Author: Sara Shepard
# of Pages: 338 (Hardcover)
Challenge: 2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
Rating: 4.5 stars
It's springtime in suburban Rosewood, which means iced soy lattes, fresh manicures in shimmering pastels—and prom. But while everyone else is flipping through the racks at Saks in search of the perfect dress, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria are on a different kind of hunt: They're looking for A. . . .
Hanna puts her campaign for prom queen on the back burner to volunteer at the burn clinic, where one of A's victims is recovering. Emily digs into Ali's past at the mental hospital with some very crazy consequences. Spencer contacts a private eye to help her stalk her stalker. But when their sessions get a little too private, they may forget to keep their eyes on A. . . . And Aria's worried that A is even closer than she thought. When her dark secret from Iceland finally comes to light, she discovers that maybe, just maybe, the one person she's been trying to hide the truth from has known all along.
The liars are finally taking the fight to A. But no matter what they do, A's always one step ahead, ready to crush the girls completely.
To be perfectly honest, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. Since book eight, the original final book in the PLL series, I have not found any of the following books particularly gripping or attention-holding. Thankfully, Crushed exceeded my expectations and fulfilled both of these qualities.
This installment of the PLL series was full of unexpected twists and turns. The series is definitely taking on a darker, scarier feel. A's threats are becoming more serious. Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily are frantically trying to discover A's identity to stop all the madness once and for all. And the ending…whoa, so shocking.
Overall, Crushed was a great read. Though there were a couple predictable things that happened, it was a major step up from the last couple books in the series.