Thursday, January 27, 2011

Review of THE LIAR SOCIETY with a SIGNED ARC GIVEAWAY

What a long day I had today--actually Wednesday! Got a call at 6 AM--my baby brother's wife was in labor, and I headed up to Chicago not long after to greet the little one. But baby was not born until 12:55 AM Thursday.

Oh gawwwd that was exhausting!!! I still haven't been to bed, and I'm dead on my feet. (Little brother and Sis-in-law are a little tired, too. That's what they hinted at, anyway...) So, I didn't get a chance to post as I'd wanted to--I'll bump that post to Friday. I'll try to have a winner drawn for the Signed copy of XVI on Friday as well. Which reminds me:

1. Today is the last day to enter to win a Signed copy of XVI by Julia Karr!! Please GO HERE to enter! This giveaway is international. You have until midnight to get your entries in with tweets and FB and blog posts, etc. Which reminds me:

2. Today begins my giveaway for a Signed ARC of THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker!! Please see details below! Which reminds me:

3. I'll be reviewing THE LIAR SOCIETY today for the Bookanistas! Yahoo!! Which reminds me:

4. Welcome, Rosemary Clement-Moore ! Our newest member! We're so glad to have you join the Bookanistas! Which reminds me:


5. Please be sure to check out what the other Bookanistas are recommending today. Don't forget to stop by Myra McEntire's blog to check out her COVER REVEAL!!!!!!!!!

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THE LIAR SOCIETY
by Lisa and Laura Roecker


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Goodreads summary: 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. 

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
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. 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...


MY REVIEW
You know, I don't really read a lot of YA mystery. None, actually...which is weird. Because I love mysteries. It's the mystery part of every novel that really sucks me in, that entertains by challenging me to think. I used to devour Nancy Drew books as if they might disappear before I could finish reading them--and my first reading love was Encyclopedia Brown. So what the heck happened? Is it because there aren't a lot of straight up mysteries in YA that I don't read them any more?  Did I get sidetracked by Romance and my unquenchable hormones? Um. Perhaps. It may also be the flash of vampires and dragons and falling-apart future worlds that beckons me like tiny gym shorts for Richard Simmons. Who can say for sure? But I do know one thing: if I can find any more YA mystery books like THE LIAR SOCIETY, I'll be reading every single one of them--and I can't wait for the next one by the Roecker sisters'...

THE LIAR SOCIETY is like Nancy Drew, but way cooler, sassier, and a thousand times funnier--with language that is reflective of REAL teenage voices. And Kate Lowry is the girl we all wish we could be--good looking with a biting wit, razor sharp intelligence and mega attitude. Nobody rocks a set of pearls quite like Kate Lowry. The only problem is she's an outcast forced (by necessity and pity) to rely on the biggest nerd in the school (who nearly pooped his pants at one point, which OHMYWORD, had me cracking up so badly, I nearly po...well.) And the setting couldn't get any cooler either: Pemberly Brown, an elite private school set in...Cleveland. Not Beverly Hills, not Boston. But freaking Cleveland. Now how refreshing is that? You should see what Kate thinks about it...

Which reminds me. Let's get back to Kate for a minute.  I mean, the mystery was great. LOVED the whole premise--the clues, the twists, the danger, and the who-dun-it-what's-gonna-happen questions that drive you forward hunting for answers. There's also a romantic element that adds a lovely degree of tension and intrigue. But I'll be honest--Kate totally made this book. Her voice is so distinct and appealing. She's one of those people you wish you had in your life, just because she would make everything sparkle a little bit brighter...the kind of person that makes you laugh until you pee at everything you probably shouldn't laugh at simply by stating her slightly slanted, unfiltered view of the world. I laughed in much the same way that I laughed reading ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS or even WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON--both of these being stories that were taken to the next level of AWEsome by the voices of the protagonists.

But Kate's voice is one that alters, too--not the sarcasm or the wit, which is just a natural part of her--but her view of those around her as well as her self-confidence. It's seeing this progression and  subtle maturation that keeps her dynamic and fluid, a being capable of change, and thus someone we can care about beyond the laughs. And for me, a book is all about the characters. But lucky for you, THE LIAR SOCIETY has a plot that will leave you guessing and reguessing as well, just as any fabulous mystery should.

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To Enter to win a Signed ARC of THE LIAR SOCIETY, please fill out the embedded form below which will be emailed to me (mainly so you don't have to expose your email in my comments section).

Thank You!  Giveaway ends February 6, 2011. Open Internationally!

77 comments:

  1. No wonder you didn't respond to my email, I should have gone the texting route.

    J/k. I know how it is to have outsiders checking in on you during a family shindig. I am glad things went well and I am excited to see your Friday post!

    Excellent review, btw. Is it easier to write a review for a friend author or an author you think is a rock star? In this case, both are true, right?

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  2. I didn't enter, because I have this book. Normally, as like a big strong man and dad who totally likes football, sword fights and guy stuff, I would never select a book like this. But Lisa and Laura are amazing, and two of the funniest people I know. So Liar Society, Pemberly Brown, and Kate are all FOR THE WIN!

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  3. I don't read many mysteries either. But I read the query in Elana Johnson's From the Query to the Call and I really want to read it. Thanks for the review.

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  4. Ooh, I really want to read this book! I just love the cover, especially the girl with pink hair.

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  5. Old follower, sent it to Twitter (@EndingUnplanned) which is forwarded to my facebook account (Rachel Harris in TX)
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. Thank you so much! The book sounds fantastic!

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  7. I heard such great things about this book! I'm not a major mystery fan, but this is totally an exception!!

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  8. Thanks for the chance to win, I love the sisters blog and am looking forward to reading the book

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  9. THANK YOU for an awesome review, Carol. I think I might have passed out when you compared us to Stephanie Perkins and John Green. We are SO not worthy.

    Also, just signed the ARC for you and will be sending it back post haste. XOXO

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  10. I'm dying to read this book sound so much fun! Thanks for the chance of winning

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  11. Awww. CONGRATS on your new aunt-ness. You didn't mention if it was a boy or a girl, but happy baby birthday to your little brother.

    And YAY for Lila and their book birthday.

    I hope you're getting some sleep.

    *hugs*

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  12. Congratulations!!! Being an auntie is the best thing in the world! Seriously - I've got SIX neices and nephews - spoil 'em rotten and give them back to mom and dad FTW!!!

    Hey chickie! Stopped by and found this amazing contest - seriously - I'm dying to read Liar Society - L&L are just made of awesome!

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  13. Dude. You know I'm more literate than my previous comment would lead you to believe - it's early - I'm tired - *insert other excuse here*

    *head desk*

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  14. This book sounds really interesting! thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  15. Am SO entering. Wait. Nah, it's nothing. Had a flash of a quirky comment but it slipped right through my fingers...

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  16. Great review! This book sounds like it would be an awful lot of fun to read! I would love to win this book!

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  17. I can't wait to read this. I entered a contest for it the other day. Let's hope this time I win!

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  18. Oh, my gosh! I am dying to read this book, and I know my students are going to love it, too!!!! :-)

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  19. I hadn't really read too much about this book until now and now I really want to read it! Thanks for the review and chance to win! :)

    Jasmine
    The Reading Housewives

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  20. Congrats on your new baby nephew (or niece, you didn't say!)!
    And another great giveaway! I want it I want it I want it. ;)
    Thanks, Carol!

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  21. This book sounds exciting^^ I'm one who also likes mysteries.

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  22. Yay! I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  23. DYING to read this! And then I'd send you an email from beyond the grave to tell you how badly I need to read it. ;)

    Thanks for such a great contest!

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  24. great review!! I have an ARC staring at me a few feet away and OMG. excited. love them L&Ls.

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  25. This book sounds like a lot of fun! Love the cover!!

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  26. hooray for babies!

    other people's babies anyway

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  27. Thank you for the giveaway, can't wait for this!! x

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  28. I have to say that this book looks like a great read. I keep seeing it all over the net and now I cannot wait to read it.
    thank you for putting a copy out there.

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  29. I love great mysteries ^^ And with some good laughs it's even better ;)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I REALLYREALLYREALLYREALLY want this book! :)

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  31. My ARC for this book never showed up and I am SO SO bummed. I know it's going to rock and can't wait to read it. Thanks for the review!

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  32. I CANNOT wait for this one!!!!

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  33. SO glad the baby arrived happy and healthy!

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  34. Yay for LiLa! Sounds like they done good. Which is, of course, to be expected. Since they're awesome.

    And congratulations, Auntie Carol! :)

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  35. Thank you for the contest! This looks great!

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  36. Love the review!! I CAN NOT wait to read their book!! LiLa are Awesome and I know their book will be too!

    Great contest ;o) I hope you are doing well and keeping warm!

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  37. GAH! I'm so excited! I can't wait to read this and I would LOVE a signed copy *bounces up and down*

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  38. I have heard so many good things about this book! I didn't mind Nancy Drew -Trixie Beldon was more my thing- but a sassier and more realistic version of these two young detectives is enough to make me pick up a mystery again :0)

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  39. Sounds fab! And glad the baby got here safe-and-sound.

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  40. Liar Society sounds really funny. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. The Liar Society sounds like so much fun! Thanks for the review and giveaway! :)

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  42. Kate sounds like an awesome protagonist. It's been a long time since I've read a YA mystery as well so I'm looking forward to the release of The Liar Society. Thanks for the giveaway, Carol.

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  43. It sounds great! I can't wait until it's released.

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  44. Congratulations to your brother and his wife! And you on becoming an auntie to the new cutie :)

    Great review! I think you have me wanting this book ten times more now. I can't wait for release!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  45. Been looking forward to this one! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  46. Sounds like a fun read! Thank you!!

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  47. Awesome giveaway!! Congratulations on being an aunt :)

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  48. I really enjoyed your review of the book, im so excited to read this book. it sounds amazing!! Thank you for the giveaway!!! im a huge fan of veronica mars and im so thrilled about this book :)

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  49. I cannot wait to read this book and your review only makes me want to read it more!

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  50. I'm wild about the voice in WG, WG. I've wanted to read Liar Society for ages, but this takes the want to a whole new level!

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  51. Gah! Must. Read. This. Book. NOW!! You're reviews are almost cruel in that way, yah know? ;)

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  52. Thank you for this chance! I'm eagerly waiting for the release of this book!

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  53. Awesome!

    would love to read this!

    [Thx 4 ur awesome comment!]

    :DDD

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  54. Interesting. I dont read many YA mysteries either even tho I love them! Would like to read this!

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  55. This book sounds great, I can't wait to read it.

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  56. I'm so excited for this contest!!!

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  57. I have this on my TBR list. Can't wait to get my hands on it if I'm lucky enough.

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  58. I heard such great things about this book & Great Review!! Hope I win :) *cross my fingers*

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  59. what an interesting book..never heard of this but I hope I could read this. As it seems, it looks like WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON;)) one of my favorite. hope to win;))

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  60. I'm a big fan of Nancy Drew, so I'm really looking forward to reading this book. And isn't the girl in the cover just plain awesome? I love that pink hair!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! Crossing fingers and hope to win!

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  61. Awesome giveaway! Looks like a great book! :)

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  62. Congrats you new Auntie you! :)

    I am so looking forward to this book. I love LiLa's blog and their ridiculosity. ;)

    Go get some sleep!

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