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Why do I blog about Books?
I blog about books because books are always in my head. The characters and plots follow me around and I spend so much time reading it's just always so fun to share with the world!
Pretty Little Liars
by Sara Shepard
Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.
I found that Shepard's writing was very detailed, and she knew her characters. However, the plot of the book was not fully resolved (to be continued over the series) and that is not something that I like to read in mysteries. Well, I wouldn't have minded if there was an ongoing mystery and the book had it's own plot, which I didn't find here.
Spencer to me seemed shallow. She regretted her actions after thinking of them from another persons viewpoint, which I think she should have done in the first place. Her desire to beat her sister, while typical in a sister-sister relationship, seemed a bit not realistic in this setting.
Emily is my favorite character. She is also the only one that goes through any noticeable growth or serious internal confusion. She seemed to be the most realistic girl in the book.
Aria came off as cocky, and instead of working on personal growth, she was convinced that when coming back from Iceland she could be a "new Aria" which is entirely immature. While the things she did may have seemed grownup, I found that Aria was very childish at heart.
Hanna is probably my least favorite character. She was entirely pissed off at her dead best friend for not being able to see how awesome she was now? Hanna was prissy and girly, had a new mean best friend, and wasn't very nice herself. Her relationship in the book was awkward and felt so planned; of course it just happened to be the boy that she'd always crushed on. She was cliché.
While I'm always in for a good mystery, whether the books or the T.V. show, this first book was more of a soap opera than anything else. I was entirely not impressed.