Saturday 21 December 2013

A Review for The Lie Spinners (The Deception Dance #2) by Rita Stradling

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Release Date:  December 2013
Finished Date: December 4th, 2013
Publishers: Self Published 
Genre: YA , Paranormal, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 454
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US 

The Lie Spinners (The Deception Dance, # 2)
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The Lie Spinners (The Deception Dance #2)
by Rita Stradling (Goodreads Author)
4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·   rating details  ·  15 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Andras is coming back for me. That is pretty much the only certainty I have in this life. Andras will always come back for me...

Last summer, with the help of demon-killer Stephen Tapper, Raven Smith faced Hell on Earth to stop the demon-apocalypse (or more like, put it on hold). Raven made a deal with the Grand Marquis of Hell: he would not open the gates of hell if she promised not to fall in love with anyone until he returned for her.

Almost a year has passed and summer has come again…

Raven is safe. Relatively. She’s protected. Doggedly. She’s away from the demons, the hell, the madness. Until she falls asleep.

When the earth-witch Madeline shows up in Raven’s hometown (aka her prison), calling in Raven’s life-debt, Raven shouldn’t even listen to Madeline’s proposal. But she does.

Madeline tells her that months ago, Stephen travelled to Thailand to track down a magician called The Spider; but within days of arriving, Stephen vanished. Every person (be they witch or demon-killer) Madeline sent to find Stephen was hunted down, overwhelmed and murdered by demons. The message Madeline received after all attempts failed was clear: send in Raven Smith or Stephen dies.

Going to Thailand might possibly be the stupidest decision Raven could ever make… there are a thousand reasons why Raven should stay guarded, protected, safe; only one reason why she shouldn’t. 

The Review: The Lie Spinners is an excellent sequel to The Deception Dance and the title was so fitting too. We join Raven a year after she made her deal with Andras where she promised she would not fall in love with anyone and he wouldn’t open the gates of hell and unleash the demons unto the world. Raven has spent the last year attending college, training to fight, living with Albert, being shadowed by soldiers - so she’s secluded from everyone…. But she’s safe & protected and there is no sign of Andras…. But Andras isn’t the only one after Raven, there’s a bounty on her head and even though Andras has put safe guards in place, there are some willing to risk everything to use Raven. That’s where Madeline comes in and calls in the life debt that Raven owes forcing her to take on a mission to find Stephen, who has disappeared, last known to be in a magician’s lair. When she tries to track him down, she finds herself in a 2 way catch 22 situation…. Both leading to her death but Stephen’s life means more to her, she will find him & she does in Thailand…but that just thickens the plot, in more ways than one. So yes, I loved this sequel, everything about it actually. Raven as always is a likeable character, I think she has the weight of the world on her shoulders, knowing that she is at risk wherever she is. She has demons trying to kill her on one side and on the other is an army to scared to talk to her incase she falls in love with them and incites Andras’s wrath. I have to admit that is a good thread of the story because it’s inevitable really. I like that she will do anything for anyone, put herself on the line, give her life for those she holds dear, those are admirable qualities and she even has an awesome sense of humour. There is a nice romance in this story, I won’t say who with but I loved it, I loved the connection they felt between them, they really fit together and I totally fell for ‘him’. It was so nice to see Raven get a piece of happiness even though she was well aware she shouldn’t. The storyline was brilliant this time around too, the setting was beautiful and the beaches with its party vibe played well into the story. I don’t really want to say too much about the plot because everything has the potential to be a spoiler but it was great, we are introduced to some higher up demons, magicians, learn about how magicians are made etc. I really liked the explanation of the higher up demons, there seems to be some sort of hierarchy using Lords, Marquis kind of titles and this tells us of their standing, I would like to know more about this, more about their powers too because we get a little in this and it made me interested for more. I think the whole world set up is intriguing & imaginative but that really came across in this which unfortunately I can’t elaborate on but when you read it, you will know what I mean and it was so full of twists & turns that I really felt the pressure of her time limit & was kept guessing right up until the big reveal which is so rare for a book to give me. The book is definitely full of action, plots, twists, turns, excitement, fear, life or death scenarios & some good old lovin’, where one girl will stop at nothing to protect the world and those she loves. I’m very curious about where it will all go now especially after seeing what went on in this and how the demons plan to use it to their advantage…. Cryptic I know, but read it & all will become clear.

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