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The Fairest of Them All: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

Think you know everything there is to know about Rapunzel? YOU

Think you know everything there is to know about Rapunzel?

YOU DON’T.

The Fairest of Them All is a magical and imaginative story that explores everything that happens when fairytale characters don’t have
their happily ever after.

Oh. My. God.

I’d initially picked u...
Think you know everything there is to know about Rapunzel?

YOU DON’T.

The Fairest of Them All is a magical and imaginative story that explores everything that happens when fairytale characters don’t have
their happily ever after.

Oh. My. God.

I’d initially picked up this book thinking it would be a mild, fluffy read. I didn’t expect the stories to differ much from their original
companions (other than Rapunzel being Snow White’s stepmom), but what I got from this story was a wonderful surprise.

This book was so captivating. From the prologue, I was immediately hooked.


Rapunzel was the protagonist here. Forget about the singing and dancing Disney character, because she’s nothing like that.
Rapunzel evolves in this book many times.

At the beginning, we see her as the young and beautiful girl who let a prince fall into bed with her. She’s then left alone to pick up the
pieces of her broken heart while the Prince marries another. In this part, you can’t help but feel overwhelming pity for the girl.

Then, when Rapunzel finally gets what she wanted: her happily ever after, we start to see her desperation at wanting to be the
 fairest in the entire Kingdom. We see her slow but steady descent into “evil”.

After that, when Rapunzel is finally consumed by her desperation, she decides to get rid of the only thing standing in her way
from being the fairest: Snow White.

I’ve got to applaud Carolyn Turgeon. She created an amazing character change in Rapunzel. It was amazing seeing the heroine
 turn into The Evil Queen. We got to see into her innermost dreams and desires, but also her fears and motivations. She wasn’t
 Evil because she chose it, but because she was given reasons to be so.

It was also nice to see than in this book, Snow White wasn’t the all-loving, forgiving saint who’s represented in every story.  
Here we see real personality from her; we may even dislike her as much as The Evil Queen does! (I know I came to dislike her
in one point of the book!)

This story was nicely crafted. The way Carolyn Turgeon intertwined both Snow White’s and Rapunzel’s stories, and added a
 dark aspect to it was… mind-blowing. There’s a really huge plot twist that I was not expecting in this book, that when it happened,
it left me shocked.

I definitely was not prepared for that. I also wasn’t prepared for the other fairytale that was suddenly intertwined at the end.  
When I reached the 93% mark, I was desperately hoping the book never ended.

I think the only drawback of this book was its pacing. At times the book felt like it dragged on and on, without any significant
 events occurring. I think this has to do mainly with the fact that there was a lot of description. Don’t get me wrong the descriptions
where beautiful, they were great, but it’s easy to lose track of the story when you’re drowned in description.

Overall, Carolyn Turgeon creates such a wonderful story, that you’ll be left dreading to pass the last page.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

posted by MarianneLee_092 on August 6, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Plot spoilers

Another book made unreadable by plot spoilers telling every fetail of the book, then bragging how they got their book for free for their so called honest review. Face it...its not an honest review! It is a bought review! Call it what it is. So stop telling the entire st...
Another book made unreadable by plot spoilers telling every fetail of the book, then bragging how they got their book for free for their so called honest review. Face it...its not an honest review! It is a bought review! Call it what it is. So stop telling the entire story in your review. Just state if it was good or not.

posted by 8888649 on February 24, 2014

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    An Easy Read

    Some parts disappointing. Seems the writer got in a hurry to finish so went light on areas that could have been of real interest. Like the seven dwarfs/bandits. But if you are looking for something light and somewhat good. Go for it.

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    Posted November 24, 2014

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