The Liar Society (Book 1)
by Lisa & Laura Roecker
Best friends don’t send emails once they’re dead. Kate Lowry may wear fake pearls and shorts so tiny that Nancy Drew would blush, but she’s on the trail to prove that Grace’s death was no accident. Along for the ride are a couple of knights in (not so) shining armor: the dangerously attractive bad boy, Liam, and her love-struck neighbor, Seth. Together they discover a secret lurking in the halls of their elite private school that threatens to destroy them all. (goodreads.com)
I have been on a reading roll since the year started. I have just managed to feel all settled inside my head in time to start semester numero deux of course work on the weekend. I will then lose all free reading time. Thankfully, the books I have read so far this month have been awesome.
I signed up for Sourcebooks’ 24 Days of EBook Deals over Christmas… this resulted in one purchase, I believe. Then they did their 12 More Days of Sales or whatever it was called and The Liar Society and its sequel were on sale one of those days, along with other contemporary YA fiction. I had been eyeing this series for a while, what with the PINK HAIR on the cover (girl after my own heart, I tell you) but I was all worried the book might fall flat.
Little did I know how much of a fun mystery ride I was in for. I was SO HAPPY that I bought both the first and second books at once. I didn’t even want to pick up the REAL book I was reading at the time, I was so focused on these books on my eReader. Me! I felt a little bit ashamed at myself because I am so anti-e-reader, but people…these books are awesome!
I am warning you now, I will be writing the word AWESOME many times in the next few posts because that’s all I can think of to describe the books I am loving. So just deal with it, ok?
So, about this Liar Society book… it’s fast-paced, suspenseful, amusing and fun. Kate is a great protagonist and you can really get a sense of how much she’s torn up over the death of her best friend and all of the other stuff that comes after it. Both Lisa and Laura Roecker do a great job of writing about real emotions and how teens can act. The sudden loss of the friendship between Kate and Maddie after Grace’s death is so brutal and realistic at the same time. These things can happen. Teens – and adults – can behave this way. I actually found most of the interactions and reactions and relationships in this book to be very believable I think that’s part of what made the story so good.
Rich people prep schools, secret societies, school uniforms (which I always wanted to have!) and great characters make this just a fun, fun ride. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time wanting to know how Grace was communicating with Kate. I figured there was a logical explanation to this since I knew I wasn’t reading a supernatural book, and I’d sort of guessed some of the answers by the end, but not all of them.
Reading this book made me realize I need to read more mysteries, and that there really aren’t all that many in the YA genre. Nancy Drew is close, but I think she’s also rather middle grade-ish. I think Kim Harrington’s Clarity series is close, but it also has paranormal elements to it. The Liar Society is just plain, teenaged mystery and I loved that about the book. So if you can think of any amazing YA mystery/suspense that you think I might like, by all means, tell me about it in the comments! I love mysteries. I think second to fantasy it’s my favourite genre. I love the guessing game that happens from first page to last. I love the suspense. I love the whodunnit… I want MORE!
I was also extremely happy to have been able to buy BOTH books at once for $0.99 each, too! What a great deal and I am seriously considering buying both of these books in hard copy, now that I know I loved them. I want to own them and have them grace my shelves.
Stay tuned for my post about the sequel, The Lies That Bind!
The Liar Society