everything she had ever loved. Also, you ever wonder how strong a prophecy really is and what it really meant to be and why it has to happen. We will consider adding this book to our YFantasy collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Gena Showalter is one of my favourite authors. I've read most of her books and have yet to read one I wouldn't at the very least classify as enjoyable. That includes The Evil Queen. This novel is a clever and deep take on the fairy tale of Snow White. In adapting the classic tale Showalter highlights just what it means to be good and what it means to be evil. This book is filled with philosophical conundrums and it keeps the reader on their toes. You never know from one moment to the next who to actually root for because each choice changes ever characters motivations from beginning to end. It's almost like all of the characters are each running through the story choose your own adventure style. I really liked it and I'm going to keep an eye out for the next book in the series.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The Evil Queen but Gena Showalter is a retelling of the fairy tale Snow White and the Evil Queen. In the book the fairy tale is a prophecy that is playing out in real time and the characters are trying to figure out which roles they are to play. The story follows Everly Morrow who is believed by most to be the Evil Queen in the prophecy. However, as the story progresses that role can be played by any of the characters. Turns out the choices the characters make change up their roles in the story. I love books that make you think about what is good and what is evil. Why are the evil actions by characters such as Farrah justified just because she is believed to be the prophecy's Snow White, while Everly's actions of retaliation are considered evil even though she is defending herself and her loved ones? Everly says time and time again how if they just let her go she will leave them alone and live her life. What they do instead is imprison her in a tower with a metal collar around her neck to keep her from using magic. What did they expect to happen as a result of her mistreatment? Two wrongs don't make a right but it definitely teaches us that there are consequences to how we treat others. It takes some time to build up to the action of the book but it is worth the effort. I look forward to reading further books in this series. It is mentioned how other fairy tales are playing out along with Snow White and the Evil Queen. It will be interesting to see how they are incorporated. Thank you Netgalley and Inkyard Press for an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review.
writertoreader 10 months ago
The premise for this book is so engrossing. I love a good dark fairy tale retelling as much as the next person but wow, this book felt like a complete mess. I'm confused about how it made it this far with the vast amount of typos and errors on almost every page. I felt completely lost and muddled by the story. I had to stop reading at 25% because I simply had a hard time figuring out what was going on. And not because the story is complicated, it's not, but it is heavily over-written, the tenses change from past to present repeatedly, the timeline jumps around at warp speed, and much of the writing is extremely heavy exposition. Everything is told and not shown. There is also a lot of extra information that turns out to be unnecessary. This felt very much like a rough first draft of a book.
ElysianF 10 months ago
The Evil Queen is my first read by this author. I have heard amazing things and wanted to discover a new world to get lost in. This book certainly did that for me. While it is listed as a YA book, I feel can be read and enjoyed by any readers. I am rating it at 3.75 stars. This book read to me like a classic fairy tale with dark twists and a bunch of riddles. It starts out instantly, without easing the reader into this new world so I was a bit lost and slightly put off for a few chapters. There is A LOT going on and it took some time to get comfortable with the story. Once I got the hang of the story, however, I enjoyed it. It’s a fresh and new turn on a classic fairy tale. The characters are well developed and deep. I liked the use of common items, ideas and thoughts but in a new and different way. It was enjoyable to get the “other” side view of such tales. My one issue is that this book reads like this is book one of a serial series and all the world building is in this book alone. This story was so deep and involved it took longer than usual to read it as it felt so long. I don’t think I have ever read a story with so much going on, yet not. There is no traditional HEA, as I said, I feel like this is only book one. While this book was enjoyable to read, I am not sure I will read the rest of this series (that is purely on me, not this book) because rather than an escape it read like task. I received an ARC via NetGallery and am leaving an honest review.
Cathy Jackson 10 months ago
I couldn't stop reading! From page one, I was hooked! Gena Showalter has written The Evil Queen exceedingly well. I cared for Everly Morrow and wanted to follow her plight. Together, we walked side-by-side through her journey. The Evil Queen is a must read! You will love it!
TPulyer 10 months ago
From the first sentence of Chapter 1, I was hooked and could not put the book down. The Evil Queen is a masterful, contemporary retelling of The Snow White fairytale (Grimm and Disney) and has appeal to its intended young adult audience as well as an adult audience who appreciates fairy tales in all their incarnations. The story took a fundamental good versus evil tale and made it multi-layered and complex, reflecting reality more accurately. Though the characters in the novel are destined to be characters from Snow White, by story’s end, they discover that who they are is a matter of perspective. The Evil Queen will enthrall you, entertain you, and make you believe in fairy tales once again. This novel should be a must read on your summer list! The full review can be found at