Tuesday, July 12, 2011

READING: Twisted by Sara Shepard

Twisted by Sara Shepard

Publication date: July 5th, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Rating: 5/5
It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The Pretty Little Liars have more secrets than ever - twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship.

Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore … eventually.
Can I just say how much I love the Pretty Little Liars series? And how sad I was when I thought book 8 was the end? Fortunately, Shepard decided to write at least 4 more books in the series and after reading #9 Twisted, I am so glad she did!!
It's really great when you love a series and you read book 9 and you find out it's as good as the first books, maybe even better! Shepard has managed to do that, with a story that at first glance seemed to have a 3, 4 books-expiration date. 

Now that finally the Rosewood killer has been exposed, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily finally feel free to have fun and just relax in beautiful Jamaica. Fast forward almost a year later, things are not what they used to be. New characters are introduced who have already started to shake up the girls' lives. A new family is staying at the Cavanaugh's old house. And the girls have a secret so big, that even their friendship can't survive it. 

Amazingly mysterious and suspenseful, Twisted could not be a better start to the new 4-book addition. I loved the new characters, from the sleazy photographer, the pervert dad, the out of bounds step-brother, to the hot Finnish vixen, they were all great and fit perfectly in Rosewood and the girls' lives. Also in Twisted there were times that I literally heard my jaw dropping. I mean, Emily?Damn girl!What have you done this past year?Unreal!
Even though I thought girls' Jamaican secret was not really a secret- it was pretty apparent what went down,at least to me- it doesn't take away from the story at all.

I don't care if the new 4 book thing happened because the show is successful or because of whatever reason. As long as the following books in the series are as good as Twisted, I'm a happy camper :D
For those of you who regard book #8 as the last book in the series and have vowed to never read Twisted, please please reconsider!You won't regret it!

*So sorry for the tiny review. Book #9 - anything I say is pretty much a spoiler at this point.
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