Disney Villains: Fairest of All by Serena Valentino
Star rating: ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: A backstory for the Wicked Queen from Snow White, the Queen is a young woman newly married to the king and step-mother to the young princess. The book details how she became the menace known in the well-known story.
Review: The Wicked Queen is my favorite Disney villain so I was excited to read this book. I was seriously disappointed by this book. The Queen, who is just called the Queen in the whole story never mind her canon name is Grimhilde, is fairly pathetic. She isn’t menacing at all. When eventually she’s thinking how jealous she is of Snow White, she also thinks about how much she loves her. Like?? You can’t have it both ways, either she’s consumed by her vanity or she cares for Snow White. There wasn’t even conflict over it she was just like “I love her and she has to die”, what? What??
Her “origin story” was ridiculous. She starts out this passive queen who is so happy with her new family and blah blab blah. This goes on forever. Her “corruption” begins with her abusive father who is trapped in the magic mirror (?) and wanting his approval so she asks who the fairest is (???) and she becomes obsessed with this? It’s so weird and ridiculous. I didn’t like it.
There are also three sisters who seem to be witches and they are the ones controlling everything. No idea who they are supposed to be or why they decided to mess with the queen. They push her to do all the “evil” things. She got the mirror and her magic supplies from them. I don’t understand what they are. It’s just so random.
I don’t like that the author decided to make the queen sympathetic, or at least attempt to. She’s just so bleh I don’t feel sympathetic. Why can’t a villain have a good backstory that is sympathetic but they’re also… You know, inherently evil?
The epilogue made me so mad. The magic mirror is gifted to Snow White and the queen appears in the mirror and tells her how much she loves her? Listen, bitch. No. You don’t get to do that. It was so infuriating. Because it makes her actions seem like less than they actually were. She tried to kill her twice, you don’t get to show up in a mirror and tell her you love her. No.
Recommendation: Skip this book. It’s not worth the time. It has deterred me from trying to read any of the rest of the series.