- Series: Villains (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Disney Press; 1 edition (August 18, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1423106296
- ISBN-13: 978-1423106296
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 233 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen (Villains) Hardcover – August 18, 2009
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I love Disney and I love fantasy/science fiction books so picking this up to read was a no brainier. Even though this book is "young adult" I never thought so while reading it.
It captured my attention throughout, moves along at a nice pace, and was a nice legnth for me as I don't have a lot of free time most days.
This book is apparently a trilogy, I have read the Ursula book in this series and I did not enjoy it as much as this one. This one truly is something special and I could just imagine the Disney Animated characters in this, I enjoyed reading this from a different perspective
Defintely worth the $8 I paid :)
I was only a couple of the short chapters in when I considered giving up entirely on Fairest of All. Though the story is imaginative and begins as a plausible beginning to the Snow White story that Disney fans know and love, the writing is juvenile and simplistic. This book was shelved in the YA section of the bookstore, but is a much better fit for a middle grade audience. Valentino's writing is very sparse in details, sentences are short, and many of the ideas I wished had been further elaborated upon were merely summarized for the reader.
Fairest of All grew more interesting to me with the introduction of the King's three mysterious cousins: Lucinda, Ruby, and Martha. Up until their meddling, the Queen's relationship with Snow White is rather sweet; the Queen herself isn't a very interesting character until the three odd sisters begin to mess with her mind and heart. I found it disappointing that the three sisters were more of a threat to Snow White than the Queen when all was said and done. Because of their interference in the Queen's affairs, she becomes the evil creature we love to hate from the film. As terrifying as the sisters were, the story was not as strong as it could have been without their presence. I'd have liked different reasons for why the Queen became evil; the way this story goes the Queen is just another tragic victim, no one to really fear.
Fairest of All ends on a very interesting note, however; I would be curious to see where Valentino would take things next if she wrote a sequel. I'm not quite sure how to interpret where we leave off with Snow White, but if her path mirrors that of the Queen, then things would be very different than the "happily ever after" we know so well