Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vicious by Sara Shepard

Book: Vicious (Pretty Little Liars #16)
Author: Sara Shepard
# of Pages: 338 (hardcover)
Challenge: 2015 TBR Reading Pile Challenge
Rating: 4.5 stars

Goodreads Summary:
In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they've been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word "liar," no one believes you're telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear--but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she'll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic--something that will change her friends' lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.

My Thoughts:

In this final installment of the Pretty Little Liars series, Sara Shepard takes us on an emotional roller coaster as Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer are tried for murder. The girls are horrified of the impending prospect of a life term in jail and are determined to prove their innocence. In doing so, they do some pretty unexpected things.

Shock, a couple "aww" moments, even more "Ugh, why did you do that?!" moments, and a jaw-dropping yet impressive twist made this book a satisfying conclusion to the PLL series. I have to admit though that I was expecting this book to be darker, creepier, like the final book in Shepard's The Lying Game series.

I know a lot of people complained about how this series was extended from 8 books to 16, but I really enjoyed the series watching the characters grow and relationships form. So I am kind of sad that the series is over. True some of the books were better than others, but I've grown to love these characters. And I'm glad I stuck with the series to the end.

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