Title: The Fairest of Them All
Author: Carolyn Turgeon
Publication Date: August 6, 2013
Format: Edelweiss ARC
What if Rapunzel was Snow White’s stepmother? And what if there was no happily ever after?
Rapunzel has spent most of her life in a forest with her adoptive mother Mathena dreaming about visiting the castle that she sees in the distance. One day she is visited by a handsome hunter who became enchanted by her beauty and voice—but there love is not meant to be because the handsome stranger is a prince who is betrothed to another.
After the king married his queen, they gave the kingdom and heir, a beautiful princess named Snow White. But the king cannot get Rapunzel out of his mind; he is haunted by her beauty. After his wife dies the king goes out into the forest to find his beloved Rapunzel and make her his queen. Unfortunately happily ever after might be harder to find.
I was originally drawn to Carolyn Turgeon’s The Fairest of Them All because I was curious to see how she would bring Rapunzel and Snow White’s story together. In the beginning of the story I felt as if I knew what would happen as the story progressed however, I find myself captivated by Turgeon’s tale. There are several unexpected spins that make the story new and fresh. The Fairest of Them All is a twisted fairytale full of beautiful details and shocking secrets.