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3.0 out of 5 starsMay be worth your time - you decide.
Reviewed in the United States on April 3, 2020
I love reading new authors and wanted to explore Virginia Barlow’s writing, The Wicked Sister. I love ‘fairy tale’ romances and there is a lot to enjoy in this book. One of my favorite parts was the ending, not to give it away, but the way the ‘tale’ is handed off is unique and interesting.
The love and care of the hero, heroine, and most of their family is special. I just had trouble connecting with a not too smart heroine who allowed her step-sister, Rella, to pull her along with fear and bullying. The reasons for ‘going along’ with Rella just did not seem credible. And, why was everyone so completely fooled by Rella? Did not make sense.
The relationship between Val and Anastasia seemed more lust than growing romance. I did not get that ‘feeling’ of true development of love. Val did take great care of Anastasia when she was hurt, but something was just off in their beginning connection.
I think Ms. Barlow has promise as a writer. Maybe this should have been a novella rather than a full book helping it to not seem so contrived. I began to think of Rella as the wicked energizer bunny who just kept coming and coming! Please take my review with a grain of salt as I believe everyone needs to form their own opinion. Thank you, Net Galley for sharing this book in exchange for an honest review.
OK, if you know me at all, you know I'm a sucker for good fairy tale retellings. I liked this twist on the classic tale, where two wicked step-sisters are reduced to one, and it is Cinderella (aka Anastasia's) mother who turns on her instead of a cruel stepmother. I don't want to give too much away, but I loved the various twists the plot takes, and even though the story can be very dark at times, there is hope and love along the way. You can feel the emotions pouring off the page as you read. A great dark retelling of what was originally a dark tale! If you're looking for something along the lines of the Disney movie, this isn't the book for you.
Very unique read but enjoyable! This book takes me back to a time when fairy tales seem so real. And will take you into a time that we can pretend they are real as adult. Love these types of books that can help you escape the real world even if it's only for a little while.
I thoroughly enjoyed this unique take on a classic fairy tale. The villainess was so wicked. The heroine was adorable and admirable, and the hero was dreamy. Some humor and some nice twists thrown in, then a perfect ending, made this unputdownable.
I loved this book! It has been a long time since I sat and read a story this entertaining in one day. I was laughing and crying and felt completely drawn into a whole new world. Very clever twists. Would definitely read again.