Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Book of Lies by Teri Terry
Release Date: March 24, 2016
Rating: N/A (I'll explain)
Buy it: Amazon | Book Depository
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?
This book has me so torn; I loved some parts of it and hated other parts of it. Usually I don't hate books, or even think about DNF-ing them but this book had me pulling out my hair because I was so mad at it. So for this review I'm going to do something a little different. I'm going to review the first half of the book and the second half of the book separately to get my true emotions across.
Before I review the book I'm going to talk about the writing style. I loved the descriptive parts of this book and felt really immersed in the settings of this book. However I did feel like some of the dialogue was bland and cliche, which lead to me not enjoying the book as much. I did enjoy the personal dialogue both Piper and Quinn had because it gave the reader a chance to look in their minds.
Part 1: Before the Moors
I really did not enjoy this section of the book. The characters all felt whiny and the same. The twins, Piper and Quinn, sounded exactly the same when they were talking to other people. Although that was the point during certain parts of the book they sounded the same when they were talking to each other. The excuse "they're twins" doesn't even work here because they've been separated their whole life! Even the main love interest, Zak, was annoying and too perfect. He seemed to adore Piper but was also showing interest towards Quinn. He could have played a much bigger role in this book instead of just the love interest. And Zak and Quinn had major insta-love which I did not enjoy.
The action was all very slow paced, and nothing really happened. To sum up the first section of this book everyone is mad at each other and is lying about which twin is which to protect Piper's reputation. That's it. That is all there is for around about the first 200 pages. Honestly I thought about DNF-ing this book at least 4 different times. But I'm glad I stuck with the book, because part 2 was so much better.
Part 2: On the Moors
Finally something happened. The gang went to moors after Piper begging Quinn and Zak for several pages, although it felt longer. And boy am I glad they did. There was actually action and mystery and all the things I was promised on the back cover. It was as if the book suddenly exploded with interesting premises that I wanted to know about. To put it into context it took me 2 hours to read the first 200 pages and 30 minutes to read the remaining 152 pages. That is how much I hated the first part and loved the second part.
Piper and Quinn seemed to grow personalities on the moor, and became their own person. Also their grandmother is such a kick-butt character and loved reading the parts with her in them. She set everything into motion, causing Piper and Quinn to try and solve the problems they keep on finding. I loved how their friendship blossomed and grew as they spent time together; they finally seemed to break the surface on their relationship.
The description of the moors was just beautiful. I loved every single sentence Teri Terry wrote about the moors and felt swept up in the whole story. It felt like it was set on the Scottish moors, even though it was set in England. I felt warm and nostalgic of times when I've been camping ; it was absolutely gorgeous.
Overall I enjoyed the writing style that Teri Terry has but not the way she carried out her plot. I was expecting something bigger and better from this book and just ended up disappointed and annoyed. I was considering DNF-ing this book from basically the first chapter but I am glad I pushed through because the ending was beautiful. However it was one of my least favourite books I've read this year and I won't be re-reading it in the future.