If you see this post, then yay, it went up as scheduled. If not, well then, I’ll worry bout that when I return from New Zealand on the 9th I guess.
!! potential spoilers ahead. read at your own risk !!
(Liar, Liar #1)
by L.A. Cotton
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: 22 November 2016
For eighteen-year-old Becca Torrence, the chance to finish high school in a new town, where no one knows her or the secrets of that night, should be a dream come true. But when the first day of school rolls around, something is wrong.
Instead of being greeted with warm smiles and reassuring hellos, Becca finds herself on the receiving end of icy stares and cruel whispers. Putting it down to her status as an outsider, she holds her head high, because they can’t know.
Determined to make her new life in Credence work, Becca is willing to do whatever it takes to fit in. Even if it means losing herself in the process.
A white lie can save you … Too many lies will break you.
Eighteen-year-old Becca Torrence left behind her old life in Montecito and moved three-hundred miles upstate to Credence for a fresh start. Her parents left behind their life of luxury, country clubs and yacht parties, and so, she is determined to make sure she completes senior year without any incidents. She covers up the truth with lies and tries to fit in, even if it means being a completely new person. But what truly awaits her at Credence? Will she find friendship and love or simply more lies?
I didn’t like Becca at first because she was so sheltered, so naïve. She thought that since she was part of the popular crowd in her previous school, she came up with Plan A: attempt to fit in with the popular crowd. Movies and books have shown me that situations like this usually have two outcomes―they either hit it off really well from the get-go or… they don’t―and in here, it’s the latter. As I read on, her likability didn’t really increase but I felt kinda… sad for her. All she wanted was to forget about her past, get a fresh start, and fit in, but the students of Credence High aren’t exactly the most welcoming bunch.
A girl barely recognizable stared back at me, but maybe this was a good thing.
A new look for a new Becca.
Maybe this girl would stand a better chance at fitting in.
And so, she came up with Plan B: leave the “old Becca” behind, which I didn’t fully agree with* but I understood her reasoning for doing so. Her old life of riches is one that will certainly stand out in a small town like Credence where it appears that most of the students face some sort of family or financial problems. Revealing her family’s financial status will drive a wedge further into just how different she is from the other students at Credence High.
*you know, the whole “Like me for who I am, not who you want me to ” philosophy
However, she does have one redeeming quality, and that is her fighting spirit. She held her head high, pushing through the insults and rumours spread about her. Her motivation lies in the fact that her parents have sacrificed much for her, forgoing their luxurious lifestyle and friends so that she could finish senior year with a fresh start, and she wants to repay them but making Credence work out.
I was done caring.
Ami Walters had cared and look where it got her.
Credence was my home now, and I wasn’t letting anything chase me away.
As expected, there is quite some drama, but unlike other books involving high school and lies, I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t like it either. Maybe it’s because I still don’t understand why Kendall (aka Credence High’s Queen Bee) is set on ruining Becca’s life. Is it a tradition for her to chase every single transfer student out of the town? Or does she simply envy Becca’s financial status?
But unexpectedly, the romance between Becca and Evan has really grown on me. Evan’s what we would classify as a “bad boy”, which made me groan when I first read about him but reading on, I found many qualities of his worth swooning over. For one, he drives an Impala. Granted it might not be a 1967 Impala but it’s close enough. He’s also fiercely loyal towards those he care about. Although there are several short sex scenes, they weren’t added in just for the sake of being there but rather, Becca and Evan did it so that they could lose themselves in the pleasure and forget about all their worries.
Liar Liar ends on a cliffhanger which just raises more questions on what was the incident that led to Becca moving to Credence and what else are lies, and what are not.
Contemporary romance and romantic suspense
… written with feeling
L.A is an author of contemporary romance novels ranging from sweet with just a hint of steam, to suspenseful reads full of angst, tension, twists and turns. Home is a small town in the middle of England where she currently juggles being a full-time mum to two little people with writing. In her spare time (and when she’s not camped out in front of the laptop) you’ll most likely find L. A immersed in a book, escaping the chaos that is life.