The Fairest of Them All| Carolyn Turgeon
Genre: Fairytale retelling
Publication Year: 2013
# of Pages: 260
Rating: 4 out 5 stars
What if Rapunzel was Snow White’s evil stepmother?
Living in an enchanted forest, Rapunzel spends her days tending a mystical garden with her adoptive mother, Mathena. A witch, Mathena was banished from court because of her magic powers, though the women from the kingdom still seek her advice and herbal remedies.
One day, Rapunzel’s beautiful voice and long golden locks captivate a young prince hunting in the forest nearby. Overcome, he climbs her hair up to her chamber and they fall into each other’s arms. But their afternoon of passion is fleeting, and the prince must return to his kingdom, as he is betrothed to another.
Now king, he marries his intended to bring peace to his kingdom. They have a stunning daughter named Snow White. Yet the king is haunted by his memories of Rapunzel, and after the mysterious death of his wife, realizes he is to follow his heart into the darkness of the forest.
But can Rapunzel trade the shadows of the forest for the castle and be the innocent beauty he remembers?
Personal Reaction: I love ABC’s Once Upon A Time. I watched the first two seasons on Netflix, and I am impatiently awaiting for the third to be put up. Watching beloved characters come alive with plot twists galore is highly entertaining. So I picked up this book because I was under the illusion that it’d be a heck of ride. Well, the first half of the book was begrudgingly slow. I couldn’t help but picture the cast of Tangled in place of the characters! The glowing hair, the protective mother who forbid her daughter from stepping outside, typical Rapunzel story. It certainly came to my mind to abandon the book several times. However, I am glad to have stuck it through because sh*t hit the fan in the last half of the book. Adultery, betrayal, meanies, and revenge ran amok. Yes, I said meanies. Pretty twisted stuff towards the end.
I thought ‘fairest’ back then referred to compassion and generosity towards others, not beauty, so I was a little confused as to why Snow was considered fair because she was a bit of a teenage snob.
Overall, it went from a 2-star rating to a 4-star just of the last half. Now those are the twists I’m diggin’!
Also, that cover! So pretty. I really like the blue, the hair, the glitter, and sparkliess… love it.
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