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Publisher's Summary

The reviled villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel team up to set the record straight in a subversively funny short story by the number one 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.

The Wickeds is part of Faraway, a collection of retold fairy tales that take the happily-ever-after in daring new directions. Whether read or listened to in one sitting, prepare to be charmed, moved, enlightened, and frightened all over again.

©2020 Gayle Forman Inc. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Fresh, Original, Thoroughly Enjoyable!

Just listen. Enjoy a completely original blending of 3 fairytales nearly everyone knows. See things from the 3 wicked stepmothers' point of view and enjoy the twist at the end!

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Three wicked witches walk into a bar...

*minor spoilers* "Three wicked witches walk into a bar" sounds like the beginning of a bad fairytale joke, but this is precisely what happens. Evil Queen of Snow White, Cinderella, and guardian of Rapunzel meet in the waiting room of a plastic surgeon's office and proceed to play Spindles (their version of darts) afterward. They become fast friends, finding that they have one common theme: they are perceived as evil throughout the land due to their less than stellar parenting of their "spoiled" stepdaughters. What happens next is actually quite comical: they are the ones who attend a Ball, as men! Of course chaos ensues, but that's what makes this particular twisted take fun, told from the view of the Wickeds. This short story is by far the best of the series, so far.

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New take, but was hoping for a different direction

Narrator was good, the story was quick and it was an interesting take on tales told over and over again. would have liked a different ending, but still enjoyed it.

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Enjoyed the retelling

Funny and inventive retelling of (3) fairy tale wicked stepmothers, but the ending kind of fizzled out. Excellent narration.

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Alternate Fairly Tale

This was a short, sweet story about the three villains known as the Wickeds, a bit more about their backstory and what really happened. A nice revisionist history. The ending is left open for more. Nice narration in the audiobook. Wish it had been a bit longer and some revenge dished out instead.

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Quite Good!

A very fun hybrid rewrite of several familiar fairytales we all know from early childhood. The author did a good job at reimagining these stories. I enjoyed listening! ☺️

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love the twist

the twist on old classics is great. you're so going to love it. especially if you're a fan of Grimm and Once upon a Time

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Great perspective on classic story

I love hearing new takes on fairytales and this one is superb. It drives home the truth that until you look outside your small bubble to see the bigger picture, you never know the whole truth. Excellent story, thank you!

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much better

This version was much better than the original version. Made it more of a story.

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Quick entertainment

This is a very entertaining take on the Evil Stepmothers we all love to hate. A great listen while doing evening chores around the house.

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Odd retelling

A different take on the happily ever after. With focus on the evil Queen, the evil stepmother and mother gothel.

Weird. Very weird. Odd retelling.