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The Lost Sister

Goodreads Description:

Our family was torn apart by our father’s hunger for power...


I’ve lived two hundred years without my sister--my twin. And the worst part is she doesn’t even know I exist.

Now, I’m sneaking into the kingdom where I was born, right under the nose of our megalomaniac father, who happens to be the king.

He can’t know I’m here, or we’ll both be trapped.

I can only pray that my sister isn’t cruel like him. That she will accept me and want to escape. I have to save her. Or die trying.


My father is a tyrant king. And now he’s betrothed me to a monster. This palace is just a gilded cage, and I have to find a way out.

Just when I give up and decide to do something desperate--a miracle. My mirror image appears in the market.

This stranger claims to be my twin. She promises me escape.

If I don’t go with her now, I’ll be trapped here forever.

The Lost Sister is a high fantasy adventure. This epic voyage has dark elements, heart breaking romances, and plenty of narrow escapes on the high seas and islands in the world of Theria.

***This is the first book in the Daughters of Elydon duology. That means this book has a “to be continued…” ending.

****This series contains adult content in terms of language, situations, and relationships. Fade to black romance and off page abuse are mentioned. Please be advised beforehand.

I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.

My Thoughts: 2 Stars

I saw this book description and was instantly excited to send in a request and read it. It sounded exciting, enthralling, something I could truly enjoy reading. Within the first chapter, I knew I was in for disappointment. However, I pushed on and wanted to give it a try. Sometimes books take a little while to get going and live up to their hype. Unfortunately, that never happened. I did not like the characters.... at all. There was the typical tall, quiet, growly, "dark past" guy. There was also the girl who tried too hard to put a "girl power" front on. Then there is a princess who is being challenged to have character growth. Obviously some badies are thrown in for a little extra razzle dazzle. The world building was great, it was the characters that make my rating so low. They were just unbelievable. This book also poked at some of my pet peeves. I find it rather obnoxious when characters smirk, especially when they smirk a lot in situations that do not need a smirk in them. I actually went through and counted how many times certain words were used, and I think the author or editor could have replaced some of them with something better.

Smirk/ed/s count: 37 times

Growl/ed count: 34 times

Female/s count: 86 times

Male/s count: 203 times

As mentioned above, the world building was done wonderfully. The characters were simply not my style. They rubbed the wrong way. I am willing to give this author another chance in the future to see how they grow. I always enjoy seeing growth in authors and seeing where they go and what wonderful worlds they create.

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