Author: Sara Shepard
Release Date: July 2011
Published By: HarperTeen
Goodreads Rating: 4.15 stars
Review: The Pretty Little Liars series continues as the four girls' secrets pile up. Aria's suspicious of the exchange student staying with her boyfriend, Emily will do anything for a swimming scholarship, Spencer's getting along a bit too well with her soon-to-be stepbrother, and Hanna could ruin her dad's career as a senator. And their worst secret of all is what they did last spring break. They all desperately try to hide their dirty laundry, but A always has a way to air it.
I've always been a big fan of Pretty Little Liars, but I have to say that I was a bit disappointed when I learned there was going to be a ninth book. In my opinion, this is one of those series that runs a huge risk of dragging on too long, and I felt like the plot was getting rather unbelievable in the later books as it was. Although I enjoyed TWISTED, I did feel that this was the case here because the series has a whole is simply just going on too long and the plot's getting too stretched.
That said, this book is still packed full of the familiar elements from the previous PLL books. There are twists and turns in almost every chapter, and my attention was held tightly from beginning to end. However, this just didn't have the same addicting quality that the first eight books had, and the last page didn't give me the same cliffhanger punch I was used to from the earlier ones.
I want to emphasize that I still very much liked TWISTED and read through it rapidly. I just feel that the series is going on too long and the plots are becomingly increasingly contrived. The guilty-pleasure-feel is gone, making me wish that Sara Shepard just stuck to the original eight books. Still, this novel held my interest and I will be picking up the tenth book when it comes out.
I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher. This is no way affected my review.