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The Second Mango

(Mangoverse #1)

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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  764 ratings  ·  182 reviews
Queen Shulamit never expected to inherit the throne of the tropical land of Perach so young. At twenty, grief-stricken and fatherless, she's also coping with being the only lesbian she knows after her sweetheart ran off for an unknown reason. Not to mention, she's the victim of severe digestive problems that everybody thinks she's faking. When she meets Rivka, an athletic ...more
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published September 20th 2016 (first published August 20th 2013)
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Lex Kent
2 1/2 Stars. I was really looking forward to this, a fantasy story in which one of the mains is a lesbian. Knights, Queens, dragons, and sorcerers... yes please! Instead, what I got felt like a jumbled mess, a "fractured fairy-tale" if you will. Half of the dialogue felt so fake, like characters where walking around with verbal diarrhea of the mouth, blurting out whatever suits them. The other half was dialogue that just didn't make sense to me. An example, I'm making up, to try and show you..." ...more
Kiran
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been avoiding spoilers on this book for a year if not more. That's really, really hard considering Shira is one of my good friends and everyone I know has been reading this awesome series [with good reason!] I finally went out and got it along with the prequel of sorts off of Torquere's website. Once they were loaded on my Kindle, I basically ceased to exist for a few hours.

This was so worth the wait. I loved it. As someone that's not only queer, but is also gluten intolerant--I liked re
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Silvia
Aug 03, 2019 marked it as dnf
DNF @ 19%, no rating

This just wasn't for me. The premise was a little ridiculous and a few casual comments here and there left me feeling icky (equating body parts to being one particular gender, implying she wouldn't want to be raped by a man because she's a lesbian and not because, you know, rape is rape). Also at some point the MC is cleaning a petrified woman (a woman literally made a statue by a sorcerer) and she says she doesn't want to clean her breasts because she would enjoy it (???) an
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Olga Godim
I must be flaky. I started a couple of serious, classical fantasy books and couldn’t finish them. The writing in each one was superb, the themes deep, the characters developed, but I got bored. Then I started this little novel and was enchanted. It reads easily and fast, it’s charming and innocent. Despite its multiple writing flaws, I enjoyed it.
The story is supposedly YA, but I think it’s more suited for middle grade. The heroine, Queen Shulamit, is 20, according to the text, but she behaves v
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RoAnna Sylver
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews, gems
Wonderfully warm, sweet and inviting high fantasy with positive and affirming representation. The Second Mango is a fairy tale that tells the truth, based on women forming strong friendships and falling in love, rescuing each other and themselves, and saving the day. (Special note: seeing chronically ill characters being supported, believed, and loved will always be important. It shouldn't be as rare and refreshing as it is, but that doesn't change how good it is to see here.)

The characters in t
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Natasha
SapphicAThon: Both WOC

I liked things about this and it was a lot of fun, but I'm finding the authors writing isn't for me which is unfortunate.
autumn
the absolute only problem i had with this is that it wasnt nearly long enough! 💕💕💕💕
Nicky
The Second Mango is sweet and quite silly. It doesn't take itself or its characters too seriously at all, and the story is sweeter for it -- the image of a wizard turning himself into a lizard to cling to his lady love's door and woo her at night where no one can see just tickles me, and because it's knowingly absurd, endears the story to me. I love that the possibly obvious plot does not happen: nobody switches sexuality by magic and the main characters don't have a big drama between them about ...more
Ann Elise Monte
I’ve been meaning to read the Mangoverse books for a while. Once again, SapphicAThon is giving me an excuse to start at least.

Details at a glance:

Genre: Fantasy (some have categorised it as YA, but the main MC is 20 so no)

First published: 2013 (current version published 2016 due to reversion of rights)

Format: Paperback

Pairings: F/F, M/F

Sexual content: Sex scenes

Rep: Disabled brown Jewish lesbian MC, Jewish MC, brown Jewish (unlabelled) bisexual LI, Jewish LI. All characters are Jewish.

Ownvoices:
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Sadie Forsythe
Do I rate a book on my opinion of the story the author sought to tell or the one actually written? There are so many aspects of this that I appreciate. It's a story of genuine friendship between women, with no romantic underpinnings. Unusually, the world appears to be based on Judaism, instead of Christianity. There is a character with a significant dietary limitation. The main character is a queen, not a princess, therefore inhabiting a position of power and authority. There is diversity in bot ...more
Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
Trigger warnings: Homophobia.
Rep: Lesbian MC, WOC, Own-voices Jewish Mc, f/f romance, MC with allergies, diverse m/f romance, Demisexual MC

Though I loved the characters, I felt this novel was too short. Everything happened so fast that it took me longer to process what exactly was going on. The writing fell short and the world building confused me. However this is the first novel in the series and I’m excited to continue on. I may not have loved all of this novel but I do want to see how the
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Justina Johnson
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This young adult folk-like tale was super charming and incredibly engaging. I just fell in love with all the key characters and also hated the baddies a bunch. The balance was perfect. I especially liked how I was taken back through the second key character’s history after she had signed on to find, save, and then protect her ‘queenling’. Wonderful.

Shulamit has been Queen of Perach at the still relatively tender age of twenty for all of two months. She has a lot to learn. She also now has more b
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Elke
This was not completely my cup of tea, but I loved reading about Jewish characters, and this was the first time ever I read about someone chronically ill struggling with people believing her. It was probably the first time I read about someone chronically ill in general. It shouldn't have taken so long and it shouldn't be this rare, and I'm grateful I got to experience it here. Extremely refreshing.
I'm grateful for these books being a safe and warm space for many, and grateful I could see an ex
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Kevin
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, fantasy
I liked that this book had a kick-ass heroine "Rivika" who in the opening chapter saves the princess who rules the country. The princess "Shulamit" is forced to abandon her guards to find a lesbian lover due to their intolerance. This is the first Hebrew based fantasy I'd ever read, so that was interesting. The book is really short less then 50,000 words, so it was hard to fill in the back story to the two main characters and have a complicated plot going at the same time.
Ceillie Simkiss
This was really sweet high fantasy. Highly recommend it! Full review to come!
Oliver  Quebedeaux
Five stars all the way.

I eagerly await to read the sequels, but in all honesty this book does not need a continuation. The ends are all tied of nicely, but left open for more story to be added. Maybe that was the author's attention all along?

This was a book I could not put down. And it was my first ever one involving f/f romance! Even though the main character Queen Shulamit is a lesbian, this book almost didn't focus on the homosexuality. I honestly am not a very romantic person myself, but thi
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Jaylee
Read this review and more at my blog - J reads Ya!

Diversity Ratings: | POC Chars - All but 4 | Queer Chars - 2 |

The Second Mango is what a friend on Goodreads calls a “snack cake book.” It’s short and sweet, fun to read, but not very filling. Pure entertainment and escape. :)

While the overarching story is a sort of adventure quest, the bulk of the book deals with love stories - told in flashbacks, or in the story itself. I found Rivka’s (the straight girl’s) love story to be the most compelling
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Meri Greenleaf
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm not exactly sure how many stars to give this book. Four seems a little too high, but it deserves much better than a three, so I'll go with that. I enjoyed this book and thought it was a fun read. (I love fantasy books that are fun! So often they're depressing and dark and bleh- this was so wonderfully fun and positive!) I enjoyed the fact that the main character was lgbt+ and had food allergies- you never see food allergies in books! I had never read a fantasy book that used Judaism as the r ...more
Amber
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mixed straight and queer romance, just fyi. UGH SO GOOD. It was sweet and wonderful and friendship and magic and love and great use of words and YES. Recommend.
ETA: Almost forgot! Okay for Aayesha (if she's okay with the queer bits)
CR Daylex
The romance was cute but I thought the writing style left something to be desired.
Charlotte Anne Hamilton
[[4.75 STARS]]

omg THIS IS SO CUTE AND FLUFFY AND MAGICAL. PLS READ IT!!!!
Amber
The writing really was the downfall for this book; it seems set for a younger audience despite the protagonist's age due to how simple the writing was. I just wanted more from it.
M. Hollis
"I've always admired that about you - that you want to know everything about your kingdom, even the rocks, and plants."

I clearly have a new favorite. Shira is just so good at making you love her characters, but Queen Shulamit is definitely on my top favorite female characters of all time. She's my kind of heroine, smart, dorky, adorable into girls, and extremely passionate about taking care of others.

The Second Mango is a light and engaging Jewish inspired fantasy world with a Queen that loves
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Danielle
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so cute and lovely and I adored Shulamit and Rivka. It reads a lot like a Tamora Pierce Alanna book, which is obviously amazing because favorite. Shula does read pretty young and it was a little cringy how she kept hitting on Rivka at first, but she grows over the journey and ends up as a very strong, kind queen.

My only real complaint, the prose of the sex scenes is a little odd. "Your face smells of flowers" as as euphemism for vaginal secretions, eh, not my thing. Otherwise, this is
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Meredith Katz
Jun 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Second Mango (Mangoverse #1) by Shira Glassman is a delightful lesbian young adult fantasy with a charming sense of adventure. 4.5/5 stars!

Shulamit is the young queen of Perach, and is not exactly happy with her situation. She likes ladies and can't digest wheat or fowl, both things the servants around her can't or won't accept as something normal to work around (taking them instead as signs that she's desperate for attention). After her lover runs away with no explanation and her loving fat
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Marc | Rainbow Gold Reviews
This is a beautiful fairy tale about a young, lesbian queen on a quest for love. She is heart-broken about losing her beloved father and not yet ready to take over for him as queen.

People seem to adore her, but don’t really respect her. They think her love for women is weird and just a phase and believe she is lying about her digestive problems to get attention. Queen Shulamit is a smart woman, but has been so sheltered all her life that she is missing the common sense of real-life experience an
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Jess
What a happy little book! Though I enjoyed it now, I really, really wish it was around when I was thirteen or fourteen years old--Shulamit would've been my biggest hero and crush! This is one if the nicest, happiest short fantasy novels I've read in a long time, especially after being saturated with mega-dark stories like Game of Thrones. I first heard about this book on Tumblr when it came up on a femslash blog I help run. Someone drew some fan art for the characters--the young, naive, gluten-i ...more
Betty
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, lgbtqia
Title: The Second Mango
Author: Shira Glassman
Series: Mangoverse #1
Genre: YA fantasy
Setting: The tropical land of Perach, in a time of queens and wizards.
Reason for Reading: I saw this title recently and went "Oh, yeah, I meant to read that!" so I got it via ILL.
Finished In: About a day and a half once I got started.
Pages: 176
Copyright Date: 2013
Cover: Two mangoes, and one has a dragon on the side. This does not mean, as I first suspected, that a dragon hatches out of a mango. I know you're di
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Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
Simple, sweet story starring an all-Jewish cast of a lesbian queen, her muscly body guard/best friend, a shapeshifting dragon, bisexual love interest, and a mystery to be solved! For a book whose premise is "the main character goes on a quest to find a girlfriend" the story is much more friendship heavy than you'd think, which I am not against at all. Honestly, everyone needs a questing buddy!

The plot is straightforward, the writing is simple, and the book is short. Problems don't take too long
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Allisonlcarter
Man, my last two books have been *weird.*

So, first of all, the diversity in this book is fantastic. Your first lead is an unconflicted lesbian with unambiguously brown skin and food intolerance issues, your second is a cross-dressing demisexual. Oh, and everyone's Jewish. That diversity was a large part of what drew me to the book.

But the execution is super weird. I'm fairly sure it's not supposed to be a middle grades book. There are several fairly explicit sex scenes and the opening scene is s
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She lives in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered.

A note on my reviewing style: I read lots of books, but writing reviews is work and I only really do them to endorse books that I enjoyed enough to signal boost.
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