Noble Lies by Stephanie Andrassy

April 11, 2013 Adrienne's Reviews, Reviews 0 ★★★★

This book may be unsuitable for readers under 17 years of age due to sexual content, drug and alcohol use, suicide, and/or violence.
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Noble Lies by Stephanie Andrassy
on September 19, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 803
Format: eBook
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It is not much of a fairy tale at all. By the time they meet, Jez is burdened by dark truths and fears for her family. Michael’s heart is already entangled in a forbidden love. The Church is watching - closely, and guarding more secrets than just arranged marriage details. For Jez and Michael, simply marrying their match becomes complicated...and deadly. Not everyone will live happily ever after.

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Noble Lies is an amazing piece for a debut novel. It takes place in an un-named country, during a time of horse drawn carriages and no electricity.  No specific year is mentioned however the book does go by month/day just not chronologically.

This book is soooo long!  Oh my!  Like get a pot of coffee, find a comfy spot, turn off your phone, put dinner in the crock-pot and put your feet up.  Not a bad thing.  I mean geez I read all the Harry Potter books and we know how long they were at the end.  I got about 5 hours of sleep last night after staying up all night and day reading, I finally finished around 2am.  Yep I pretty much read the entire book in one sitting.  I had to…it’s that good and I was totally sucked in.  I had to know what was going to happen next. I had to know how it was going to play out.  How it was going to end.

Noble Lies is a story about nobility and the influence of the church on the Nobles.  Influence as in arranged marriages.  I found it curious that this religion based their “matches” on the stars at the time of the bride’s birth.  The focus of this novel is not on religion.  They don’t explain their beliefs outside of arranged marriages.  They don’t attend church on Sundays (at least it’s not discussed).  In fact you don’t step into a church at all in the novel.  There isn’t even a mention of a bible per se.  The nobles are taught specific “traditions” applied only to them based on their status by men of the church called Guardians.  Guardians are above ministers and below the bishop.

This is also about love.  Is love predestined in the stars?  Can you fall in love with someone you’ve never met?  Does the God and Universe you’ve been taught to trust really know what’s best for you?  All of these are questions that are asked and addressed.  Can you fall in love with more than one person?  Because Michael does and there in-lies the other part of this story, a love triangle.  Although, not in the traditional sense.

One last thing, way too many exclamation points!!!! Sorry pet-peeve.  Ok done with all that. 🙂

I loved Jez.  She was so kind and loving.  I wanted to protect her and make her happy.  She was probably one of the sweetest characters I’ve ever read in a book.  I also loved Michael (he may have cried a little too much though).  I wanted him to be a little more alpha although I did understand why he wasn’t.  I understood his difficulties with tradition versus what was in his heart.  I also loved all the supporting characters.  The author does a wonderful job of helping us get to know them.

I loved Emma.

I found Rose to be wonderful.

I thought Vincent was fantastic.  Vincent is Jez’s brother.  In fact I think Vincent should get his own story. *HINT HINT* *WINK WINK*  That way I can sort of get the epilogue I wanted.

Yes I know there was a small epilogue but it wasn’t enough.  I wanted more though I’m greedy like that.  I didn’t like how the story ended for Jez and Michael.   I mean I did but I didn’t.  I had too many unanswered questions.   I felt like the story just ended and I sat there going “huh” “um…okay”.

So would I recommend this book?

YES a big fat YES!

It was refreshing and different and I liked it a lot.

Now, I must address my biggest issue with this story.  There is a rape and it is explicit.  I did not like it. It made me uncomfortable.  It made me cringe.  It made me pause and take a break.  It made my heart race and not in a good way.  It was so upsetting (to me) that I talked to my husband about it.  I had to put down my kindle and walk away.

My other issue was that given the explicit nature of the scene I just mentioned, I would have liked it if the other sex scenes had been just as explicit with lots more love and romance.  It felt like the sex was glossed over and almost not as important.  That’s the thing though it was important.  Massively important for the parties involved.  I would have liked to been more connected. I’ve read other “first” time scenes that have brought me to tears and I wanted that for this story.  No scratch that I NEEDED it for this story.  I needed my open wound to get a pretty sparkly band-aid.

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About Stephanie Andrassy

I always knew at a very young age that I would have a life-long love affair with the written word. My first favorite book was “Horton Hears a Who”. Imagine another world existing on a tiny spec of dust! I quickly learned that I was fascinated with the fact that printed words on a page had the magical ability to fill your head with such wonderful ideas. And then I met the classic fairy tales, along with the “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” – what incredibly imaginative stuff. “The Swiss Family Robinson”, “Encyclopedia Brown”, “The Hardy Boys”, and Judy Blume – I was hooked on reading.

When I was ten, I wrote to author, Allan W. Eckert, to rave about his book, “Incident at Hawk’s Hill”, and to ask him some questions about his life as an author. To my surprise and complete thrill, he wrote back! Authors were human! At twelve, I not only volunteered after school in the school’s library (surrounded by all those books), but I proved the “authors are human” theory by participating in a future authors program; writing and illustrating my first book. Our books were not published, but they were professionally bound in hard cover and we held readings in the school library, sharing our books with the younger grades. I still have this first masterpiece, proudly displaying it on my bookshelf.

Over the years, the words of many great authors (too many to mention) have been invited to take up residency in my mind. John Wyndham’s, “The Chrysalids”, thrilled me. “Lord of the Flies” made me think in terms of ‘what if’. I devoured Tolkien and Silverberg. “A Farewell to Arms” made me cry. “Peony”, by Pearl S. Buck, fascinated me. I also quickly fell in love with Austen and Bronte, read Danielle Steele for years, and have enjoyed all of Dan Brown’s work. I continue to read – romance, fantasy, and chick lit, as well as mystery and suspense, parenting books, psychology, theology, and sociology reads. In fact, there is not much I won’t indulge in (except horror).

Encouraged to pursue an education and career, I obtained a B.A. in Settlement Studies from the University of Guelph, and then embarked on a fifteen year career in social housing. I continued to write, secretly daring to dream that someday I would write a novel that would see the light of day while I trudged along in the day-to-day that we all experience. My debut novel, Noble Lies, a fantasy/suspense romance, is the first of my written works to be released out into the world as a self-published ebook (September 2012), now joined by paranormal romance short story, The White Peacock (March 2013), and paranormal romance novel Just Live, Juliette! (May 2013).

Authors tend to write the types of stories that they enjoy and I gravitate towards books with substance that allow me to grow as a person, to experience aspects of life I would never see on my own, and/or that allow me to escape into the magical recesses of my imaginative mind. It is no surprise, then, that my writing leans towards real life, sometimes contorted into a dreamscape of fantasy and fairy tale, sprinkled with suspense and grit, and iced with romance.

I presently live in southern Ontario, Canada, with my family, where further works are well underway.

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