Monday, June 21, 2010

Heartless (Pretty Little Liars #7) by Sara Shepard

Book:  Heartless (Pretty Little Liars #7)
Author:  Sara Shepard
Published:  January 19, 2010 from HarperTeen
My edition/number of pages:  HC/275

Age group:  Young adult
Source:  Bookstore
Series?:  Yes.  Seventh book.

The newest installment in Sara Shepard’s bestselling Pretty Little Liars series is packed with juicy drama and delicious surprises that will keep readers guessing to the very end.

Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer have been telling some outrageous tales; only, the proof always seems to go missing. The friends insist they’re telling the truth, but all of Rosewood thinks they’re just out for attention—and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after them, will anyone believe the girls. . . or will they be the next to disappear?

This review is going to be a little different than others just because the book is so far into the series.  People who haven’t read the series won’t be reading this review for obvious spoiler reasons.

The seventh book in the Pretty Little Liars series did not disappoint me in any way.  I have always been a huge fan of the series and the books just seem to keep getting better.  There is always mystery, romance, suspicion, betrayal, guilt, and so much more.  There is seriously never a boring moment in the books and that is why I love them so much.

The ending of the sixth book took me by surprise and shocked me.  The beginning of this one turned it all around.  I wasn’t sure how Sara Shepard was going to make it work but she did.  Also, A really messed up these girls’ heads in this book.  I could not even guess what A was going to think of next.  That is one crazy person and the girls kind of annoy me because they always fall for A’s lies.

The ending was unexpected and kind of abrupt but the final book in the series is out now so there will be no more guessing on who killed Ali and why they continue to torment the Pretty Little Liars.  I am starting it right now and I can’t wait until I have some free time to really get into it.

Overall, Heartless is another great addition to one of my favorite series.  I can’t recommend this series enough.  I even managed to get a couple of my friends to read it who don’t normally read books outside of school.  That should be recommendation enough.  =]

First line:  Ever have something really important just up and vanish without a trace?

Writing:  5

Characters:  5

Plot:  5

Ending:  5

Originality:  5

Overall:  25=A++

Cover:  4=B-

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5 Comments

  1. Sara

    Awesome review! I definitely agree with everything you said. Gosh I love this series. I can’t wait to read the last book and see how it all plays out 😀

  2. ♥ Lisa ♥

    Is this series as a whole enjoyable? Does it get too repetitive? I’ve started to watch the TV show and thoroughly enjoy but not sure if I wanted to dive into the book series.

  3. Cass

    @Lisa: Reading the books is well worth it. The whole thing just sucked me in, and I’m already on the 6th one (almost finished, should be done tomorrow, because I’m bombarded with exams this week and I’m not smart enough to invest more time studying and less time reading xD). Sometimes the narrative is a bit dopey, but it just works. Everything just works.

    Compelling stories, characters that seem to stick, interesting secrets+plots, nice writing and style. I wonder if Ms Shepard will ever release a whole series package.

    Even if you’re not into this sort of thing, like me, it’s just so addictive! Also, the books are playing out better than that TV show so far (I am LOVING the show, so that speaks volumes) 🙂
    I didn’t actually read the review. Obviously. I might read over the review once I’ve finished ‘Heartless’. I like the titles for the last ones. They sound more serious and ‘mystery’ than the firsts.

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