Thursday, January 20, 2011

Bookanista Review: The Liar Society, by Lisa and Laura Roecker--AND AN ARC GIVEAWAY!!!!

Yes--you're reading that title right. I finally, FINALLY get to do a Bookanista review on THE LIAR SOCIETY, by the lovely and talented Lisa and Laura Roecker--aka LiLa--aka Blogging Royalty. (And yes, I'm also giving away my ARC--but we'll get to that in a minute. I have some very important gushing to do first!)

So let's start with the recently released cover:


I LOVE IT!
Who doesn't want to get to know this pink-haired, pearl-wearing hottie?
(You can try to deny it, but come on--who are you kidding?)

And here's the blurb from the publisher:

Best friends don't send emails once they're dead. Kate Lowry may wear fake pearls and shorts so tiny that Nancy Drew would blush, but she's on the trail to prove that Grace's death was no accident. Along for the ride are a couple of knights in (not so) shining armor: the dangerously attractive bad boy, Liam, and her love-struck neighbor, Seth. Together they discover a secret lurking in the halls of their elite private school that threatens to destroy them all.

So cool, right? I've been dying to find out how a dead best friend can send email for over a year. In fact, I feel like I've been waiting FOREVER to read this book.

I found LiLa's blog back in 2009 (yes, THAT'S how long they've been stuck with me) and have done nothing but (im)patiently wait for my shiny ARC to arrive ever since. When it finally did, I pretty much tore the envelope to shreds, plonked down on the couch and started reading right. that. second. And I can tell you right now, I was not disappointed.

Don't worry--I won't give away anything about the plot (I do not want to ruin the surprises for anyone). But I will say that this book is addictive (no really, it's virtually impossible to put down), hilarious (had me laughing out loud and humiliating myself in public places) and yet--more importantly--still has a ton of heart.

Kate's spunky and full of hysterical one-liners and wrapped up in a huge mystery/conspiracy that leaves you wondering OMG-what-is-going-to-happen-next???????? But she's also a broken girl, still desperately mourning the loss of her best friend and struggling to find her identity after the tragedy. She makes you laugh. She makes you ache. And more than anything, you want to spend as much time with her as possible. I already miss her.

But I think what I love best about this book is that it finally managed to fill the void that's been left in my life since Veronica Mars went off the air:...

(Why, Hollywood????? Why did you do it????????)

(*sniffles*)

(ahem.)

There just aren't enough riveting high school mysteries with witty heroines trying to solve them. So thank you Lisa and Laura for bringing Kate into the world. We desperately needed her. And I very much hope there's a book two to follow book one, because I'm not ready to lose another snarky girl detective. DO NOT PUT ME THROUGH THAT AGAIN--I'M NOT SURE I'LL SURVIVE IT!!!!!!

(ahem again.)

Which brings me to the giveaway. I'll confess--I REALLY don't want to share my ARC. I want to keep it and hold it because its MY PRECIOUSSSSSSSSSSSSS. But I know most of you are as desperate to read it as I was. So...*heavy sigh*...I've decided to do the right thing and...*grumble*...share my lovely, precious ARC with one lucky commenter on today's post.

To enter, all you have to do is follow my blog and leave a comment on this post by 11:59 pm PST on Saturday, January 29th. I'll draw a random winner and post their name on Sunday, Jan. 30th. International entries welcome. Good luck!

For more incredible book recommendations, check out what my fellow Bookanistas are buzzing about today:



Katie Anderson raves about THE LIAR SOCIETY

Christine Fonseca applauds Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Signed Book Giveaway

Carrie Harris celebrates THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE

Jen Hayley lauds DELIRIUM

Shelli Johannes-Wells  gives a shoutout to IN LOVE WITH HARLEQUIN

Elana Johnson  recommends Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS with Giveaway

Jessi Kirby admires MATCHED

Myra McEntire gives some cover love for THE LIAR SOCIETY

Carolina Valdez Miller salutes XVI with Signed Book Giveaway

Megan Miranda gives some love to ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

Lisa and Laura Roecker happy dance for Beth Revis

Shana Silver cheers for HERE LIES BRIDGET

Scott Tracey acclaims DIVERGENT

Bethany Wiggins praises Michelle McLean's HOMEWORK HELPERS: TERM PAPERS AND ESSAYS

119 comments:

  1. Ohhh, this book sounds like something I'd love to read! Witty and funny lines are something I love in a book and you also mentioned one of my fav shows, Veronica Mars, which makes me think this book should be really good!
    So, I'm entering from Italy and i'll keep my finger crossed

    aliasgirl[at]libero[dot]it

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  2. I read the query for this in Elana Johnson's From the Query to the Call and was totally intrigued. I can't wait to read this and would love to win.

    BTW, I hope you got some sleep last night.

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  3. OMG! I want it! I want it! Me me ME!:) Sounds just awesome. Can't wait to read it and L&L are rock stars in my book.

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  4. I love Lisa and Laura! They are hilarious, candid, and generous. I'm really excited for their book, however I can get my hands on it :) Thanks for the great contest, Shannon!

    Marissa
    graffkidlit at gmail dot com

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  5. Ever since I first heard of the book, I have wanted to read it. Thanks a lot for the giveaway! :)

    Misha
    mishamary@gmail.com

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  6. I can't believe you are separating with the arc! Thanks! I also have been waiting for a while to read this!

    laurapauling@yahoo.com

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  7. Is yours the one with the other cover? The weird lime and pink?

    This black one with the fabulous pink haired be-pearled detective is so much cooler. I'll tell you what I told LiLa: Kate would be totally hawt here if she wasn't, yaknow, jail bait.

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  8. VERONICA MARS, how I miss you!! Maybe an ARC of LiLa's detective will help me recover...

    Msbrebner@gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  9. The absence of Veronica Mars left a void in your life, too??

    It was a sad day when I turned the tv on to watch that show and it was gone. :(

    *crosses fingers for the win!*

    Spunky detective girls are AWESOME!

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  10. Cannot. Pass this up. Commenting... when should be asleep!

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  11. Okay if it's comparable to Veronica Mars then I MUST own it! This is already on me and the cuzzes list for the Debut Author Challenge, so it would be even BETTER to win it from you and read it early :) Thanks for the contest!

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  12. I've been so waiting to read this as well! Those sister crack me up, so I don't doubt that their books is funny. *fingers crossed that I'm finally picked!*

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  13. Okay, you hooked me once you said: Veronica Mars. I need this ARC like now. :)

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  14. I'd love to play please. Already following your blog :D

    lesly7ch(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  15. +JMJ+

    Hey, Shannon! =D I'm doing a one-woman reading challenge I like to call "Young Detectives", and this sounds like a really great mystery to add to my list. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!

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  16. THANK YOU so much for this, Shannon. You seriously made our day/week/month--you're awesome.

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  17. Oh! Oh! (Waving hand in the air) I SOOO want to read this one, too! Pink hair? Pearls? Mystery? Laughter? RIGHT up my alley. And LiLa totally rock! Fingers crossed . . . .. .

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  18. OMGOMGOMGOMG I LOVE THAT COVER! I've been waiting to see what it would look like, and it's fantastic! Oh man, I need this one even more than I thought I did haha. And I LOVE Veronica Mars, so I'm super excited to see something with that same spunk. Ah! :D

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  19. I want! Thanks for sharing your precious ARC with a fellow reader. :)

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  20. That cover rocks. I love the pink hair. And if it has even a pinch of Veronica Mars I'm game!

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  21. Commenting! I'm so excited for this book. I can't wait to read it.

    I also miss Veronica Mars, but I must admit I was not a fan of season 3...did I just ruin my chances of winning this ARC? LOL

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  22. Excuse me, I have to jump up and down and shout, "Me! Pick me!" Would so love to win this one. Hilarious, filled with suspense and rivals Veronica Mars? *jumps up and down*

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  23. Outside of me showing up on their doorstep (don't put it past me, they are only across town)and demanding a copy, or fighting over one with our local book club, I fear I will not see this book before it's release. So please, pretty please? With sugar on top?

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  24. I've been as eager to read this one as ATU and Possession! I love the cover, too and how could it not be awesome when LiLa wrote it!!! :-)

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  25. Veronica Mars, how I love thee...

    Cannot. Wait. To read THE LIAR SOCIETY!! My void needs to be filled, too ;)

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  26. You had to do it didn't you!? This one is by far one of my most desired!!!!

    Please enter me in your lovely contest :o)

    Visit My Kingdom Anytime

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  27. I WANT I WANT I WANT. :)

    Hope life is good, Shannon.
    Love,
    Lola

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  28. Want want want want want, want want want want want.

    :D

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  29. I love the sound of this book and the cover is just yum. Who doesn't love a pink-haired heroine? :D

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  30. I am pretty sure I read one of LiLa's early query attempts over on Query Tracker and fell in love then. I've been desperate to read it ever since! Thank you for parting with your precious, I can't imagine how difficult it must be :)

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  31. Love the pink hair and why didn't I notice the pearls before? Thanks for pointing them out. Pink hair AND pearls? Of course I want to read it more now! Fingers crossed :)

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  32. Oh, this sounds like fun! I'd love to win this!

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  33. Pink hair is my new favourite thing. True story.
    This book's been on my list for a while!

    And I have heard so many things about Veronica Mars, that this cinches it. I'm watching this show, or I'll die trying. If I can't manage it after a desperately dramatic statement like that, then what good am I? ;)

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  34. It sounds really good, I would love to read it. I am a gfc follower.
    debbie
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  35. Oh my...yes please!!! Thanks, Shannon!

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  36. Awww, I love this review. I love hilarious one liners. I feel so bad commenting, lol. I really want to read this, but if you want to keep your precious, you should keep it!

    I must say, you are mighty generous. :)

    -Lena
    addicted2novels(at)gmail(dot)com

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  37. I would love anything that is remotely like Veronica Mars!
    lexie.bookbug(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  38. Lucky, lucky you getting to read it already! I can't wait to read it! I love how you described it as hilarious but full of heart. Like LiLa!

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  39. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  40. The Veronica Mars void still hadn't been filled for me. so I hope I win! book sounds awesome.

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  41. Oh, fun! I love the Lila, I can't wait to read it!

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  42. I am one of the few guys who will admit loving Veronica Mars. I own the DVD's. I miss that show and Veronica's spunky snarky comments that made people think. I am saddened that Hollywood has failed to use Kristen Bell's talent to the fullest in other movies and tv shows. She was my hero as a PI.
    Funny Stuff I Write

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  43. I would love to win this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    minas_1989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  44. Can't wait to finally meet Kate "in person"! Love the cover. Count me in for the giveaway, Shannon!

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  45. Aww, this is an awesome review and makes me want to read this even more! (If that's possible) I've been expecting this book to be fun because, come on, it's LiLa! The cover pretty much clinched that expectation. What's more fun than pink hair and attitude? But to know that it's also full of heart and a real emotional journey for the heroine makes me all the more eager to read this book.

    Enter me in your contest, please. You know I follow you everywhere, Shannon. I mean, your blog. I follow your blog. :p I swear I'm not creepy.

    Happy Thursday! And congrats to Beth!!

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  46. You had me a Veronica Mars. Count me in!

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  47. I think LiLa's hilarious, so I'm def. going to snap up the book when it's out. But OMG AN ARC, you mean I can READ IT NOW?! I applaud you for letting it go. I know I'd want to keep it too. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  48. Can't wait to read this one! LiLa indeed does rock! Woo hoo! Throw me in the mix to win. :)
    Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

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  49. It sounds great! Pick me!

    darlyn225 at gmail dot com

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  50. WANT. THIS. BOOK.

    Please and thank you.

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  51. The girls have such a great blog personality, I can only imagine the epic amount of awesome and cheekiness waiting in this book. You are the best parting with this gem, woman! THE BEST!

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  52. Love this cover! And can't wait to read the book. Seriously, pink hair, plaid skirt, snarky detectives...you really can't go wrong.

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  53. I've never heard of this book so thanks for bringing it to my attention. It sounds really awesome and the fact that you really don't want to give it away makes me want it all the more *smiles slyly* hehe. Thank you for the giveaway:)

    holz_twilight@msn.com

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  54. I just started watching Veronica Mars on dvd and LOVE it!! *curses Netflix for only sending 3 discs at a time...* So - if The Liar Society will fill the void I'll ineveitably have... I want it! Count me it, please? So generous of you ~ :) Thanks!

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  55. Shannon, you really need to stop being so generous and having these giveaways!!!! Ugh, I want them ALL!!!

    That is all.
    ;)

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  56. Man I miss Veronica Mars, it is one of my fave shows :(
    The book sounds awesome though!

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  57. Pick me! Pick me! (Please....)

    I adore LiLa too. I've been following them since 2009 too. They are adorable! I can't wait for Liar Society to come out!

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  58. I've been wanting to read this ever since I saw a review of it a couple of weeks ago, so thank you for deciding to part with it.

    And thanks for the review!

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  59. I have heard good things about this book!! Thanks for being sweet and giving away your ARC!

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  60. I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinberry12 at charter dot net

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  61. Just read through all of these amazing comments and I'm crying. CRYING. You guys are all AMAZING. Seriously can't thank you enough for all of your support. We are so lucky to have met so many incredible people throughout this crazy journey.

    XOXO,
    The LiLa

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  62. Count me in please:)
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  63. I wantssss it bad!!!!

    From one Lila stalker to another, was there ever any doubt of it's awesomeness?lol

    Can't wait to read it.

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  64. OH it looks so good!!!

    (Never saw Veronica Mars. Good then?)

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  65. Aw this one sounds like so much fun! Great to have a mystery with some humor :D And that cover has lots of attitude!

    tapestrybookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  66. EEE!!! Want! Please, please?! EEEEEE!

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  67. I want one sooooo bad! :)

    oceanbreeze235(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. I love the cover. I really want to read this, it sounds fantastic.

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  69. Can't wait to post my review on it! I'll be giving away my ARC next week as well *sniff* But it only seems fitting to pass it on, yeah?

    Great review, Shannon! My sentiments exactly. Minus Veronica Mars which I never watched.

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  70. Ohhh, I cannot WAIT to read this!! Great review!!

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  71. I've been waiting to read this book. Can't wait. I can't wait to read yours either, Shannon. Now hussle!

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  72. (1) I love Nancy Drew. I wanted to be her when I grew up, or a Hardy boy. (2) I cried with you when Veronica Mars was cancelled. I will have to put this one on my list of must reads. Thanks for the review!

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  73. Can't wait to read this one when it comes out <3 their blog is hysterical, and I love the cover! Great review :)

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  74. I think I aged twenty-years in the time it took me to scroll to the bottom of the comments!

    I love this cover! Want!

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  75. I already wanted to read the book, but you added in Veronica Mars, and I was SOLD. Now, I must read it.

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  76. This arc looks so good!!! I'd love to win. Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Thank you for giving away your precioussssss. I too read this query in "From the Query to the Call," and thought it sounded fantastic. The query was awesomeness incorporated.

    Hope you're having a good week, with compromised principles and all.

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  78. I want to read this so bad!! And the fact that you say it fills the Veronica Mars void - I NEED IT!!! I'm a huge VMars fan, so do I get extra brownie points toward winning??

    Great post and thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

    hanging.by.a.moment_@hotmail.com

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  79. WANT...WANT !!

    uniquas at ymail dot com

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  80. I would love to read this! I am a follower
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

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  81. Cannot. Wait. For. This. Book!!!!!

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  82. Since I follow the Roecker sisters too, it's not a surprise that their book is hilarious. I can't wait for The Liar Society to come out. Thanks so much for giving up your precious ARC!

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  83. I read the first chapter online last week and I loved it! I also kept reading their query from Query Tracker over and over while trying to write my own : P

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  84. Fabulous! :crosses fingers:

    Vivien
    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

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  85. Awesome! I'm obsessed with the cover, and can't wait for the release! Thanks for the giveaway of awesomeness. (Well, if Shannon is anywhere near it, how can a giveaway--or anything else for that matter--NOT be completely awesomeness?)
    rivkarno1(at)hotmail(dot)com
    I shalz be winnery

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  86. OMG, one min. to gop to the deadline!!! I sooooo want to read this ARC. And I promise to "pay it forward" and give it away to someone else, after talking up the book on my blog!

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  87. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    twigerina[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  88. I love Lisa and Laura! They are hilarious, candid, and generous. I'm really excited for their book, I SO WANT THIS ARC!! Thanks for the great contest`

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  89. opps forgot email on the post
    thank you so much

    khyla_808ATyahooDOTcom

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  90. Rahchelle:
    awesome giveaway count me in

    rahchelle_808ATyahooDOTcom

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  91. How come I haven't heard aboutt his Bookanista until now? Seriosuly it's sounds ike an exculsive group of aweomse ppl... I can't wait for The Liar Society especially after having Lila's as two of my Debutantes!

    callmeghostgirl@yahoo.com.au

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  92. awesome giveaway. fingers crossed^_^

    dontu_alex@yahoo.com

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  93. I wasn't sure about this one but I like the idea of laugh out loud funny and goodness knows when it will be coming to the UK so please count me in! Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

    Lynsey(AT)narrativelyspeaking(DOT)com

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  94. Cannot. Wait. To. Read. This. Book.

    It feels like it's taking foreeeeeeever to come out!

    Love girl detectives, love the premise, love their blog, love the cover, love everything. Hurry up, release day!

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  95. Can't believe I almost missed this!! I'm in! I'm in!! I want that book. So happy for the sisters. Now, I'm wondering if they'll dye their hair pink????

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  96. I must gets me one. Pick me. PICK ME!

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  97. Hooray! Can I possibly be 1 of 104???

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  98. This book sounds great, and I'm definitely up for finding a patch for the hole in my heart left by Veronica Mars... I just did a post about it this past Monday... how's that for random??

    http://kristincreative.blogspot.com/2011/01/veronica-mars-monday.html

    kristinrae023(at)gmail.com

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  99. I seriously can't wait to read this book. :) I've been following LiLa for awhile now, and I'm incredibly excited!! :D

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  100. This kind of sounds a lot like Pretty Little Liars. I loved that series so hopefully I will love this book as well. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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  101. Oh my, the cover is really cool. Though I haven't heard of this book before, I'm now absolutely convinced of its awesomeness and I'm sure I have to have it. (Yes, your protectiveness of it did the trick.) Thank you for the recommendation! :)

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  102. I only found out about this book like a week ago but because of all the great things I've read about it. I can't wait to read it :P
    I love funny, witty and heartfelt books so this sounds perfect for me

    Thank you for sharing your preciousss!

    entrelibros_blog at hotmail.com

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  103. I think that cover is wonderful and im a huge fan of veronica mars, it was one of the most original shows that was funny, and cool. veronica mars rocks!!!! i too wished it would not have been cancelled, kristen bell totally won us over, she was amazing and the show was pure awesome. tahnks so much for this veru cool book giveaway, im very excited to read it!!!!

    Lasha
    arudd908 at gmail dot com

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  104. If I won, I'd take good care of your PRECIOUS and read it then pass it on to a friend who would take good care of your PRECIOUS also!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

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  105. I would love to win this. It sounds awesome!

    spav05(at)gmail(dot)com

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  106. Ooh, an addictive read, sign me up. The Liar society sounds like an excellent read, thanks for the great contest.
    Thanks for the great non-spoiler review. ^_^

    hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

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  107. This sounds really good, and the cover is so cute! Thanks for the giveaway!

    ren.myshelf [at] gmail [dot] com

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  108. This book sounds awesome. and it will be if it is a fraction as funny as they are on their blog!

    a_readers_adventure at yahoo dot com

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  109. My oh my this book sounds amazing!
    And the cover officially has me planning my 2011 Halloween costume because who wouldn't want to dress like that?
    And as for Veronica Mars, I'm still in mourning too. They took it away the same year as Gilmore Girls! Who's evil enough to do that?

    I'm not sure if the contest is still going on, but I'd love to win this ARC :)

    beckster4491 at aol dot com

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  110. thank you! this book is really high on my wish list :D

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  111. This book sounds great. I can't wait until it's released.

    I'm a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

    bdecouverte@gmail.com

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  112. I'm a follower!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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