Monday, March 7, 2011

Book Review: The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker

Title: The Liar Society
Author: Lisa & Laura Roecker
Publisher: Sourcebooks
ARC, 358 pages
Date Published: March 1, 2011
Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)

Kate,
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...
The Liar Society is one of those books that must be compulsively read. I’m talking up until 2AM, can’t sleep, can’t stop until the last page is turned, kind of read. The story moves along rapidly, with the undeniably awesome Kate Lowry searching for clues into her best friend Grace’s death. Kate is a spitfire, with a sarcastic nature, hardened shell, and an affinity for sleuthing. But above all that, she is a girl desperate to find out exactly what happened to her best friend.  A piece of her was lost with Grace and Kate just wants to know why – the real reason why.

Lies abound in the book and each clue Kate unearths just leads to another mystery. To help her out is Seth, the adorkable ginger next door who is crushing on Kate hard, and Liam, the possible bad boy with a more than charming personality. I was drawn into Kate’s story from the very first page and I was just as desperate as her to find out what really happened to Grace.

Kate’s school, Pemberly Brown, is awash in history and private school lore. There are secret societies and hierarchies, mean girls and rich boys, fires, death, and sword fighting. Then there’s Kate Lowry, a normal girl on a mission. Lisa and Laura (LiLa) Roecker’s writing is quick-witted, sharp and had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion, but they never let you forget that Kate lost someone and she is hurting. Kate’s hunt for the truth kept me glued to each and every page, but I was never quite sure what would happen. The mystery of it is perfect and the ending is satisfying, but left me wanting more at the same time.

The Liar Society is a fast-paced, fun read with a strong lead in Kate and a cast of infinitely interesting and complex supporting characters. Not knowing who to trust and what version of the story is the real truth is half the reason the book is so addicting. The other half is a combination of the wonderful characters, the intelligent and oftentimes hilarious writing, and Kate. I’ll read this one over and over while I anxiously anticipate Kate’s next move and LiLa’s next story.

Opening line: Her email didn’t do any of the creepy things I’d expect an email from a ghost to do. ~ pg. 1

Favorite lines (This one sums up the book perfectly): Some secrets were worth the trouble. ~ pg. 113
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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4 comments:

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

I've heard so much abotu this one and your review just makes me wanna read it even more!!
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

The Slowest Bookworm said...

I so can't wait for my copy of The Liar Society to arrived. It sounds awesome!

Yan said...

I'm so happy about your review! I just ordered Liar Society last night, but it was a on-the-fence type of decision.

Candace said...

I agree! This book was fantastic and nearly impossible to put down! Great review!

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