This Is War

This Is War

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This is not a story of forgiveness... The mystery of their best friend's murder drives four girls to destroy the Gregory family. Emily Thorne would be proud. Everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club saw Willa Ames-Rowan climb into a boat with James Gregory, the Club's heir apparent. And everyone at Hawthorne Lake Country Club watched him return. Alone. They all know he killed her. But none of them will say a word. The Gregory family is very, very good at making problems go away. Enter the W.A.R.--the war to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan. Four girls. Four very different motives for justice and revenge, and only one rule: destroy the Gregory family at any more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 276 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 27.94mm | 385.55g
  • Soho Teen
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 161695261X
  • 9781616952617
  • 1,336,175

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Praise for "This Is W.A.R." -Teen Vogue Hottest YA Books Pick- "This action-packed pageturner has it all: romance, friendship, and a twisted mystery that kept us on the edge of our seats until the last page." "--Justine""Magazine " "With twists and turns on just about every page, "This Is W.A.R." will have you on the edge of your seat, guessing until the very end. It's the YA mystery I've been waiting for." --Liz Norris, author of "Unraveling" "["This Is W.A.R." explores] important questions about money, power and privilege." "--Kirkus Reviews" ""This Is W.A.R." was an exciting read with perfect proportions of dark secrets and light humor.... Take a break from balmy beach romances and give this mystery a try!" "I was hooked and kept reading--needing to know more about each girl and their secrets." --Girls in the Stacks "I was so engrossed I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." "--"Luna's Little Library "These two authors have created characters that rhyme. That fit together. These four girls are so different, yet, you could see them as best friends anytime. The action in this book drowned you in it, you get immersed in the story and you just don't want to let go." "--"Insomnia of Books "One of my favorite reads so far this year. "This Is W.A.R." by Lisa and Laura Roecker will knock your socks off!" --Elena Johnson, author of the "Possession "series ""This Is W.A.R. "sidestepped several cliches, both by flipping them and by embracing them, and I loved the way the story unfolded, slowly revealing more secrets than just what was going on with the Gregorys... I stand with Willa and all the other women like her. All the women--and men--who are victims of people rich enough to buy silence, people who manipulate the truth and poison justice." --Kirkus Book Report "A fun mystery.... the spotlight shining on the lifestyle and problems of the rich and famous (or just the rich) makes for enjoyable reading. Is justice that different for the extremely wealthy? Read this novel and think about it." "--The Examiner" "The plot and pacing were spot on--keeping me turning the pages and racing through the novel in only two sittings. Definitely give this one a read!" --Bookanista "I adored this book. It was a great heart pounding mystery that had me hooked from the very first page." --Rachel Reads ""This Is W.A.R." is yet another fast-paced novel by Lisa and Laura Roecker shrouded in mystery and suspense... an addictive mystery full of lies, dirty money, and a truth just begging to get to the surface." --Our Thoughts Precisley "Murder? Vigilante justice? Innocence lost? Battles won? Destruction on the horizon? Yup, must read it." --Literary Me Praise for Lisa and Laura Roecker "The authors create lively and memorable characters and keep the action moving."--"Publishers Weekly" "A smartly paced and plotted first novel, full of twists, clues, and sleuthing. Add this to your go-to list of mysteries, and expect readers to clamor for a follow-up to this sister duo's first novel."--"Booklist" "A book for mystery lovers everywhere. The Roecker sisters' debut will suck you in and leave readers hanging until the very end. Danger and thrills, romance and horror will keep you entertained. A great read for a rainy day."--RT Book Reviews ""The Liar Society" is full of boarding school awesome, secret societies, and misunderstood hot teen boys. It takes a very unique plot for me to enjoy a contemporary YA and "The Liar Society" has unique coming out of the author's little pink brains."--Bookaliciousshow more

About Lisa Roecker

Lisa and Laura Roecker are sisters-turned-writing partners with a passion for good books, pop culture, and Bravo programming. Not necessarily in that order. A prepubescent obsession with Lois Duncan and their mother's insistence that they read "Men Are Just Desserts" inspired "This is WAR." The sisters live in Cleveland, Ohio, in separate residences. Their husbands wouldn't agree to a duplex. Cyberstalking is always encouraged at and @landlroecker on more

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Soho Teen and Edelweiss.) The body of Willa Ames Rowan has just been dragged from the lake, after a boating trip gone wrong. People are saying that her death was an accident, but her sister Marge, her friends Sloane and Lina, and an employee's daughter from the country club - Rose, know that it was no accident. Willa was killed by the James Gregory, his brother Trip helped cover it up, and their grandfather threw money at the problem to make it go away. Marge, Rose, Sloane, and Lina make a pact though - to bring the Gregory boys to justice, and to make sure that everyone knows just how dirty the Gregory's really are. Who really killed Willa though? How can the girls ever get proof of what happened? And how will they get their revenge? This was an interesting murder-mystery story that reminded me of a cross between 'John Tucker Must Die' and 'Pretty Little Liars'. The four girls in this story had two reasons for trying to get even with the Gregory's - 1, because they believed that James had killed Willa, and 2, because they were sick of the Gregory's getting away with whatever they wanted just because they were rich. I totally got why the girls did what they did, and I also felt their frustration that justice wouldn't be served just because the Gregory's had money, and paid their way out of their problems. I also got their frustration when everything they did to try and dirty the boy's reputation or to get them disinherited failed miserably. I liked the storyline in this book, and it was pretty frustrating to see the Gregory boys getting away with murder. The storyline reminded me of a cross between 'John Tucker Must Die' - with the girls plotting revenge, and 'Pretty Little Liars' - with the mystery of who really killed Willa? Strangely enough, some of the girl's plans in this story even mimicked those in - 'John Tucker Must Die', such as dosing the boys with hormone pills to make them grow breasts. I think the best part of this book for me was the mystery over who really killed Willa, which wasn't revealed until the end. As it turned out things didn't happen exactly as I expected, but the real events weren't far off what we were told to assume at the beginning of the book. I did like the fact that we got a view of the murder from Willa's point of view at the end though. The ending was quite interesting actually, but did seem to go against everything that the girls had been working on. It was like they were made to see things from a certain point of view, and to stop their efforts to bring the killer to justice, even when they had solid proof of who killed Willa! Bit of an odd one, but it did fit with the theme of 'money talks'. Overall; an interesting YA murder mystery - think 'John Tucker Must Die' meets 'Pretty Little Liars'. 7 out of more
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