Monday, November 29, 2010

Killer Cover Monday and the NCTE! Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen

Okay, just got back from the NCTE/ALAN Workshops at Disney World, which my awesome publisher, Holiday House, was kind enough to send me to! It was a wonderful conference, not to mention a great Thanksgiving vacation for my family! Oh, and when I presented to the 300+ educators on Tuesday they actually laughed at my jokes! Phew! I was so nervous, expecting nothing but tumbleweeds and rotten tomatoes! What a relief!

So, in my many travels through Disney World a book kept catching my eye. The cover was to die for, the Wicked Queen from Snow White. The book is called Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen, a fractured fairytale (very hot genre right now) by Serena Valentino. I just started reading it last night. Long story short, I had to share this uber cool cover with you. On the dust jacket, the evil, yet beautiful Queen. Remove the dust jacket and here's what you get! GAH! Quite a shocker!

BTW: Loving this book so far. Valentino writes it in a very traditional fairytale style, so nothing like WICKED or other fractured fairytale novels I've read, but so far just as enthralling!

Hope you ALL had a fantastic Thanksgiving! I didn't have to cook or clean, so mine was amazing! ;)

xoxo -- Hilary


  1. What a great cover. Sounds like an interesting book.

  2. With that nose and arched eyebrow, the cover totally looks like Linda Evagelista (old supermodel)...then the other image--not so much :)

    I'm so happy that you got sent to Disney World to speak--major congratulations! What a special holiday season and New Year this must be for you. Can't wait to read Nightshade City!

  3. hi miss hilary! yippee for going to disney world! im glad you didnt get squished with a bunch of yucky tomatos. that book cover is pretty neat til you clear away the dust and then... yikes! scary for sure!! i didnt ever read one of those twisted up fairy tails but i think i could like to some time.
    ...smiles from lenny

  4. What a fantastic experience!! I'm so happy you're getting to do all this fun stuff!
    And awesome cover! Very clever of them.

  5. Glad you had a great time at Disney world.

    I love that cover. Gah! Now I've got another awesome book to add to my TBR pile. :)

  6. Disney was awesome! My daughter (almost 3) got to meet her favorite princess, Mulan! We got there right before her scheduled appearance and she took my daughter all around China in Epcot, showing her everything. My daughter was in awe! It was so sweet! :)

  7. Sounds like a great trip! Cool cover and I love fractured fairy tales!

  8. Love this cover! It is striking!

  9. super jealous of your trip.

    Thanks for sharing the's on my 'to read' list. Sounds like fun. :)

  10. Anonymous1/23/2012

    hi, i am just about to finish this book tomorrow.....AMAZING,so far. A must read. =)


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