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Good Sister, Bad Sister (Heart of the Staff #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  62 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Minuet Dewin, eldest daughter of the wizard Razzmorten, practically raised her half sister Leeuh, who was abandoned by her mother. For many years, Minuet is Leeuh's passionate champion. As time passes, Leeuh becomes increasingly hard to defend as she grows determined to be awful at every turn. Whilst undoing her dangerous pranks, Minuet finds herself the target of her hatr ...more
Kindle Edition, 267 pages
Published July 8th 2012 by Carol Marrs Phipps & Tom Phipps
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C.J. Perry
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Author’s Voice:

From the first few paragraphs I could tell this book had a fairy tale feel to it which suits the book, and me, just fine. The narrative language is suited to the time period, with a vocabulary that shows good research and a love of historical fantasy. I would have to call it a historical fantasy fairy tale tone.

The dialogue struck me as highfalutin early on, but the family is high society, trusted and loved by Kings and Queens – so it works for them. If everyone in the book ha
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-free
I read this book in its entirety, but always felt at a distance from it. I never got into it properly like I usually do when reading. Beyond that there wasn't anything seriously wrong with it except for the strong need of a proper edit/proofread. Even character names are spelled inconsistently and at least once an important character is referred to with a different important character's name!! It is much harder for me to get into a book when it has these issues, but it was something more than th ...more
D.A. Knight
Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Evil Twin Retold

Good Sister Bad Sister is a great start to the Heart of the Staff series.

Good Sister Bad SisterThe Wizard Razzmorten lives in the fairy-tale kingdom of Niarg not far from Castle Niarg. Razzmorten has two daughters: One good and one bad. The elder sister, Minuet is a good woman who tried her best to raise her half-sister, Ugleeuh. But Leeuh stubbornly refuses to embrace good behavior and this leads her down a path of betrayal and violent mischief.

To set the stage, King Henry calls for Razzmorten t
Carrie Lahain
The first book in a planned series has to do double duty. First, it has to be a satisfying read in itself. Second, it has to leave enough unanswered questions to entice the reader forward to the next installment. GOOD SISTER, BAD SISTER is the first book in THE HEART OF THE STAFF fantasy series by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps. There's trouble in the land of Niarg. An outbreak of plague threatens to devastate the kingdom. The Wizard Razzmorten undertakes to find a cure. At the same time, he ...more
William Stuart
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read Stone Heart (Heart of the Staff) a while ago and, since that book wasn’t the beginning of the series, I decided to read Good Sister, Bad Sister so I could get the background on the series. I must say i wasn’t disappointed!

Summary (from the author): Minuet Dewin, eldest daughter of the wizard Razzmorten, practically raised her half-sister Leeuh, who was abandoned by her mother. For many years, Minuet is Leeuh's passionate champion. As time passes, Leeuh becomes increasingly hard to defend,
R.P. Rochford
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must admit that this genre does not always appeal to me but, in this case, the carefully crafted storyline really grabbed my attention from the outset and kept it till the very end. The book pictured an idealistic medieval world with kings, queens, wizards and dragons.

Unfortunately, this perfect world is split between the forces of good and evil. On one hand Razzmorten, the good wizzard, his daughter, Minuet and her loving husband while on the other hand the evil characters, Razzorbauch, who
Susan Waterwyk
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
5-stars of enjoyment for GOOD SISTER BAD SISTER

GOOD SISTER BAD SISTER by Tom and Carol Marrs Phipps is the first book in an epic series titled THE HEART OF THE STAFF. Like Alice and Malice in Wonderland but instead of falling down a rabbit hole, it uses a magical "scrying ball" to help you travel through the enchanted kingdom. Niarg is inhabited by witches and wizards, humans, elves, and fairies, unicorns and dragons, and Ocker, (my husband's favorite) a magically endowed raven, clever, ambitiou
Kurt Springs
This book was originally reviewed in Kurt's Frontier with Invincible Love of Reading.

Minuet Dewin is the eldest daughter of the wizard Razzmorten. She has a half sister named Ugleeuh, Leeuh for short. Minuet practically raised her half sister herself after she was abandoned by her mother Demonica. However, Leeuh grows up self-willed, given to committing evil pranks that eventually turn her own sister against her.

Leeuh joins forces with Razzorbauch in a scheme to dominate Niag through a
Jan 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I was sent a free e-copy of this book as I had entered a competition to win a paperback version but didn't win. However, i'm sorry to say but I really couldn't get my head round this book and begin to enjoy reading it like I have with other books, if I can't connect I find it hard to read, although I did finish the book.

I enjoy Fantasy and magical reading and as this book was about a wizzarding family I thought it sounded good from the synopsis. From the very start the story is mainly dialect of
Lee French
Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Note: I did not read the entire book. Let me explain why.

I tried to give this book a fair shot. There are just too many mistakes that should have been picked up in proofreading. One of the main characters is addressed by so many different names, I have no idea what it's supposed to actually be. About a third of the way in, I reached parts with spoken grammar so difficult to parse it turned me off to the rest of the book. There's nothing specifically wrong with different speech delivery and caden
Kerry Reis
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-version
In this fantasy tale, the good wizard Razzmorten has raised his two daughters, Minuet and Ugleeuh, at Peach Knob, a country farm near the kingdom of Niarg. Minuet is a sweet, caring soul, while her half-sister is vain, petty and conceited. On Ugleeuh's eighteenth birthday, Razzmorten is distracted by a black plague that has begun to spread death across the northern continent and must leave via his magic scrying ball to the dark continent to quickly find the cure. Ugleeuh, feeling rejected as is ...more
Sharon Stevenson
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
'Good Sister, Bad Sister' is a fantasy tale of two very different half-sisters, Minuet and Leeuh. Minuet's sweet nature blinds her to how bad her half-sister really is, but as much as she wants to can she really trust Leeuh has changed when her sister shows up again after several years away?

I'll admit that it took me a while to get into this book, mainly because I prefer modern settings in fantasy novels, but once I got into it I was completely hooked by the characters and the story. The charact
Tamie Dearen
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story very much, and I liked the characters. I thought the author did a good job with pacing and fleshed out the characters with clever dialogue. Great imagination. Other reviewers noted a lot of errors, but I think perhaps the book has been edited since then. The only errors I actually noticed were a few times when the point of view was unclear or seemed to switch from one character to the other (such as when a character left the scene). I wonder if this is supposed to be a young ...more
Jenny Burnley
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
GOOD SISTER BAD SISTER, the first in the epic series of THE HEART OF THE STAFF, is a wonderful fantasy tale, weaving a complicated, exciting web of intrigue, where good battles evil. The story takes place in the kingdom of Niarg and revolves around Razzmorten, a good wizard who has two very different daughters, the good Minuet and the evil Leeuh.
The book is rich with bold, memorable characters, including elves, witches, dragons and magical, speaking birds, including a wily raven named Ocker, wh
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone!
Recommended to Wendy by: Amazon browsing
I am a die hard fan of horror. I normally don't pick up or even look at another book.
BUT - something about the title and the cover of this book drew me in. I am so SO very glad it did!
I immediately settled in following the lives of the sisters, Minuet and Leeuh. How striking their differences were is a story in itself. But, I am not the type to read and tell; so you shall need to read the book for yourselves.
I will say this, though. As a reader for mainly pleasure purposes, I thoroughly enjo
Yvette Calleiro
I wish I could give this book a better rating, but I could not get into the characters or the storyline at all. There were many punctuation errors and some of them made me have to reread to try to figure out what was being spoken and what was descriptive. There were characters with made up languages that were somewhat hard to follow. One character seemed to be talking very yoda-ish but in paragraph form, and I just ended up skipping whole parts because it was slowing me down to try to figure it ...more
Larry B Gray
Feb 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Sister, Bad Sister by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps is a very good fantasy tale of adventure and intrigue. It was full of plot twist and excitement which kept me glued to the story.

The authors did a great job of weaving a tale full of magic, elves, wizards and even a few dragons. The storyline was both realistic and believable. There were a few editing issues but these failed to distract from the overall readability and otherwise great story.

I like the way Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phi
Mar 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This story is interesting, unusual and quite well-written.

The character I like is Demonica because, in spite of her short appearances, she keeps her voice distinct while other characters, mostly, felt like speaking in one voice with different names. Also, in several occasions, unnecessary dialogues are present, but don't seem to disturb the course of the story.

Despite the title, it seems that the sisters' father and his brother play a bigger part in the course of the story. (view spoiler)
Dawn J Stevens
There IS a good story here. Characters are unique, interesting, and the plot moves along nicely. HOWEVER, what prevented me from actually finishing this book was the errors and lack of editing. 25% into the book on Kindle and I found probably 20 errors and typos. Some of the dialog was a bit hard to read due to the characters poor speech and grammar. I don't usually nitpick dialog because a character's speech should show their personality, but with all the errors I wondered how much of it was in ...more
Robbie Cox
I enjoyed the story although I did have trouble reading some parts. The attempt at varying language styles left me baffled as did the names of the unicorns. I loved the descriptions and how scenery was incorporated into the story line. A good read for young adults.

I felt like some plot lines were dropped and left unfulfilled, but as this is one in a series I am hoping that they will be answered in the next book.

I was not a fan of the sudden jump in years during the story. There was no reason for
Regina Morris
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy reading fantasy stories, and this one had some great potential. I think the authors have some talent and I would be interested in following other books they may write in the future. I thought this story was fine, but the execution of the telling needed help. The dialog could be worked on, the character voices could be a bit more distinct (without being too sterotypical), and overall the novel needs to be edited.
P.S. Winn
Nov 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting fantasy novel. Razzmorten, who has daughters Minuet and Leeuh, is searching for a cure to the plague.
This book combines magical themes with Fantasy and is a good read people will find engaging. I liked the feel of this book and the way the author brought readers into a different time and a different world.
W.C. Quick
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Entertaining Fantasy

The story seemed rushed in places and has some grammar and spelling errors that step on the reading experience. I enjoyed the spells and teleportation aspect of the tale. There seemed to be a wasting of characters in general but the story still held my interest. I would read more from these authors.
Stephen Reese
Jun 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very enjoyable book. I know there have been some comments about errors, but I tend focus more on the story. The one thing I didn't like was the five year jump ahead in the storyline. There seemed to be a lot of action that occurred during those five years that the readers missed out on.
S. McPherson
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elves, plagues, magic and more. A great YA read for all fantasy lovers. I liked how every character was unique with distinct personalities and voices. I was plunged into a world of magic and misfortune and I am looking forward to reading the rest of this enchanted series.
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Other Books in the Series

Heart of the Staff (6 books)
  • The Collector Witch (Heart of the Staff #2)
  • Stone Heart (Heart of the Staff #3)
  • The Reaper Witch (Heart of the Staff #5)
  • The Burgeoning (Heart of the Staff #4)
  • Doom (Heart of the Staff #6)

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