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Monday, October 24, 2011

Wanted (PLL #8) by Sara Shepard

Publication Date: 6-8-2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 272
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library

Goodreads Summary:

In Rosewood, majestic estates sprawl for acres, and Tiffany toggle bracelets dangle from every girl's wrist. But not all that glitters is gold, and the town harbors secrets darker than anyone could imagine—like the truth about what really happened the night Alison DiLaurentis went missing. . . .
Back in middle school, Ali plucked Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer from obscurity and turned them into the beautiful, popular girls everyone wanted to be. Ali was the best friend they ever had. But she also made them do terrible things and taunted them with their worst secrets. Now, three years later, all their questions about Ali have finally been answered and they can put this awful chapter of their lives behind them. Or so they think.
Not every story has a happy ending, especially when four pretty little liars have done so many wicked things. In the dramatic conclusion of Sara Shepard's bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer could get everything they've ever wanted—unless A has one more horrifying twist in store. 
Can I just say "WTF?!".  Those are about the only words I can use to sum up this latest installment of the Pretty Little Liars series.  I mean...wow, just wow.  To top it all off...this was expected to be the conclusion of the series.  As we all know, there are more books after this one!!  So...that leaves me wondering where we will go from here?  What does Shepard have up her sleeve to throw at us next? 

Emily, Hanna, Aria and Spencer are in for even more terrifying and weird surprises in this supposedly "last" novel of the series.  Shepard did an amazing job stringing us and her characters along.  I felt like I knew each of her characters and felt for them when they went through tough times.  The situations they were put into were crazy, juicy, and heart-breaking all at the same time.  These girls were put through the ringer, but they always came out ahead.  The plot twist in this final book was just crazy.  It wasn't anything like I expected, and every time I thought I had it all figured out  I was wrong.  The ending completely blew me away!  I wouldn't have suspected that's what would happen.  I basically sat in my living room reading this book and wouldn't put it down for HOURS until I had finally finished it.  It was just crazy.

There were points in this series that left me a little bothered at the end.  There were situations that weren't wrapped up nicely in a neat little bow, but rather just forgotten about.  I have a feeling that is why Shepard was able to pick it back up and come up with more juiciness for us all.  I can't wait to pick up #9 in the series from the library, but I can't imagine what Shepard will do to top this latest novel.  I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't picked it up yet, so all I can really say is READ IT!  You will be completely floored by the mysterious ending.  It was just...wow.

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