The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

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Ever since Lorelai used her magic against her stepmother in a failed attempt to save her family and her kingdom, she’s been running from the usurper queen, Irina. Irina, believing her stepdaughter to be dead, rules the kingdom with her ruthless magic, destroying the hearts of any and all whom she feels may bolster her own power. But, when Lorelai must use her magic in a desperate situation, Irina is alerted to her presence. Using the fate of a neighboring kingdom, Eldr, as leverage, Irina commands its young king, Kol, to find Lorelai and cut out her heart. Lorelai must sway Kol to her own cause and face the evil queen before she loses her kingdom forever.

This one was a pretty good read. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still good. I liked that “Snow White” in this story wasn’t just a weak princess who needed to wait for someone to come save her. I also enjoyed the evilness of the queen, and the little bit of backstory we got illustrating why someone becomes so malevolent. That said, I feel like this book could have been much more polished and put together. There’s a lot of potential here, but it didn’t quite live up to it. Also, the book is quite similar to the T.V. series Once Upon a Time. Coincidence? You decide.

Rating: 3.5/5

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