Rating: 1 star
Oh boy. I thought my expectations were low, but I guess this managed to get even lower than I thought. I know Morgan Rice’s writing is bad. All of her books that I’ve read so far have felt like a very rough first draft of a highly abridged decent story. I don’t read Morgan Rice because I think she’s a good writer. She’s my go-to trash queen. But I guess, in some way, since I enjoyed Rogue, Prisoner, Princess earlier this month, I had subconsciously raised my bar. Or maybe Rice is very versatile in her level of quality, idk. Either way, this freaking sucked. It was a garbage fire mess of illogic and nonsense lacking even in entertainment value.
This was largely a Sansa and Arya fanfiction, except it apparents exists in a world where basic common sense doesn’t exist. The two main characters (the sisters of the title) escape their abusive orphanage at the start of the story and very soon after, decide to separate so they live their best lives or whatever. Sophia, the older of the two, wants to marry a rich guy so she can live a life of luxury, whereas Kate, the younger, wants to learn how to fight and live off the land. They share a trait where they can read minds, sending each other their thoughts so they can communicate wordlessly. It was kind of a cool feature, and I did kind of like it, actually. Of course, there are obvious and insta-lovey beaus and overly dramatic chapter endings. The pace is dialed up to 5,000,000,000. That’s what I expected. It’s what I was here for.
The big issues of the story really start when the sisters split up. Which, besides running away, is the first thing that happens. Kate’s storyline was actually pretty okay. She’s honest about her circumstances, and even learns to rely on others when necessary. She gets herself into a pretty good and sustainable position and it’s only the meddling of outside forces that threatens her situation. The scenes that felt most real (and sometimes even kind of gripping) always belonged to her. There were definitely situations that lacked any sense, but the rest of her story was decent enough that I didn’t mind them.
And then there’s Sophia. -_-
Maybe I’m the only one who puts a lot of importance into the first scene in a book, and whose perspective that scene is in. We start with Sophia, and therefore, at least to me, that means she is, in some way, the primary protagonist. She’s the one who introduces us to this world. Her journey is what begins the story. So when she’s probably one of the most detestable protagonists I’ve ever read, that causes some issues.
I was willing to laugh at most of what she did. Her whole goal here was to lie her way into some rich dude’s good graces so she can be rich too. She wants to live in the castle, and she somehow manages this in only a few hours. It’s laughable, but that’s par for the course. My problem with her is that she has no regard for others, even on a base level. She’s the most selfish creature I’ve ever encountered.
This next part has spoilers, but the book is more of a novella, and all of this happens in the first 30%.
When Sophia meets the prince, she hears with her mind powers that one of the ladies at court wants to basically roofie and rape the prince so that he’s forced to marry her if she gets pregnant. That’s despicable, and Sophia, in a brief moment of unselfish action, silently drugs the girl instead so that she isn’t able to accomplish this. But then, immediately after, she turns her eyes to the prince and thinks ~wow what a hot guy, and his mind says he’s nice too. Imma get me a piece of that~ and so she proceeds to lie him into bed. I don’t see much of a difference between her and roofie girl. She’s using a false accent, a false last name. She reads his mind to know what the best thing to say is, to weasel herself deeper into his heart. He thinks she is someone else entirely and she has no intention of ever revealing herself to him. She honestly believes that a life of anxiety of discovery and perpetual lies is the best option for her because it’s the one where she gets to live in a castle and wear pretty dresses. If she wasn’t written like a hero, if I wasn’t expected to care about her situation, I’d think she was a budding villain. I’d actually like her for what she is instead of hate her for it.
Ultimately, this wasn’t good. As I said, I didn’t expect it to be. But I did expect it to be entertaining, and besides the parts that were okay, I hated it. I was either angry or bored all throughout. I don’t think I’m going to continue this series. Maybe on a rainy day. Probably not though.
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