Today, we have a twofer on the blog - a guest post by Lisa and Laura Roecker, and our review of their fantastic Third Lie's the Charm!
Click here for their guest post, and read on for the review!
Paperback, 288 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Formate read: E-ARC via publisher
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Life at Pemberly Brown is a whirlwind for Kate Lowry. Determined to finally destroy the secret society responsible for her best friend Grace’s death, Kate joins the Sisterhood hoping to go all Trojan Horse on their asses. But the night of her initiation another student at Pemberly Brown dies in what looks like tragic accident.
Kate knows better.
Kate and her faithful ginger, Seth Allen, immediately uncover a connection to the boy’s death and the secret societies that rule Pemberly Brown. But it’s not until Kate begins receiving pages from Grace’s old journal that she begins to piece together what really happened the night she died and how it connects to Pemberly Brown’s most recent tragedy.
Meanwhile, Kate’s ex-boyfriend Liam is following her around like an angry guard dog and she’s falling hard for the mysterious Bradley Farrow. Both boys are tied up in the mystery that surrounds Pemberly Brown, but only one of them can truly be trusted.
In this chilling conclusion to The Liar Society series Kate will fight to save her school from the evil that lurks beneath its hallowed halls. But will her quest destroy her or finally lead her to true love? She can only hope her third lie’s the charm.
I've been looking for a good YA mystery to read for some time now, so I was extremely excited to get the opportunity to join the blog tour for Third Lie's the Charm.
After the fall of the Brotherhood, Kate is still looking to get revenge for best friend Grace's death, once and for all. Her solution this time around? Joining the Sisterhood and taking them down from the inside, Emily Thorne-style.
(Yeah, I totally watch Revenge.)
But an unexpected death, a complicated love triangle - which almost becomes a love square at one point - and mysterious notes from Grace beyond the grave, all begin to make Kate think that this time around, she might actually be in over her head after all.
I've been rooting for Kate since The Liar Society, and I love how she's jointly grown but also remained consistently true to herself throughout the course of the three books. She's still tough as nails, not letting any of the boys in her life push her around as she remains committed to avenging Grace's death. But she's also human, as she admits to herself - though not really anyone else - that she does feel guilty about the collateral damage from the three books that were essentially beyond her control.
While I loved how the Roeckers guided Kate through this one final attempt to avenge Grace with steady characterizations and strong writing, I was a little surprised by the pacing of the latter half of the book. Things seemed to fall into place a little too quickly, and it kind of gave the impression that the writers were hyper conscious of the fact that they needed to end the series.
With that being said, I still had an absolute blast reading the book. I loved spending more time with Kate and her friends, and seeing how each of their journeys came to a close. I thought the final page of the book was pitch perfect, and really got to the heart of Kate's journey. I'm looking forward to recommending this book to others.
I recommend this for readers of YA mysteries, and for readers who are looking to try something different in the YA genre in general.
Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of Third Lie's the Charm from Sourcebooks, in exchange for an honest review. :) Thank you!
About the authors:
Lisa Roecker attended Miami University with a double major in Marketing and English Literature. She graduated and took a deeply boring job that paid the bills. Eventually she started writing with her sister to keep things interesting.
Laura Roecker fell in love with books because her big sister said she should. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Middle Childhood Education. After teaching for several years, she finally realized her dream when she found a writing partner in her sister.