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League of Liars

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Solid fantasy intrigues but gets melodramatic.

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This is a solid fantasy that does some things well, but too often it gets bogged down in awkward melodrama. League of Liars' interesting blend of mystery, courtroom drama, prison escape, cover-ups, and dark magic works well together in this not-too-big fantasy realm that's similar enough to our own world to be easy to understand. Wise-cracking teens add some humor, and the characters develop well along with the plot. Some of the twists and turns are easy to see, but there are a few surprises too.

The writing really spells out events and character's realizations very clearly, which can help younger readers follow along. Older readers may feel like it's too much hand-holding. Odd moments of melodrama stand out against otherwise fairly straightforward, modern-sounding descriptions and dialogue. The ending is a cliffhanger that will leave fans hoping for another installment.

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