Monday, March 28, 2011

The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker

Title: The Liar Society
Author: Lisa & Laura Roecker
Published: March 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 358/Paperback
Series: The Liar Society #1
Challenge: 2011 Debut Author Challenge
Source: My personal library

Summary: Kate Lowry didn’t think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, who died mysteriously a year before, she’s not so sure. When the emails continue, Kate is forced to confront her school’s resident druggie, a sketchy administrator, and even her own demons. 

As Kate moves closer and closer to the truth, she teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not so)shining armor–the dangerously attractive, bad boy, Liam and her love-struck neighbor, Seth. The three uncover an ancient secret lurking in the halls of their elite private school with the power to destroy them all. 

But the truth doesn’t always set you free. Sometimes it’s only the beginning.

Review: The first thing that got my attention with this book was the mystery. If done right mysteries can be the most fun books to read. The Roeckers definitely did a good job of creating an intriguing and mysterious book that keeps you guessing.

I was happy to see that The Liar Society had something new and fresh to offer. I'm not usually a fan of the "private school" plots because they usually involve overly dramatic girls and guys who are jerks, but this was different. Kate doesn't exactly fit in because she's still dealing with Grace's death. Kate was most certainly not an overly dramatic annoying girl. She had determination and drive to figure out what happened to her friend. I think she made a great protagonist for just that reason. She had something she wanted and needed and she wasn't going to let people (or a secret society) stand in her way. Despite this, I still found it hard at times to connect with her, but it was only in certain scenes, not through the whole novel.

I also loved the fact that secret societies were in this book. They made everything that much more mysterious. It was also fun to read along as Kate learned more and more about her school, because I felt like I was just as clueless about what had happened as her. 

Kate herself was a character I loved. She was so funny and, as I said before, she was incredibly strong-willed. Sam was also a fun character, although I felt bad for him and his unrequited love. Liam seemed like the typical bad-boy at first, but I really got to see a new side to the "bad boy", and I think this is because of the wonderful writing of Lisa and Laura. 

The authors didn't feel the need to over-complicate the book. They didn't over detail and they didn't under detail. I was able to see everything as Kate was seeing it and the plot moved along at a nice pace, although it seemed a little slower in the middle than at the beginning and end.

The only thing I would have liked to see different about The Liar Society was the flashbacks. The book goes back and forth from the present to Grace's death. I think the story would have had a better flow to it if everything from the previous year was told before the "present day" chapters. That way everything went in chronological order instead of back and forth. However, this did not have any affect on the greatness of this book.

Overall, The Liar Society is a great mystery. It's fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat. The characters are funny and realistic, and the plot is original and draws you in with great writing. The ending was unexpected, but thankfully this is only the first in a series.

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