2023 Reading Challenge

2023 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 5 books toward her goal of 265 books.

Book Review: Liar’s Legacy by Taylor Stevens

I absolutely loved the first book in the series and was so excited when I saw that the second was available. I started reading it, eager to dive back into the crazy world of Jack and Jill and Clare, only to find myself utterly and completely lost in a mire of names, assassin teams, governments, secrets, lies, red herrings and every other possible trope known to man…

Things were all jumbled together and I couldn’t make head nor tail sense of any of them. In and of itself, an abundance of information and a lot of misdirection is not a problem – when it is a problem though, it is because the story-telling surrounding those story features feels garbled and cobbled together and the characters never seem fully-fleshed enough to generate interest. That’s what I found here.

I made it a quarter of the way through, painfully, and stopped altogether when I realized I didn’t care what happened to anyone. I couldn’t gin up empathy for Jack again, as I had in book one. Jill was still a psycho but nowhere near as interesting and compelling and engaging and snarky as in the first book. The mysterious Clare remained mysteriously behind the scenes, as did a handful of other people who were introduced and reintroduced but never with enough intrigue surrounding them for their lack of clarity to be anything other than confusing. And the multiple assassins just felt like stereotypes thrown in for additional obfuscation. It didn’t intrigue me though, it just annoyed me.

I have seen other reviews suggesting it picks up at the halfway point, but honestly I couldn’t even bear with it long enough to find out… So disappointing!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

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