February 7, 2011

ARC Review: Father of Lies by Ann Turner

Publisher: HarperTeen (February 8, 2011)
ARC: 256 Pages
Genre: YA Historical Fiction
Book from: Publisher*
Truth or Lies?

Lidda knew, with a clarity that was like a candle in a dark room, that all had changed; something was loosed in the village—Devil or not—and they would pay for it, every last man, woman, and child.

Fourteen-year-old Lidda has always known she was different. She longs to escape Salem Village and its stifling rules—to be free to dance, to sing, to live as she chooses. But when a plague of accusations descends on the village and witch fever erupts, L idda begins to realize that she feels and sees things that others can't, or won't. But how will she expose the truth without being hung as a witch herself?

Gripping and emotional, Ann Turner's retelling of the Salem witch trials captures one girl's brave soul-searching amidst a backdrop of fear and blame.

Review by Jessica
FATHER OF LIES, by Ann Turner dives into the time of the Salem Witch Trials and the hardships that every man, woman and child had to experience. I was almost instantly sucked in and it was hard to put down.

I have never read anything, other than textbooks about the Salem Witch Trials. I have been to Salem, and seen all the witch houses but reading this book I really felt like I was there. Turner uses subtle details that set the scene perfectly. I could feel the setting around me like I was standing in these cold houses doing mundane chores.

The presence of Lucian was almost creepy to me and kind of confusing. I had more questions about him than answers. I almost wish there had been more information about him.

Reading this, I found that I could relate to Lidda, the MC, hugely. She is a dreamer, very easily distracted by anything that is more interesting than what she's doing. She wants to dance, sing and be free of the duties that are required by her. And her courage to expose the truth, no matter the cost had me smiling like a dork. This is a quick read, with the historical background and days after finishing it, I am still thinking about it.

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*FTC Disclosure: I received this ARC from the publisher. I do not receive payment of any kind in exchange for a review. I do not receive monetary compensation from any book links in my review.

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