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- ASIN : B00JDW5OXO
- Publisher : Desert Palm Press; 2nd edition (March 30, 2014)
- Publication date : March 30, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2320 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 213 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,360 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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"Queer Cinderella," I thought. "That'll be awesome." Unfortunately, this isn't the case. The Second Sister is compelling in a number of ways. Well, mainly I'm in favor of the talking animals. Jessith the cat is an A+ character. However, this book is also poorly edited, confusing, and filled with abuse. The antagonist is a sadistic rapist and the love interest, while theoretically an okay person, stands by and does nothing while the main character--and others--are subjected to horrific abuse. Does no one have any wherewithal?
There is no reason for the love shared between the main character, Ellie, and the love interest. Ellie finds a diary detailing how much love interest is infatuated with her and decides she is in love. Ellie is being abused and the love interest does nothing. Well, she does something (does not allow Ellie to be murdered, which seems rather bare minimum for a decent human), but the right thing to do would be to run in any direction which would take them far away. I will say that the sex is pretty steamy. That's honestly why I kept reading. It is difficult, in my experience, to find good queer romance. Even so, the relationship is unbalanced and, frankly, creeps me out a little. A paragraph or two--hell, even a few sentences?--about consent would have gone a long way.
This is supposed to be a fantasy. I want to know something about the world. Instead I am left to guess what the hell an Ariada is (magical, I guess??), or why they're hated. What is the kingdom like? I couldn't tell you. "Magic" is the vague answer I'm left with. The place is magic, the magic works in favor of the antagonist, and I'm just supposed to go with it. I'm confused and exhausted by this mess. Don't make me guess the entirety of this setting and culture based on vague references to something make-believe. The characters have little depth, and I don't understand their motivations. The writing leaves so much to be desired; I feel inadequate just trying to puzzle it out, and I'm frankly angry that a book with queer characters could so devastatingly disappoint me.
If you're looking for a good queer version of Cinderella which does not include bafflingly powerful sadistic rapists and poor writing, I recommend Ash by Malinda Lo.
Lovely writing style, full of detail! This is an author I am going to follow up on!
The only criticism I have is that Luciana's character is never expanded upon. Like...she's kind of flat? Just supposed to be violent and greedy? But what made her that way?? It would've been interesting to find out. Not that it would've redeemed her in any way, she was awful, but I just would've liked to have a more fleshed out antagonist.
It's a lesbian cinderella-themed story. You can see the Disney and Fairy Tale roots, but it's far from some generic knockoff. I am very glad I made this purchase and I certainly plan to buy more of the author's books when I have the money.
*Memorable, fully realized characters you can't help but fall in love with and a certain character you'll love to hate.
*Talking animals! (Jessith is one cool cat!)
*A beautiful romance and tasteful love scenes as only Rae can write them.
*A well-conceived, well-balanced, and engaging story throughout.
I couldn't put this book down and I didn't want to see it end. Fortunately, this is the just the beginning, the first of four books in the Amendyr series. At the time of this writing, the second and third novels in the tetralogy - "Wolf's Eyes" and "The Witch's Daughter" respectively - have been published and there is one more Amendyr book due for release in the future.
I would give this novel more than five stars if it were possible - it's that good! "The Second Sister" is a true gem and if you haven't read this story or any of Rae's work yet - fanfiction and original fiction alike - you are missing out. She's quite the storyteller!
Top reviews from other countries
Ellie is the daughter of a rich nobleman sent to live with her stepmother and 2 stepsister's, she has the gift of talking to animals but as magic is illegal she keeps it secret.
She meets Lucinda and Belladonna, she is frightened by Lucinda from the start due to her magic senses, she finds herself confused by Belladonna but finds both women beautiful.
The home is full of secrets but she wins over the servants with her kindness and unknowingly enchants Belladonna's heart with her innocence and warmth.
Her father killed on one of money making missions sees her relegated to the kitchens to become a servant, she learns to survive and during a cleaning in the library finds a diary written by belladona opening her eyes to attraction and want.
There begins their relationship as they navigate this and finding a way to stop Lucinda, a chance arrives when they are all invited to a Royal ball to force the prince to settle down. If you've watched Into the woods you'll understand what Ellie does in dancing then running from the prince to keep him from Lucinda's clutches.
Be warned this isn't a warm fuzzy book it goes into dark places of abuse, plus it has a high heat rating but I found it extremely entertaining and moving straight into book 2 now for Cate's story.
This book is more bizarre that D.T's orange face.
1. The language/dialogue was unrealistic, it left me confused about what world they lived in. Things just didn't add up, they felt set up to tell a story. This felt like a first draft that needed a good few more drafts before being put out to the public.
The relationship between the Ellie and Belle sprung out of nowhere, it was unbelievable and flat. It would have made more sense for The Protagonist to have a relationship with Cate, not the sister she only met a couple of times and suddenly fell involve with after finding a creep diary. The sex between them was weird and creepy, the sister sounded like a creepy guy.
The rape scenes were just added for the sake of shock value but had no place in the story, for example, it would have worked if Ellie would have been the one to teach Cate about tenderness and love after her ordeal since they spent so much time together and had a tenderness to their friendship.
I liked the element of the talking animals and the cat because she reminds me of my cat but apart from that, a big fat boo. I hope the author takes notes and comes back with a stronger story.
The writing is fantastic, the story very well thought out and realised, and the characters are absolutely fantastic. Rae D. Magdon, in her first novel published solo (she has already published two others as a collaboration with Michelle Magly, All The Pretty Things & Dark Horizons which are also excellent), has taken a classic story and worked it into a fresh, vibrant tail which manages to completely surprise the reader and keep them enthralled from cover to cover. It's an absolute steal at the moment, and I'd recommend it wholeheartedly. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.