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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Debut Author Challenge # 4: The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

Reading Song of the Day: "Liar" by Henry Rollins Band

As you all know by now we are participating in the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by the wonderful Story Siren. We've already let you know about three awesome 2011 debut novels (check out the debut challenge label to read our thoughts on XVI, Across the Universe, and Like Mandarin), and now we're gonna share another review!

This month, I read The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker. Me and Pam look up to them. Why? Because we are dying to write a book together and they did it so flawlessly!!! Because they are uber friendly and always respond to us whenever we talk to them around the inter-sphere. Also, because, well, they're cool as shiz!

Here is what GoodReads has to say:

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.

Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM

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...

Now for the fun stuff...

Top Four Things You Need To Know About The Liar Society:

1. Kate is both believable and likable. The protag. Kate recently lost her best friend, Grace. She could've been whiny, annoying, and too depressed to keep the reader intrigued. But she is strong, intelligent, and willing to do whatever it takes to solve the mystery of what really happened to Grace.

2. Hot guys abound. There's a hot black guy who Kate had a crush on when she started at the "upper school" of her private school. Then there are hot, rich brothers (double the hawtness). Then there's Grace's boyfriend--hot, rock star, druggie type (yes, drugs are bad but he still seemed hot) and finally there's hot, sensitive but dangerous, Liam. He's hiding something, but he looks so good doing it.

3. Secrets, clues, and underground lairs oh my! This has all of the proper makings of a true mystery. If you're longing to get your Nancy Drew on then following along with Kate while she works toward the truth will satisfy that itch.

4. It feels so real. Everything described in the novel seems like it can happen. For instance, Kate has to hop on her bike whenever she can't find a ride, we've ALL been there! There are no unexplained events and the characters are all fleshed out--from the "mean girls" to Kate's nerdy next door neighbor.

If You Like...

Books: Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter, The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander, and The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting...then you'll like The Liar Society.

Movies: Brick (We luv you Joseph Gordon Levitt), Just One of the Guys, and The In Crowd...then you'll like The Liar Society.

Have you read the Roecker sisters' masterpiece? What are you thoughts? Have you ever had to solve your own real life mystery?
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Amparo Ortiz said...

I am DYING to read this book!! Your review makes me want to run out to the bookstore even more! *sobs*

Glad you loved the book!

Jamie Manning said...

Wanna know what's weird? I've seen this book around but really haven't had an interest in reading it until I read this post. You two make it sound so fun! Thanks for a great mini-review!

Abby Stevens said...

My favorite part of your review is the 'If You Like...'

That honestly is really helpful in helping me decide if I would like the book or not.

Marquita Hockaday said...


That makes us so happy! We try to find ways to make people read and be interested in book reviews. Glad you like it :D And Jamie and Amparo- this is def. a must read!

Racquel Henry said...

AND because the Roecker sisters totally helped us out at Black Fox! Love that they are two sisters that wrote this novel! I secretly wish that I could co-write a novel with my sis because she and I are so close. Unfortunately, she doesn't write fiction. :( Great review though!

Caroline Tung Richmond said...

Ah, I'm so envious! I've been meaning to read Liar Society for weeks now but unfortunately I've been trying to cut back on my book-buying and use the library instead. Boo, saving money! But maybe my library will have it? *Schemes*

Ghenet Myrthil said...

Great review! I'm really excited to read this book. I think it's awesome that they wrote it together. :)

Amie Kaufman said...

I can't wait to read this! Outrageous that I can't get it on my Kindle here in Australia, so it'll have to be the slow boat while I import a copy. Hot guys abound, you say? Hurry up, book!

Anonymous said...

I have it and can't wait to read it!

Melanie said...

This sounds amazing! I need another book recommendation and am really falling in love with the young adult books. I finished the Hunger Games series and LOVED it. So much so that now I am listening to them on tape!

I am starting the Maze Runner and will put The Liar Society on my list.