Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Review of Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9)

It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The Pretty Little Liars have more secrets than ever - twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.

Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship.

Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore … eventually.

[from Goodreads]

Rating:   2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience:  Contemporary YA readers
High point: The mysterious new A
Low point:  The change in character personalities
Reader maturity: 15+

It's no secret around my house that I'm addicted to the Pretty Little Liars tv show. I love it! It's so campy and melodramatic and the girls think they're so grown up...It's funny and mysterious and charming at the same time, a characteristic that it shares with its parent novel, Pretty Little Liars.

While a fantastic YA mystery novel, the girls in Twisted were lacking what little innocence they retained in Pretty Little Liars. It's obvious from the beginning (so I'm not spoiling anything) that they're hiding not only their personal secrets, but something worse than ever before. Their choices were so immature, especially given their ages, that I had a hard time feeling any sympathy for them.

BUT...these are the Pretty Little Liars we're talking about. They're not supposed to be grown up, mature, law-abiding citizens, so once I got over my irritation at their childishness, I fell headfirst into the campy drama that is Rosewood. And it was a lot of fun!

Twisted isn't so much of a whodunit as it is a what-was-done, and it was really nicely constructed. Things are revealed slowly, but the novel never drags. There's always some new drama or scandal to catch the reader's (and the girls') attention. I missed all the novels between the first and this one, but the author does a great job of filling in what the reader needs to know. I was...puzzled, due to the mysteries that follow Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily, but never confused.

In a nutshell, if you love the camp and melodrama that comprise the Pretty Little Liars television series and the books that spawned it, Twisted is a fun addition to the trend.

Title:  Twisted (Pretty Little Liars #9)
Author:  Sara Shepard
Genre:   Fiction - Contemporary
Year:   2011
Book Source:  Received for review from HarperTeen

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