Wicked review -- Sara Shepard

Title: Wicked
Author: Sara Shepard
Pages: 310
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 1st 2008
Format: paperback

In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, where Burberry earmuffs keep diamond-studded ears warm, four very pretty girls have done some very wicked things. . . .
High school juniors Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria have paid dearly for their sins. A stalker named "A" terrorized them for months and revealed their darkest secrets. But now that A's true identity has been revealed, the girls can finally go back to their pretty little lives.
Only, once a pretty little liar, always a pretty little liar—and these girls just can't help but be bad. Hanna will do anything to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer starts stealing . . . from her parents. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men.
As the secrets get darker and the scandals juicier, the consequences turn deadly. After all, girls who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And in Rosewood, someone is always watching. . . .


The Pretty Little Liars series is definitely a guilty pleasure -- the characters aren't deep, the writing isn't anything special, yet there's something there underneath it all that just draws you back and makes you want to keep reading -- no, it makes you need to keep reading. I think it's the high-octane, thrilling plot that makes me addicted to the books, but I can't know for sure. All I do know for sure is there is something there. There's an A in my brain making me want to read on and find out what happens next.

In WICKED, the fifth out of twelve Pretty Little Liars books, the girls have finally figured out what happened to Ali, actually more like who happened to Ali, and they've figured out who A was. When WICKED starts, you soon find out that things aren't always as they seem, and before you know it, the mysterious and vindictive A returns to the stage. Spencer is having problems with life after what happened in UNBELIEVABLE, when (highlight the text to read it) she admitted to having stolen her winning Golden Orchid essay from her sister, Melissa. Hanna is trying her hardest to truly become popular, and she'll get rid of anything or anyone in her way; she might even make a new addition to her posse (*cough cough* *ahem* Kate *cough*). Emily is falling for someone, and this time, it's a boy. Aria's mom found someone on Match.com, and Aria definitely approves . . . maybe even a little bit too much. To be honest, these four girls' lives are becoming even more twisted and crazy than ever before.

I have to say that at this point, my favorite of the liars is Emily. She seems to be the most sincere and outspoken of the girls, and I connect with her the most. Hanna's driven to be popular and she's taken a twisted and dangerous route to fame. Hanna really bothered me in WICKED. In previous books, I really connected with her, but it seems she's taken a dangerous route, and I'm not as happy with her as I have been in the past. Aria  is having yet more problems with adults, and she's probably having the most problems out of all the girls. Spencer is definitely the most unlucky of them all, and the reason why is something you'll find when you start reading.

In WICKED, the action dies down a little bit, but as is the norm with Shepard's books, once you hit the end, you're in for the thrill of your life. Get used to the high-action that starts from the first book, because once you start, there's no stopping. There are a lot of flashbacks in the text to moments when Ali was alive. None of them are random, of course; they're all on par with whatever's going on. Overall, Sara Shepard blew me away yet again with WICKED; I'm counting down the minutes until I can begin KILLER, book six.

Four-and-a-Half Owls

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