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Lie based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
“Happy, new, restored” “Once upon a time, there lived a liar. In the Kingdom of Autumn, she’d been crafted from the trees and had a nut-shaped heart. She was conceited. She was mean. And yes, she told lies. A hell of a lot. Why would this girl deserve a fairytale of her own?” Lie, just as it’s predecessors, was for sure one of a kind. Unlike the previous books however it had its own special and wonderfully strange kind of fairytale twist to it. Quite obviously Pinocchio being the great inspiration and main theme to the story, yet Lie’s unpredictable plot and unique messages behind it had it standing completely on its own two wooden legs. Writing and storytelling-wise, the book was excellent. Since I was disappointed with Dare, Lie was a wonderful redemption and continuation to the series, hooking me to the story from page one. What had me drawn to it was mostly Aspen with her deceitfulness, spunk and marionette appearance. But also Aire’s very much polar opposite truthful personality and how that played out with their first shaky meeting. The tension between them and the enemies to lovers aspect was so compelling and worked so well with their personalities as well as the development of them and the plot. Unlike Dare I actually got much stronger personal traits which made the character so much more relatable and realistic. In turn it made growth of the relationship feel more natural. All in all, it was an addictive romance as well as a thrilling read. Like Dare however I still feel like I missed out on key parts of the development, of Aire and Aspen getting over their differences and growing closer. It just wasn’t as apparent as it was in the previous book. While Natalia Jaster is an amazing author she has the habit to jump in time and recap the events, which isn’t necessarily or always a bad thing to do. But it has to be the right things that get recapped, like if they’re just traveling for a day or in general something uneventful. I wouldn’t like to read pages of it anyways. It is when significant and important moments to the story, in this case the progress of the relationship, gets skipped and then just mentioned as an afterthought that I feel like I missed out. If I as a reader don’t see and get to follow along as the relationship builds up then I am also not going to believe or feel like their feelings for each other are authentic. Of course, since I still managed to fall in love with both the characters and the romance it really redeemed itself in the bigger dramatic moments, especially the amazing ending to the story. It was mainly just the beginning when they started to become friends that I didn’t fully get to see. There was however one friendship that was developed beautifully and that was between Aspen and Nicu. I liked that Nicu, and even Briar and Poet, had bigger roles in this book than in the previous and it was interesting seeing him as a grown teenager. Nicu being so easily lovable with his overly friendly personality, struggles with his affliction and need for adventure, it felt so natural with him becoming fast friends with wild Aspen and playing a bigger part in the plot. Also, Nicu falling in love with a brooding eremite constantly giving him the cold shoulder was possibly the most heartbreaking thing for me in the story. The way things were left in Lie with him and Lyrik really amped up the excitement and expectations for the next installment.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review .... So, this book started off a lot slower than I'm used to with Jaster's books, and at first, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. Aire's voice didn't really work for me even though I got where Jaster was coming from in terms of his personality. At about 50 pages, the characters of Aspen and Aire grew on me enough that I cared about their story which is when I really couldn't put the book down. What I liked? I enjoyed the story or back story behind how Aspen was born; I liked the slow burn of her relationship with Aire; the fox mavens and Puck; the fact that we get to see more of Autumn because we really didn't see much in Trick; and I really enjoyed the Nicu side story which (I hope) turns into the next book in this series (it seems to be headed in that direction). I actually think that Nicu was by far the most interesting character for me as the story unfolded, and I kept wanting to get more glimpses into what was going on with him. What I didn't like (as much)? I was always confused about Aspen's lies. She kept saying she was a liar and that her nose grew when she lied, but I found she this made her the more honest character. Clever of Jaster because it then made Aire seem more dishonest in many ways even though he was supposed to be the honest one. But it took too much work for me to realize that. I also found there was (gasp) too much Poet and Briar in this book. Don't get me wrong. It was fun to catch up with Poet and Briar quite a few years after the end of Trick. And they were definitely needed because Nicu was such a key player and Aire is part of their court. Of the three Foolish Kingdoms books so far, this is probably the one that I struggled with the most. But it's better than most of the books I've read this year and is still worth the 5 star rating. If you haven't picked up one of the previous books, I'd suggest you start with Trick first. This is one that really can't stand alone, and Trick provides a lot of context for who Nicu is and his relationship with the Queen and her daughter. All told, I really liked this book. And the style of the covers are awesome. I'll be buying a copy to add to my shelf.