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Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Unbelievable by Sara Shepard

Publisher: Harper Teen
Source: Personal Copy
Pages: 352

Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily were once best friends, the core of their friendship was Alison “Ali” DiLaurentis. When Ali unexpectedly disappeared their friendships fell apart. The girls all dealt with her death differently, and separately. “Unbelievable” picks up right after “Flawless.” A’s repeated threats have not stopped, the girls are perplexed and scared and Hanna is now lying in a hospital bed. The girls begin to bond together and try to figure out the missing pieces to this puzzle.  The threats become more detailed and violent, and their fear has intensified.
The girls each have their own secrets, and “A” is using this for leverage. The girls no longer have hope that “A” might be Alison, since her body was found in a cemented-over hold in the DiLaurentis’ backyard. Emily Fields has been ‘outed’ and her parents have packed her off to Iowa. She was given a one-way ticket to live with her very conservative Aunt and Uncle.  Spencer Hasting is confused about lapses in her memory. At the moment she has to present her sister’s stolen essay that’s been nominated for a Golden Orchid award.  After revealing her secret, her parents were aghast, but they want her to do them proud and win the award. Spencer’s sister Melissa is fuming. Aria wants nothing more than to be with her high school teacher, their connection is nothing she has ever felt before. When “A” reveals their secret, both Ezra and Aria has consequences. Aria’s living situation is in disorder when her mother discovers secrets Aria has been hiding about the divorce. A has been working overtime in this novel, and the lives of four pretty little liars is nothing a normal teenager would have to deal with.
Pretty Little Liars is an amazing series. I never thought I would fall in love with this series, as much as I have. Sara Shepard has me on the edge of my seat, flipping pages as fast as possible.  Character development, plot, suspense are all very well written.  The characters begin to explore old memories, and they begin to question their friendship with Alison. Alison, had many secrets of her own and the girls are beginning to explore. All is reveled in “Unbelievable” or is it really? When closing this book, you wondering what can possible come next. As this is only the fourth book in the series, and currently there are nine books there must be more to come. Is “A” really who is discovered?

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  1. I've heard other people say this series is great. I need to give it a try.

  2. I love the show so I should give the books a try. Someday...

  3. I guess you're going to make me read this series too ;)

    Great review and yes I will consider it now.