Written by: Sara Shepard
Released: January 2009 by HarperTeen
Summary: In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie— and so do Rosewood’s four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna’s on a mission to corrupt Rosewood’s youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria’s snooping into her boyfriend’s past. Spencer’s stealing— from her family. And pure little Emily’s abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali’s killer was arrested and A’s true identity was finally revealed. But now there’s a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn
Well, I certainly have gotten behind in these books. In fact, I recently got the kick in the butt that I needed when it came to reading this series when my friend Monika, who, in two weeks, surpassed me in reading all eight books. And here I am only starting the seventh. At least I can take credit for turning her onto the books and the TV series (which I am greatly enjoying).
One thing that I hate about these books is how I can’t give anything away in a review for fear of spoiling the series for someone who hasn’t read the preceding books. So I’m going to choose my words carefully and try to review this one as best I can.
Basically the whole book can be summed up thusly; Oh my ever-loving god. Of course, if I were talking to someone about this I would more than likely use more colourful language (since I have a mouth worse than a sailor at times) and use a lot more words. I just can’t see where the author is going to take these poor unsuspecting girls next in their story-book (or would that be horror) lives. Just when I think that it’s going to be over, something else happens that turns all the ideas that I have right completely around.
Then there’s A. I don’t know who it is – the last time I had an inkling – but this time, nadda. I also don’t know if A is trying to help or hinder the girls and the investigation into Ali’s death. And Ali’s death, it comes to light that they still haven’t for sure decided whether or not it was her by comparing DNA, so I have even less of an idea what’s going on.
I really just, at this point, want this series to end only because I’m so curious and anxious to find out who A is, who killed Ali, and what the entire back-story is. I’m a ‘need to know’ person by nature and these books are killing me with their amazingness. I’m giving this book a 9/10, I’m already started reading the next book, and I can’t wait to see what happens!