I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Third Lies the Charm by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Genres: Mystery, YA
Published by Fire, Sourcebook on Dec. 3rd
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New friend into old, the bond of the Sisterhood will never grow cold.
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 am excited to be a part of the Blog tour for Third Lies the Charm. It is the last in The Liar Society trilogy. Below I have a short guest post and then my review.
“What is it like being a writing duo? Is it harder than writing by yourself.”
Two words: the best. We absolutely could not write alone. Together, Lisa and I make up one complete writer. Lisa’s strengths are plot and dialogue while my strengths are character and details. We are constantly leaving notes for each other within the document, “put this here,” “add detail!” “FIX this dialogue,” etc. We spend a lot of time working out plot details and character traits before we begin writing so we have a pretty good idea as to where the story will take us. But there is nothing like getting the document back and seeing where Lisa took a chapter. Chances are she wrote her chapter in a completely different way than I would have allowing us to be both readers and writers at the same time. What could be better than that?! We are also given full permission to change whatever we want when we’re the owner of the document. Whoever has it last (or forgets first), wins! We honestly have no idea how writers write alone. What do you do when you’re stuck?! We just ship the document back to the other writer and say, “HELP!”
Third Lies the Charm is the last book in The Liar Society trilogy and I must say it had a bit of an interesting ending. There was a few surprises but some things I sort of had figured out already. If you haven’t read the first two then you might not want to read this review because I could mention something as it’s hard to review the last book without talking about the other books.
Kate and her two friends thought that when they got to Pemberly Brown that things were going to be great. They all had guys they were crushing so what could be better, then Grace dies in a fire. Kate has a bit of a nervous break down and dies her hair pink. She knows the secret societies had something to do with her death and she is out to find out who was responsible and bring down the brotherhood and sisterhood.
While she is on this search for revenge she meets Liam and he tries to help her bring the secret societies down but he can see what a toll things are on her and at the beginning of the second book he doesn’t want anything to do with secret societies. He wants her to live things alone, and Kate says that she will but then doesn’t. She pushes Liam away and starts hanging out a bit with Bradley who use to be her crush during her first year at PB.
The second book ends with a bit of a twist and the third one starts out pretty much how the others did with Kate going for revenge but this time she is doing it from the inside of the Sisterhood as she is now a member. She continues to push Liam away but he always seems to come back and she sort of flaunts Bradley in his face. She keeps getting parts of Graces Journal sent to her and it leads her to some people that she thought she could trust. I don’t think I can say much more without giving something away.
This book sort of brings about a bit of a love triangle but you can always tell who she really likes between Bradley and Liam. I am not sure if Liam is just a love sick fool or a glutton for punishment but I think I would have washed my hands of Kate at the beginning of book two. Liam is always there for Kate even when she is pushing him away and flaunting Bradley in his face yet he still tries to help her with the societies. I like Liam mostly because he was probably about the only person besides Seth without a agenda of some sort.
Kate’s attitude wore on me after a while because it just felt repetitious. Poor Kate her friend is dead and nobody cares, she is doing this for Grace. Why does every one not understand…etc etc. After a while it gets old. I get where she is coming from but I just felt I was reminded to many times.
One of the things that kept going through my mind as I read this book and book two as well was how on earth is Kate still in school. As much time as she spends out late and night and hunting down leads, when does she have time for homework? How is she managing to keep her grades well enough that she doesn’t flunk out. It just struck me as odd.
Over all, it was an interesting ending to the trilogy and I was glad to finally know what happened. If you like mystery YA novels then you might want to check out The Liar Society trilogy.
Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing-partners with a love of all things Young Adult. Some call it arrested development, but the sisters claim it keeps them young. Plus, its cheaper than Botox. Lisa and Laura live in Cleveland, Ohio in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn’t agree to a duplex. THE LIAR SOCIETY is their first novel.