V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Daughter of Light (Kindred, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 30th October 2012; UK & AU: 8th November 2012)
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Excuse me – what the hell was that? Oh, it starts okay with an attempted abduction. And kind of near the end some guy goes missing, but Lorelei only meets him for one scene, so no big loss. There’s the threat that something could go really freaking wrong (Sergio would take claim of Lorelei’s first-born daughter), but it doesn’t because Lorelei wishes hard enough for a boy. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. Did your child not get the gender you wanted? YOU DIDN’T WISH HARD ENOUGH.
My beef with Daughter of Light is that there’s plenty of opportunity for shiz to go down, but it doesn’t. A key question to ask when plotting a novel: What’s the worst thing that could happen to my character right now? MAKE IT HAPPEN. This is Writing 101, people. If we wanted wish-fulfilment tripe, we’d read every other book on the market. That is NOT why we read V. C. Andrews. VCA books make readers feel better about our own families and lives in comparison. We need to read secrets, betrayal, madness, and murder. If the heroines are going to get their happily ever after, they have to go through a hell of a lot of shiz first. But Daughter of Light is just a bunch of empty threats.
If you’re going to do a sequel, do it properly.