15 January, 2010

Liar - Review, Kinda Sorta

Liar by Justine Larbalestier
Publication date: September 29, 2009
ISBN 10/13:  1599903059 / 9781599903057


Category: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
Keywords: Honesty, Lies, Truth, Secrets, Danger, Deception, Death, Fear, Family, Love

Find the synopsis on goodreads.com.

How I found out about this book: I can't remember. Someone posted or tweeted about the Liar Cover Controversy, so of course I had to see what all the fuss was about.

Quickie: Seriously, this book should win awards. Great storytelling, brilliant writing, bizarre plot twists make it un-put-downable.

For more details, click on "Read More"

My review: Hi! Actually, I can't tell you any more, for fear I will let loose some detail the author doesn't want me to tell you about. Seriously, don't go looking for reviews. Just read it already.

I suppose I could always make something up.

So Micah is a gorgeous, brainy and super-powered vampire who finds out that she is a fallen angel and has to lie her way out of being discovered and turned into a lab specimen and/or religious idol. She is mysteriously drawn to an ugly but irresistibly charismatic hunchbacked boy who spends his free time ringing bells in church. They fall madly in love, but their forbidden romance may end the world.... (dun dun dun ominous music)

No, really, I won't tell you anything except that you need to read this book before anyone can spoil the ending (and the middle, and the beginning, and the three-quarters-in) for you.

Who should read this book: Swearing, check. Sex, check. Violence, check. I'd go with mid-to late- high school and up. Then again, I could be lying. You shouldn't take my word for it.

The photo of Justine Larbalestier is from her website. I posted it so you can see her awesome boots. For more awesome, visit justinelarbalestier.com and follow @justinelavaworm on Twitter.

Liar is Justine Larbalestier's 5th novel.

Shortlink to this review: http://bit.ly/rnslisaliar

Find this book on goodreads.com, listen to a snippet at audible.com, or buy it now!


What do you think? Is this something you would read? If you've already read it, put in your two cents... (no spoilers, please!) < - - no, really, if you do Justine will send the lavaworms after you. I wouldn't risk it.


  1. Looks like something I will read! I have been hesitant to add this to my shelf for some time, but now I just added. It looks interesting!

  2. I am so, SO glad I read this without knowing any spoilers. Usually I'm fine with some spoilers, but this really is a book that needs to be read without any foreknowledge.

    It's also a book I recommend reading with a friend - I know when I finished it I was DESPERATE to talk to someone about it! Within a week I had harassed a friend so much that she finally relented and read it in a day so we could gossip. I can't remember the last time I felt like that about a book!

  3. This book was hard to read because I tend to flip and glance at later pages when I'm reading, and I tried not doing that with this book! I read it pretty much all in one sitting - it was about the only time I've ever been happy for a really long wait at the doctor's office!

  4. I'd been intrigued by the cover controversy, and that might've made me pick it up if I'd run across it again, but your review makes me want to actually go LOOK for it.

  5. Thanks for commenting, guys! @Aths/madelynruth, let me know when you've read it--I'm sure you will feel the same as Angela and I did. I wanted people to talk with so badly that I switched my book club pick to this one, even though some members already started reading my other choice! (Another Faust).

    @Caroline--bad habit :) once you start you can't stop! I met this lady last summer who only reads books backwards. She wanted me to tell her all the endings of the books I was selling her :/

  6. I definitely want to read this book!

    I love your little story idea though, sounds like a great plot! :P

  7. This book sound great, but after the controversy, I will not be buying it. However, I will look for it in the library.

  8. Jan, the "whitewashed" cover was only on the ARCs--the publisher paid a hefty sum to get all the for-sale covers changed before they hit the shelves. So mine has an African-American Micah on the cover. In fact if I could get my hands on the "wrong" cover for not a lot of money, I would do it! Just to have a piece of "what-a-dufus-people-can-be" memorabilia.

  9. I had heard about the cover controversy, but nothing about the book. You all make it sound like a "must read!"

  10. I too bought this book after all the controversy and it did my head in - in a good way.

    After having a really hard think about the story, I concluded Micah did something really really horrible and she's in some prison cell, rocking back and forth in the corner.

    I don't think I'm giving anything away by saying that, because it's just a theory.