Title: Fairest of All
Author: Serena Valentino
Number of Pages: 256
Publisher: Disney Press
We all know the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, but what about her step mother, The Wicked Queen as we have come to know her. Do we really know her?
In Valentino's story he tells us about the Queen, telling us about her awful childhood to her eventually meeting a handsome King. From there on out it seems like a Cinderella story. But not so fast.
The King's family members seem bent on messing things up for the King, the new Queen and the little princess Snow White. There is something strange and mysterious about them that puts everyone on their guard. On top of that, a terrible tragedy strikes which affects everyone in the castle. Not only that a mysterious mirror that was once her fathers keeps showing up in the castle and she is trying to get rid of it, but the more she holds on to it, the more she cannot let it go.
As the years pass after the tragedy, the Queen loses it more and more. She is constantly conflicted with her love for Snow and the woman that she(herself) used to be. Her character change happens slowly, goes through a nice progression to the point that you are no longer surprised at her acting the way she is (and not because you have seen the movie). Only in the end is the Queen's true character shown. However it is to be interpreted is up to the person who is reading it. For me I saw that she was doing the world a great favor, and I am not saying that in a mean spirited sense either. I believed she did not like the person that she had become.
The reason why it is not 5 cups is because I wanted more, I just wanted the book to be a little longer, to see interaction between the Queen and other people of the castle to give it a little something more.