Why Book of Lies Is Nice To Read But Not So Nice To Review

Note: I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest book review. Thank you Hachette!

ARGH. MEH BOOKS. YOU ARE THE BANE OF MY LIFE. Why do you do this to me.

Ahem. ‘Tis early morning. *sounds of brain starting up*

Book of Lies is not exactly a bad book. But then, it’s not exactly a good book either. My biggest problem with Book of Lies is that I felt as if the whole book was just stalling and building up to a super dramatic showdown… and I never got it. I got a kind of dramatic showdown but I didn’t get one that justified the hundreds of pages of stalling and floundering around.

So while the book generally has quite a good plot, and the characters are definitely very vibrant and 3D, it just went on for way too long.

Also can we talk about the plot twist? Halfway throughout the book, there’s a massive plot twist in which what the author has set up is completely changed. However. It wasn’t exactly a plot twist, because there was a lot of building up to it, and foreshadowing.

Hence, I saw this “plot twist’ coming miles off! Foreshadowing is good, but too much foreshadowing, and you’re basically sabotaging your own plot twists.

But on a happy note, the characters were really well done. I was always able to easily distinguish between Piper and Quinn, even though they were twins. They each had their own personality quirks, and I really enjoyed reading about them.

I felt like the supporting characters, such as Piper’s boyfriend and father and friends were glossed over a little. It felt as if they were there to support the two main characters, and weren’t really characters in their own right.

However, I really enjoyed the plot. The book was always moving, albeit at a slower pace that I would have liked. There was significant development throughout the story – once again though, a little bit too slow.

So, in conclusion, I do recommend this book for anybody who is a fan of fantasy stories that include aspects of the “traditional” fantasy style of curses and ancestral links, but with the refreshing dose of modern references. Overall, a good read, but not one that I would read again.

They are trapped, frozen. Waiting. Straining against the wood that holds them. The unwary catch a glimpse now and then – feel their desperate hunger, see a glint of red eyes – and scurry out of the shadows of the wood, back to the light.
She’s coming; it will be soon.
They will run free on the moors again. The Hunt will return.
And the ground will run with blood.

An ancient curse placed on a family of witches foretells that twins will be born – one good, one evil; and one will destroy the other. But who can be trusted when no one is as they seem?


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Rating: 3/5


11 thoughts on “Why Book of Lies Is Nice To Read But Not So Nice To Review

  1. Alex

    Sometimes I just feel like saying “Read this book,” or don’t. I agree with you, reviewing is so terribly hard sometimes!
    Instead of books, I think well written blurbs are our bane of existence. 😒

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  2. Ah I know what you mean about books that are hard to review! It’s easier when the book is either absolutely freakin’ brilliant or so awful I could scream! The synopsis for this book sounds cool and given you found it so anti-climactic, not sure I wanna bother with it to be honest :/

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  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ooh, I hear ya with books that are just HARD to review. I GET THAT ALL THE TIME GAH. Meh books are particularly hard I think…like at least with a negative review there’s more to rant about? And with a massively happy review there’s more to shriek about?!? hehe. I have only read one Terri Terry book and it was Mind Games and, merp. I was very underwhelmed. D: SAD FACE.

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