Thursday, January 10, 2013

Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard

Book: Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars #4.5)
Author: Sara Shepard
# of Pages: 447 (Hardcover)
Rating: 3.5 stars

From Goodreads:
Rewind to junior year in Rosewood, Pennsylvania, to a winter break no one has ever heard about. . . .

Fat snowflakes fall onto manicured lawns, quilted stockings hang over marble fireplaces, and everyone is at peace, especially Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer. Now that Alison’s murderer is in jail and A is dead, they can finally relax. Little do they know there’s a new A in town. . . .

Rule number one of being an effective stalker: Get to know your prey. So I watch these liars day and night, keeping an eye on the trouble they get into, the messes they make, and the secrets they keep. Hanna’s desperate for a very personal session with her gym trainer. Emily is number one on Santa’s naughty list. Aria’s old flame from Iceland is about to land her in hot water. And Spencer’s resorting to some backhanded tactics to get what she wants.

What happens on holiday break stays on holiday break—right? But guess what. I saw. And now I’m telling.

Taking place between "Unbelievable" and "Wicked," "Pretty Little Secrets" is a very special "Pretty Little Liars" tale revealing the liars’ never-before-seen misadventures over their junior-year winter break.(

My Thoughts:
This book has four short stories, one each for Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. They take place during winter break or rather between books 4 and 5 of the PLL series. Although each story was interesting, the only one that stood out to me was Aria's.

All four girls does something bad. Yet, I do not remember any of their wrongdoings mentioned in the books that followed. There are also new and fascinating characters that are introduced and I'm wondering if any of them are going to reappear in the future.

Overall, the short stories were very intriguing, but I do not really see how they add to the plot of the PLL story unless they are somehow going to tie into the last couple books of the series.

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