(Pretty Little Liars, #4.5)
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Hardcover: 450 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Mystery
Read it in: 4 days
Challenge: TBR Pile
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Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about. . . .First off, I'd like to be honest and say that I'm really struggling with this review. I'm not completely sure how I feel about it. I love this series, but this one was my least favorite out of the other four that I've read. But, you know, it's kind of a set up novel. This is supposed to be read after Unbelievable--the fourth book in the series--and then be followed with Wicked. It's just a set up to fill you in on the things in between those times. Even though it was written AFTER these books.
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.
Thought it's not my favorite, it was still enjoyable to read. I flew through it, I probably would have finished on the second day reading it if I weren't in the middle of spring cleaning. Shepard's writing style and voice just makes you fly through without realizing it. Plus, all the drama in the girls' lives, oh my God!
I just can't believe all the situations they get themselves in. It's crazy! I can't wait to read Wicked. I'm glad this came out right before I was going to read it. I started this series late, after falling in love with the show, so this one came out just in time. =)
This book is told in different stories. It's not just a chapter for each character every now and again, if that makes sense. It's a whole story for each liar: Hanna, Emily, Aria & Spencer. I can't figure out which story was my favorite. I'm thinking Spencer's, but not sure. They were all filled with an interesting tidbit!
Overall, I don't want to go into too much detail because I know if I do, I'm going to burst with spoilers. Just so much in these stories that I was just like "Oh my God, are you kidding me?!". I'm definitely going to get Wicked soon so I can go back to it being a little creepy, because A wasn't in this book much. I mean, she was there, but not really active. If you know what I mean. And I enjoy it when she's sending all kinds of messages. Also, this book is during their winter break! So it was fun to see them each in their own little heavens/hells for Christmas and New Years. =) I recommend it if you like the series, but it's not absolutely necessary.
The fifth book in the series is called Wicked. It was released on November 25, 2008.
Read my reviews for the rest of the series: