The Wickeds – Book Review

Book Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 / 5 stars)

 They say we only know the stories of the victors. Is that not true of our favorite fairytales? We hear Rapunzel, Snow White, and Cinderella’s sides of the stories, detailing their wicked mothers. But what if these matriarchs weren’t so bad? What if their stories were just misunderstood? 

In a short story that tells the villainous side of these well known fairytales, we see these “wicked” mothers as worn out old women, trying to live their lives without such horrendous reputations. Though bitterness ultimately gets the better of them, and they are forced to seek out revenge against those who harmed them. Who is right? Who is wrong? Or were neither sides of blame?

In an examination of motherhood, we see sometimes how mother and daughter are pitted against each other. Teenage rebellion can lead into fairy-tale like stories, that put a stake between the mother-daughter relationship. It’s a circle that continues. As one generation ages, the next runs away. This short story was an introspective look at this, with a wonderful fairytale twist. While I would have loved a moment exploring this more at the end, the message is clear: sometimes stories aren’t what they seem…

And sometimes, being a teenager means you aren’t all that rational in your behavior.

Because sometimes, you just want a prince and not your mother.

What’s it about?

The reviled villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel team up to set the record straight in a subversively funny short story by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of If I Stay.

Envious queen? Evil stepmother? Kidnapping hag? Elsinora, Gwendolyn, and Marguerite are through with warts-and-all tabloids, ugly lies, and the three ungrateful brats who pitted them against each other and the world. But maybe there’s more to the stories than even the Wickeds know. Is it time to finally get revenge? After all, they’re due for a happily-enough-ever-after. Even if they have to write it themselves.

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