The Fairest of Them All

The Fairest of Them All : A Novel

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What if Rapunzel was Snow White's evil stepmother? In this kingdom, only one fairy tale can end with happily ever after. In an enchanted forest, the maiden Rapunzel's beautiful voice captivates a young prince hunting nearby. Overcome, he climbs her long golden hair to her tower and they spend an afternoon of passion together, but by nightfall the prince must return to his kingdom, and his betrothed. Now king, he weds his intended and the kingdom rejoices when a daughter named Snow White is born. Beyond the castle walls, Rapunzel waits in her crumbling tower, gathering news of her beloved from those who come to her seeking wisdom. She tries to mend her broken heart but her love lingers, pulsing in the magic tendrils of her hair. The king, too, is haunted by his memories, but after his queen's mysterious death, he is finally able 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?
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 20mm | 247g
  • Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Original
  • 1451683782
  • 9781451683783
  • 357,465

Review quote

"The Fairest of Them All possesses the spirit of all great fairy tales--filled with brave hearts, twists of fate, and incredible transformations. Carolyn Turgeon honors the traditional stories of Rapunzel and Snow White yet intertwines their lives in a way that gives the tales, as well as both women, new dimensions. The dark, sensual magic at work in this book will allure readers right to the shocking, beautiful end."--Ronlyn Domingue, author of The Mapmaker's War
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1,474 ratings
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4 38% (559)
3 28% (411)
2 6% (95)
1 2% (33)

Our customer reviews

We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website. There you would find the review, the dreamcast and the playlist of the book: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-fairest-of-them-all-by-carolyn.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The 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 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.show more
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