Monday, November 26, 2012

Review: The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker

Synopsis:

Since when do the dead send emails?

Kate Lowry's best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate's more than a little confused.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here... sort of.
Find Cameron. He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell. They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace's death was more than just a tragic accident. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder...

Details:

Published March 1st 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire  

The Elliott Review:

This book engrossed me from the very start. I LOVE Kate's quirky narrative voice. Although she has been through a lot in the past year with her best friend supposedly dying in a not-so-accident accident, she is still a driving force as she seeks to solve the mystery surrounding the death.

As she seeks the truth, she discovers many things that the elite at her school would prefer remain hidden. It is a task for her to decide who she can trust. I really enjoyed her interactions with her kind of gross but completely loyal friend, Seth. This is definitely not a relationship I could envision going anywhere, and I was comfortable with that. Liam, on the other hand, is completely gorgeous in a rough sort of way, and it's hard to know exactly what his motives are. Is he a tortured soul bad boy who would do anything for Kate or a menacing, lying evil bad boy bent on hurting her?

This read was completely engaging, keeping me in suspense the whole time.

Source: Library

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Guest Post + Giveaway: Time Travel Intrigue (Marissa Moss, author of Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris)

As a kid, my first introduction to time travel was Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. That was it, I was hooked. The idea that time could be fluid, that events could be altered with unimaginable consequences, that the smallest thing can have enormous ripple effects – these are all magnets to any writer. Authors are always asking what if questions and time travel invites an incredible range of “what ifs.”

For a writer who loves history, time travel is even more seductive. What if the Pope had allowed Henry VIII to divorce his wife? What if the South had won the Civil War? What if John F. Kennedy hadn't been assassinated?

In writing Mira's Diary, I not only researched the history I was writing about, but the notion of time travel itself. Beyond the classic Back to the Future trilogy and a lot of science fiction, including H.G. Well's classic, The Time Machine, I read David Lowenthal's The Past is a Foreign Country, a compendium of time travel through the ages, in literature, science, and philosophy. Because time travel is tricky. Do you allow paradoxes or dismiss them as an unfair cheat? What does quantum physics tell us about time travel? Would Einstein believe in time travel? I have a hunch he would.

And some things make such good stories, I don't mind leaving the science a bit fuzzy. Just because we can't time travel yet doesn't mean we won't be able to. Or that in some parallel universe we already have.


About Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris:

Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris. Her father decides it's time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn't run out on them but is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?




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