Thursday, February 17, 2011

Bookanistas: THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa & Laura Roecker

Plot without spoilers: Kate Lowry is a junior at the exclusive Pemberly Brown Academy, an only child, a tennis player...and possibly losing her mind. It was bad enough losing her best friend, Grace, in a tragic accident. Now, Grace is sending mysterious emails from beyond, encouraging Kate to dig deeper into what happened that fateful night last fall.

Literary highlights: In THE LIAR SOCIETY, the authors depict the prep school world of Pemberly Brown in rich detail. You really feel like you're there. In Kate, they've created an ultra-modern Nancy Drew who embarks on a dangerous mission. And, within this page-turning mystery is a lot of sharp writing and sassy humor. Here's a taste:

"One of the unexpected side effects of your best friend dying and your other best friend publicly disowning you was that people stopped looking directly at you. They stared at my hair or feet or sometimes (and you know who you are) even at my chest, but no one ever looked me in the eye. It was like the grief in my eyes burned with such intensity that no one could look directly into them." (Chapter 11)

Finally, just gotta say: I love the Latin mottoes sprinkled throughout the novel and the way the authors tie them into Kate's moods as well as the plot. Faber est suae quisque fortunae, everybody, and nobody more than the amazing blogger-writer-sister team of Lisa & Laura Roecker. (If you want to know what that means, go read the book!)

Check out what the other Bookanistas are reading this week...

LiLa Roecker hosts a sunny tour stop for POSSUM SUMMER

Christine Fonseca shares her Guestanista Post: The Lost Hero

Shannon Messenger spotlights the cover of SO SILVER BRIGHT

Scott Tracey is inspired by ANGELFIRE

Michelle Hodkin toasts DEMONGLASS

Beth Revis finds MAGIC UNDER GLASS

Carolina Valdez Miller uncovers WORDS IN THE DUST

Megan Miranda joins up with THE LIAR SOCIETY

Bethany Wiggin glows for RUBY RED

Shana Silver gets psyched about WITHER

Jen Hayley raves about RAISED BY WOLVES

Gretchen McNeil gushes over BLOOD AND FLOWERS

Rosemary Clement-Moore revisits HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE

Sarah Frances Hardy is nuts for THE NINTH WARD

Corrine Jackson delights in DIVERGENT


Sarah Ketley said...

Thanks for the post,

Looks an interesting book, have added it to my "want to read collection" which is growing steadily today. sigh... when do i get the time for them.

Have a great day. Happy crusading


Unknown said...

I loved The Liar Society, great read, super cute, and definitely makes you wanna grab a pink wig and some pearls to match the cover... just sayin'

Happy Thursday!

Meredith McCardle said...

I can't wait to read this one when it come out. It sounds awesome!

Hardygirl said...

Love it!

Go PINK!!!!


Unknown said...

Another book I can't wait to read. It reminds me a little of Veronica Mars.

Stasia said...

Happy Crusading Constance! Good luck with your giant to-read list!
Definitely awesome, Meredith.
Jen, Hardygirl, Melissa--yup, Veronica Mars with some preppy pearls--Pinktastic!

Bethany Wiggins said...

I've been looking forward to this book for a long time.

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Such a funny book, but definitely filled with those sorts of poignant moments that remind you she's lost her best friend. Touching moments. Great review, Stasia!

Megan Miranda said...

That was one of my favorite lines from the book! So true - such a skilled blend of humor and sharp writing.

lisa and laura said...

AHH! Thank you so much Stasia and thanks for all the lovely comments too. We love you guys!

Sylvie said...

Sounds like another good one. I think I may have to pick a month this year to catch up on all these great YA books!

Shana Silver said...

I love the latin in this book too. Actually, I just love everything about the book!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Thanks for sharing! Is that why a few authors were 'dying' their hair pink? ;)

Great to meet a fellow crusader! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

♥.•*¨ Elizabeth ¨*•.♥

Stasia said...

Get readin' the YA, Sly!
Me, too, Shana--THE LIAR SOCIETY is just such a fun read.
And, nice to meet you, Elizabeth. Yes, we're rockin' the pink hair to get ready for LIAR SOCIETY's book birthday next month! Glad to meet another fellow-crusader!

TerryLynnJohnson said...

sounds like a great read! Can't wait!