Review: The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

The Liar Society came out yesterday! Have you read it? If not, you totally should.
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (March 1, 2011)

Since when do the dead send emails?

Kate Lowry’s best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate’s more than a little confused.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
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. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder…

Liar Society is a fun mystery that will bring you right back to the good old days of teenage sleuthing. And really? Who doesn’t miss the glory days of Nancy Drew and Boxcar Children, am I right? Those kids could solve a mystery.

Okay, so Liar Society‘s Kate might have a bit more of a modern sensibility. And she can totally appreciate a long string of pearls. But the level of fun is still there with a bold sense of adventure to boot.

A few things that really stuck out to me:

1. I love the depiction of Kate’s group of friends falling apart after Grace’s death. It felt realistic and I found Maddie’s character particularly compelling.

2. I adored Kate’s sidekicks, especially Seth who was the quirky conspiracy-theorist, but also Liam who was all kinds of swoon-worthy.

3. I enjoyed the shifting timelines between Last Fall and Present Day. It got me invested in Grace and her semi-creepy relationship.

4. Finally, the private school setting of Pemberly Brown, with its pithy Latin verses and traditions, made me want to attend there, like, after I graduate law school or something. I’ll look into it.

In conclusion, fun read. Fantastic voice. Impressive writing. Y’all should read one of Sourcebook Fire’s latest releases.

Contest Winners!

Last week, Shana Silver and I held a contest to win an ARC of MATCHED plus several other ARCs.

Here are some of my favorite responses when the entrants were asked to match up a boy from my list with a boy from Shana’s list.

Nathalie says:

Cameron Morgan with Humbert Humbert because…I think he’d really like her.

Authorwithin says:

Bella from Twilight and Scrooge. He’s a controlling miser and apparently Bella likes to be submissive. She took care of her father and would have no problem serving good old Ebenezer. Plus, she’s used to cold men so Eb’s cold shoulder wouldn’t bother her. A perfect match.

Besides, Scrooge’s fiance, Belle, left him so replacing her with Bella whose name is only one letter away seems appropriate. =D

Jen Hayley says:

I’d like to team up Katniss and Voldemort, just to see what would happen!

Beth says:

I’m going to say Zoey Redbird and James from Twilight because Zoey needs another bad boy vampire boyfriend. Plus, he’ll chase her down if she tries to stray too much.

Writertessa says:

Cameron Morgan from Gallagher Girls and Voldemort!!! Not because I hate Cameron but because she and her spy-girl network can keep Voldemort in line :)

Dara says:

Hermione and George Wickham from Pride and Prejudice. I think her logical nature and no-nonsense attitude would straighten out the cad. She’d keep him in line. And I think he’d introduce her to her wild side a little more :P Plus their both Brits–that’s gotta be a plus, right? LOL.

Spav says:

I would match Rose from Vampire Academy and James from Twilight because Rose would be able to kick his ass when he steps out of line and she could also try to make him a better “vampire”.

Kelley says:

I was going to go with Hermione and The Grinch because, just like Cindy Loo Hoo, Hermione would melt that grumpsters heart in no time, but then I realized Bella really needs someone to whip her annoyingness into shape. So, I’m settling with Bella and Voldemort. There’s no way her all-powerful shield will be able to protect anyone from Voldemort’s evil.

Emily says:

Katniss and Scrooge, because the story of Katniss’ depressing childhood will soften his heart without having to go through all that pesky ghosts of Christmas past stuff. Plus, with their combined (significant) financial resources, Katniss can help so many more people in need.

Secret_Ivy says:

I match Voldemort and Bella from Twilight because Bella can love any kind of monster if he has the right heart. Who knows? Does Voldemort have heart??? LOL

THE VERDICT?

Looks like Bella and Katniss are going to have to battle it out to see which one gets Scrooge and which one lives (happily?) ever after with Voldy. Bella can shield Katniss’s attacks but we all know Katniss has a way with breaking down invisible shields. I’d love to see how this plays out.

And now for the winners. Drumroll please…

1st place goes to:

Dara

(who posted on my blog)

Second place goes to:

writertessa

(who posted on Shana’s blog)

Third place goes to:

secret_ivy

(who posted on Shana’s blog)

Prizes available:

Matched, The Duff, Nightshade, and The Map Thief are all ADVANCED READER COPIES

Losing Faith is signed by the other

Chosen is a regular book

HOW THIS WORKS:

1st place winner will choose first, then the 2nd place winner will choose from the remaining books, and 3rd place will get whichever is left. If the winners could email me at shanasilver at gmail dot com with their address and then rank the books from 1-6 with 1 being the one you want most, I’ll figure out who gets what and send it off! Since the books are possibly coming from different locations (since some are Chandler’s, some are mine), they might not all arrive in the same package.

SOME OTHER AWESOME CONTESTS YOU MIGHT WANT TO ENTER:

Friday Five

 

Thing One. Contracts have been sent to my agent for the two books I’m writing, which means (I think) I should be able to tell y’all what books they are very, very soon. They won’t be under my name, but I promise you the series is so cute. I love it and I can’t wait to start working! I will be writing books 9 & 10 of the series.

Thing Two. This week in revisions resulted in some serious character building. Remember I am set to turn my manuscript into Agent Dan next week. Tensions are high, hair has been pulled. Well, I spent three days writing 2 brand new chapters for the opening and sent them off to my lovely critique partner, hoping I had solved all the world’s problems by being so industrious as to write the new chapters. Ummmm, not so much. My critique partner wisely pointed out that these chapters were not good. Okay, so she would never put it like that, but that was the gist of it. In conclusion, the chapters were completely scrapped. I deleted about 13k in one swipe. But good news: A new opening has been created and vetted by critique partners and I think things just might be coming together.

Thing Three. I really enjoyed this article by Patton Oswalt called “Wake Up, Geek Culture. Time to Die.” (Although, I respectfully disagree, Mr. Oswalt.) Turns out he’s coming to speak at BookPeople this weekend, too, so I might have to go hear him if I have time.

Thing Four. A couple of my writing buddies have had good news this week. I found this in Publishers Lunch today:

Debra Driza’s debut, a three-book sci-fi thriller series, to Claudia Gabel at Katherine Tegen Books, in a very nice deal, by Taylor Martindale at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

Congratulations, Debra! I’m really excited for your series.

Also, Lisa and Laura Roecker unveiled their final cover art for Liar Society. Love the pink hair!

 

Thing the fifth. I just got a ton of advanced copies that I’m dying to read:

Delirium (HarperCollins)
Here Lies Bridget (Harlequin)
One Hundred Candles (Harlequin)
Okay For Now (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
The Vespertine (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Shine (Abrams)
Angelfire (HarperCollins)
Rage (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Any suggestions on which one I should tackle first?

 

Finally, stop by Monday when Shana and I will start our contest for a copy of Matched and some other goodies.

I’ve Got Some Fancy Friends

Not to brag, but I have some pretty awesome friends. Just this week I’ve had not one, but TWO friends get the official book deal goodness.

Huge congratulations to Lisa Albert! Check out the Pub Lunch deal:

Lisa Albert’s MERCY LILY, about an Oregon teenager faced with a heartbreaking choice about her ill mother, to  Brian Farrey at  Flux, for publication in Fall 2011, by  Mary Kole at Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

Really excited for her to join the ranks of Flux authors and, of course, to get to read MERCY LILY!

And another round of celebratory applause to the wonderful Jen K Blom, who not only sold her book, but is also about to have her first baby. Ummm I swear some days I think I’m busy?

Jen’s book POSSUM SUMMER will be out from Holiday House in Fall 2011. You can read her sale story here.

It’s very weird/strange/awesome/exhilarating to start to see all the people I entered the writing game with getting deals all the sudden. It has honestly been a flood lately. Lisa and Laura Roecker, Hilary Wagner, Courtney Allison Moulton, and Corey Schwartz just to name a few more…

One of the ways I became friends with a lot of these gals (not all) is because I was looking for people that didn’t sell five seconds after landing an agent. Well, this recent onslaught of deals just goes to show that a little pig-headed determination goes a long way. Congratulations again to Lisa and Jen! Can’t wait to look crazy taking pictures in Barnes and Noble of your books on the shelf with my handy dandy iPhone!