Book Review – We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

We Were Liars is a 2014 young adult mystery thriller novel by E. Lockhart. The story follows Cadence Eastman, a teenage girl who is part of a large, wealthy, and influential family, the Sinclairs. She spends every idyllic summer on Beechwood Island, privately owned by her family and situated near Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, upon which her grandfather built homes for himself, all of his daughters, and their families to stay in. She would spend much of these summers with her cousins Johnny and Mirren and Johnny’s best friend Gat, who is invited to come along every year. Together, the four of them are known as the “Liars.” The summer of her fifteen year, Cady had a whirlwind romance with Gat, experiencing a sense of love that dulled the pain of her parents’ divorce.

However, that’s all Cady remembers of that summer. She had an accident, though she doesn’t remember the cause, and now she suffers from crippling migraines. Gat was nowhere to be seen as she recovered in hospital, none of her family wants to talk to her about what happened, and it’s been two years since she last visited the island. Relishing the chance to reconnect with her cousins and her beloved Gat, despite the pain of him disappearing on her, she is determined to find out what happened to her that fateful summer.Read More »

WWW Wednesday – February 16, 2022

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

The Last ContinentLast night I started reading The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett, the next Discworld book I need to read, though unfortunately I was far too tired and struggled to get a meaningful amount of pages into it. Nevertheless, the 20 or so pages that I did read introduced some unexpected stakes to this book, as the Librarian of the Unseen University is apparently deathly ill, with the other faculty members concerned that he is not long for this world. I’m assuming that this won’t be the end for the character, but I’m immediately intrigued about what could possibly be threatening his well-being in such a way. I was so sleepy while reading all this, however, that I think I’m going to have to go over it one more time before I move forward.


Recently Finished

We Were LiarsOver the weekend I surprisingly finished reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. I had a feeling it was going to be a fast read, but I didn’t expect how much I would power through it over those two days. Overall, I liked the book quite a bit. The characters and mystery kept me intrigued and there was an energy to the writing that kept me propelled through the narrative. As far as the twist is concerned, I wish I could say I was really surprised by it, but it was within a predictable ballpark. Credit where it’s due, however, I like how Lockhart seemed to commit to a certain aspect of it not being up to interpretation. I will try to get a review up of this fairly soon, but I’m a little behind at the moment, so it may be a bit before it gets up.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI also took some time to power through the rest of the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley yesterday, which I’m happy to have finally completed. It was a really enjoyable reread that reinvigorated my love for a story I hadn’t engaged with for over a decade. I haven’t got much more to say about it as a whole, except that I continue to appreciate how much more nuanced this book is than the film adaptation. The more I think about it, the film really doesn’t do it justice. Though stylized, it’s ultimately about relationships and growing up, especially the ways that we stumble and/or fail along the way. The film really did just adapt the style while leaving a lot of the substance behind.


Reading Next

My possibilities feel a lot more open now that I’ve finished up with Scott Pilgrim, since that was a much longer graphic novel than I usually pick up. I’ve still barely started The Last Continent, so I’m not in the mood to commit to a specific novel to read next just yet, but I will definitely start getting into more of my graphic novel selection soon. I actually just brought home a bunch of comic book issues from my parents’ house, many of which were left unread, so I might finally get around to some of them. We’ll have to see, as reading issue by issue wasn’t quite my cup of tea with physical comics.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.

WWW Wednesday – February 9, 2022

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

We Were LiarsLast night I finally started reading We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and I got to the end of the first section of the book. Picking up this book was more of a whim than is normal for me, so I was afraid I might immediately dislike it, but fortunately I’m pretty into it so far. It hadn’t really occurred to me before (or I’d forgotten) that this is a YA novel, and the writing certainly has a YA way about it, though I don’t mean that negatively. The first section was a lot of establishment, so I’m really intrigued to see what the advertised mystery and suspense will entail. So far we have the lead character having suffered injury under unusual circumstances, but that hasn’t developed into a full mystery just yet. I’m intrigued to see where things go.

I’m still in the middle of the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley too, and as this reread continues I feel like I have less to say about it. I’m much better appreciating how this story navigates the ups and downs and complications of relationships than I did the first time around, though.


Recently Finished

Thrawn TreasonOver the weekend I managed to finish up reading Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, finally capping off this trilogy among the new canon Star Wars books. I think I like this book about as much as the second book overall, but for different reasons. The story was a lot more solid all around, but it was also less interesting than some of the directions the previous book went in. I did really like the greater emphasis on strategy and engagements between capital ships, with a lot of focus on the command bridge, but it was a little stale at times too. It really is a shame that the Rebels TV show stops this story from going any further, because there are a lot of threads I’m really interested in seeing continued. Thrawn was so much more interesting as an anomaly within the Empire. Who knows, maybe things will continue in some form. I’ll try to have a full review up soon.


Reading Next

The Last ContinentI don’t know why I feel compelled to choose my next novel as soon as I’ve started a new one, but here we are. Since it’s technically a leftover from last year, grandfathered into one of this year’s lists, I’ve decided I will read The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett next, which continues the story of Rincewind after being accidentally transported to the Discworld’s version of Australia. It’s been a little while since I read Interesting Times, the previous book in this sub-series, and though Rincewind isn’t my favourite character, I am looking forward to seeing what he gets up to next.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.

WWW Wednesday – February 2, 2022

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Thrawn TreasonI’m still slowly making my way through Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn; I’m about 70% of the way through now, so hopefully I can get it finished by next week. As I was reading it last night, the thought occurred to me that this novel, perhaps this trilogy as well, is the most that Star Wars has felt like Star Trek for me, with a darker twist considering the nature of the Empire. It considers a lot of the crew dynamics on their Star Destroyer with their admiral, Thrawn, at the top, who inspires a lot of loyalty and is great at solving military problems. The focus is much more on the perspective of the command bridge as well and their solving of strategic dilemmas. I’m still waiting for one of these to really hook me though, as I’ve still not really felt like what they’re coming up against is truly a threat, even contained within these little skirmishes. I can’t deny that I’m enjoying it all the same, though.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI’m also still slowly making my way through the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley. I haven’t really got much more to say about it at the moment, except that I continue to be a little in awe of how much more in-depth the story is here vs. the film, the latter being what I honestly remember more than the first time I read the comics. The amount of time spent dwelling on Envy Adams, Scott’s ex, for example, was really surprising during my readings this past week. The book itself even breaks the forth wall about how much time it spends just at her concert. Scott continues to have many more redeeming qualities here compared to the film, where he honestly comes off a bit sociopathic rather than selfish and absentminded.


Recently Finished

When I Arrived at the CastleI decided that each of these weeks was starting to look far too much alike for my liking, so I decided to pick up a rather short graphic novel for a quick read last night. That book was When I Arrived at the Castle by Emily Carroll. The story is about an anthropomorphic cat-woman arriving at the castle of a deadly vampiric countess with the intention of killing her. The story is very folkloric rather than plot-heavy, leaving things a little more up to interpretation than I would prefer, but the gothic visual style and unsettling body horror are fantastically realized, blending violence and eroticism between the two central figures into something really compelling.


Reading Next

I still plan to start We Were Liars by E. Lockhart soon, and with any luck I will have started by next week. Since I’m getting this up so late today, I won’t agonize over what I might read next any further.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.

WWW Wednesday – January 26, 2022

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Thrawn TreasonI’m still in the middle of Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn,  just over halfway through in fact. I haven’t gotten any great amounts of reading time in the last week, but I have managed to chip away at it a little anyway. I’m finding that I’m enjoying it a lot as a comfort read, but at the moment I’m still really not sure what the core conflict of this book is. Their little skirmish with the Grysks is interesting, but they feel more like an obstacle than something the characters are sincerely struggle against. I suppose questions of treason will have to come into things, I’m just not entirely certain what that will be yet. Knowing Thrawn’s ultimate fate, I wonder what sort of balancing act that might entail or if he will betray his own people for the Empire. At any rate, I am enjoying this book for the writing and its characters, at least, but I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI’m slowly making my way through the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley, which continues to be a fun nostalgic romp. Although I knew how much longer the comics are than the movie, revisiting it is really highlighting just how truncated the film is. It works, but it really isn’t the ideal way to experience this story. I’m loving the slower moments and how they contrast with the over-the-top action and cartoony elements. I’m especially wondering this time around just how literal we’re meant to take the more absurd elements of the story too, though I’m sure I’m thinking about it too much. One shouldn’t always search for perfect sense, it can spoil the fun.


Recently Finished

Nothing, again! 💀


Reading Next

We Were LiarsI still plan to read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart next, but think that is still a way’s off since I’m only a little over halfway through Treason. In the meantime, I really ought to pick another graphic novel or something to stay on top of my reading challenge; I’m two books behind schedule already. I know that’s not the end of the world, but it feels like an inauspicious start to the year.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.

WWW Wednesday – January 19, 2022

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly book meme run by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. Check out her post and others over on her blog!

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

Thrawn TreasonSince last week I’ve gotten nearly another 100 pages into Thrawn: Treason by Timothy Zahn, and I continue to enjoy the book quite a bit. This trilogy has been great for presenting a more nuanced look at the Empire and its politics, especially the shades of grey that exist in this otherwise oppressive regime. The Grysks from the previous book are making a return as a threat to the Empire, and I’m really enjoying this look at other worlds and alien species being a more sizable external threat, rather than having the Empire grapple with rebels or outlaws, as they typically do. It’s almost a shame, knowing how Thrawn’s story ends (for the time being) on the Rebels TV series, because I would really like to see more of him thanks specifically to how he is depicted in these books.

Scott Pilgrim Color Edition Digital OmnibusI also finally started reading the Scott Pilgrim: Color Edition Digital Omnibus by Bryan Lee O’Malley, and goodness it is making me a little nostalgic for the 2000s. It’s also making me a little homesick, as I grew up in Toronto and haven’t been able to properly visit the downtown core since the pandemic started. Another surreal element is that Amazon is referred to as “that online bookstore.” That didn’t take long to drastically change, eh? When I first read this book I was younger than Scott, so reading it as a 30-year-old certainly colours things differently, though I like that it does do the work to make him sympathetic too. I’m really glad I finally started this, I’m really looking forward to continuing through it.


Recently Finished

Nothing! 💀


Reading Next

We Were LiarsI’ve finally cemented my reading challenges for the year, as outlined in my post from yesterday, so I’m now more confident thinking about what I want to be reading next. In that respect, I’ve decided to pull from my scrappy to-read list and read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart next. The only reason I picked this book up was some slight buzz I heard that there’s something messed up about the story. I expect I won’t be as phased as other people about it, but I’m open to being surprised. I won’t start it until I finish with Treason, but I expect I’ll be starting it relatively soon.

Until next week, thank you for reading! Feel free to share your own post down below.