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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Liar Society Blog Tour, Book Review (Plus Giveaway)

The Liar Society
by Lisa and Laura Roecker
ISBN: 9781402256332
Purchase from Indigo
Suggested Ages: I would say 12+ (nothing particularly overly sexual or violent)

Description: 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)

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 Good Stuff
  • Intriguing start that sets the mood, grabs your attention and doesn't let it go
  • Wonderful cheeky and smart dialogue - reminds me a little of Buffy - which as we know is a HUGE compliment
  • Lots of surprising twists and turns and action keeps you on the edge of your seats at times
  • Tightly written story
  • Loved the name Porter Reynolds - well because Porter is my maiden name & Reynolds as in the yummy Ryan Reynolds -- yup that's right folks I am still 13 in my brain
  • Laugh your ass funny at times
  • Great kick ass and realistic heroine who really does grow and learn as the story develops
  • Interesting secondary characters
The Not so Good Stuff
  • So good that I stayed up way to late reading it and now I am tired and cranky today
  • Why oh why do these teens do such stupid things - yeah never mind - if they didn't the story would have been a lot shorter
  • Ok, I know I should let it go, these books are not targeted for 40 yr old Mom's -- but why must the parents be so useless and out of touch - I'm not -- never mind, my kids probably think I am
  • Stereotypical Librarians -- hey I'm sensitive about this LOL!
Favorite Quotes/Passages (So many it was hard to pick just three)

"We were happy in that just-before-high school way when it was still cool to ride your bike to the pool ore eat box after box of Hot Tamales while playing truth or dare in a tent set up in  your friends backyard. I missed that kind of happy."

"Something told me "free thought" wasn't a consideration for Queen Taylor and her bitches in-waiting."

" I jumped out of my seat at the opportunity to escape the waiting room game. The guy next to me covertly examined me in his peripheral vision; the women under the cheesy painting of the little girl at the beach snuck glances behind magazine pages; and the boy with the black-painted fingernails looked out from beneath heavily lined eyes, all of them trying to determine what particular brand of crazy had landed their fellow patients in the waiting room. I wondered what they came up with when they looked at me. Did I have the classic "I see Dead People look in my eyes?"

What I Learned
  • That I really want to be a teenager again
  • That I have a sudden urge to die my hair pink
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Something for pretty much everyone in this
  • Fans of Buffy and Veronica Mar will really go for it
  • Those who enjoyed Paranormalcy will like this as well
  • Good for both YA's and adults, especially 40 yr old women who never grew up
4.5 Dewey's

I bought this because I love the sister's blog and was pretty much sure I would enjoy the book as well.  Stoked that I was able to get it for  my Kobo since the print edition isn't out in Canada until March 15th

Lisa and Laura were kind enough to write a few thoughts on Libraries and Librarians for me, this is what the hilarious duo came out with -- thanks guys and I totally did the same thing with the trashy romance novels !

Laura: Thoughts/Feelings/Scary Stories about libraries.
Lisa: You mean that we love them?
Laura: Well, yes, but specifics. You know, like the time I took my 6th grade class to the library and there was an earthquake...
Lisa: Um...boring.
Laura:...and the floor was shaking and I yelled at the kids for fighting...
Lisa: Laura, seriously?
Laura:...but really there was an earthquake! I mean, that's crazy, right?!
Lisa: Oh geez, I seriously just fell asleep for a second.
Laura: Okay, fine, regale us with your riveting stories.
Lisa: *whispers* I used to put trashy romance novels facedown on the counter and pray the librarian wouldn't turn them over during check out.
Laura: My earthquake story was so much better. Books were falling off the shelves!
Lisa: Yeah, yeah. When I grow up I want to be a librarian.
Laura: Me too. We can be little old lady librarians together and read books all day!
Lisa: We'd have to shelve too. And learn the Dewey Decimal system.
Laura: Hmm...yes, yes we would. It'd be worth it though.
Lisa: Agreed. So. Libraries, FTW.
Laura: Done and done.

Lisa and Laura Roecker
THE LIAR SOCIETY (Sourcebooks Fire, March 1, 2011)

Psst...we have a secret. Click here, hit the Pemberly Brown Plaque. The password is SETHROCKS.

And if you want to enter 
The Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome contest, and really, who wouldn't want to enter!?! There's a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs! Just click here and enter the super secret password, SETHROCKS, for an entry. Remember you can enter one time for each stop on our blog tour, so be sure to click here and see where else we're visiting this month to maximize your chances of winning.


  1. Ahhh, so THIS is the reason so many Tweeps have pics of themselves with pink hair! I had no idea what was going on. LOL

    I keep hearing great things about this book. Def adding to my wish-list.

  2. Great review! This one only made my reading radar a few weeks back after reading another blog's review...and of course once I saw the cover (pink hair...I love it!), it definitely made my wish list. Thanks for sharing your reading experience...and your enthusiasm for the title. Happy reading! ^_^

  3. Colleen - Definitely its just a fun delightful book (and I just couldn't do the pink hair though)

    GMR - Thanks for the nice comments and def go get a copy of the book!