BOOK REVIEW: Liars, Inc. – by Paula Stokes

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Title: Liars, Inc.
Author: Paula Stokes
Genre: YA, Mystery, Contemporary
First published: March 24th 2015
Finished reading: November 29th 2015
Pages: 362
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“The truth doesn’t get you very far on the streets, or in a group home, or even in high school. That’s probably why the idea of Liars, Inc. appealed to me. Everybody lies. You might as well get paid for it.”

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l’ve had Liars, Inc. on my TBR for a long time. I have seen a lot of mixed reviews about it and that made me quite wary of actually picking it up. This novel by Paula Stokes has been compared to Gone Girl, most likely because of the unreliable narrator, crazy plot twists and the whole hype around it… Unfortunately, as with Gone Girl I don’t think Liars, Inc. is actually worth the hype. Sure, it is quite an entertaining read and the plot twists are almost always unexpected, but it lacked the wow factor for me. I wasn’t fully convinced with the main characters and they are not exactly likeable either, but that is part of the problem with an unreliable narrator in general anyway. The pace is fast and it was quite a quick read with a few surprising moments and crazy plot twists. So I guess that if you don’t mind unlikeable characters and don’t set your expectations too high, you will probably quite enjoy this read.

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Max Cantrell doesn’t really believe in the truth and has no problem with lying to get what he wants. When he covers for one of the popular girls in order to get the detention he wants so he can be with his girlfriend Parvati, an opportunity arises. His fellow students apparently are in need of forged permission slips and cover stories, and who is he to deny those to them? Together with his friend Preston and girlfriend Parvati, they start Liars, Inc. with the idea to make a little extra money and liven up their senior year. But soon they have almost more work than they can handle and money starts pouring in. So when Preston asks Max to cover for him so he can visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice. Everything seems to work out perfectly, until Preston never comes home… And soon evidence starts piling up that implicates Max as the possible murderer of his friend. Will he be able to find the real killer and clear his name before it’s too late? This time, lies will get him only into more trouble…

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While I didn’t feel Liars, Inc. was that good, I can’t deny that it’s quite an entertaining story in general. It’s a quick read and the plot twists are unpredictable enough to keep you guessing what is really going on. I wasn’t a fan of the characters; they were actually quite annoying and unlikeable, but I guess Paula Stokes did do a good job of using the unreliable narrator technique. I had a hard time rating this novel, but I think that if you liked other stories using the same technique (like Gone Girl), you will most likely enjoy Liars, Inc. as well.

WWW Wednesdays #67 – December 2nd

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve just started reading Takeover by Lisa Black after finally finishing Melophobia last night. I haven’t read a good crime novel in a while, so hopefully this one will turn out to be interesting…

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished since last week is Love And Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan. This one was a huge disappointment and I still regret not DNFing it.
* I then continued with Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes. It turned out to be better than expected; entertaining with lots of crazy plot twists, although not amazing.
* The last book I finished last night: Melophobia by James Morris. A very interesting read that shows the power of music in an alternate present.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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Since I haven’t been reading that much (I’m afraid I’m about to end up in a reading slump, o no!), my possible next reads are the same as last week. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings or The Young Elites by Marie Lu if I turn out to be in the mood for fantasy; Paperweight by Meg Haston if I want to read YA contemporary; Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman if I want to read my newest TBR jar pick.

WWW Wednesdays #66 – November 25th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I’ve started Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes yesterday evening and it’s still too early to tell if I’m going to enjoy this story… I’ve heard mixed things about it, so fingers crossed it’s not too bad. I’m also reading Melophobia by James Morris, a very interesting ARC and story so far.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Three books finished this week and that’s mostly thanks to the last two being super quick reads, because it took me ages to finish Winter.
* The first is Winter by Marissa Meyer. Although I’m sad the series has ended, I really enjoyed reading this fourth book My heart almost stopped at some points in the story though; damn you plot twists!
* I decided to read my TBR jar pick Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple afterwards, which turned out to be a quick although not outstanding read. More about my complaints in my upcoming review…
* The last book I finished yesterday evening: Between Shades Of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. A very hardbreaking story, although I wasn’t fully convinced by the prose itself (it sounded too childish, and not in a The Boy In The Striped Pajamas good way.)

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m going to read next… But at least these four covers color match! 😉 I might read The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings so I can cross off another series or start a new one with The Young Elites by Marie Lu. But to be honest, I’m not sure if I’m in the mood to read fantasy right now. I also want to try and read Paperweight by Meg Haston soon even though it sounds like a sad story… And I have a new TBR jar pick: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. I have been wanting to read another Gaiman novel for ages so this is the perfect excuse to do just so!