[ARC Book Review] Mother Knows Best: A Tale of the Old Witch

Updated: Feb 2, 2019

Valentino weaves wonders in her latest Villains novel, Mother Knows Best. Perfectly complimentary to the previous four installments while also a story that holds its own, MKB is a testament to Valentino’s spectacular spooky storytelling.

MKB walks us through Mother Gothel’s early years, setting the scene for the Gothel we know (and love?) in Disney’s Tangled. From exploring the dead woods and witnessing the grandeur of the castle and conservatory, to visiting ribbon-spooled Fripperies and the floral-patterned, deep brown and dusty rose rooms of the cottage house, readers will be charmed by each new setting. Not to mention the charm the new characters bring to the story. Jacob, Tiddlebottom and others warm our hearts in an otherwise death-laden environment. The juxtaposition of the Tangled storyline with MKB’s content is a treat for die-hard Disney film fans who will appreciate Valentino’s commitment to consistency.

And so, once again, Valentino enchants her readers; whisking them away somewhere between dreams and nightmares. Villains fans will not be disappointed, and newcomers will receive a warm and witch-filled welcome.

MKB is available for purchase at the Garden District Bookshop. Upon request, Serena may even sign your copy!

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