Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Title:     Third Lie's the Charm [The Liar Society, book 3]
Author:   Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker
Rating:   ★★★
Published Date: December 3, 2013

*Arc received from Sourcebooks Fire via NetGalley

I absolutely adored the first book, The Liar Society, and totally related to the protagonist, Kate. But in Lies That Bind, I really hated her. And in this third and last book, Third Lie's the Charm? Sigh...

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 was totally not able to connect to Kate's character this time around. I understand the guilt over a death of a friend, but I hate that she just blamed herself over it and pushed everyone away. I hate that she hurt Liam so much. I hate that she kept putting herself in danger. I understand that she was so angry about the Sisterhood's manipulation, but I just felt so bad about how much she hurt Liam.

I also hate the twist in the end, because after all the trouble Kate went through, the "suspects" weren't even the ones I thought all along. And she got Liam in so much trouble. I was just disappointed in her and so sad with how a lot of things turned out. I felt blindsided by the ending and the real villains. Don't get me wrong. I love that the sisters-turned-authors Lisa and Laura Roecker were able to justify the villains' reasons, and I was sufficiently pacified, but I felt like there was a disconnect between Kate's whole cause and other twists in the book and the villains.

Third Lie's the Charm has really good twists. As a mystery book, it has good twists and heavily laden with secrets and does not have those none-too-subtle hints that I think you'll be as surprised as I am about the real culprits. I was so caught up in the book, with my heart-pounding and my mind going crazy, that I stayed up two hours later than I should have.

Kate Lowry isn't going into my favorite characters ever list (although Liam certainly's in the why-isn't-this-guy-real), but The Liar Society series makes it to my recommendable YA-Mystery books.


  1. I also had a really hard time connecting to Kate's character this time around. I loved the pacing and the mystery, and feeling as if I was *peaking* over Kate's shoulder as she is initiated into the sisterhood, but not so much Kate. Still a fun read and nice conclusion to the story. Wonderful review :)

    1. Thank you! I'm not sure if anyone could even relate to Kate...I hope not in every way 'cause her life is pretty too eventful, and not in a good way!

  2. I haven't read any books in this series yet but they do sound fun! Tough not being able to connect with a character, especially in the third book when the development should be mostly mapped out by then. Great review!

    Thanks for joining Bloggers Commenting Back!

    1. Hi Alise, you're welcome! But I think I should be the one thanking you ;)

      The series, like any other popular book, has its highs and lows, loves and hates, but me, I'm in between. The first book started out great, but the third was just meh for me.

  3. OMG your blog is so cute! I just love the design of it, so unique and I haven't seen any one like this! Anyway, doesn't sound like Liar's Society was too good. Thanks for the honest review and thanks for visiting my blog! I'm now following yours :)

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  4. Never heard about this book but I think the premise is really interesting. What a bummer that your relationship with Kate went from love to hate. [-( I am still glad though that the plot compensated for Kate's annoying performance. But you know, sometimes everything gets ruined when the MC is just so painful to deal with. :))

    1. Yeahhh I totally recommended the first book, but with the second and third book, I'm like...meh, not anymore.


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