Hidden Falls Publishing
Published May 15, 2014
Missing Lily is a YA princess tale about the youngest of seven sisters who is caught in a difficult situation when she falls in love with a man whom she later discovers is betrothed. Princess Lylin is actually the sister of Ella, the main character in Just Ella, Larsen's first novel, which I couldn't put down. (My review of Just Ella.)
Although I enjoyed this novel too, it didn't have the same effect on me as the author's first novel, where the romantic tension was taut and Gavin was swoon-worthy. I didn't feel this with this novel, and actually felt it dragged at times.
I did like the storyline and the plot, and I also enjoyed some of the characters. Lylin spoke her mind and was forthright, and Rhys started out strong but became weak in my eyes when he just accepted his situation and was not honest with himself and did not seem to try hard enough to rectify the situation. His brother played a key role in the novel, but only came across as a sneering man with a bad temper. I would have liked his backstory, why he and Rhys were at such great odds. There was obviously much more to him for a certain noble woman to have fallen in love with him, yet this was not explored at all. His character was not well-developed and felt more like a nuisance when in fact he is the one that propelled things to happen.
Lylin is part of a royal family and in the first novel, this family is formidable, especially the king. In this novel, they came across as weak, almost inconsequential, not really important to the plot at all, when they should have been, in my opinion.
So overall, this was a cute novel, with a clean romance, but lacks what the first novel had. I like the book cover though, which depicts well the story. Would I read another novel by Larsen? Definitely. She has a way of transporting me to a fairy tale world and provides the perfect escapism reading.
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Note: This book is rated C = clean read.
Reviewed by Laura
Disclosure: Thanks to Kathy at I Am a Reader for sending me this book for review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor told how to rate or review this product.