Friday, August 16, 2013

The Fairest Of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

The Fairest Of Them All
Carolyn Turgeon
288 pages
Publisher: Touchstone
Release Date: August 6th

Don't get fooled by the beautiful cover of this incredible book. This is not a lovely fairy tale where everyone lives happily ever after and the evil queen ends up dead or being good. And it's not for sure the story about Rapunzel or Snow White that we all now. Because as you know, Rapunzel was not Snow White's step mom, but in this book she is.
We think that seeing the point of view of Rapunzel was much more fun that reading about a corny story about a princess waiting for prince Charming. Don't get me wrong, I love those corny stories, but being evil, in this story, is much more fun!
Reading about Rapunzel's story, you get an insight into her life. Why and howe she evolves from being that girl in the tower with the long, long hair ending up being the evil queen who want Snow White dead more than anything in her life.
At the beginning, you can see how Rapunzel was all innocent and trustful, letting in her a life a handsome Prince full of promises and beautiful words. She opens her heart to him and he ends up marrying another woman. So you can see how Rapunzel started hating the other woman and asking herself why not her. You even feel sorry for her. 
And it's not far after that when she gets what she wanted: the prince and the kingdom. Why not? Even the evil queens deserve a happy ending. But what Rapunzel can't get out of her head is that she's not the fairest of them all, so being the most beautiful of her kingdom becomes her first priority. That's where Snow White enters in the story. When Rapunzel asks the mirror who the fairest of them all is, what do you think it tells her? Not her, for sure. That's when the seed of evilness starts to grow in Rapunzel.
But that's not all. If we have to talk about differences from the original stories that make this book such a killer one, we have to talk about Snow White, too. We have read and seen in movies and TV shows, howe Snow White is the good and forgiving person that everyone tries to be, the saint that cannot be enticed by evil or would not dare doing or saying something considered bad or evil. As a normal person, this version of Snow White has her own character and personality and it's not so saint as every book/movie showed us. You even start, at some point in the story, understanding Rapunzel's hate for this girl. 
In general, the story was incredible, captivating, with a catching prologue and a strong plot. How Carolyn Turgeon did to create this awesome mix of fairy tales, escapes our knowledge, but we know one thing: she did a wonderful job. Bringing a dark touch to the fairy story that we know all so well, Carolyn created a story full of unraveling events and twists that were not expecting at all. AT ALL!
So what's our verdict? We loved this book! So much that we have to thank Carolyn to bring to our world this wonderful new story. So you need to read this book, Book Addicts. Because you are going to get hooked with this one.
Let the magic of Rapunzel and Snow White enter your shelves, Book Addicts, and let us know what you think about this book, because we are giving a five gorjuss dolls from our rating system. 

Our Playlist for The Fairest Of Them All:

Family Tree by Matthew West
Breath Of Life by Florence + The Machine
Born To Die by Lana del Rey
Down by Jason Walker
Run by Snow Patrol
Lonely Boy by The Black Keys
All Those Pretty Lights by Andrew Belle
A Little Piece Of Heaven by Avenged Sevenfold
I Hate Everything About You by Three Days Grace
My Body by Young The Giant
Kill Of The Night by Gin Wigmore
All Fall Down by One Republic
Don't You Remember by Adele
Devil's Love Song by Howl Baby Howl
Fix You by Coldplay
Turning Tables by Adele
Begin Again by Taylor Swift
Echo by Jason Walker
Dead Hearts by Stars
Young And Beautiful by Lana Del Rey

Taylor Swift as Rapunzel
Ian Somerhalder as Prince Josef
Bailee Madison as Snow White
Julian Morris as Gilles

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Congrats Shelly Summers!!

You are the winner of a paperback copy of The Fairest Of Them All written by Carolyn Turgeon.

Hope you enjoy the book.

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