Saturday, June 26, 2010

[Review] Killer (#6 of PLL series) by Sara Shepard

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Review - Killer by Sara Shepard (#6 of PLL series)
Oh boy, this book took so long to finish. Not because it was boring or anything-- I just had a busy packed week, full of blood, sweat and tears (in the literal sense) and finished it all this morning snuggled up in bed.
*There are spoilers in this post, so if you have not read it already DO NOT READ AHEAD!

In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie—and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing—from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence. The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

So, what do we have here? "Killer" is a book that shot me with surprises, twists and turns-- I felt about as lost (but getting closer to the truth) as the girls. I felt that their own story lines weren't too interesting- they were good, yes, but not AMAZING. My favourites for this one were Emily's and Spencer's. Emily is engaged in a relationship with a guy, Isaac who, unlike Ben (the boyfriend we meet Emily with), provided her with comfort and someone who would actually care for her. They lose their virginity to one another, and his mum finds out (or just really hates all his girlfriends), and so she plots to destroy their relationship. Spencer has more family problems, and with the aid of Andrew, she signs up to an "adopted children's" thing in the hopes that she is adopted. Unfortunately for her, in the end she's scammed off all her bank funds and left feeling used and lost.
What really gave me that satisfied feeling towards this book was the clever tying together of everything that has happened up until now. The little clues they all found out, and then they come together and everything just fits. We are left to wonder whether "A" is ally or foe. The end was astonishing. I had dismissed *** dead quite a while ago, so I was completely shocked. Shepard ends each book with great cliffhangers that leaves readers wanting more. I can't wait to read the final two installments of the series, but at the same time I'm sad that there are only two more left. I also am worried. Is the ending going to be satisfying enough for me to continue loving the series as a whole?

Rating: 4/5

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