Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fairest of Them All by Carolyn Turgeon

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine,
spotlighting upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Raina's pick this week:

The Fairest of Them All
Carolyn Turgeon
Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by Touchstone
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy | Fairytale Retelling

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 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 dreamed of.

I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings, especially when they're twisted. A fairy tale character gone bad?

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  1. OOh sounds exciting! Love fairy tale retellings!

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  2. Yay, I love fairy tale retellings, and this one wasn't even on my radar yet! I'm adding it now, thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!

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  3. Love the cover :) Hope you get to read it soon!
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