10.02.2011

Killer review -- Sara Shepard

Title: KillerAuthor: Sara Shepard
Pages: 321
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: July 1st, 2009
Format: paperback

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.

Review

Sara Shepard definitely knows how to end a book and make you crave its sequel. KILLER definitely has a killer ending -- no pun intended. I literally can't wait until HEARTLESS.

Sara Shepard writes very twisted and riveting plots that you can't ignore. At this point in the series, after writing 5 other books, she's a pro -- her writing is fair (nothing special, but there's nothing wrong with it), her characters are -- kind of -- deep, with real-person problems and real-person concerns, and her plots are intense and gripping. I'm kind of curious whether or not Rosewood is a real town. (Upon Googling, it, I've learned that it is not a real town.)

In KILLER, Spencer becomes convinced she is adopted and searches for her real mother. Hanna is trying to stay on top of the high-school food chain -- and Kate is in her way. Aria is dating a special someone and is becoming concerned about his past. Emily's going pretty far with her boyfriend -- maybe even a little too far. The four girls' lives are pretty killer, but when things get twisted, they're going to have to work together to figure some things out . . .

I have to say, Killer is my second favorite Pretty Little Liars novel so far, only behind Unbelievable, which just reeked of awesome so much, it will be hard to be beaten. I don't know if you can tell, but my thoughts are very incoherent because I REALLY want to start HEARTLESS, so if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to go do that.

-H

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