Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker: Review

The Liar Society
by: Lisa and Laura Roecker

Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Published: March 1, 2011; Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC from Author
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Synopsis (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...

My Review:
First thing I did after reading this book? Tried to send an email to Kate Lowry. For the record, it bounced back.

The murder mystery and secret society aspect of this book was so much fun. There is something very intriguing about a private school and the mystery there-in. I've noticed a lot more of these kinds of books popping up lately, so it seems I'm not the only one who enjoys them.

I have one complaint that I have to air early on. I was really not very happy with Kate's treatment of Seth. I feel like for much of the book she really used him, and it didn't seem like she repented much by the end.  I've had my fair share of Seth's in my life. One in particular is coming to mind at the moment. He just wouldn't get the hint. Seriously. Every year I had to tell him that I didn't want to date him. And guess what, every year I did just that. Because pretending to like someone to get something out of them, no matter how trivial, is really wrong. This put a pretty serious dent in my relationship with Kate.  I think by the end of the book, she did at least tone it down a bit. And I'll step down off my soapbox now.

One aspect of the book that really tugged at my heartstrings was how much Kate missed Grace. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose a friend, especially in such a tragic way that could have been prevented. I also thought that the loss of her other best friend in a more mental way just added to the grief.

But, this book was mostly just a lot of fun. There's a lot of witty banter and fun action that made me laugh. Liam was a nice balance of nice guy and rugged bad guy, which really doesn't happen for me often.

Girls who love Nancy Drew will love this series. Kate is a proactive protagonist, and it will be fun to see what else comes from Lisa and Laura.

My Rating:

8 comments:

  1. I'm excited for this book to come out. I'm glad you liked it. I like the whole mystery thing so I'll have to check it out. Thank for the recommendation.

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  2. At least your stalker stopped coming around after you were married. It would have been really creepy if he was still bugging you.

    I first saw this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and it caught my eye. I have noticed that a lot of these types are coming out too. However, I don't think I'm a huge fan of them. I liked the Condie books, but I got tired of the characters after the 4th book. I'm afraid that the characters in these books just don't hold interest for me.

    Also, I've never read a Nancy Drew book. I have never wanted too, so this book probably isn't for me. Sadly, I'll probably end up reading it anyway.

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  3. This one's next on my reading list, and I'm really excited to check it out!

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  4. Oh I JUST read this fantastic interview with L&L. They're hilarious! I hadn't heard of the book until I stumbled upon the interview but now it's high on my list. Love the cover, too.

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  5. Honestly, I cannot stop laughing. I'm sure you're not the first person that tried to email Kate! I love when books have characters that you fall so much in love with that you want to contact them in real life! I really need to check this book out -- I loved Nancy Drew books growing up, and this just sounds fun! Thanks for the awesome review!

    Happy Reading!
    brandiheather

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  6. I love mysteries! I used to love Nancy Drew (then I saw the film they made a few years ago and was put off for life). But this sounds great; I think I'd be very creeped out if a dead person started sending me emails. I like the cover too, very eye-catching. Thanks for the lovely review!

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  7. I enjoyed that Kate gets support by her friend Seth and her new friend (maybe boyfriend) Liam. The three of them were a great team and worked well together. I was very happy that the relationship between Kate and Liam was not the main focus of the book, the investigation and Kate's new found interest in life were more important.

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