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Pretty Little Liars Box Set (Pretty Little Liars #1-4)

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Among the mega mansions and perfectly manicured hedges of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, everyone has something to hide—especially four very pretty little liars.

High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily have been keeping secrets ever since their best friend, Alison DiLaurentis, disappeared three years ago. But when the girls begin receiving threatening notes from someon
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Paperback, 1500 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by HarperTeen
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Erin
Aug 27, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
I'm a 21 year old, English Lit major who's read Joyce's Ulysses to Milton's Paradise Lost and a million things in between. Yet, the Pretty Little Liars Series blew my mind. I'm not giving them any awards for literary merit or characterization, but the plot is truly unique and captivating until the very end. I was sucked in from the very first page and was eventually screaming "Who's A?!?!"
Sara Shepard definitely has a talent. She clearly put a lot of thought into the course of these novels a
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Mandy Crider
Jan 18, 2016 Mandy Crider rated it really liked it
I read these a long time ago but enjoyed them and wished I would have read the others. At this point I would have to completely start over! A fun and interesting series though, especially for teens and young adults. Who knows? Maybe one day I will read them all!
Kat
Oct 20, 2011 Kat rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Ages 14 and above, Mystery readers
Let's just say I have a very fickle relationship with this series. I could be frowning and despising it, then hurriedly getting the next book in a second. For one thing, there are a number of instances when the characters get on the edge of my nerves and irritate me. I'm not referring to the protagonists alone, but even the adults (No doubt with their immaturity, especially in neglecting their children and throwing those occasional trivial tantrums to their own kids).
Yet what made me give it a n
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Rinoa Heartilly
Farfetched? Pretty much. Shallow? Kind of. Awesome? Totally.

The reason I gave these books 5 stars is that they sucked me in from the first page on. I learned to love every single one of the "pretty little liars", from sweet Emily over creative Aria and smart Spencer to "it girl" Hanna. Ali grew on me too, even though she was (probably)only in the flashbacks By the end of Pretty Little Liars, I found myself really invested in those characters, their problems and also the mystery of "A", although
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Xbeforetherain
Aug 17, 2016 Xbeforetherain rated it really liked it
Those books aren't actually the type of books that i read always, so every time i finished one, i didn't really want to read the other one. I founded the last book ( the 4th) a little bit boring in the halfway because nothing so important happened. Then, near the end (SPOILER!!!) when they discover who's A, it becomes interesting again. The story in general is a very thriller. Someone who's always with you, that knows everything you say and everything you think, is really scary and horrible at ...more
Jzcotter03
Mar 30, 2011 Jzcotter03 rated it liked it
I actually read books 1-8 but the whole series deserves one review. This is the story of four girls growing up in the affluent town of Rosewood, PA and the search for the truth behind the murder of their fifth best friend. I enjoyed the suspense and mystery involved in the series but didn't feel like all the loose ends were tied together in the end. Perhaps that is why the author is writing more books for the series. I honestly would have been perfectly happy with the ending in book 4 when ...more
Mariel
Feb 03, 2012 Mariel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
These first books were enveloped in secrets, mystery and backstabbing. They were beautiful books, yet the fourth book was the most explosive of all. It was shocking and really open about some of the secrets from the three previous books. Note, I said SOME. Some still remain as mysteries, like who killed Ali? Is Ian truly the killer? What if someone else was coming after these liars. Well, Shepard has one answer to that.

Book 6- who the hell knows, she can stretch the story so far that it's hard t
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Ashley
Sep 15, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I loved Pretty Little Liars. Although the plot for it is slightly cheesy and childish, the way Sarah Shepard writes the series is surprising.
The books are written very well and they are relateable. They combine everything most teen girls want in a book: mystery, suspense, fantasy, romance, and inseperable friendship. Although the books aren't very good in the beginning, as you keep reading them they start to grow on you. I would suggest reading Pretty Little Liars!
Mumbojumbo Kumumjo
Jun 05, 2009 Mumbojumbo Kumumjo rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everybody!!!
Recommended to Mumbojumbo by: Me
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Marisa
Jan 27, 2016 Marisa rated it really liked it
Pretty Little Liars is very good! It's so personal and so dramatic with their lives and the chilling secrets of beyond these four girls to realize. Although some of the language is a bit out there, it's an amazing relaxed-but-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of book! I recommend this book to any girl who needs a good mystery in life.
Jessica
Feb 21, 2015 Jessica rated it liked it
These are totally trashy high school novels - shallow, meaningless...and totally, completely addictive. I read the entire series in a week. I just couldn't stop myself! I feel a little ashamed and a little hungover - but my inner high schooler feels really happy and satiated. Totally worth it.
Micah
Nov 02, 2015 Micah rated it liked it
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"Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret."

Note- this review is more about the series as the whole, instead of these specific books. No spoilers, though!

I'm not quite sure what to say about this series. I mean, I love it and each book is a nice, quick read that has me at the edge of my seat many times. But then, I feel as if this series has gone on for a tad too long, and there's no characters in here that are all that likeable. And yet... When I've spent some time away from this series, I
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kaylie bonds
Sep 18, 2016 kaylie bonds marked it as to-read
I love the show now I'm going to read the book
Hollie Smith
Jul 19, 2012 Hollie Smith rated it liked it
I actually read the first four books years ago, but recently a few friends and I decided to listen to the audio books. We listened to about three and a half of the novels and stopped. I seriously cannot stress how terribly written these books are. One thing in particular about the writing style that annoyed me is that a brand name is listed before almost any article of clothing, car, phone, etc. It didn't help that the girl reading the books had the strangest, most annoying inflections in her ...more
Aggy
Jan 30, 2011 Aggy rated it it was ok
so, i watched the tv series first, what's the big deal?

the tv series are compromising, thrilling, make you feel curious in a way you waited crazily only for an episode to pop up. but the books?
i can't say i love the books more than the tv show. bad thing is; the books isn't nearly as good as the tv show--it was filled with boring details, boring storyline, not nearly as much as fun as the tv show was. but indeed; it's still a good reading because i can't put this book off until i finished them.
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Carrol
Jan 03, 2013 Carrol rated it really liked it
I don't know what exactly keeps me reading these books. The chapters jump from character to character, sometimes leading to a bit of confusion for my aging brain. The word choice is simple and does not encourage much introspective thought while reading. And the characters themselves can be anything but lovable.

However...

The storyline! What an expertly woven chain of events showing action and consequence. The intrigue of knowing and then not knowing who "A" is. The incredibly stupid decisions th
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Yvonne
Apr 30, 2013 Yvonne rated it really liked it
I loved the television series and decided to give the books a try. I love how each chapter is from a different perspective and how the plot is laid out to suck you right in. As the books continue, they get more and more complex and intriguing. They can be a little cheesy at times and frustrating when they don't let you in on "all the details right away" but that is part of the reason why you continue to read on because you want to gather all of the facts. I couldn't wait to pick up the next set!
Tori
Apr 05, 2013 Tori rated it liked it
Ok, I love this TV series... It's juvenile, shallow and a complete waste of time, but I love it!


The books are quite different from the show, but still have that same addictive quality. I will undoubtedly continue on through the series at some point.


My biggest complaint... Book #1 was NOT for a YA audience. The language was was horrible and the whole focus of the book was sex. Considering that YA readers usually start around 11 or 12, that was crazy. I'm sure that the author (or publisher) rece
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Bethany Glenn etheridge
Oct 02, 2012 Bethany Glenn etheridge rated it really liked it
This series follows a privileged group of teenagers through their days at Rosewood day. Each girl has their secrets, each dealing with a difficult problem. This book by having so many characters, deals with nearly every major issue teen girls have. The books jump around alot, often having you as the reader, realizing plot points before the characters. Interesting series, things were slightly more serious that I had planned for series written for young girls. The book opens with one girl missing, ...more
lisa_mrb
Feb 14, 2011 lisa_mrb rated it it was amazing
I love this series. I wanted to start reading this series because my sister was reading it. We love reading the same types of books and so I knew I was going to like it. This series is definitely an easy read, but very interesting from the first page. It grabs you and makes you not want to put the book down. If I wasn't working and going to school while taking care of my two children, I would have finished the first four books in one week or less. I would highly recommend reading this series. ...more
مريم فريد
Feb 10, 2012 مريم فريد rated it it was amazing
This is The one and only book series that I will always recommend people to read
it's a MUST MUST MUST!!
you know how you read books and reach a point where you just can't close it until you get to the end, well this is just like that but you will start turning from the first page and won't stop until you are done with the 8th part!!
if there is a book to read , it's this one!
start with the first part and I bet you won't stop till the whole series is over!
Highly addicted!
Madeleine S.
Mar 04, 2015 Madeleine S. rated it it was amazing
The Pretty Little Liars books are my favorite book series!! The author uses really descriptive language that keeps the reader hanging on to very sentence. I love the plot because its always changing, but the author makes it easy to keep track of. All of the characters are very well developed and relatable. I love reading these books because they're so interesting and so hard to put down! I'd give it six stars if I could.
Nai
Feb 15, 2011 Nai rated it liked it
I actually only red three out of the-- what, seven?-- book series, but I never lost interest in the characters. I continued to follow the intriguing tale of Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily in the ABC Family TV series. Like most TV series based off book series, the show took some pretty daring twists and turns of its own, branching off in different directions. I love both the depth of the TV series and the ever-darkening truth of the books. This series is a MUST READ!!
Anne Glania
Jan 01, 2012 Anne Glania rated it it was ok
So, I watched the tv series first... bad idea.

The tv series are compromising, thrilling, make you feel curious in a way you waited crazily only for an episode to pop up, but the books?
Bad thing is; the books isn't nearly as good as the tv show. It was filled with boring details, boring storyline, not nearly as much as fun as the tv show was...
Stacey Avis
Jan 11, 2011 Stacey Avis rated it liked it
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Holly
Jan 02, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing
OMG I must admit I love this series! I'm so excited the last one came out, and I can't wait to buy it! This series is so surprising and suspenseful! On average, it takes me 1-2 days to finish one of the books because of how much I can't put them down! Kinda sad that the TV Series is ENTIRELY different. :( But if you like the TV show, you'll fall madly in love with the books, so MUCH better!
Rihanna Nadeem
Jan 09, 2011 Rihanna Nadeem rated it really liked it
( Even though this is only 1-4, im just gonna speak for the series overall ) Overall, it was a fun and witty with some suspense. It was a fun read, and ill admit, the ending got a bit carried away with imagination of the series, but you know, it was interesting, funny, suspenseful, and really good :)
Marissa V
Dec 05, 2011 Marissa V rated it it was amazing
these books are all amazing. These books are about 5 girls who where best friends and one night one of them gets lost her names Allison. Now Allison new all there secrets and when she diapered that night they never found her body. Until 3 years later in her backyard. For the rest of this story you'll just have to read it your self!
Stephanie Labelle
Mar 12, 2012 Stephanie Labelle rated it really liked it
This set of books really amazing! Teens and young adults will love these books. Even if you have seen the t.v series or is currently watching it, you still love the same characters in this book even if the adventures they undergo are different from the series. Basically, I loved all four, discovering how scary, malicious and manipulative this mysterious "-A" they talk about is...
Victorious
Mar 05, 2012 Victorious rated it really liked it
I finished all 8 books in the Pretty Little Liars series in about 2 weeks- they were terribly addictive. Though somewhat flaky and hardly character-driven, these books were an instant guilty pleasure that looked into the lives of 5 spoiled girls living in the heart of Main Line Philadelphia.
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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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