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By Geneva A. Foster on 08-13-15
Underwhelmed by Daughter of Stereotype
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
The only thing that could have made this a better listening experience for me, is better, complex, writing, with multi-dimensional, multi-cultural characters, inspiring me to suspend my disbelief and maintain that suspension of disbelief. It is clear that V.C. Andrew's estate is trying to cash-in on the Vampire-Romance novel. Unfortunately, the only fantasy going on in this novel wouldn't even make it into an episode of so-called Reality TV series "Desperate Housewives."
What could V. C. Andrews have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I read Daughter of Darkness. As a middle-aged, Black woman, there were no characters with whom I could relate. The only appeal of Daughter of Darkness was the ages-old struggle between good and evil; a whisper of a promise of demons and angels. That story helped me develop some empathy for Buddy. And the desire to see Lorelei triumph over Daddy to save him. Daughter of Light doesn't even attempt to continue the struggle between good and evil or fulfill the promise that in the Light stands angels. I found the story annoying, condescending and tediously boring. So much so, I had to rewind the audible book several times, because I had stopped paying attention for hours. I found no redeeming quality in the story. And all the characters, including Lorelei, are stereotypes. The only thing the author could have done to make this a more enjoyable book for me would have been, to never write the 2 book series in the first place.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
I think the narrator did the best she could with the material.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
As stated before, I found no redeeming qualities in this book. I listened to the last words with hope that I would.
Any additional comments?
Nostalgia for V.C. Andrew, lead me to read Daughter of Darkness and Daughter of Light. That was not a good reason to commit to reading anything from the V.C. Andrew's collection written after her passing. No one will ever be able to replicate her style of writing, which drew me into the "Dollanganger" series (i.e."Flowers in the Attic" series). V.C. Andrew fans, learn from my mistake. I plan to return this book and forget about it.
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