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The Wickeds by Gayle Forman | Mini ๐ŸŽงAudiobook Review

June 19, 2021
The Wickeds Gayle Forman

Hi, book friends! We all know I have a slight obsession with fairytale retellings. Anything that takes the classic princes and princesses out of the fairytales and into different environments. But what about the villains? This week, I jumped into a unique Amazon/Audible Original series – The Faraway Collection. The Wickeds (book 5 in this fun series) gives 3 “wicked” characters a whole new light and I enjoyed dropping into their world for just a brief time.

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I want more!

I want more of The Wickeds! So often, the villains of the story are portrayed as villains. With this short story, we get to see the Wickeds as regular fairytale people. I enjoyed their friendship, their stories, and seeing them in a new light. This is definitely a fairytale retelling I’d love to see expanded into a full-length novel. (Is anyone out there listening??).

At under an hour in length, The Wickeds can easily be listened to on a summer afternoon or as you’re winding down for the night and can’t force your eyes to focus on your Kindle’s text anymore (like I did) ๐Ÿ™‚

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The Wickeds Gayle Forman
THE WICKEDS by Gayle Forman
Series: Faraway Collection #1
Narrated by Frankie Corzo
52 minutes

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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#AudiobookMonth Narration by Frankie Corzo – 5 stars!

I loved the narration on this short story, expertly done by Frankie Corzo. The pacing was great (read: I can speed it up and it doesn’t sound weird!) and I had no trouble following along. Frankie is a narrator I would easily gravitate toward in future listenings.

Final answer for The Wickeds?

Hey, I said this was a MINI review. Final answer? I loved it!! You have villains who got a raw deal but decide to take their happily ever afters into their own hands, you have spoiled princesses who maybe weren’t as perfect as Disney made them out to be, and you have a surprising twist at the end! This is a must-read for any fairytale retelling fans!

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  • Reply Jo+Linsdell June 20, 2021 at 4:37 am

    The Wickeds sounds awesome. I really like the idea of this retelling. I love the cover too.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms June 20, 2021 at 9:04 am

      The cover was the first thing to draw me to The Wickeds but it’s also a fairytale retelling, which is one of my top genres. I’ve only read one other book in the series but so far, it’s a must-read ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply DJ Sakata June 20, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    I’m loving this premise, it is fresh and original

  • Reply Whispering+Stories June 20, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    I’m not familiar with the series. Glad you have been enjoying it. Not sure it would be for me as I’m not a fairy-tale retelling reader unfortunately. Lovely review.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf June 24, 2021 at 7:59 pm

    The Wickeds sounds like a great summer read.

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