Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, #1)
By Sara Shepard
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books, 2006
304 pages, Kindle Edition
Date Finished: 7/3/2010
Genres: Chick Literature, Realistic Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult, Coming of Age

First Line of Book: "Imagine it's a couple of years ago, the summer between seventh and eighth grade."

Review: I started this series at the beginning of July because of the new TV series on ABC Family (check it out, Tuesdays at 7pm CST!). So far, the TV show is great, but back to the book:

Sara Shepard's done an awesome job to start off the series. This book was a good series opener. Thrilling, some action, and a little bit of romance. :).

There are four main characters. Actually five ... if you count the dead girl.

~Aria: She's just come back from Iceland for a year, and she has to get used to Rosewood again. On her first night back, she's started an affair with a surprising figure.

~Emily: She's a swimmer, and that's basically her life. It's what her parents expect her to do. But when the new girl moves into Alison's old house, her parents don't want her hanging out with her at all.

~Spencer: The smartest female at Rosewood Day. She's always battling it out with her sister, the nefarious Melissa, for the higher seat of honor. But then Melissa brings home her fiance. And the wall goes tumbling down.

~Hanna: She used to be a fat, unwanted dork. Now she and her best friend have changed themselves dramatically, and their the it girls at school. But she can't stay at the top if everyone finds out she's getting busted around every corner.

~Alison: She's dead. The last time any of her BFFs saw her was the last day of school. They were out in Spencer's barn, having their first welcome-summer sleepover. Now, she reappears after having "disappeared," in the backyard of her house ... buried under concrete.

The four still-living girls all have secrets to hide, and let me tell you, they're very juicy. And someone knows everything. Someone named "A." And they're threatening to tell everything to everyone in Rosewood. But who is "A"?

To make a long story short for eager readers, if you're either watching the new TV series, or you're into drama-filled Chick-Lit Mystery books, this is the book (and series) for you. Not only does Shepard keep you intrigued, always trying to figure out who "A" is, but she's made everything happen and everyone say something in such the perfect moments that the storyline isn't off-key at all. Every little word of the book had to have been paid close attention to so that everything would make sense in the end. A great read, and def a good mystery. :). I can't wait to find out who "A" is. Could it be you?

Quotes from the Book:
"She tossed the key ring next to the car. It hit the pavement hard, and the alarm started wailing again.
Hanna quickly bent down and hit the deactivate button. The alarm stopped. 'Does it have to be so loud?' she complained.
'Totally.' Mona put her sunglasses back on. 'Sean's dad should really get that fixed.' "
"In tandem, the girls read their texts out loud. Each said the exact same thing:
I'm still here, b--ches. And I know everything. ---A"

--Zakiya, the walking butterfly


Kate said...

I loved the review Z! Great job! :) Have you been watching the show? I have the book and I'm going to start it soon but I have been watching and loving the show.

Zakiya LadyWings said...

Yes, I'm loving the TV series as well! It's a really good thing that I was able to convinve myself to read the series while I watch it. The books are great, and even though I know 3 books worth of what's going to happen, the t.v. show is so thrilling! :D. Glad you liked the review, and thanks.

Ginny said...

Love. Your. Review!! Great one! Now I really can't wait to read the books!!

Jen the bibliophile said...

I've been a bit curious of these books ever since I saw a commercial for the tv series. I'm not really into this type of TV, but the book series sounds very interesting.

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Anonymous said...

i totally love the last sentence "could it be you?" im curious. great review! ive to read this, like, REALLY HAVE TO

Anonymous said...

just got this book on my kindle and i can't wait to start reading!

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