Title: Lie (Foolish Kingdoms #3)
Author: Natalia Jaster
Genre: Fiction/YA/New Adult/Fantasy/Romance Pages: 363
First published: 2018
Edition: Paperback, self-published
In a fairytale woodland, a pair of mismatched souls are thrown together—only to find an unexpected bond. Both deceitful and passionate.
After the disappointment that was Dare, the second book in the Foolish Kingdoms series, I was prepared for more of the same. Luckily, this was book was a bit better than that one, but still nowhere near as enthralling as the first book Trick.
This book is both a bit too long and yet not detailed enough to warrant its length. Neither the dialogue or the actions of the characters always makes sense. The writing sometimes appears confused and nonsensical. Yet, I did enjoy this tale, loosely based on Pinocchio. I did feel invested in our main characters Aspen and Aire and I was glad to see Nicu feature so heavily in this book.
The one character that still jumped from the page whenever he made an appearance, was Poet from the first book. His character just sparkles and makes all the other characters seem dull in comparison. It does show that this author can write a great character that will burrow into the reader’s mind and that is a very clever thing to do. Unfortunately, she does not quite manage the same with other characters, with Nicu the possible exception.
This book is self-published and maybe it suffers from not having a good editor scrutinize it. It could have been so much better. There are glimpses of beautiful writing, but too often the writing or word choices seem a little clumsy.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and the plot well enough and it is certainly a better book than Dare, but the writing overall lets it down for me. I am definitely still interested in this author. There is something there for sure. I secretly have high hopes for the next book Dream, which centres around Nicu.
4 out of 7 stars