I really liked this! I read other reviews that knocked it for not being chronological, and that's true. There were a few times I found myself confused...moreI really liked this! I read other reviews that knocked it for not being chronological, and that's true. There were a few times I found myself confused as to when exactly something was taking place, but I didn't mind it. When someone opens a book, telling you they're nervous about being personal and then proceeds to be personal anyway, it's hard to be upset at them for not telling you exactly at what point in their life something took place. And anyway, I liked the jumping around style, it made reading it feel more like a conversation. As I said to someone else, I appreciate the nervousness, the attempt to be honest about things one normally holds close while not entirely knowing how... It was an all together charming read, and I greatly enjoyed it. And it was damn fun! The moments I spent grinning, or actually laughing out loud, or flipping out over a shared love of such greats as American Werewolf in London, The Thing, Pulp Fiction, Star Trek, etc. are too many to count. At its core, this is a story about a man with a lot of love for his family, friends, and the things and people that helped him get where he is today. I respond very well to stuff like that, and thus, I recommend this book to everyone. It's fun and charming and cute and overall very, very honest. In my opinion, that's all you ever really need to be. And while my cyber shelves contain memoirs from Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Stephen King, this is easily the best one I've ever read. That's saying something.(less)
I'm more than fairly certain I've said this before, but I'll say it again: after #8, these books went downhill pretty fast. Reading them was like watc...moreI'm more than fairly certain I've said this before, but I'll say it again: after #8, these books went downhill pretty fast. Reading them was like watching the new Star Wars trilogy after having been in love with Star Wars your whole life. So much excitement and then WHAT? NO!! EVERYTHING I LOVE IS BEING RUINED!!! Who could be responsible for such a thing?? GEORGE LUCAS? SAY IT ISN'T SO! I TRUSTED YOU! HOW COULD YOU????
Reading the newer books is like that, only instead of George Lucas stabbing his own creation like it was Julius Caesar and he Brutus, Sara does the honors. The books became formulaic and downright ridiculous. The girls did something awful, A taunts them, they think they figured out who A is, NOPE WRONG. For 4 books it was like that. And while not reading was the obvious choice, it wasn't that easy. I was 12 books in. I was INVESTED. It was either endure these in small increments, or else forever obsess over how it ended until you have to binge on 20 badly written books back to back (Oh God please don't let it go that long). Luckily, things turned around with Crushed. Of what is quickly becoming "the second 8", Crushes is hands down the best, not just because they broke out of the formula death trap of the previous 4, but also because, like the first 8, the ending left me breathe-less.
After having read Deadly, I still maintain that Crushed is the best of the second 8. Deadly is a bit too ridiculous for my taste, the girls a bit too foolish/stupid. But the book moved along well enough and the ending was predictable but still rather good. Not the best PLL book by a long shot, but far better than 9-12. 3.5 stars. (less)
I feel like the only relief I have after finishing this one is that I'M DONE. These books are too stressful, the girls too stupid. I can't do this any...moreI feel like the only relief I have after finishing this one is that I'M DONE. These books are too stressful, the girls too stupid. I can't do this anymore!!!!
But of course, I'll read the next one. Because I can't leave it like this. I have to know who the girls are going to wrongly accuse next...(less)
I'll keep this brief: these books are starting to drive me nuts. We've stepped out of Pretty Little Liars and fallen head first into pretty little cri...moreI'll keep this brief: these books are starting to drive me nuts. We've stepped out of Pretty Little Liars and fallen head first into pretty little criminals. You'd think the worst years of these girls lives would have burned up with Alison, but no. They're now head first in drugs, framing, hit and runs, scams, and oh yeah, MURDER. Ali would be proud of her little liars, they've become more like her than she could have ever hoped to be.
As far as content, the books are ridiculous, far too quickly advanced, and hold the characters responsible for nothing. As far as writing style/quality, they are repetitive, misinformed, and just plain silly. Three stars because I couldn't stop reading it, but also because I feel like this should have stopped at 8. (less)
WOW WOW WOW! This book is... I don't even know if I can put it into words. With her second installment of the Fairyland series, Miss Valente was taske...moreWOW WOW WOW! This book is... I don't even know if I can put it into words. With her second installment of the Fairyland series, Miss Valente was tasked with the near impossible feat of penning a work of literature that was on level with or surpassed its predecessor... and she succeeded!
The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There is an absolutely enthralling, breathtaking adventure that - imo - is far better than the first. The worlds she's crafted, the adventures and obstacles September goes on, the people she meets along the way... they're all absolutely phenomenal! Not to mention, the ending of this book packs not one but TWO heavy twists that will keep you reeling.
From the moment September trips into Fairyland to the second she winks out, this book will have your full and undivided attention, something it needs to have because Fairyland Below is so confoundedly complex!
I wish I could fill this with nothing but gushings about the book, about how I loathed Shadow Saturday but felt so drawn to the Alleyman; how I wanted to actually study Quiet Physicks and would not entirely hate having a Night Dodo as a friend; how compelling the theories of shadows are and how it made me look at my own differently... I want nothing more than to just gush and gush and gush about this book, but that wouldn't be fair. You need to read it, and I need to not spoil it. As this is a review, it is meant to serve only reviewing purposes, ergo I will say it was good and be on my way.
I have literally no words. I am just... Blown away. This book, crafted much like Alice in Wonderland meets The Phantom Tollbooth, with enough of its o...moreI have literally no words. I am just... Blown away. This book, crafted much like Alice in Wonderland meets The Phantom Tollbooth, with enough of its own flavor thrown in, is one of the best fairy tales I have ever read in my entire life. That's saying a lot, considering I don't much like fairy tales at all.
This was just exquisite, though. The imagination, the characters, the world... All expertly woven together in one of the most beautifully frustrating and fun tapestries I've read in a while. And the ENDING! I was so overcome with emotion, I burst into tears of joy simply because of that damned key! I don't even know how I feel about all the characters anymore, whether to feel bad or angry or happy or sad... The clocks, and Lye and Manythanks, and A-through-L and NOW WE WILL PLAY HIDE AND SEEK I don't know what to do with my emotions!!! I haveOTPs that can never be and OTPs written in stone and and AND!!!!!
This is the most fun I've had in a while. I am so pleased with it. I just want to kneel on the floor and cry. Five million stars. (less)
**spoiler alert** This is my last PLL book for a while, I'm taking a break and immersing myself in a different world... Not sure when I'll return to f...more**spoiler alert** This is my last PLL book for a while, I'm taking a break and immersing myself in a different world... Not sure when I'll return to finish the job. I tore through the first 8 books of this series no problem, but now I'm getting a feeling of wariness when I think that I have 2 more books to read. I didn't feel this weary when I started book 1!!
This book garnered only three stars, but I almost want to knock it down to 2. There were a few things that interested me, but mostly, this book boils down to about 34 chapters of "they wanted to do something but OH GOD THEIR SECRETS AND ALSO JAMAICAAAAAAA!" It was all very repetitive and I had to force my way through it. Spencer needs to calm down and Emily needs to stop falling in love with every person that compliments her. I'm happy where Aria and Hanna were left, and that's probably the only reason I'll continue the series.
The best thing about this is that Aria is no longer with Ezra. I thought I'd be okay with him now that she's legal, but he's just a whiney baby. As a writer, I wanted to strangle him every time he got angry that Aria might not think his book is perfect. I mean, comparing yourself to HEMINGWAY? And getting mad when someone says you aren't that calibur? I HATE Hemingway, and even I recognize you can't just put yourself on his level. He and Klaudia deserve each other.
So... Yeah. Done. I'll start book 11 eventually.(less)
Let's be real: I'm giving this book 1.5 stars. I don't know... the actual idea behind it, the Casters and the Claiming and all of that... not bad. Rea...moreLet's be real: I'm giving this book 1.5 stars. I don't know... the actual idea behind it, the Casters and the Claiming and all of that... not bad. Really, not bad. Once you delve into that, it gets really interesting.
But the fact that this book really revolves around the relationship between Ethan and Lena, and the fact that that relationship is TERRIBLE, and Ethan is even worse, kills it. I mean, Ethan is the NARRATOR, and I don't think I've been more frustrated by one since I had to put up with Katniss' blatant ignorance in Catching Fire. Ethan isn't just ignorant, though. He's stuck up, has special snowflake syndrome, and operates for the entirety of the book with the mentality that "no" means "I love you".
All through this book, we get wonderful gems of knowledge from him, like "I'm a jock but I'm different because I hide literature under my bed" and "I don't have a southern accent because my parents are smart". And don't get me started on the amount of times he realizes he's upsetting Lena and says straight up "I DON'T CARE". Never once does he put Lena's feelings before his, never once when she asks him to leave her alone or go away or even, wait don't kiss me? does he listen. Everything is about him, about what HE wants. After all, this is HIS home town (which he hates as much as he hates all the people in it) and now it just seems so different so dammit, EVERYONE IS GOING TO GIVE HIM ANSWERS NO MATTER HOW UNCOMFORTABLE IT MAKES THEM. The amount of times he ignores the fact that Lena is in danger, the amount of times he ignores people that are older, smarter, and know more about the situation than he does, is just infuriating. And yet he's the hero. He's the love interest. He's just wonderful and perfect and somehow, Lena falls in love with him. And whatever happens in Gatlin, well, it's all centered around HIM, and he'll react however the Hell he wants and everyone just has to deal with it. Hell, he never even stops to think that his father is broken over losing his wife. No, he's just mad because daddy doesn't pay attention to him, even though he makes no effort to reach out, either.
This book would be fun if it weren't for Ethan Wate... which sucks, because he's in 99% of it.(less)
**spoiler alert** I knew I was in for a long haul when I started this series. I knew, to a point, I would become furious with the main characters, exa...more**spoiler alert** I knew I was in for a long haul when I started this series. I knew, to a point, I would become furious with the main characters, exasperated by some of their decisions and dumbfounded by the events that took place in their lives. I knew there were 12 books out, and that it would take me some time, and that most likely I would grow bored with the lives of the Pretty Little Liars and have to force myself to finish.
I didn't know I would devour the first 8 books in under 3 months, that I would need to know everything that happened next and needed to know it NOW, or that the series itself would be as good as it was. Some people can get through television shows in record time, I apparently tear through books at break-neck speeds.
This series had it's slow points, it had its tear-your-hair-out-and-scream-in-frustration points, and it had its "wtf" points... But it was just amazing, and Wanted was a great end to this 8-book story arc.
Wanted picks up where Heartless left off; after the girls are found in the woods, wondering if the girl they saw in the fire was the result of smoke inhalation, or their dead best friend come back to life, One thing leads to another and Billy Ford is arrested for Ali's murder, as well as the murders of Ian Thomas and Jenna Cavanaugh. After a strange press conference with the DiLaurentis family - who is sure Ford is the killer - they find out that the girl they saw in the woods was REAL, and the TWIN SISTER of Ali!!
Or so they think... Until Courtney tells all her friends one by one that she is, in fact, Ali, and Courtney is the dead twin. Wanting to start over, she rebuilds the relationships she had with the four girls, reunites their clique, and invites them all up to the Poconos house, just like old times!!! to strengthen their rekindled friendship, gossip to their heart's content, and share some new secrets - some of which will change the girls' lives forever!
This book was great... The ending was mind blowing, the story enthralling and the hook at the end?? I can't even begin to explain. I know there are more books, but I think I'm going to savor this one for now, give the girls a break.
**spoiler alert** This was by far the most frustrating book in the series, but that ending was SO WONDERFUL! And while the girls did so many stupid th...more**spoiler alert** This was by far the most frustrating book in the series, but that ending was SO WONDERFUL! And while the girls did so many stupid things, it's reassuring to know they're FINALLY taking this A seriously! Not to mention, the stuff they started piecing together, while wrong to some extent, is still absolute GOLD! I should probably stop reading for a while, because I'm starting to think like Rosewood's "elite" but I just cannot get enough of these girls and their stupid drama... AND THAT ENDING!!! AHHHHHHHHHHH!(less)
**spoiler alert** "Wicked" is a turning point in the series, imo. Though not as strong as "Perfect", it is a VERY powerful opening to what I think is...more**spoiler alert** "Wicked" is a turning point in the series, imo. Though not as strong as "Perfect", it is a VERY powerful opening to what I think is the second story arc in the Pretty Little Liars... thing. Last book, A was unmasked, someone died, and relationships were both broken and mended. Knowing that wasn't the end of the trouble in Rosewood, I still expected "Wicked" to take things slow and ease the girls back into their post-A lives.
I was wrong. There's a new A in town, Ian Thomas is up to some new tricks, Wilden is acting suspicious, the girls' mended relationships are put under enormous and unexpected strain, and the whole thing wraps up with yet another death.
This book was fun, shocking, and a little unnerving, as some of the new characters are far more skeevy than in previous books. But it's definitely a page turner and a worthy opening to another PLL chapter.
I'm on book six of this series now, but I gotta say, "Perfect" is probably the best of the series. The ending left my brain feeling like a million tin...moreI'm on book six of this series now, but I gotta say, "Perfect" is probably the best of the series. The ending left my brain feeling like a million tiny fireworks were going off inside it!! Not only do the girls get SUPER close to figuring out who A is, they also get a TON of surprises.
Without giving too much away, it's interesting how alike/different the show and the books are. I watched the show first and, frustrated with some of the inappropriate relationships and how they were portrayed there, decided to start up with the books. The relationships are handle a little better, but there are also things that really annoy me; for instance, how Ella handles the secret that Aria has been keeping for who knows how long, or how Hanna's relationship with Mona fluctuates. And then there are Spencer's parents, who just when you think they can't do anything to appear like worse caregivers than they already are, they go and out do themselves.
It's definitely easier to understand the need to keep a spotless reputation in Rosewood in these books. And while there are things about Shepard's writing that are almost insufferable, I can't help but read these back to back to back.