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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:: ★★★★★

Demon’s Lexicon Giveaway
August 4, 2009 posted by Nikki

Demon’s Lexicon Giveaway

For those that may not have figured it out yet, The Demon’s Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan is our book of the month for August here at yaReads. Just in case you’re not familiar with the book yet, here’s a synopsis from amazon:

Nick and his brother, Alan, have spent their lives on the run from magic. Their father was murdered, and their mother was driven mad by magicians and the demons who give them power. The magicians are hunting the Ryves family for a charm that Nick’s mother stole — a charm that keeps her alive — and they want it badly enough to kill again.

Danger draws even closer when a brother and sister come to the Ryves family for help. The boy wears a demon’s mark, a sign of death that almost nothing can erase…and when Alan also gets marked by a demon, Nick is des-perate to save him. The only way to do that is to kill one of the magicians they have been hiding from for so long.

Ensnared in a deadly game of cat and mouse, Nick starts to suspect that his brother is telling him lie after lie about their past. As the magicians’ Circle closes in on their family, Nick uncovers the secret that could destroy them all.

This is the Demon’s Lexicon. Turn the page.

As part of this, Sarah has been kind enough to donate two books for giveaway to our loyal readers.This month, though, the giveaway has a little bit of a twist. We’re giving away one book with the US cover:

And one copy with the UK cover:

We’ll be drawing the competition on August 30 via an online random selector, so please don’t ask to be entered into the draw for a specific cover. To enter, all you have to do is leave your details and your name in the comments below.

Stay tuned for my review of the novel, an interview with Sarah herself, and a guest review by Sarah.

August 3, 2009 posted by Nikki

Third Chaos Walking Title Revealed!

As promised, we have the title of the third Chaos Walking book for you right here!

As announced on author Patrick Ness’s blog, the title of the third and forthcoming novel in the series is …

Monsters of Men

To read more about the title, click here