Book Review: Thief Liar Lady by D.L. Soria


Title: Thief Liar Lady

By: D. L. Soria

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 416

Release Date: July 11th, 2023

Publisher: Del Rey

Rating: ★★★★★


Summary from Goodreads:

"Happily Ever After" is a total scam, but at least this time the princess is the one controlling the grift--until her true love arrives and threatens to ruin the whole scheme. Intrigue, magic, and wit abound in this Cinderella fairytale reimagining, perfect for fans of Heather Walter and Naomi Novik.

I'm not who you think I am.

My transformation from a poor, orphaned scullery maid into the enchantingly mysterious lady who snagged the heart of the prince did not happen--as the rumors insisted--in a magical metamorphosis of pumpkins and glass slippers. On the first evening of the ball, I didn't meekly help my "evil" stepmother and stepsisters primp and preen or watch forlornly out the window as their carriage rolled off toward the palace. I had other preparations to make.

My stepsisters and I had been trained for this--to be the cleverest in the room, to be quick with our hands and quicker with our lies. We were taught how to get everything we want in this world, everything men always kept for themselves: power, wealth, and prestige. And with a touchingly tragic past and the help of some highly illegal spells, I would become a princess, secure our fortunes, and we would all live happily ever after.

But there's always more to the story. With my magic running out, war looming, and a handsome hostage prince--the wrong prince--distracting me from my true purpose with his magnetic charm and forbidden flirtations, I'm in danger of losing control of the delicate balance I've created...and that could prove fatal.

There's so much more riding on this than a crown.


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A creative turn of events for a Cinderella retelling. I really didn't see this one coming and to tell you the truth, I absolutely loved it. As a Cinderella retelling, there is far more going on than a poor girl smitten by love. 

I think Ryland was my favorite character, although Ash came in a close second. He was snarky, knew what he wanted and always had fun. A great way for a secondar character/love interest who screws everything up should be.

The use of magic was unique. A powder, if used correctly, can control the person it was used on. Although, this form of magic is not made from a person's power, but learned to wield like a sword it has its uses in this world and story. 

I gave this story five stars since it kept me guessing the whole read with the character manipulation and and the surprise of things going wrong. There' wasn't a point that felt disappointed or weird. 

This was a great read. I can't wait for this release day. 

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. 

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