I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Third Lie\'s The Charm by Laura Roecker
Also by this author: The Liar Society
Series: Liar Society #3
Published by Sourcebooks, Inc. on 2013-12-03
Genres: Adolescence, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Issues, Young Adult
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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.
Note, there will be spoilers of the previous books.
Sometimes books just really click with you. It’s like you pick up a series not knowing what to expect except for crazy hair colors and that the authors are really cool humans. Then there are those other times where you fall for a series and read the last book and the clicking just stops. You guys, I hate hate hate typing this out, but Third Lie’s The Charm by Lisa and Laura Roecker, the third and final Liar Society book failed to click for me. While I was into the story and the plot, I wasn’t breathless with anticipation over what would happen next. I wasn’t clutching my pearls with nerves over what Kate was wandering into. Instead, I kind of felt like I was bidding my time as each page went by, waiting for the end.
After bringing down the Brotherhood, Pemberly Brown’s male secret society in The Lies That Bind, Kate Lowry is joining the Sisterhood in order to bring them down from within. She’s thisclose to finding out the circumstances of Grace’s death, as in, who is ultimately responsible for her dying in a fire. She’s no longer dating Liam (sob) and she’s not so sure how she feels about Bradley Farrow. One day, Kate wakes up to over 20 missed calls from Alistair Reynolds, one of the it boys at her school. She then discovers that he died in a car accident that same night. Of course, Kate is suspicious and so she’s on the case again and begins receiving mystery pages from Grace’s journal. And so, Kate puts herself in danger over and over again to take down the secret societies once and for all. This includes a side detour to sleepaway camp owned by one of Pemberly Brown’s alumni, an eccentric diaper maker. Will Kate find out who is behind all the drama and take down the secret societies for good? You’ll have to read Third Lie’s The Charm to find out.
As for Kate’s character development, I still think she’s a cool girl reminiscent of Veronica Mars. I love that she still wears Grace’s pearls. I love that she still dyes her hair colors not found in nature. I think that she possesses a certain tenacity that shines when she’s on the case. I love her single minded dedication and the fact that she doesn’t let anything get in the way of her quest for justice for Grace. However, I just wasn’t feeling the connection to her this time around. I kind of wish that she had a better balance of mystery solving and other things. Like, I felt that she had growth and all, but I don’t know. It just wasn’t doing it for me. At this point in the game I should be able to articulate why, but I’ll just say that something is missing.
If you read for kissing and boys, you might be a smidge disappointed. Sure, there is kissing in Third Lie’s The Charm by Lisa Roecker and Laura Roecker. However, it’s not like enough to satisfy my romance tooth. Listen, I just want to ship Kate and Liam all day every day, but they are on bad terms for a lot of the book and it’s very sad making and I am all, Kate what are you even doing. Granted, it’s not like she can hear me or anything, but still, I just have to get those emotions out. I will say though, that the ending is great, I liked how the Roecker’s wrapped things up between Kate and her various romantic entanglements. Also! Seth gets some play, FINALLY.
Maybe my feelings are a case of the wrong book at the wrong time, that has certainly been known to happen to me from time to time all the time. I just wasn’t feeling Third Lie’s The Charm. Maybe I had all these expectations built up. Maybe it was hard for me to suspend my disbelief over the one death and the sleepaway camp segment. It just felt like a bit much. Maybe my taste is evolving? Either way, I still stand firmly by my love of The Liar Society and The Lies That Bind. Perhaps this is just a fluke? Alas, I am not in love this time around.