Review: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge ~~ Revenge Tastes…Bitter?

26118377Title: The Lie Tree
Author: Frances Hardinge
Date of Publication: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genre: ya, fantasy, fiction, mystery, historical fiction
Pages: 384
Source: NetGalley & publisher


Short Summary:

To earn a secret so profound, I would need to tell momentous lies, and make as many people as possible believe them…

Faith Sunderly leads a double life. To most people, she is modest and well mannered—a proper young lady who knows her place. But inside, Faith is burning with questions and curiosity. She keeps sharp watch of her surroundings and, therefore, knows secrets no one suspects her of knowing—like the real reason her family fled Kent to the close-knit island of Vane. And that her father’s death was no accident.

In pursuit of revenge and justice for the father she idolizes, Faith hunts through his possessions, where she discovers a strange tree. A tree that only bears fruit when she whispers a lie to it. The fruit, in turn, delivers a hidden truth. The tree might hold the key to her father’s murder. Or, it might lure the murderer directly to Faith herself, for lies—like fires, wild and crackling—quickly take on a life of their own. 

My Thoughts:

First off, I want to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book to review.  This fact has not altered my opinion of the story.

I wanted to love this book, mostly because of the cover, I mean look at it, it’s beautiful and creepy and the story itself just was not nearly so creepy. Was it good? Oh yes! It brought out emotions in me within the first chapters!  However, there were a few things about this book I wasn’t a fan of.

Set in the Victorian Era, which is always interesting to read about Frances Hardinge uses the true beliefs of the time and then inserts a murder, of a beloved scientist who has been discovered as lying as so is shunned by the rest of the world.  Faith is an obedient and quiet girl who inside is raging with a need for revenge on those who believed had wronged her father and murdered him.  As she delves deeper into his trail of lies, her own take a life of their own and suddenly the island is possessed by false beliefs.

This story is all about how lies can shape the world and what a lie can do to everyone.  Even the small lies start out small but grow on their own, in all Faith only whispered a ew small lies to the tree, but the effect of the island was massive.  That’s as far as I will take that because this story is for sure worth a read.

My issues were almost more personal with this book.  For instance, I wanted to, at one point or many points, slap each individual character except Howard.  I go so annoyed with so many of the people for not even trying to understand and then for everyone getting so catty at each other.  The ending was worth how slow and slightly annoying the beginning was.  3.5 beans from me!

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