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A Reader of Fictions: Waiting on Wednesday (40): The Fairest of Them All

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (40): The Fairest of Them All

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Well, hello, fairy tale retelling! Fancy meeting you here. Combining fairy tales together equals win in my mind, so I am all over this. The cover is so shiny, too! I've not read any of her previous books, but this seems like a great place to start.

The Fairest of Them All

Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Expected Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: Touchstone

Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.



Blogger Bec @ Readers in Wonderland said...

This is a really interesting concept and has the potential to be quite good. Definitely adding this to my list. Thanks for highlighting it :D

January 16, 2013 at 2:30 AM  
Blogger The Insouciant Sophisticate said...

Love the summary for this-a very striking original take on the fairy tales.

January 16, 2013 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Jenni said...

OOOH! Love the title and it sounds so good! I am with you on the loving of retellings! This is the perfect wow pick to see the day after finishing Scarlet!

January 16, 2013 at 9:19 AM  
Blogger Lynn K. said...

Wow, that first line is catchy! O__o
I thought it was a dragon book because I mistook the lacy pattern for scales. xD

January 16, 2013 at 9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That's a new spin on the fairy tale. *adds it to my TBR and follows you* Thanks!

My WoW.

Have wonderful Wednesday!

January 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

Ooh I love this cover! And the fairy tale retelling mish mash could be pretty cool if done well!

January 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Kay said...

Love the cover and the fairy tale retelling. It sounds really good. Thanks for sharing!

My WoW

January 16, 2013 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Awesome pick *wink* My WoW

January 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Somewhere Only We Know said...

I don't read enough fairy tale retellings...although I am reading one now! Great choice!

Check out my WOW.

Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

January 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger ellepaulette said...

I have not come across this book before. Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention. Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!

January 16, 2013 at 7:14 PM  
Blogger Shelver506 said...

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?! Yes! YES!!

January 16, 2013 at 7:42 PM  

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