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Pretty Sly

(Pretty Crooked #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  336 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Sequel to Pretty Crooked...

Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.

However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not to come looking for her. Willa knows her mom’s in danger and that no one at
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published March 18th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Pretty Sly was so much more thrilling than Pretty Crooked. The plot thickened, the intensity level spiked, and my heart was pounding throughout the novel. Mesmerizing and engaging, Pretty Sly will do its job and bring you on a roller coaster.

Something I admired the most about Pretty Sly was its ability to keep you guessing. The opening of Pretty Sly started with a stirring scene that happened at least halfway through the book
Becky Bradshaw
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Since Pretty Sly is the second book in the series, I figured Willa’s story would develop as it usually does in middle books, but that I’d have to wait until book #3 to see any revelations or big things happen. That is SO not the case with this book! I obviously won’t say what I found out, but I was so pleased that the book ended with a bang with enough resolution to tide me over for the conclusion in Pretty Wanted. loved it.
Oct 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Very different from the first book! This one contained much more suspense and action. Fans of Ally Carter's Heist Society series might enjoy this book. Again, the writing wasn't the greatest, but the story brought fun and adventure! Overall 3/5 stars; I'll be reading the next book. ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
Jul 03, 2012 rated it liked it
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
This is book 2 in the 'Pretty Crooked' series, and kicks off where book 1 left off.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 'Pretty Crooked'.**
Willa has just come home to find her house trashed, and her mother gone, and she's not sure what to do.
When she then receives an email from her mother saying that she's left and not to try and find her, Willa decides to do ex
Nicole Wang
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
(I read this as the early early ARC that had the old cover, so I'm unsure whether it was significantly changed or not!)

I loved reading Pretty Crooked last year--it was sweet, it was cute, and it had an undercurrent of sinister happenings that undoubtedly perked my interest. In Pretty Sly, we explore those happenings and we discover that things are a lot more complicated than we thought and a lot more dangerous.

Pretty Sly starts off right where Pretty Crooked ended and things go crazy from there.
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About The Book:
Sequel to Pretty Crooked...

Willa Fox was told to stay out of trouble. In fact, it was an order from a very serious juvenile court judge.

However, that was before Willa found her house ransacked and a mysterious email from her mother telling Willa she had to leave Paradise Valley for a while and not to come looking for her. Willa knows her mom’s in danger and that no one at school will miss her after her recent sticky-fingered stunts with the Glitterati. So with the help of her pal
What I liked: The stakes in this book were raised as Willa and Aiden travel and break probation to find Willa's mom. What started out as something she had to do to bring her mother quickly turned into something much bigger than I was expecting. This book takes several steps back from the possible Robin Hood retelling that the first book was and spins it into a different story entirely. While before she thieved to balance power in her school, now she's thieving to survive. Willa never let anythin ...more
Paula  Phillips
Aug 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Reading this book early is one of the perks I love about being a Book Blogger as I get to recieve ARCs of books months before they are published and it makes me feel overjoyed and special :), the other awesome thing is that it means I don't have to wait as long to read the next book in the series.
At the end of Book #1 we read as Willa Fox was revealed as the "thief" who had been stealing from the rich and giving to the poor - a modern female Robin Hood. We also noticed the involvement of the F
Anali Keefe
Apr 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the book "Pretty Sly" by Elisa Ludwig, the main character Willa Fox is the bad girl in town. She has robbed from her "best friends" to give to the less fortunate. She goes to jail and learns her lesson but doesn't regret anything. But when she comes home and sees that it's wrecked everything changes.

When Willa Fox finds out that her mother has left her, she decides that she has to go find her. She already has a record and she is on probation which means she can't leave town or do anything ag
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
A fast-paced, clever sequel, "Pretty Sly" answered my questions and then left me with more! This is the perfect series for fans of "Pretty Little Liars"; Willa is Nancy Drew for today's teens! ...more
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Man, this was a really great book! Different from the first, of course, but in more ways then a typical sequel, and yeah, enjoyed that a lot, and I can't wait for that last book! ...more
Linda Mauro
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved this book. Many poignant moments. I needed to review Pretty Crooked to remember the characters. Fast paced and kept my attention. Looking forward to the 3rd in the series.
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty Sly picks up right where Pretty Crooked left off, as Willa attempts to figure out what's truly going on with her mother's disappearance, and along the way, will end up questioning everything she's been brought up believing.

Willa Ford has had an eventful few weeks. She's been busted for the petty theft she'd been pulling over on her rich classmates, and her antics have made national news. In fact, they've even gone so far as to give her a nickname-The Sly Fox. However, none of the drama sh
Lisa (Lisa Likes Books)

These kids are dumb af
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars-below
nice twist tho
Vicki Chicago-Marsh
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All YA readers
Another great book by this author! I loved the first in this series, Pretty Crooked, & I love this one just as much. I am getting ready to begin the 3rd book, Pretty Wanted.
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
fugitives and road -tripping !
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
I won this book as an ARC on Goodreads, but it’s already out now… so I guess its no longer an ARC review. I wanted to read and review it before it came out, because this would have been my first ARC review, but I had other reviewing obligations. So here we are, a week or so after it’s been published.

“Sly Fox” acquired her nickname after a Robin-Hood-like stealing spree from her boisterously wealthy friends in a private prep academy. Willa Fox now finds herself faced with the tantalizing aspect o
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
I received a copy of this novel for review from the author, so I really wanted to love this novel. And I really tried to love it. I did not love this novel. I did like it. But I wasn't dying to sit down and read it, keep me up late at night, that kind of read. And here is why (I think). The novel jumped all over the place trying to be two different types of novels and it never really married into one novel. At times Willa was in love with Aiden. Cow eyed, stars in the sky, head over heels in lov ...more
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, review
Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Hotly following on the heels of the events of Pretty Crooked, the next story in this contempory Robin Hood-esque invention goes a step further than petty thieving.

STORY: Staying out of trouble and accepting her punishment is something 15-year-old Willa Fox is willing to accept as she knows not just how badly she messed up by thieving from her wealthy classmates, but also the disappointment she caused her mother. Only trouble now is her mom has disappeared and though she’s be
Dec 30, 2013 rated it liked it
I was so excited to get my hands on Pretty Sly. When I’d first read Pretty Crooked, it was so opposite from all the paranormal and dystopian novels I'd been reading a lot at the time. It won me over immediately because of its fun premise and moral stand against bullying. Granted the heroine, Willa, went about things rather illegally but who doesn’t love a story about the underdog sticking it to the Glitterati?

Now she and Aidan are on the run. Her mom has disappeared, leaving a cryptic message an
Bekah Malik
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
RATING: 4 out of 5 stars

In Pretty Crooked, we met fifteen-year-old Willa Fox as she stole from the rich kids and gave to the poor ones at Valley Prep high school. In this sequel, things have escalated beyond high school theft. Willa is now infamously known as the Sly Fox, with her own fans and paparazzi to boot. Not only has her life been thrust into the public’s eye, but her house has been ransacked and her mom has disappeared leaving only a mysterious note. Her friend/crush Aiden offers to hel
Jul 24, 2012 rated it liked it
OUT's Review

Before starting this review, I would like to mention that you are required to read the first book of the series, Pretty Crooked. The book will provide you a solid background of what is going on while reading Pretty Sly, which in my opinion; it was a bit more thrilling than the first.

Pretty Sly is an adventurous book. Will Fox also known as Sly Fox, is in search of her sudden missing mother. As you learn from the first book, Willa is currently on probation. So escaping from her probat
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
2.5 stars
Fast-paced and action packed; the literary equivalent of a summer popcorn flick. Readers who can suspend disbelief will enjoy going along for the ride. The book acts as a natural bridge between the first and final installments in the series. Fans of the first book will be happy to see the plot picked up right where it was left and will be on the edge of their seats to see how things work out for Willa and Aidan in the pending finale. While the plot of the first book (Willa acting as a m
Alaska Rue
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Carro Herdegen
Language – PG-13 (55 swears, 0 “f”), Sexual Content – PG; Violence – PG
Going back to classes in her rich private school after being released from juvie is a difficult situation for Willa to be in. Add in a ransacked house and a missing mother to the stares in school and homework is the last thing on her mind. In a whirlwind of decisions, Willa and her friend steal a car and hit the road to find Willa’s mother, but it comes with uncovering truths better left untouched.
At the end of this book ther
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
She's baaaaack! Willa's back and on the move to find out what the heck happened to her mother & why the FBI is involved. I personally think she's a little nutso for breaking the conditions of her parole to track down her mom, but I suppose that's the perk of being a fictional character--you can break the rules, save the day, and end up with a nice piece of man-candy on your arm.

There's definitely some twists and turns in this novel (some obvious, others that subtly creep up on you) that keeps t
I started this book and then left it for some reason and then started it again yesterday because I couldn't fall asleep. Oh boy was that the wrong thing to do. I ended up reading it all in one go and did not get any sleep. -_-

I forgot pretty much everything that happened in the first book so it was a good thing this book throws you into the action straight away. We pick up from where the first book finished and Willa sets on a journey to find her mama soon after.

It was really creepy at times, I
Jeff Raymond
While I found Pretty Crooked to be pretty flawed, the setup of the book made it worth seeking the sequel out. On one hand, the book is an improvement over the first as the plot is more concise and there's a good deal of action. On the other, I still found it somewhat difficult to care about the proceedings on a whole, and that was kind of a stopper for me. The idea of the two teen fugitives becoming folk heroes was a fun diversion, however, so there is that. I don't think I'll be seeking out the ...more
Mar 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned
Had the good fortune to receive a copy of "Pretty Sly" via the GoodReads Giveaways.
I found the story line to be unique and intriguing. While I found the characters to be interesting, I wish they were a little more well rounded. That aside I enjoyed the book, and Elisa Ludwig's writing style. A worthwhile read :-)
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