Saturday, June 30, 2012
Pretty Little Secrets By Sara Shepard...
Published: January 3rd 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
Rating: 4 stars
Age Recommendation: -
Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about. . . .
Fat snowflakes fall onto manicured lawns, quilted stockings hang over marble fireplaces, and everyone is at peace, especially Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer. Now that Alison’s murderer is in jail and A is dead, they can finally relax. Little do they know there’s a new A in town. . . .
Rule number one of being an effective stalker: Get to know your prey. So I watch these liars day and night, keeping an eye on the trouble they get into, the messes they make, and the secrets they keep. Hanna’s desperate for a very personal session with her gym trainer. Emily is number one on Santa’s naughty list. Aria’s old flame from Iceland is about to land her in hot water. And Spencer’s resorting to some backhanded tactics to get what she wants.
What happens on holiday break stays on holiday break—right? But guess what. I saw. And now I’m telling.
Taking place between "Unbelievable" and "Wicked," "Pretty Little Secrets" is a very special "Pretty Little Liars" tale revealing the liars’ never-before-seen misadventures over their junior-year winter break.
I have to admit when I first sat down to read this book I went into it with pretty low expectations because I really have not liked the last two books in the "Pretty Little Liars" series and I went into this book expecting much of the same, but I was pleasantly suprised.
The plot. I found myself really likeing the plot (though I think it had a lot to do with the structure of the book). I thought that the story flowed a whole lot better than the main books in the series because each of the girls had their own short story but they all seemed to inter-twine rather than having each of the girls have their own chapters throughout the book to tell their story, and I liked that a lot better. Now onto the plot itself. I thought that the girls stories were a lot more interesting in this book than in the two previous books and it actually had plot twists! which I have missed in the last two books.
The characters. I liked how because of the short stories I got to focus just on one of the girls and see how they grew throughout their story and how they overcame their obsticles throughout the book. Though I didn't feel that their was much character devlopment throughout the book I definitely did see the girls grow in their stories and I found that I liked the girls a lot more than I did.
Overall I really did enjoy reading this book. I don't feel that the plot lines is back to the standard of what they were with the first seven books in the series, but this book has given me new hope for the series and even though this book was written before "Stunning" (which I didn't like) I am now excited to see what happens in the 12th and final book.