Release Date: March 24th, 2015
Genres: Mystery, YA
Goodreads | Purchase
It all starts with one little lie…
Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell lies to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts a business providing forged permission slips and cover stories for the students of Vista Palisades High. Liars, Inc. they call it. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?
When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.
Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.
Hey everyone! We’re totally stoked (sorry) to have Paula here on the blog today. You may remember The Art of Lainey, which Melanie and I (Celine) reviewed together and loved! You might be surprised because this is Halloween Week and The Art of Lainey was mostly cute and fluffy, but Paula actually has another book coming out next year that you may have heard of. I mean, I’ve been fangirling about that for a while now, because obviously it’s going to be amazing. Either way, I’m going to stop my rambling now and temporarily give the blog to Paula *bows*.
A Guest Post by Paula Stokes
Hi guys! So YA Midnight Reads invited me to be part of their Halloween event to promote LIARS, INC., my March 2015 murder mystery. LIARS isn’t a super-gory horror story, but it definitely has some heart-pounding moments, as well as dark, creepy scenes in cemeteries and secluded cabins. I think the scariest part of the book is probably how easy it might be to commit a crime and pin it on someone else. Either that or the reasoning behind how everything plays out. In the real world, people sometimes do bad things just because they’re on drugs or off their medication, but the killer in LIARS has Reasons, and even though I don’t condone this person’s actions, part of me kind of understands where they’re coming from.
Enough of my rambling 😉 Just in time for Halloween, the main characters of LIARS, INC. have joined me today to share their favorite scary movies. Watch at your own risk!
Age 18. Loner, slacker, surfer.
I don’t know. I find a lot of horror movies to be lame. The old school ones from the 80s are scary, but the bad hair and clothes make them feel cheesy. I think my favorite scary films are the ones that don’t take themselves too seriously, like SHAUN OF THE DEAD and ZOMBIELAND. Oh, and any of the Wayans brothers spoofs—those always make me laugh my ass off.
Age 18. Rich kid, running back, gambler.
My favorite scary movie is SAW. Not the more recent ones—those are weak—but the first couple. I like them because of the way the killer punishes shitty people who kind of deserve it, and how he always gives them a chance to save themselves, even though most of them aren’t brave enough to even try. I’m not exactly a saint myself, but I think I’ve got guts. Sometimes I wonder if I’m going to wake up in a horror movie someday.
Age 17. Newspaper columnist, martial artist, wannabe spy.
Two movies that scare the crap out of me are CANDYMAN and THE RING. I freak out during the ones where there’s a rule like “don’t do this thing or you’ll die.” I have what might be called “impulse control issues” and if you tell me not to watch a video or not to say “Candyman” three times while looking into a mirror, I’m going to obsess about it until I convince myself I have to do it. CANDYMAN is especially freaky with the fire and the voodoo stuff and that scene where she wakes up covered in someone else’s blood. *shudder* I need to go look at kitten pictures now.
Age 11. Fifth-grader, cupcake lover, TV watcher.
Okay, you are not allowed to tell my mom I’ve watched these movies, but my two favorites are SE7EN and THE BONE COLLECTOR. They’re both kind of old, but we don’t have cable so the only movies I get to see are ones my parents get from the library. Or sometimes stuff I can find for free on the internet. These are my favorites because they both focus heavily on forensics to solve the crimes. When I grow up, I’m going to be a forensic psychologist or a CSI tech.
What do you think? Do you agree with my characters’ picks? What are your must-see scary movies? Oh, and would you like to score an ARC of LIARS, INC. in your trick-or-treat bag this year? It’s way better than those crappy wrapped orange and black toffees or that little box of raisins you get from your vegan neighbor. Details below on how you can win. Happy haunted holidays!
1. YA Midnight Reads and Paula Stokes are not responsible for any lost items.
2. This giveaway is international.
3. No cheating! We will find out, and we will disqualify you.
4. The winner has 48 hours to respond once the email has been send.
Latest posts by Celine (see all)
- Review: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner - January 18, 2016
- Celine’s 2015 End of Year Survey - December 31, 2015
- Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy - September 7, 2015
- That Time I Reread the Entire Daughter of Smoke and Bone Series - August 26, 2015