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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 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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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 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.

30 review for The Wickeds

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    Heh 😏. That was fun! Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

  2. 5 out of 5

    Obsidian

    What a great ending for this collection. For me there was only the first story that didn't grab me while reading. This was a nice way to end the collection. We get a look at the "Wickeds". Snow White's stepmother, Cinderella's stepmother, and the woman who "kidnapped" Rapunzel. We even get their names too which I thought was a nice touch. Forman gives us a different point of view of women who were forced to raise daughters with in two cases pretty terrible husbands. I loved the three women decid What a great ending for this collection. For me there was only the first story that didn't grab me while reading. This was a nice way to end the collection. We get a look at the "Wickeds". Snow White's stepmother, Cinderella's stepmother, and the woman who "kidnapped" Rapunzel. We even get their names too which I thought was a nice touch. Forman gives us a different point of view of women who were forced to raise daughters with in two cases pretty terrible husbands. I loved the three women deciding to team up and go after the women that many in the kingdom see as wonderful and perfect (Snow White, Cinderella, and Rapunzel). I don't want to spoil anything, but wow, we get some backstories on everyone and I loved how the story was resolved. I could have read a couple hundred more pages about all of these women that we have read about in numerous fairy tales and watched in Disney movies.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ~Bookishly~

    Again, a rather odd and dark fairytale retelling. This particular story had a whole host of well known names from fairytales, but with a modern theme to it. The premise was interesting enough, but the story was fairly tedious, and I feel that there wasn't enough development as to what was happening. Also, the grammar was horrendous, and I seriously doubt that this was edited. Normally, I appreciate a decent fairytale retelling, but this series has been quite dismal, and I'm happy I didn't have to Again, a rather odd and dark fairytale retelling. This particular story had a whole host of well known names from fairytales, but with a modern theme to it. The premise was interesting enough, but the story was fairly tedious, and I feel that there wasn't enough development as to what was happening. Also, the grammar was horrendous, and I seriously doubt that this was edited. Normally, I appreciate a decent fairytale retelling, but this series has been quite dismal, and I'm happy I didn't have to spend actual money on it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Diana Green

    While I admire what the author was trying to say with this story, the execution really didn't work for me. There were a lot of big ideas here, including some very serious subject matter (such as rape) which needed to be handled with thoughtfulness. Instead, everything was treated superficially and in such a rush that the story barely held together. The ending was particularly clunky, when it could have been quite poignant. Clearly, there are other readers who liked this story more than me. And I' While I admire what the author was trying to say with this story, the execution really didn't work for me. There were a lot of big ideas here, including some very serious subject matter (such as rape) which needed to be handled with thoughtfulness. Instead, everything was treated superficially and in such a rush that the story barely held together. The ending was particularly clunky, when it could have been quite poignant. Clearly, there are other readers who liked this story more than me. And I'm the first to admit, it has great potential in the concept and characters. I just feel the author needed to take a lot more time with this, to develop the plot, characters, and themes so that they resonate on a deeper level. It felt thrown together, and for me, that's a disservice to the intended message.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Michelle

    THIS is by far the best of the stories [with The Cleaners tied, for other reasons] and I loved this. It was absolutely fantastic. "She was neither beautiful or ugly. Neither loving nor vicious. Neither wicked or good. She was ALL of these things. We all are." Gayle Foreman THIS is by far the best of the stories [with The Cleaners tied, for other reasons] and I loved this. It was absolutely fantastic. "She was neither beautiful or ugly. Neither loving nor vicious. Neither wicked or good. She was ALL of these things. We all are." Gayle Foreman

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mackey

    Cute and Heartwarming.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Best one of the series!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Misse Jones

    A humorous retelling that you’ll want to read for yourself! Ok, so boom... Gayle Forman did a pretty cool thing in her novella, The Wickeds. We’ve all read the fairy-tale classics surrounding the princesses Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. We also know their antagonists: Cinderella’s wicked step-mother, “Gwendolyn”, Snow White’s murderous step-mother, “Queen Elsinora”, and Rapunzel’s abductress, “Marguerite”. What I enjoyed about this version is that it is told from the perspective of the mo A humorous retelling that you’ll want to read for yourself! Ok, so boom... Gayle Forman did a pretty cool thing in her novella, The Wickeds. We’ve all read the fairy-tale classics surrounding the princesses Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel. We also know their antagonists: Cinderella’s wicked step-mother, “Gwendolyn”, Snow White’s murderous step-mother, “Queen Elsinora”, and Rapunzel’s abductress, “Marguerite”. What I enjoyed about this version is that it is told from the perspective of the mothers 15 years after the fairytales conclude. The mothers are bitter, of course and decide to do something to change the course of fate, in search of some form of happily ever after. Along the ride, Forman includes an array of characters including Jack and Jill and the Dwarfs. I really enjoyed this installment and I thought it a great way to close out the Faraway series. 4.5 ⭐️

  9. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    This was great, really enjoyed it! I'm definitely going to read this whole collection. This was great, really enjoyed it! I'm definitely going to read this whole collection.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣

    Q: “My nose does not look like that. I had it reshaped by a piranha years ago—dreadfully painful,” she added, touching the small scars left by the fish’s sharp teeth. (c)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    This the final story in the Faraway Collection introduces Galye Foirman to this reader. This was a funny and witty story of the villainesses of Snow White, Cinderella and Rapunzel. Re-imagine them telling their stories of their relationships with their trials with their charges and them trying to find their HEAs. Had me smiling in some parts and the narration was done well by Frankie Corzo. Nice quick audiobook listen.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Trigger WARNING (TW): mentions rape

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alan Teder

    Fable Turnabout Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook edition (2020) This was a good fun revisit of the Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel fables that portrays the supposed evil queens and stepmothers of those stories as misunderstood characters who were betrayed by their selfish, self-centred rivals, daughters and stepdaughters. "The Wickeds" set out to take revenge as a collective but learn that all generations face the same issues. On the Double Plus Good side, this story had none of the p Fable Turnabout Review of the Amazon Original Kindle eBook edition (2020) This was a good fun revisit of the Cinderella, Snow White and Rapunzel fables that portrays the supposed evil queens and stepmothers of those stories as misunderstood characters who were betrayed by their selfish, self-centred rivals, daughters and stepdaughters. "The Wickeds" set out to take revenge as a collective but learn that all generations face the same issues. On the Double Plus Good side, this story had none of the product placement advertising distractions that ruined an earlier entry in the series, The Prince and the Troll, for me. The Wickeds is one of the 5 novellas included in the Faraway Collection, a series of fable fiction released December 15, 2020 from Amazon Original Stories. Classic fables take on new meaning as five bestselling authors serve up some deliciously modern twists. New reflections on evil queens, charmless princes, and star-crossed lovers branch out in provocative and enchanting directions. Follow the path and see where it leads...

  14. 4 out of 5

    rose ✨

    “your mirror’s kind of a dick.” where do i file my formal request for a full-length novel about these three? this was SO MUCH FUN and my favorite by far—it reminded me a little of a gail carson levine book or good episode of once upon a time. rating: 3.5/5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    This is a tale as old as time. Wicked step-mothers. Sweet, innocent daughters. We've all heard the stories. But... what if we heard them wrong? We only got the princesses' side of things, after all. This is a tale as old as time. Wicked step-mothers. Sweet, innocent daughters. We've all heard the stories. But... what if we heard them wrong? We only got the princesses' side of things, after all.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steph's Romance Book Talk

    3.5 Stars / 0 Steam Fans Video review available in Week 52: Dec 20 – Dec 26 weekly book reviews. For other video book reviews, check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk. 3.5 Stars / 0 Steam Fans Video review available in Week 52: Dec 20 – Dec 26 weekly book reviews. For other video book reviews, check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.

  17. 4 out of 5

    gaby✿

    this one was also super enjoyable! i have never read from forman before but that will definitely be changing now!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    this one was just ok. I was actually looking forward to this one the most but this was just ok.

  19. 5 out of 5

    TL

    *read for free with Kindle Unlimited* Good concept but so-so execution in spots. The ending felt rushed, thought it could have been expanded upon more. A fun read, but not one I'll come back to probably. *read for free with Kindle Unlimited* Good concept but so-so execution in spots. The ending felt rushed, thought it could have been expanded upon more. A fun read, but not one I'll come back to probably.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    3.5 stars A fun little story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brittney

    I really enjoyed this one.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Faraway Series The Prince and the Troll - Faraway, Book 1 - Rainbow Rowell - 3 Stars - Adam, Unnamed Troll? - An unlikely friendship between a man and a creature who helped him save his phone from under a bridge. It's a strange modern fairy tale world and I’m not sure I understood all that was going on but I enjoyed it. Hazel and Gray - Faraway, Book 2 - Nic Stone - 3.5 Stars - Hazel, Gray - The most messed up version of Hansel and Gretel I’ve ever read…. Well, the Faraway Series The Prince and the Troll - Faraway, Book 1 - Rainbow Rowell - 3 Stars - Adam, Unnamed Troll? - An unlikely friendship between a man and a creature who helped him save his phone from under a bridge. It's a strange modern fairy tale world and I’m not sure I understood all that was going on but I enjoyed it. Hazel and Gray - Faraway, Book 2 - Nic Stone - 3.5 Stars - Hazel, Gray - The most messed up version of Hansel and Gretel I’ve ever read…. Well, the original was pretty jacked too. There were some crazy twists in this story but I liked that. The end felt kind of unfinished. The Princess Game - Faraway, Book 3 - Soman Chainani- 3.5 Stars - too many to list - Girls in Chaminade High School are being murdered and the “Princes'' a.k.a. popular boys are suspects. Two local police officers go undercover to try and catch the perps but blow their cover and it all goes sideways. I think I was most interested in this story. Probably because it has been the most straightforward and I knew exactly who the killer was. That did not diminish my pleasure in listening to the book. I’m glad they went for a full cast of narrators as there were a lot of characters. Even with the multiple cast I still didn’t know who was talking sometimes. The Cleaners - Faraway, Book 4 - Ken Liu - 3 Stars - Clara, Beatrice, Gui - I have no idea what fairy tale this was supposed to be but that’s not the first with this series. The sister’s story was kinda interesting and so was Gui’s however I’m not sure how they connect and I left the story just feeling confused. The Wickeds - Faraway, Book 5 - Gail Forman - 3.5 Stars - Elsinora, Gwendolyn, and Marguerite - The real story of Cinderella, Snow White and Repunzel’s mothers. This was a story I could get behind. I was still left with a sense of being confused but I loved the takes on what “really” happened as opposed to the highly exaggerated stories we know.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kandice

    Fan-freaking-tastic! There is always, always another side to the story! This is the side of the evil step-(foster) mothers from our childhood fairytales. It reminded me very much of Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, which was his unprecedented take on Snow White. This gave his a run for his money! Don't all daughters, at one time or another, think their moms are evil, mean, cruel? Don't all mothers, at one time or another, appeal to their own mothers for advice? Despite what they may have thoug Fan-freaking-tastic! There is always, always another side to the story! This is the side of the evil step-(foster) mothers from our childhood fairytales. It reminded me very much of Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, which was his unprecedented take on Snow White. This gave his a run for his money! Don't all daughters, at one time or another, think their moms are evil, mean, cruel? Don't all mothers, at one time or another, appeal to their own mothers for advice? Despite what they may have thought before? This story is that perfect, tarnished circle. Remember there is always another side to every story. The prefect ending to this fun series from Amazon. “If it were today, I would have her heart cut out, true. But then I would have her head and arms and legs cut off. I would have them disembowel her. And then I would watch, in the town square, as the hangman heated the fire to white-heat with bellows, watch unblinking as he consigned each part of her to the fire. I would have archers around the square, who would shoot any bird or animal who came close to the flames, any raven or dog or hawk or rat. And I would not close my eyes until the princess was ash, and a gentle wind could scatter her like snow. I did not do this thing, and we pay for our mistakes.” ― Neil Gaiman, Snow, Glass, Apples [Chapbook]

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzy | Gone Readin’

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars This was the dark horse of the 'Faraway' collection, beating out my expected favourite in an unforeseen upset that had me doing a disbelieving double-take. This story was swift paced, full of sass and peppered with a rich, genuinely amusing sense of humour that I greatly enjoyed. In this story, three fairytale villains of yore team up in a way that slightly reminded me of Granny Weatherwax and her coven in Pratchett's beloved 'Discworld'. These three (Elsinora, Marguerite Actual rating: 3.5 stars This was the dark horse of the 'Faraway' collection, beating out my expected favourite in an unforeseen upset that had me doing a disbelieving double-take. This story was swift paced, full of sass and peppered with a rich, genuinely amusing sense of humour that I greatly enjoyed. In this story, three fairytale villains of yore team up in a way that slightly reminded me of Granny Weatherwax and her coven in Pratchett's beloved 'Discworld'. These three (Elsinora, Marguerite and Gwendolyn) are determined to seek revenge against the 'heroic' princesses who have cost them their reputations, their chance to put the record straight and, ultimately, their happily-ever-afters. Things aren't all they seem. I liked the premise of this one and had a good time reading it. I particularly liked the little details, such as plastic surgery carried out by woodland critters in lieu of the 'magic' of our world and a more orthodox, scientific approach. I was surprised by how dark some of the content was - specifically in relation to Marguerite's story - but found this reimagining a much more believable yarn than that of the original fairytale. What held this back from a higher rating was the same issue I experience with most short stories: it was just too short. The ending was wishy-washy as a result of limited space, and although the characters had promise they were a bit one-dimensional because there simply wasn't enough room to develop them further. That said, this was a decent retelling that genuinely did what it set out to do, and retold a well known fairytale or two. Worth the read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Badseedgirl

    Changing the evil in Disney Princess stories from black and white to a more subtle shade of grey has been popular for years now. (I blame Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.). I liked this story and it was well written, but it did not feel new or fresh. (Again, I blame Wicked!) Changing the evil in Disney Princess stories from black and white to a more subtle shade of grey has been popular for years now. (I blame Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.). I liked this story and it was well written, but it did not feel new or fresh. (Again, I blame Wicked!)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anita Fajita Pita

    Wow. This short was a rollercoaster ride of writing and emotions. From wicked stepmothers to misunderstood stepmothers, the stories of Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel are slowly turned on their heads with a look at motherhood and teenaged daughters. The ending gave us another twist, turn, and surprise with a tender generational look at motherhood that actually took me from cackling to teary eyed pretty quickly. A whopper of a short story and my favorite of the Faraway collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hazel

    They are all pretty short alternative tales to the classic fairy tales. And when I say short, I mean around 30 pages. Some are saucy, some are just weird. I can’t really say much otherwise I’d give them away.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tathy's Cozy Nook

    Writing style? Phenomenal. Storyline? Intriguing. Loved every single moment of this story

  29. 5 out of 5

    Forever Young Adult

    Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Hints The Most Fist-Pump Worthy: "The Wickeds" by Gayle Forman The Least Satisfying: "The Princess Game" by Soman Chainani, "Hazel and Gray" by Nic Stone The Bizzare (But Beautiful): "The Prince and the Troll" by Rainbow Rowell, "The Cleaners" by Ken Liu Bonus Factors: Retellings, Heavy Hitters Break Glass In Case Of: Need an Escape Read the full book report here. Graded By: Mandy C. Cover Story: Hints The Most Fist-Pump Worthy: "The Wickeds" by Gayle Forman The Least Satisfying: "The Princess Game" by Soman Chainani, "Hazel and Gray" by Nic Stone The Bizzare (But Beautiful): "The Prince and the Troll" by Rainbow Rowell, "The Cleaners" by Ken Liu Bonus Factors: Retellings, Heavy Hitters Break Glass In Case Of: Need an Escape Read the full book report here.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reese

    Why had she asked a mirror—or anyone for that matter—to tell her who she was? But then again, why do any of us? This was probably the weakest of the five. The characters felt flat and unconnectable. The story was boring, and I wish it had a greater payoff.

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