The Lies That Bind (Liar Society, #2)
by Lisa & Laura Roecker
Just when Kate Lowry thought she had life at elite private school Pemberly Brown figured out, she cracks open a fortune cookie to find a message from her best friend Grace–who’s supposed to be dead.
Another Sister Gone
A classmate has gone missing, and Kate soon realizes that the disappearance is tied to the secret societies that rule her private school. Her best friend died for their secrets, and there’s no way she’ll let them get away with it twice. It’s up to quirky outsider Kate to get some answers, but in a school where every answer leads to more questions and nothing’s as it seems, who can she trust? (goodreads.com)
I am going to get something off my chest right away. A confession of sorts. I totally picture Seth looking like a grown-up version of Chuckie from Rugrats. I didn’t even WATCH that cartoon and I think the image I have in my head is of another red-headed, nerdy cartoon boy from the 90s, but I can’t think of his name and my google searching abilities only allowed me to find Chuckie. (Whose name I didn’t even KNOW until I found him on Google. That’s how not a Rugrats person I am.) Anyhow, I have this mystery red-headed cartoon character image in my mind each and every time Seth is on the page. I’m sorry. I do! I am certain he is not supposed to look like a cartoon. 😉
And now… My love for this series just grew tenfold while reading this here second book. And even though I totally guessed how it would end (well, most of it) I thought of it as a “HA! I am SO SMART!” thing and not a “well, that was stupidly predictable” thing. I took pride in the fact that my suspicions were right. Go, me! Of course there were some things that threw me for a loop at the end as well and made me very cranky and all “Well, this is UNFAIR!” and mad at myself for not seeing through what I felt I should have seen through.
Oh, and I had no idea who to trust, I was suspicious of everyone!
And really… I just want to be able to live on this campus. I want to be part of Pemberly Brown Academy and have SECRET TUNNELS and SECRET ROOMS and all sorts of nifty stuff. I work at McGill and well, the campus is also old and pretty so why can’t I have that here? Huh? If it’s already here then I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT!
I don’t want secret societies running everything from school to law enforcement though. That part of the story always makes me feel anxious and suffocatey. I don’t like when there’s no one that can help you because you can’t trust anyone. I mean, law enforcement people and teachers and stuff, they’re SUPPOSED to be the ones to turn to when you’re in trouble. I don’t like when you can’t seem to find a non-crooked person in the lot. I think that’s one of my biggest fears, that one day I’ll be in trouble and no one will help me. Gah!
Ultimately, I had a completely enjoyable reading experience for a few days while reading the first and second books in this series. For the first time in a long time, I was able to escape completely into a story and actively want to keep reading it and not just put it aside and get back to it when I had time to sit and read a book. I read a lot of books, and although I tend to enjoy most of what I read, there’s something special about reading a book that MAKES you WANT to read it and not just read it because you like reading and it’s how you spend your free time.
The only really negative thing I can say about this series is that I have to wait until December 2013 for the third book. That’s, like, a YEAR away. Ugh. Oh, and I am honestly contemplating buying these books in hard copy, too. I want to be able to lend them to people but I can’t do that as ebooks (right? On Kobo? This isn’t a possible thing, right?) They are the type of mysteries that I would reread in a marathon-esque series binge. I do that with TV shows (Buffy, Angel, Jem) and I do that with books on occasion, too.
Hmm, I would say if you like the Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, you’d likely like The Liar Society series. They aren’t quite the same thing, but I’d put them in the same food group. Which reminds me, I think I’m due for the latest GG book in paperback soon, yes? I should look into that….
The Liar Society