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The Unfairest of Them All
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Writer: Shannon Hale
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Release Date: March 25, 2014
ISBN: 0316282014
Previous: The Tale of Two Sisters
Next: A Wonderlandiful World
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The Unfairest of Them All is the second book of the Ever After High book series, written by Shannon Hale. It was released on March 25, 2014.


Start a new chapter in this spellbinding Ever After High story by bestselling author Shannon Hale! Follow Raven Queen after she becomes the reluctant leader of the Rebels (those who believe in breaking free from destiny and writing their own story). This puts her at odds with her roomie Apple White, fairest of the halls and enchanting queen of the Royals, the students who want to follow in their fairytale parents' footsteps. But when one of the most wonderlandiful students at the school gets into trouble, the two must work together to ensure that everyone gets their happily forever after.

Secrets unfold, spells are cast, and the Royals and the Rebels reign supreme in this totally wicked follow-up to The Storybook of Legends!

A Very Evil Prologue

The Evil Queen is aggravated about how the Grimm brothers have stuffed her into a cramped black cell glass (a magical mirror) and is angry that they couldn't even put much effort into making a more elaborate prison for her. She is trying to use magic although failing after numerous tries due to spell repellent found within, when she feels a burst of purple lightening ripple through her cell. After weakening the cell glass with another spell, she is able to create a looking glass to which she looks through all Ever After which takes her to the courtyard of Ever After High on Legacy Day. The Evil Queen shows disinterest and although she's happy her daughter is following in her footsteps, she wishes that Legacy Day was about making one's own choice otherwise its just another way of being under Grimm's control. Then she sees Raven rip her page out of the Storybook of Legends and immediately feels proud of her repentance. The Evil Queen starts smiling slowly and then begins to laugh.

Chapter 1: A Spoonful of Porridge

The morning starts of with Apple White feeling quite dejected over what happened during Legacy Day. She blames Raven for the whole event and is angry that she acted so selfishly without any consideration for others. While in the middle of this though, there is a loud crash which is caused by Madeline Hatter who jumped through the window in order to get to their rooms so as to take Apple and Raven to breakfast. On arrival, they see their friends set apart in two groups on two separate sides of the castleteria - a few smeared in porridge - on the verge of a food fight, with Cedar Wood standing with her tray of food in the middle undecided of where to sit - either with the Royals (because she wants her destiny to become a real girl) or with the Rebels (as she does not want her friends to suffer in destinies they don't want).

Apple tries to play the peace maker by trying to calm down the Royals while insinuating that the Rebels are rallying behind Raven because their her friends and that Raven simply made a mistake which sets of Raven, stating that her choice was not a mistake which is in turn, responded with harsh comments from Daring Charming, Briar Beauty, Duchess Swan and Blondie Lockes, but is supported by Dexter Charming whom is immediately shut down by his older brother. In the end a spoonful of porridge which is thrown by Sparrow Hood hits Apple on the cheek. This immediately starts up the food fight in full scale with Hunter ending up accidentally hitting Ashlynn Ella, which sends her off crying and Hunter running after her while Madeline Hatter completely enjoys the activity as food fights are a necessity in Wonderland when hosting luncheons or dinner parties.

Raven and Apple take cover behind a large pot of Nine-day-old beans (or so they say), with Raven completely smeared in food and Apple with the single smudge of porridge on her cheek which is immediately eaten off by a bird. Apple doubts herself and her abilities now that her Happily Ever After may no longer come true and blames herself for not being able to convince Raven to sign the book although she promised Headmaster Grimm. The food fight is ended with dark sorcery by Baba Yaga whom immediately sends everyone to detention by turning the wasted food into food goblins in order to coral the students to the detention room, leaving Apple quite panicked as she has never been in detention before.

Chapter 2: In the Service of Destiny

Raven boringly sits in detention, with the spare time she has to think of her destiny. After a while, Professor Momma Bear lets them off, however Milton suspiciously asks the students to join him in the Chamitorium. As Milton starts off his speech, Apple is extremely struck with disbelief as he reveals devastating information. Milton ignores all questions asked, however he considers to give the students a chance for the Yester Day app activities to commence. Humphrey assists Apple with downloading that, leaving Raven puzzled as to entrust someone with her password. Raven takes a guess, leaving Apple worried of a risk of hacking. She converts it to a Lulla-binary notation of the word. After the Charmitorium session was over, Ashlynn nabs Raven into a broom closet and asks her for advice, with Hunter and Cerise asking her similar questions earlier. Later outside, Madeline plans to visit Wonderland however is bound by the rules. Raven is still curious about Cerise's story and why she's been avoiding them lately. She checks the Yester Day app for details, however she receives a message instead, reminding her about the headmaster. Raven is somewhat guilty of her actions on Legacy Day, anxious of her time at this school. Keeping that message in mind, she paces around the corridors viewing messages of iconic fairytale characters to Milton. The headmaster reveals to Raven why he keeps her at the school is because of her story. Milton is definite that Raven will reconsider her rebellious ideas when the time comes. Due to the notification of Raven's curiosity in the Yester Day app, Milton is aware that she wishes to visit Red Riding Hood. However, he tasks her to visit someone evil as well; Candy Witch, the mother of Ginger Witch.

At the castleteria, Raven acknowledges Cerise's phone number and sends her a hext about the Yester Day visit. While attending Professor Nimble's class, Raven and Cerise hext each other. Cerise slumps in her chair after knowing Raven is to visit her mother. Raven is always open for Cerise to join her, however is still curious why she never wanted to visit them in the first place. Raven soon realizes that Professor Badwolf is her father.

Chapter 3: Maddie Chats with the Narrator

Madeline casually asks the Narrator of their in-depth observations of when Madeline's around Apple or Raven more. Before they can finish, she cuts to a question after the other, mentioning how she'd go to Neverland due to Wonderland's closure. She babbles on about Cerise's dad being Mr. Badwolf, but she stops them there.

Chapter 4: Just Be Happy

Apple visits Old King Cole for Yester Day, an old acquaintance of her mother. Speculating that he isn't the best choice for her, she thanks him for his kind attitude and selects another fairytale. That being said, Apple tumbles on the other side of Cole Castle's well to Buff Castle's. As soon as she enters the grand hall of the Castle, she meets Emperor and Empress Buff. The two welcome her with open arms as she expresses her worry and grief about Legacy Day, and recent issues that have occured. The empress leads Apple outside, where a huge argument between two farmers has erupted. The empress orders Apple to stop it, which she does so boldly. Still, not wanting to set out a bad impression of herself, she softens up. Due to that, the argument springs back into life, with the empress stepping in and taking charge. Right as Apple reflects on what went wrong, she finds Holly O'Hair, who is completely honored to meet her there. Apple explains to Holly about her recent encounter with two arguing farmers, but Holly is utterly speechless of what to say. Apple drops the conversation and proceeds back to school.

Chapter 5: Torches and Pitchforks

Cerise informs Raven that her mother might not be as open to others as she is to her, as her village is undergoing a serious split between the Wolfs and the Hoods. Still, the two easily go along the path to her village, something Cerise will converse with Raven later. Raven enters Cerise's residence, finding Red Riding Hood. The three talk more about Red initially coming across the Big Bad Wolf, whom she found comedic rather than frightening. After a while, they hear loud bickering coming from outside. Hoods and Wolfs argue about a staged act by a Wolf dressed as a sheep. Raven decides to stop the argument from escalating, but the villagers recognize her as the daughter of the Evil Queen. They propose to dunk her, setting Cerise off. Being pushed too far, Cerise proudly declares her parents, Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf, both astonishing and alarming the villagers.

Chapter 6: Maddie Catches Up with the Narrator

Madeline complains to the Narrator of how poorly she's been treated in Neverland, having to have arrived to school earlier than everyone else. Out of boredom, Madeline questions the Narrator of a few upcoming spoilers, such as something terrible happening to a specific student.

Chapter 7: A Smile and a Friend

Apple scrolls through her remaining locations for a Yester Day interview. Despite having to interviewed so many successful fairytale parents only, she decides to interview her mother. Apple opens up to her mother, since the security of her story was recently ruptured. Still, Snow White is optimistic and certain that everyone has good inside of them, including Raven. Instead of giving Apple solid advice, Apple is unaware how holding a smile in whatever case will help anything. Apple soon meets with Briar, who reveals to her that she's interviewed lots of fairytale characters who have fallen into a sleep at least once in their story, however that didn't go as planned. Meanwhile, Apple faces her own personal crises, explaining to Briar of her mother's peculiar advice given. With no other plans on how to make her BFFA any happier, Briar and Apple do some bungee jumping.

Chapter 8: Time to Take Off the Hood

The Wolfs and Hoods chant in unison to banish Cerise from the village. Cerise's grandmother, or The Grandma, objects to this and instead, the village will host a Basket Run trial. There's been a slight change in rules - Cerise is allowed to compete in the trial. As soon as the trial commences, Cerise is strained by the number of cramped Hoods ahead of her. As the remaining Hoods are disqualified and lose their baskets to the Wolfs, Cerise is being pursued by Horribus Wolf. Luckily, Cerise breaks the finish vine in two before the Wolfs can catch up to her, rattling with a total amount of ten baskets. However, a change has taken place; Cerise is both a Hood and a Wolf, meaning that she can choose her own fate. With only 15 minutes left for Raven to visit Candy Witch, she darts out, knowing that Cerise's secret will still be safe among Hood Hollow.

Raven makes her way over to Candy Witch's house, the old lady bearing a pleasant attitude was surely not going to harm Raven in such a short amount of time. Ultimately, Candy Witch's advice seemed to be very helpful.

Chapter 9: A Children's Treasury of Fairytale Heirlooms

Apple attempts to persuade Raven once again, but Raven still stands firm on the other side of the conflict. Raven owns up to Apple about her mother's continued existense in mirror prison, the only one in Raven's mind to deal with such unexpected problems. As their thoughts get interrupted by Cerise, who comes barging in their dorm room, they follow her down to the Muse-eum where they hear shouts. Sparrow Hood and his Merry Men stir up trouble near by the vault of the heirlooms of previous fairytale legends, with Kitty Cheshire aiding the guys and causing even more of a mess. A clueless Apple partially blames this on Raven, but is also distracted by the nearby quarreling between the Royals and Rebels. Apple believes herself in the middle of this, believing herself powerless against this.

Chapter 10: Maddie Gabs with the Narrator

Madeline chats with the Narrator once more. She is curious about the racket down in the Treasury, oblivious that the Royals and Rebels were arguing downstairs. The Narrator babbles on about a previous class they took, but Madeline dashes out to join in on the "party" down in the Treasury.

Chapter 11: The Uni Cairn


Chapter 12: Banished


Chapter 13: Such Skullduggery as This


Chapter 14: Wisp Whispering


Chapter 15: Maddie Chats with the Narrator


Chapter 16: Blessed Beast of Terror


Chapter 17: Fairy Ball


Chapter 18: The Opposite of Quiet


Chapter 19: The Buzz of a Spell


Chapter 20: Smile Like You Mean It


Chapter 21: Irrefutable Evidence


Chapter 22: Maddie Pesters the Narrator


Chapter 23: Happily Ever Afters






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