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Missy's Reads & Reviews
Set in a boarding school, this book has all of the potential to be a run-of-the-mill boarding school book where the main girl is popular with all the hot guys, but the mean girls don't like her and all she wants is a true friend... yadda yadda yadda. Yet again, the authors surprise us by taking the boarding school premise and making it so much more than that. We have a main character who's distraught by her best friend's death and, when receiving e-mails from said dead best friend, she does everything in her power to try and find out what the friend is trying to telling her. What ensues is a story full of adventure and mystery, with a hint of romance and wit added right along with it.
Kate is a wonderfully written MC and I love that they make her such a powerful female in this book - she's got the looks, the attitude and the wit. Plus, there's this sense of undying loyalty for her best friend in the book that just makes me all warm and fuzzy on the inside. I think Kate and her two sidekicks, Liam and Seth, are an amazing trio that work well together. Seth is that guy next door that you can always depend on and Liam is that bad boy that makes your little heart go pitter-patter. Their dynamic together is nothing short of amazingly perfect. I also liked that some of the characters weren't as shallow as they seemed as first and were developed extremely well through the story where it wasn't necessarily told that they weren't as horrible as you thought, you actually saw through their actions how they truly were. Of course, there were some jerks.. but it might surprise you who those jerks really are. Or not.
This is definitely more of a character-driven book, but the plot was not lacking in any way. I loved the use of the flashbacks to show Kate's relationship with her best friend Grace before she died. I also loved the boarding school with all of its rich history and detail. Kate's quest to find out about her friend is endearing and the ending is unexpectedly bittersweet. However, there is closure and a definite hint at another book to follow - one that I will definitely be picking up as soon as it becomes available.
posted by MissysReadsAndReviews on March 12, 2011Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Good not great
posted by 11298832 on July 15, 2012Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 15, 2012
Good not great
It was good... once i started reading i kept reading and couldnt put it down... but when i finished it, i just felt like it was missing something. I wasnt satisfied with the end, i wish it would have ended with kate getting some justice and have anwsered some more of my ?'s. The storyline and plot were good and i found the characters believable, especially kate... even though at some points she seems crazy. So overall its a good quick read that i recomend though i doubt i will add it to my "favorites" book list
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Posted March 6, 2011
A fun-filled debut with a heroine that could be Nancy Drew's sarcastic younger sister.
I've heard several people mention that The Liar Society felt kind of like a mix between Nancy Drew and Veronica Mars. I think I'd probably agree with that description. The Liar Society is the story of a girl searching for answers in a world that does its best to keep those skeletons locked firmly in the closet. However, locked doors and question marks are no match for Kate Lowry. Fueled by the grief and confusion caused by the mysterious death of her best friend, Grace, Kate is canvassing town, trying to piece together the events that led to Grace's death.
First off, I really liked the way that the authors provided the details surrounding the night of Grace's death. Instead of doing a few chapters at the beginning when the incident occurs, The Liar Society begins after Grace's death, and later flashes back to the event as Kate remembers them. These flashbacks appear in the book every few chapters, which reveals the information to the reader gradually, allowing him or her to piece together the parts of the mystery as Kate is doing so herself. The flashbacks not only helped to tie together the story overall, but they also provided variety throughout the book, which helped to keep things interesting.
I also liked that the romance wasn't the main focus of the book. Not that there wasn't any, because there was, but it's refreshing to see a young adult book that isn't conforming to every single categorical stereotype that's popular at the moment (aka: head-pounding, heartbreaking, knee-knocking, head-over-heels puppy "love" between characters that have barely hit puberty). The main focus of the book is the mystery and Kate's struggle to come to terms with what happened to her best friend. Her love life is on the back-burner, but there's enough thrown in to attract those of you die-hard romantics out there as well.
My only problem with the book at all is a pretty small one, and it's that the mystery wasn't much of a mystery for me. I had it figured out from pretty early on in the book. From the other reviews I've read in the blogosphere, I seem to be in the minority though, so don't let this stop you from picking up The Liar Society. Though it didn't completely blow me out of the water, The Liar Society was a fun, enjoyable read that appears to be the start of a promising career for sisters Lisa and Laura Roecker!
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Posted July 11, 2012
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