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Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars #4.5)

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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 tow
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Kindle Edition, 469 pages
Published January 3rd 2012 by HarperTeen
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Chule You can read it either before or after Ruthless. As long as you have read Unbelievable (#4) you can read it at any time, no matter where you're in the…moreYou can read it either before or after Ruthless. As long as you have read Unbelievable (#4) you can read it at any time, no matter where you're in the story.(less)
Kelly I read it after Unbelievable. You don't necessarily have to read it to keep to the series I don't think, its more of like a side thing. I would read…moreI read it after Unbelievable. You don't necessarily have to read it to keep to the series I don't think, its more of like a side thing. I would read it. If I were you read it , it has a lot of interesting stuff in it, that I didn't know from seeing the tv series. It's amazing! (less)
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Elisa
Sara Shepard has run out of ideas. Pretty Little Secrets is not exciting at all. It should really have been published after Unbelievable not after Ruthless.

Hanna's story: So unbelievably pointless and stupid. She just flirted with a guy that went for somebody else. How is that in any way scandalous?

Emily's story: Boring but a little bit more interesting than Hanna's. It's so stupid how Emily's just sent off to spy on some girls that are stealing stuff.

Aria's story: More far-fetched and surpris
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Courtney
Jun 05, 2012 Courtney rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I took a very long break from the PLL series. However, I started this when a friend loaned it to me. I haven't read past the book 'Wicked', but this book sucked me in.

Hanna's story, as always, was witty, fun, fast paced, and depressing. Why must every single new character be as much as a bitch as all the other ones? Sometimes I wish one of the PLL would just met someone friendly and nice. But then again, if any of the girls were happy, it wouldn't be PLL at all. Sara Shepard seems to like to tor
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Sydney Chapters
If you are reading this series back-to-back, I wouldn't recommend reading this book because it doesn't really add anything to the story. I am rereading this series so that I can continue with the newer books so this book helped refreshed my mind a little (I tend to get the tv show and the books mixed up).

I enjoyed all the girls POVs (Spencer's was the best) but I didn't find myself enjoying this book as much as the others in the series because there was no A (well there was but not known to the
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Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
At A Glance

Genre:
Young Adult; Mystery
Love Triangle/Insta Love?: Insta like GAG!
Cliff Hanger: Nope.
Rating: 2.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover:
8
Plot: 5
Characters: 5
World Building: 6
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: 1
Writing: 7
Ending: n/a

Total: 3

In Depth

Best Part:
None of the above.
Worst Part: Pointless stories.
Overall Feels Felt: Bored; Shut up!; That's what you get!

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
yes
Recommending: nooooooooooooo
Misc.:

Short Review: Well since i read all 16 books, i figured i should
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Rosie M.
I wish she just finished the series already. I mean, the first four books--A's revealed, her killer is revealed, alrighty then let's go on with our lives. Nope! Another four books! Sure, I guess we could use some more closure I guess. So then, the next A is revealed, throw in a new crazy twist and character, etc. etc. and now it should be officially over. It has to be. But no, it's not. I feel like she's just doing it for the money now. And it makes me kind of sad because Pretty Little Liars act ...more
Amrin
Oct 15, 2012 Amrin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, first of all I love the PLL books and the show. I couldn’t wait for the long breaks between the seasons so I decided to read the books and they are great although different from the show. So far Iv'e read the first 8 and decided I would go for pretty little secrets instead of twisted. This is as I thought, or hoped that there would be some intense and shocking secrets come to light. Also as its from A's point of view and takes place between Unbelievable and Wicked.
I won't go into too much de
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Geraldine O'Hagan
Sep 23, 2015 Geraldine O'Hagan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Ashley
Jan 11, 2016 Ashley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Another stupid filler book about the same four stupid girls. What else is new?
Octavia
May 02, 2016 Octavia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
This book was one of the most boring, laughable, stupid, and incredibly offensive books I've ever read.

Hannah's Story: Stupid. I read all 16 main books, but this is the one where I really started thinking about how stupid Hannah is, and man oh man is she an idiot. There is not one smart decision made by Hannah during any of her story. Frankly, her decision making skills insult the human race.

Emily's Story: Laughable. Her story was the least annoying of the four, but it was still pretty bad. I ha
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Paula  Phillips
Mar 01, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Stephanie
I liked this book but didn't love it. It wasn't as good as the rest of the books, which is why I gave it 4 Lily Pads. I still enjoyed it though, I love this series :)
☣Lynn☣
Jan 21, 2015 ☣Lynn☣ rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a waste. Didn't really find out anything new.
Nicole *`((O_O))`*
It will be fun to learn about every girls' secrets!!!!

For Hanna, I don't feeling like it is right that Hanna's story is finish because there is little missing plot!!! I mean, she did made a call for AminoSpa and tell them that she is Dinah. Also, it have send to Dinah of 100 AminoSpa to sell in one month to earn money or pay it back to AminoSpa for not selling it. However, it didn't said anything about Dinah after she got 100 AminoSpa box. I want to know what Dinah's react when she saw box with
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Emily Benoit
Mar 13, 2012 Emily Benoit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Concept/Ideas: 3.5./5
Storyline(s)/Plot(s):
Hanna: 4/5
Emily: 2/5
Aria: 4/5
Spencer: 2/5

Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5 stars

I really enjoyed this one... I thought it was a nice touch to the series, and I like that it was centered around the Christmas holiday. The only thing that irritated me, was that it took place between Unbelievable and Wicked, which takes you way back. In a way, it was nice because it explained a lot of things that happened in the future books, but it also
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Michael
May 28, 2012 Michael rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: don-t-judge-me
Pretty Little Liars - among so many other YA series that I unabashedly read - have become one of those series that I automatically purchase every time a new installment comes out - usually the day it's released. It took me quite a while to buy Pretty Little Secrets, though, because it seemed like a really awkward add-on to the series: the tenth book was recently released, but this novel takes place between the fourth and fifth ones and revolves around the "scandalous" (I use that term loosely) e ...more
Olivia
Apr 29, 2012 Olivia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Little Secrets tells the stories of the four girls during their Christmas break. This book is supposed to take place between Unbelievable and Wicked. Judging by the summary, I thought that this book was going to be told from A.'s point of view. Meaning we would actually get inside Alison's head. However, that was not the case. Anybody can read this book, as long as they have finished the first four books in the series.

This book was a nice addition to the series. I adore the Pretty Little
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Charlynn
May 16, 2012 Charlynn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Little Secrets was more than just a little disappointment. Taking place during the winter break between the end of Mona's reign of terror and the beginning of Alison's, the book shows Hanna battling her body image issues yet again, Emily is desperate to replace Ali's friendship in her life, Aria puts herself in a vulnerable and dangerous position in her quest to feel needed and loved, and Spencer, true to form, competes with Melissa for the affections of a guy in order to mask the pain of ...more
Sarah
(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
This book contains 4 short stories – one about each of the pretty little liars.
Hanna – joins a fitness programme because she thinks the instructor is hot.
Emily – takes a job as Santa at a department store in order to spy on some girls who may have stolen one of her mother’s ornaments from the church.
Aria – accepts a marriage proposal from her Icelandic boyfriend and goes with him to Atlantic City to tie the knot.
Spencer – competes with her sister for a tennis
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Emily
Apr 16, 2013 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful. I tried reading this on vacation, but it wasn't even good enough to be a beach read. I loved the first 8 novels in the series, as well as the other add on Ali's Pretty Little Lies, but this was terrible.

Firstly, it's not a cohesive story like the other books - it's just four short stories, one for each girl. To be perfectly honest, I only got about two paragraphs into the second story (Emily's) before giving up entirely. Mrs. Fields signed Emily up to be an elf at Christmas? I'm sorry, n
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Semhal Hadgu
May 21, 2012 Semhal Hadgu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty Little Secrets, a novel written by Sara Shepard, is definitely a must-read if you are into suspense, secrets, mystery, and drama. However, I do suggest that you first become familiar with the Pretty Little Liars series before reading this novel. This novel is a small side-story that accompanies the Pretty Little Liars series. It takes place in the time period between the series' books Unbelievable and Wicked. Although it is not necessary to read Pretty Little Secrets to understand the plo ...more
Trisha
Dec 17, 2012 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this series is such a guilty pleasure of mine. I just love everyone one of them and am instantly sucked back in as soon as I open the book and start reading!

I love how easy it is to roll right back into this! You can read one book and then no matter what time passes, it's so easy to just pick up the next book and get going again! Sara Shepard is just seamless in her transition to each book with just enough back story to remind you what you may have forgotten but not so much that you are annoyed
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Bhavya Gupta
2.5 stars*

6 books after, if I have to rank the liars in order I like them, it would go somewhat like this (in increasing order) :
Hanna
Aria
Spencer
Emily

Also, what's the deal with Aminospa? :p
Isabella
Jul 16, 2015 Isabella rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015, mystery
I guess I should have read this book in between books 4 and 5 rather after I've finished the series but I still enjoyed it.

As usually Sara Shepard didn't fail to make thus a great book.

I like how there is a secret for each of them but I would have preferred it if they corespondent with each other more.
Davina Gadkar
Eh, not the best in the series. This book was a Christmas themed collection comprised of 4 short stories. It's basically what the liars did in their Christmas breaks. Obviously there's romance, lies, secrets, etc. I just felt that it lacked excitement and I could totally see the endings coming. They were very predictable. I feel like this book was just made as a fill-In so that the author could have more time writing her next book. It wasn't exciting. The so called 'secrets' in this book weren't ...more
Guillem Plà Quiles
Shepard. My pretty little Shepard. What happened? I'll start by explaining those two stars:

1. Sara Shepard still delivered a very well-written installment. Easy to read, as usual.
2. It's PLL. That should be enough.

NOW. Was this book really necessary? I had a completely different idea of what it would be about. I'm a little disappointed, to be honest. I love the characters, but I don't really care about anything that happened along these over 400 pages. I think Shepard just wrote this for pleasur
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Rose
Loved all the recounts of the liars' 'Holiday Mischief'. Check out my review of the series on my review pages of 'Vicious'.
Hayden
Jul 25, 2014 Hayden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It kinda sucks that I'm bad at gushing, because my mind while reading this was nothing but gushy thoughts. I mean, one of the girls gets married, for Pete's sake. (I know, right?) Am I the only one who found that a bit sudden?

Oh, well. Now onto the book itself. The thing that surprised me about Pretty Little Secrets was that Shepard had turned off the switching narratives, and we got a solid 110-120 pages of each girl by herself. It was weird to read this way, because at the end of each chapter,
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Kayla Ashley
I wanted to like this book. I really did. Unfortunately, this book just came across.... well, kind of pointless.

I've been a fan of Sara Shepard's Pretty Little Liar's series now for well over a year. I've read all ten books that are currently out, and plan on reading the last two despite my feelings for this one. I really enjoy reading them! Sure, they're not the best books or the most intellectually stimulating but they're fun, suspenseful, and a great guilty pleasure of mine!

When I first saw
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Becky Courage
May 01, 2013 Becky Courage rated it did not like it
This book was completely ridiculous and quite honestly stupid. It takes place after the identity of A has been revealed and Ali’s killer is in jail. The girls are on Winter break and don’t know about the new A watching them. The novel is written through the perspective of the new A, so we get story lines about the girls’ new secrets and learn about them without the A & murder mysteries. In my opinion, this book takes away from the awesomeness that is the PLL’s series. Do yourself a favor and ...more
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Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona. Sara's Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia's Main Line.
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“She felt like Lady in Lady and the Tramp, one of Hanna's favorite movies as a kid. When Jim Dear and Darling had a new baby, they kicked Lady to the curb. Except Hanna didn't even have a scruffy bad-boy stray she could run off with because her supposed boyfriend was going to be hundreds of miles away soaking up sunshine on a nude beach with a skank.” 32 likes
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