Book Talk: Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Book Talk: Liars, Inc. by Paula StokesLiars, Inc. by Paula Stokes
Published by HarperTeen on April 2015
Genres: Contemporary YA, YA Mystery
Also by this author: Girl Against The Universe
Format: ARC
Source: For Review

I received this book for review consideration from the publisher. This in no way swayed my opinion of the book. Pinky swear!




Want an “at a glance” look at what I thought? Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought”



Max, his best friend Preston and his girlfriend Parvarti start this business (they call it Liars, Inc) of selling forged permission slips and tests and excuse notes to their classmates. Basically they provide students with cover stories and such. Business is going great and they are making lots of money until Preston asks Max for a cover story of his own to go meet a girl he met online and then nobody hears from him. Soon the police are looking for him and Max seems to be suspect #1.

a2HMM why don’t I read more mysteries?


I don’t often read a lot of mysteries but I do like them! Every time after I read one I wonder why I don’t read more of them. I love being kept on the edge of my seat and constantly guessing who did it or what is going on. It’s so fun! (I also really loved Nancy Drew and Clue as a kid). Liars, Inc. definitely kept me on my toes with its twists and turns. I guessed right quite a bit before it was revealed but I was impressed with the way the clues were laid out and loved waiting to see if my suspicions were right. It was definitely an explosive ending.

I seriously could not stop reading it. Paula Stokes hooked me from the beginning — like the first page which is always a welcome feeling to just feel like you are going headfirst right into the tangly web. And after that strong start I was just devouring it because I had to know what was going on. The circumstances were so fishy around Preston’s disappearance and it was so frustrating that it looked like Max was being framed. Every time something made him look like suspect #1 I was like just like NO NO NO. This story was full of tangled webs and lies. LOTS OF LIES. Lies that started everything, lies that keep it all going.

There was a romance in this book. It was important to the story but I can’t say I really had many feelings either way towards it. I was more interested in the twists and the turn which the romance did factor into it in ways.

Overall, I enjoyed the ride and the characters though, I feel like, because I’m such a character-driven reader that I never fall in love with mysteries or their characters as much as I do other kinds of books. That’s not to say in SOME mysteries I don’t but that always seems to be my deal with most. I think? But sometimes I also read mysteries for different reasons than I read other genres so that’s okay? Anyways, I will say I thought the characters to be very well written compared to a lot mysteries I read so YAY.


factors+ page-turning qualities, twists & turns, interesting plot
–  didn’t completely blow me away like I need to rate a mystery higher (I need complete mindfuckery for that)

Re-readability: No
Would I buy a copy for my collection? No, not personally because it’s not a favorite or one I would re-read. I tend to borrow rather than buy mysteries.

a5YA readers who like mysteries, people wanting a quick read that will be HARD to put down, readers who are newer to mysteries (I think if you read A LOT of them it’s not WOW enough to be honest), fans of Dangerous Girls looking for more like that (though I rated DG higher for sure)

a8Liars, Inc was a twisty, turny mystery that I gobbled right up. Intriguing premise and characters and full of tangled webs and lies. Reminded me how much I love reading mysteries!


Liars, Inc by Paula Stokes

a8j* Have you read this one? What did you think? Similar or different from me? I would LOVE to hear regardless!
*If you haven’t read it, does it feel like something you’d be into?

Did you guess what was going on (if talking spoilers, which I would LOVE to do with you, please mark them in the comments)?

What did you think of the whole Max and Parvarti situation?

Do you have any recs for good YA mysteries? The more crazy and twisty the better!



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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. I have seen this a lot around the book blogging world lately, it seems like a nice enjoyable read! I totally agree with you about how if you have read a lot of mysteries before, you don’t seem to get that ‘WOW’ factor.
    Definitely a book that I would like to read for myself.
    Happy Reading x

  2. Glad you liked it. I’m picky about mysteries, but when I find one that’s done how I like them, I’m HOOKED!! I need to read more YA mysteries… the problem is I feel like there aren’t enough of them!

  3. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one a lot! It was an absolute page turner, I couldn’t stop reading either!
    And I didn’t really guess the twist, although I was quite close in my suspicions!
    I love murder mysteries and I need more YA ones to read!

  4. I’ve seen Liars Inc. mentioned a lot in the blogging community, and I’m admittedly curious. Just like you, I adored Nancy Drew as a young girl – the mysteries were always so interesting and so fun to try and figure out! I think I might give Liars Inc a go, just because I’m curious to find out what really happened 🙂

  5. Have you read The Art of Secrets? It’s a good mystery that keeps you guessing!

  6. This sounds really interesting! I’m quite a fan of mysteries but I find none-YA ones kinda hard to digest for the most part. Thanks for the recommendation!

  7. I loved Liars, Inc! I predicted some of the twists and turns, but I didn’t get all of the details right in the ending.

    I feel the same way about the romance.

    Have you read The Secret of Lily Graves by Sarah Strohmeyer? That is a very twisty mystery! I also really liked The Perfectionists by Sara Shepherd!

  8. Like you, I liked this one but didn’t love it. I saw the ending coming a mile away, but I also thought the author was trying a bit too hard to completely blow readers minds with an amazing plot twist. I enjoyed it but could easily set it aside in favor of something better. Good, but definitely not great.

  9. I love mysteries, but I weirdly don’t read them much. It sounds like I’ll have to pick this one up when I want a quick read. Thanks for the review!

  10. This sounds like a fun read., I may have to add it to my TBR list. I never realize I like a good mystery until I’m actually reading one – which are few and far between. (The last one I read was TEN by Gretchen McNeil – great plot, mystery, and twists!).

    Great review!