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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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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.

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  • Karin Newsome
  • 20-12-2020

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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  • Isaak
  • 13-01-2021

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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  • Samantha McComas
  • 01-01-2021

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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  • RueRue
  • 29-12-2020

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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  • Admiralu
  • 17-12-2020

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-2021

Great short story...twists were wonderful!

This short story was definitely the flip side of three famous villains from fairy tales. I loved how the author slowly revealed their stories and the realities behind their situations. Really well written!

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  • Mai in Wonderland
  • 06-04-2021

Cute

Cute little story about the "evil" ladies of the fairy tale world and their bratty kids.

Fun enough but no substance.

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  • Stacey-Author and reader
  • 09-03-2021

Different and odd

It seemed like it would be a reverse story...what really happened and so on. Thats not exactly all you get and the end was strange and off-putting. Narrator did a nice job.

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  • Gail L'esperance
  • 14-02-2021

A wonderful twist

Should be read by every mother who has a daughter and every daughter who has a daughter

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  • Bella
  • 28-01-2021

A modern twist for a fairy tale !

Things look differently depending who is talking and we are getting the side of the wicked stepmother's. Enjoy !

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