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Liar – Justine Larbalestier
Book Reviews
October 11, 2009 posted by Nikki

Liar – Justine Larbalestier

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.

Micah lies about loads of things. When she first started at her school she even managed to convince everyone that she was a boy. When you’ve got a secret like Micah does, lying seems like the only real option. Then her boyfriend goes missing, only he’s not really her boyfriend, or at least, not according to the rest of the student population. According to them, he’s Sarah’s boyfriend. So when he turns up dead, and Brandon announces in front of everyone that he knows that Micah and Zach have been seeing each other behind Sarah’s back, all eyes are now on Micah.

Did she kill him, or not? Why would anyone believe what she’s saying anyway, when she’s always lied about absolutely everything?

When she tells Sarah that she wasn’t dating Zach, Sarah seems to see through her lies – for once – and she’s not buying it. She knows, and she’s hurting. How could Micah do that? How could Zach do that? And could someone that seems okay with dishonesty in the way that Micah is kill someone? Someone she’s supposedly loves?

What the rest of the student body don’t understand is that Micah doesn’t lie because she’s okay with dishonesty. She lies to protect herself. Everyone thinking she’s a liar is a much better scenario than what would really happen if they knew the truth about her.

So what is the truth? You wouldn’t believe me if I told you. Here’s a bit of a clue, though. Remember who Justine Larbalestier is, remember the genre that she writes in, and you might be able to figure it out. I got so caught up in the story that I forgot about all those things, got so caught up in trying to decipher what were lies and what was truth, that Micah’s secret caught me seriously off guard. Don’t let it distract you from the story, though. Once you realise what her secret is, accepting that she might have killed Zach becomes a whole lot easier. Don’t forget about her flashbacks though, because the truth really lies within those.

Trust me. Or not.

I guess the only way you’ll figure it out is if you read it for yourself.

This is one hell of a rocking novel. Everyone everywhere is going to love Liar. What I want to know is … will there be a sequel?

Rating:: ★★★★★

September 30, 2009 posted by Nikki

Another Movie Announcement: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

In a recent interview yaReads conducted with author Maggie Stiefvater, it was uncovered that there were ‘talks’ of Shiver – her popular new werewolf novel – being made into a film. Well, it seems that these talks have actually eventuated into something concrete. Variety’s online magazine published an article confirming that yes, Shiver WILL be made into a film:

Unique Features has acquired screen rights to “Shiver,” a bestselling supernatural romance novel by Maggie Stiefvater that is the first of a three-book series.
Pic will be produced by Unique Features partners Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.

Book covers a bittersweet paranormal romance between a teen who becomes a wolf each winter and his girlfriend, who helps him find the secret to staying human. The first installment was published by Scholastic Press in August and has been on the bestseller lists for six weeks. The sequel novel, “Linger,” will be published next August. Unique acquired all three books in the series.

Shaye and Lynne, who at New Line covered such fantasy and supernatural subject matter as “The Lord of the Rings” and “Blade,” sparked to the author’s voice, and said they couldn’t ignore the grip that otherworldly stories have on young viewers.

“I’m not the biggest werewolf or vampire fan, but the author has a strong take on a young adult sensibility,” Shaye said. “It’s also a sexy love story that isn’t too over the top.”

Shaye and Lynne used their discretionary fund to acquire the book in a competitive bidding situation. They will bring it first to Warner Bros., where they have a first-look deal, and will set a writer shortly.

Unique adds “Shiver” to a slate of pic projects that include an adaptation of the Paul McCartney children’s book “High in the Clouds,” a Barry Levinson-directed adaptation of the musical “City of Angels” and the Broadway-bound musicals “Elf” and “Secondhand Lions.”

So what do we think? Yay, or nay?

September 10, 2009 posted by Nikki

Shiver Giveaway

As part of our Book of the Month promotion for September, we’re giving away one hardcover copy of Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater and one audiobook of the same title.

Just to clarify that we’re all on the same page here, there will be two winners for this competition – one will receive the book and the other will receive the audiobook. Please don’t ask for one or the other as we’ll be drawing this one via an online randomiser. We believe that this is the fairest method in circumstances like these.

Competition is open until Wednesday September 30, and is – unfortunately – open to US residents only.