the evil queen, @genashowalter. 🏻😈 happy (a teensy bit belated) book birthday to #theevilqueen !
unfortunately, although i always wish i could say i loved a book, that doesn’t always happen. this was definitely one of those cases.
this story feels like someone dipped their hands in the paint pots for “hot romance”, “contemporary YA”, “angsty early teen feelings”, and “high fantasy fairytale” and smashed their hands together to swirl around the colors, slapped it on a piece of paper and said “SEE? A STORY.”
very little about this book worked for me; it felt like the kind of thing maybe 14 or 15 yr old me might have read and liked, but as a post-20 yr human, i just can’t vibe with it. i’m frustrated by the main character’s obsessiveness and angst, i’m confused by the lack of worldbuilding, and i’m irritated by the combination of contemporary and fairytale prose. it honestly reminds me of a wild self-insert fanfic to something like LOTR, but without the self-awareness that those can have.
this also feels veeeeery similar to the evil queen/snow white retelling from abc’s once upon a time? is that just me?
finally, this ARC was advertised to me as a villain origin story—and honestly, i don’t see it. no spoilers, but the end “reveal” isn’t particularly in line with that concept.
also—sorry not sorry—i am very over the whole “sacrifice the queer relationship for the sake of the straight relationship” thing, especially during #pridemonth . 🙄😑
i do love this mirror, though—it was my mum’s when she was a teen and she passed it on to me! i think it’s very apt for some “mirror mirror on the wall” interrogation
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