Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Review of Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars #10)

For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania—and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They’ve lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it’s not over yet.
Aria’s love life is on the fritz. Emily’s exploring her wild side. Hanna’s kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer’s past—someone she never thought she’d see again—is back to haunt her.
But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It’s their darkest secret yet and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what’s coming to them.

[from Goodreads]

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

The title of Sara Shepard's 10th Pretty Little Liars book is Ruthless--and wow, are they ever!! Aria, Emily, Hanna, Spencer, A and a few other people have their claws out for this one!

As I noted in my review for Twisted, the Pretty Little Liars series is getting darker. The girls have moved from innocent mistakes and embarrassing scenarios to murder and false incrimination. And they still haven't learned to keep their mouths shut (Hanna, I'm looking at you) or who to trust (Emily, Aria...) or to stop getting themselves into trouble (Spencer!). But while I wish the girls would grow up a little and start acting like the high school seniors they're supposed to me, I was still flipping pages pretty quickly in my eagerness to discover more clues about the New A's identity. Sara Shepard may write some crazy, soap-opera-worthy plot lines, but she's also really good at getting and keeping my attention. I appreciated that she delved into how the girls were dealing with the infamy of their saga, as well as their guilt over what happened in Jamaica. In addition to brutal self-preservation, the girls are starting to show a sense of responsibility.

Similar to the format of the earlier books, Ruthless unveils the Pretty Little Liars' dirty little secrets and placing them not just at the mercy of A but of their own paranoia as well. In this installment, especially, the girls do a spectacular job of weaving their own tangled webs. Ruthless aims both to entertain and intrigue, ambitions it fulfills with ease.

Title:  Ruthless (Pretty Little Liars #10)
Author:  Sara Shepard
Genre:   Fiction - Contemporary
Year:   2011
Book Source:  Received for review from HarperTeen

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