The Fairest of Them All

The Fairest of Them All What if Rapunzel was Snow White s evil stepmother From the author of Godmother and Mermaid The Fairest of Them All explores what happens when fairy tale heroines grow up and don t live happily ever a

What if Rapunzel was Snow White s evil stepmother From the author of Godmother and Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All explores what happens when fairy tale heroines grow up and don t live happily ever after.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 ofWhat if Rapunzel was Snow White s evil stepmother From the author of Godmother and Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All explores what happens when fairy tale heroines grow up and don t live happily ever after.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 She waits, biding her time to exact revenge against those who betrayed her.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 free to marry the woman he never stopped longing for In hopes of also replacing the mother of his beloved daughter, the king makes Rapunzel his queen.But when Mathena s wedding gift of an ancient mirror begins speaking to her, Rapunzel falls under its evil spell, and the king begins to realize that Rapunzel is not the beautiful, kind woman he dreame

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  1. Carolyn Turgeon is the author of five novels Rain Village, Godmother The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid, The Fairest of Them All, and The Next Full Moon, most of them based on old time fairy tales, dark and glimmering and, recently, The Faerie Handbook, which came out from HarperCollins in November 2017 and might be the loveliest book printed this century This will be followed by the equally curvaceous The Mermaid Handbook in May 2018 She s also also the editor in chief of Faerie Magazine, a quarterly print publication that the NY Times called what would happen if Spenser s The Faerie Queene and Martha Stewart Living had a magazine baby Visit Carolyn s website at carolynturgeon and Faerie Magazine atfaeriemag

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  1. Rapunzel as the Evil Witch from Snow White So many yes words just came from my mouth.Rapunzel lives in the woods with her foster mother They gather herbs and help the villages women with their men troubles and grow vegetables Mathena has told Rapunzel stories from her birthabout how her parents were horrible to her and that she saved her and took her to raise Then one day Rapunzel stumbles upon the handsome prince You would think after hearing all the villages stories about how stupid men were t [...]

  2. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I whispered, in the faint light of the fire, after I d calmed down and let my rage melt into sorrow Who is the fairest of them all I wiped tears from my face, and peered in to see I blinked and saw my own tear stained face, my eyes huge and full of pain, fury Rapunzel is the fairest, the voice said.I focused all my desire, my pain and rage, my humiliation, down into a point of light, but now there was nowhere to go What else was there, beyond this This is an alternat [...]

  3. 4.5 Stars Don t be fooled by the gorgeous book cover with its beautiful colors and magical, romantic appeal Although this novel does feature a stunning woman with luxurious golden hair, it s not a story of heartwarming romance It s a wicked, twisted tale that brings together two beloved fairy tale characters, Rapunzel and Snow White The Fairest of Them All comfortably fits into the category of dark fantasy, the subgenre that I can t get enough of, especially the stories that touch on subject mat [...]

  4. A different take on Rapunzel and Snow White that turned out really good If it hadn t been for work and sleep, I would ve read this in one sitting.I recognized some elements from the original tales along the way with Miss Turgeon s own twist on them I loved how she took some things and made them her own You get a sense of doom foreboding from the prologue, It s not a light story it does have some darker moments there s a couple sex scenes but nothing explicit.There s plenty of secrets in this sto [...]

  5. Fairest of Them All Carolyn TurgeonI m in the final stages of a doctorate on Rapunzel, which means I simply must read every book ever inspired by the old fairy tale Fairest of Them All is an interesting take on the well known story, imagining What if Rapunzel was Snow White s evil stepmother The story begins with a young Rapunzel living in a forest with her foster mother, Mathena, a witch who had been banished from court because of her magical powers They live an idyllic life, tending the herb g [...]

  6. Read This Review More Like It On Ageless Pages Reviews The Fairest of Them All is a fairytale retelling that combines two well known and often told stories that of Rapunzel and that of Snow White and asks, what if Rapunzel was Snow White s Evil Stepmother It s an intriguing idea and one that lends originality to such famous stories, but one that sadly lacks subtlety and pathos Carolyn Turgeon does an able job of melding the two separate stories into one cohesive plot, but her characters lack age [...]

  7. 4.5 StarsI fell in love with this book from page one The story of deadly and beautiful magic pulled me in, and the vivid characters had me invested The Fairest Of Them All is a must read to all fans of twisted and I mean twisted fairytales.I would also recommend this book to reader s looking for exceptionally stunning and imaginative writing Carolyn Turgeon weaved her sentences and words into such a lyrical tale She is one talented writer The descriptions are lush yet not the drag on and on and [...]

  8. _The Fairest of Them All_ by Carolyn Turgeon is my choice so far this year for best book of the year I have a soft spot in my heart for books that incorporate fairy tales I have an even softer spot for fairy tale retellings that successfully elaborate on and explain details found in the original tales while still remaining true to the basic plotline Turgeon s book succeeds at the latter, so than any book I can recall recently reading The concept of the book is that Rapunzel ends up being Snow W [...]

  9. OH, HELLS TO THE NO I was about to give this book a 4 star rating until we got to the gratuitous gang rape Because of that, automatic 1 star rating How Dare You Completely and 110% unnecessary, I assure you It does absolutely nothing to advance the plot, the character development, the feels, the repercussions, nada The rape is just thrown in for literally no reason I just can t THE GOOD1 Intriguing idea It s both a Rapunzel and Snow White origin story with a twist 2 The writing and Rapunzel narr [...]

  10. 3.5 starsThis was a good retelling full of twists to make it its own story The writing was beautiful and full of expectant hope as we waited for Rapunzel to take her rightful place That was the only thing marring this book that there was too much time waiting Carolyn Turgeon does a good job of making us like Rapunzel, and the transformation from good to evil was well done.

  11. Last year when THE NEXT FULL MOON debuted, I was lucky enough to meet Carolyn Turgeon She whispered secrets about how she was working on a book about Rapunzel that had an unexpected twist Rapunzel grows up to become Snow White s Stepmother What a stunner I immediately wanted to know , and I m so excited to share an early review of the book, FAIREST OF THEM ALL, with you now One thing I love about all of Turgeon s books is the way she mixes fairy tales in new, innovative ways There s heart, there [...]

  12. MY THOUGHTSABSOLUTELY LOVED ITRapunzel lives in her forest tower with her adoptive mother, Mathena, where women come for cures of broken hearts, female issues, and other needs Mathena has rescued her from an abusive home and taught her the ways of nature and magic Once it was accepted that witches and magic were possible but times change and now the craft is unspoken With her stunning looks and beautiful voice, travelers stop and wonder, write songs about Rapunzel She dreams of a man to love her [...]

  13. Wow This book exceeded my expectations And, after following Turgeon s Mermaid blog, I had reasonably high expectations Ignore the teenage oriented cover art This story would fit in perfectly with Terri Windling s Fairy Tale Series, legendary for its dark and complex renditions of classic tales by the likes of Kara Dalkey, Charles de Lint, Patricia Wrede, and Tanith Lee, among others The tale meshes Rapunzel with Snow White, adding in other classic elements such as the enchanted stag, c But the f [...]

  14. Warning this book contains mentions and vague descriptions of rape I have very mixed feelings towards this book I like the idea, the writing is good and the ending was positive but I didn t give a damn about any of the characters and a lot of stuff in this novel made me feel so uncomfortable So overall, very confusing and kind of disgusting sometimes but interesting.

  15. When you hear, Mirror, Mirror on the wall who s the fairest of them all what is the first thing that comes to your mind For a lot of people, including myself, it s Snow White But what if I tell you that this book, despite of its title, is about Rapunzel Yup.If you can t tell by the cover, a girl with long blonde hair, it is a fairytale retelling of Snow White in the point of view of Rapunzel Wait, what It sounds complicated but this is one of the most creative books that I ve read in a long time [...]

  16. Welcome to a new take on those fairytales we all read when we were kids Rapunzel, with that long, flowing hair is Snow Whites wicked stepmother Who even knew Rapunzel had a mean, narcissistic bone in her body Who knew she had a magic mirror For that matter, who knew Snow White could be so nasty to anyone And Rapunzel s Prince Not even going there, his all consuming love for Rapunzel obviously ended when he closed his bedroom door, I mean, can you handle a menage a trois in a fiary tale The Faire [...]

  17. Bleh You ever bite into what looks like yummy piece of chocolate, all decorated with caramel icing, only for it to taste GROSS when you reach the center Well, that s how I felt, reading this book I was SOOO excited when I first heard the author of Mermaid, one of my all time FAVORITE books, had written a Rapunzel Snow White crossover For months I ve been dying to read this and FINALLY got it out of the library And my god, it s HORRID Rapunzel is a terrible first person character, whose telling o [...]

  18. Turgeon starts this story so slowly and in such a bland manner, that one can only think this is yet another author who tries to retell a classic fairy tale and fails at bringing anything new to the table By page 30, i was thinking that no author ever impresses me too much in this genre and maybe fairytales aren t meant to be retold The story starts out softly, gentlyyou can almost here the fairy music around you and birds chirping in the distanceYAWN And then before you know it, you are engaged [...]

  19. This is a retelling of Snow White and Rapunzel in a most original and entertaining way Rapunzel lives with Mathena, a reputed witch, in the forest and when a dashing prince comes along she allows him to climb her hair into the tower Their night of passion sets in motion a long laid plan of revenge and leaves everyone involved scared I thought this would be just another retelling of a fairytale but Turgeon has added so much depth and emotion to this story I grew to love and hate Rapunzel and her [...]

  20. 2017 reading challenge a fantasy novel.Well, this was not what I expected Judging from the cover and the blurb, I knew it was a Rapunzel Snow White retelling, but I assumed it was going to be some fluffy happily ever after romance NOPE This turned out to be quite dark and intricate, with characters who refused to be labeled as merely good or bad I ll be adding this one to my collection and looking for by this author.

  21. Combining the tales of Rapunzel and Snow White into one novel Flawless, brilliant, and magical I couldn t put it down and would have finished it in one sitting if I hadn t been called away for a few hours.

  22. REVIEW ALSO ON bibliomantics 2013 08 16 mFractured fairy tales are a dime a dozen, and I have read my fair share of amazing and terrible takes on the genre, but Fairest of Them All stands far above the offerings I ve imbibed Not only does it combine the original tales of Rapunzel and Snow White, but it also does so in a very original and adult way, fully fleshing out the story in remarkable ways See Hollywood, you don t need to set things in space to make them original Sorry Cinder, you know I s [...]

  23. 3 3.5 stars I m not entirely sure how to feel about this one I was reminded of both Tangled and Once Upon a Time as I read, but this was stranger and sometimes darker than either of those I spent the vast majority of this book really disliking the protagonist, I have to say, and not really having another character to root for we don t get to know most of the other characters very well Rapunzel drove me crazy What with the fairest of them all obsession seriously, Rapunzel, you could have used tha [...]

  24. readingandwritingurbanfantasy.At A GlanceYou know the saying, It s not you, it s me That pretty much sums up my relationship with The Fairest of Them All It was a great book, but it wasn t really for me The GoodTurgeon weaves together the fairy tales of Snow White and Rapunzel flawlessly Though this is no Happily Ever After, it is a dark, interesting story that really left an impression on me I won t soon forget the surprises Turgeon had waiting for us at almost every chapter Even with the fores [...]

  25. We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know about this book, go to the post in our website There you would find the review, the dreamcast and the playlist of the book The Fairest Of Them All by Carolyn TurgeonIf you are interested, you can visit our website The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan ClubThe Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club s Review Review 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 a [...]

  26. Once upon a time as so many of these stories start in a far off kingdom where so many of these stories take place , there lived a beautiful young woman named Rapunzel.Rapunzel was raised by Mathena, who rescued Rapunzel when she was seven years old Loving and kind, she hid Rapunzel away in the woods so her neglectful and cruel parents would never find her She taught Rapunzel everything about the forest what plants can heal, which ones can hurt, and what to add to the soil to make the garden grow [...]

  27. Book tour, review, giveaway and guest post posted August 13th on a reader lives a thousand live VISIT for giveaway and guest post Josef is the heir to his country when he comes across a seemingly abandoned tower and becomes infatuated by the beautiful Rapunzel But Josef is betrothed to a princess and Rapunzel s adoptive mother, Gothel that is, has other plans for her Seven years pass, and upon the death of his wife, Josef once again searches out the woman of his dreams, and whisks Rapunzel off t [...]

  28. 4.5 Stars The Fairest of Them All is a mesmerizing fairy tale retelling that answers a curious question What if Rapunzel was Snow White s evil stepmother We are all familiar with the fairy tales and these two famous women, but what if they were connected in a way nobody has ever known before This was a captivating and enchanting novel that I couldn t put down Fairy tales and retellings are pretty popular right now, but this one stood out for me I loved the idea of mixing two fairy tales together [...]

  29. Note this is my half of a review written with my co blogger Full review can be found on Looking for the PanaceaWritingIn general, the writing style is a bit flowery As in, it s very descriptive At times the author describes a particular thing in ten words when it could have been described in one I suppose it s not necessarily a bad thing, but at times, it seemed a tad heavy handed, andflowery However, despite the masses of description, the pace of the novel moved quite quickly, and I don t think [...]

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