“whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Phillippians 4:8

Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino

Once upon a time I was walking through Barnes and Noble admiring all of the beautiful books. About six feet in from the door, I found it. A sleek cover with my favorite Disney villain staring back at me. Fate intervened, and it was on sale. I brought it home and set to reading.

Unfortunately, you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover because after an embarrassingly long time of reading, I realized that Mistress of All Evil by Serena Valentino was not the first book in the series. Nor was it the second or third. I had started with the fourth book in the series. Not even realizing it was part of a series. Granted, I have some background knowledge because these books are vaguely based on the Disney movies, but still. Some things are different, and I wonder if my experience would be different if I had read the others first. The first, at least, is on Kindle Unlimited, so I’ll be reading that one soon.

I’d like to give you a summary...but chances are you’ve seen the Sleeping Beauty movie this is based on, so you probably can guess at what happens for much of it, other than a few twists. This book does also flesh out Maleficent’s background. Which is nothing like the story from the Maleficent movie. Comparing the two ideas, I gotta say that I prefer the movie. Mistress of All Evil was fine, but just fine. I think it was meant for ten year old girls, but I read it like it was meant for me. I’d even found it amongst books meant for older readers. As a book for preteens, it was actually really good. As a book for older teenagers and adults, it was disappointing. But that probably won’t stop me from reading the rest of the series.

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