I had read the great reviews for this book, but you still never know what to expect as the high reviews of a book can often lead to a let down. This was not the case with the Lies of Locke Lamora. I really enjoyed this book and would give it a 4.5 out of 5 rating. This book has fantastic world building, a realistic take on what a hard city life would look like for orphan boys and thieves, and characters that you love even with their flaws. The format of having a chapter with the current story line alternate with a chapter from the past was great for the most part, but did drag a bit toward the latter half of the book. Overall a great read and a series I will love to continue.