Saturday, January 28, 2012

READING: Ruthless by Sara Shepard

Ruthless by Sara Shepard

Publication date: December 6th, 2011
Published by: HarperTeen
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Rating: 4/5
For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania—and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They’ve lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it’s not over yet.

Aria’s love life is on the fritz. Emily’s exploring her wild side. Hanna’s kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer’s past—someone she never thought she’d see again—is back to haunt her.

But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It’s their darkest secret yet and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what’s coming to them.
Ruthless was a good, fun, quick read, but there were some things in there that pissed the hell out of me!
I'm gonna comment on each girl's story separately:

Spencer: Well, that was surprising. And somewhat convenient. Just when Spencer's character was stuck in a rut, something bad she did from the past resurfaces to haunt her. And when I say bad, I mean way bad. Nothing the old Spencer we know and love would ever do. Alas, she did, and now she has to face the consequences. Along with Emily, poor girl, and Hanna.

Emily: Her story is connected to Spencer's. I like how one story line connects the three girls, even if Hanna and Emily have no idea about each other's roles in it. Emily I think is the most tragic character in the books. She is so kind and good in the point of pure stupidity, that everyone takes advantage of her and I can't but feel sorry for her. Let's not forget that her parents still have no idea she had a baby and her sister…well, she was not as accommodating as Emily would have wanted. She somehow always manages to be in the middle of a mess which she didn't make and has no idea how she got into. This time, love tricked her once again. She fell in love with a girl she shouldn't have (I guess she hasn't learned anything about her experience with Ali) and paid the price.

Hanna: Not much happening Hanna-wise in Ruthless. She is still trying to find herself after her break up with Mike and she is doesn't waste any time. She gets herself a new, sizzling hot boyfriend that nobody can know about. However, when Kate(step-sister from hell), points out something is completely off about Hanna's new bf, they team up (shocker!) to teach him a lesson. I have no idea if Kate is playing her or if she's genuinely trying to help her. Kate's offer of truce happens close to the end of the book so there's no way I could further gauge any reaction from her. That's what I wanna see most in book #11, Hanna and Kate as a team. Awesomeness!!

Aria: Still frustrated about Aria's chapters. And it's almost been two months now!
Everyone who is a PLL fan knows that there has been a lot of talk of Ezra's return. It's true. Gorgeous, sophisticated Ezra did return. Only to have his character utterly destroyed! Shepard transformed Ezra in this obnoxious, demanding guy who would make out with the first girl he sees, which is so unbelievable it sounds ridiculous. For me, Aria wasn't all sweet and innocent either. She talks big about changing her life and leaving Rosewood with someone she loves and all that romantic crap she thinks about constantly, but when push comes to shove and she has to decide, she backs away. That's no one's fault but her own. Anyway, I don't care about Aria. I care about Ezra and his character who was decimated in Ruthless. It was totally uncalled for and I hated it. I will just pretend Ezra is still in NY and never returned to Rosewood. Or was he in Philly? Whatever, I'll just pretend he never appeared in Ruthless. Period.

Book #11, Stunning, comes out June 1st. Hope it's about Tabitha, because the way Ruthless ends, it leaves the girls no other choice.
Plus, its the basic arch story so…
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