Castle of Lies by Kiersi Burkhart

Disclaimer: I received this book from netgalley and the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

 

Book: Castle of Lies

 

Author: Kiersi Burkhart

 

Book Series: Standalone

 

Rating: 1/5

 

Diversity: LGBT, but possibly problematic. Nonbinary elf, demisexual, bisexual.

 

Recommended For…: Court Intrigue

 

Publication Date: May 7, 2019

 

Genre: YA Fantasy

 

Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed

 

Publisher: Carolrhoda

 

Pages: 352

 

Synopsis: Thelia isn’t in line to inherit the crown, but she’s been raised to take power however she can. She’s been friends with Princess Corene her whole life, and she’s scheming to marry Bayled, the heir to the throne. But her plans must change when an army of elves invades the kingdom. Thelia, her cousin Parsival, and Corene become trapped in the castle. An elf warrior, Sapphire, may be Thelia’s only hope of escape, but Sapphire has plans of their own. Meanwhile, an ancient magic is awakening within the castle, with the power to destroy the whole kingdom. Can Thelia find a way to protect her future–and her life?

 

Review: Uhhhhh I had to DNF this at 34%. This was just pretty bad and from what I’ve read on Goodreads it doesn’t do well with accurate LGBT+ portrayals. The book also just had a lack of character development and world building.

 

Verdict: Not for me and might be harmful to LGBT+