Saturday, 1 February 2014

Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars #4.5) by Sara Shepard

Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars, #4.5)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 town. . . .

Rule number one of being an effective stalker: Get to know your prey. So I watch these liars day and night, keeping an eye on the trouble they get into, the messes they make, and the secrets they keep. Hanna’s desperate for a very personal session with her gym trainer. Emily is number one on Santa’s naughty list. Aria’s old flame from Iceland is about to land her in hot water. And Spencer’s resorting to some backhanded tactics to get what she wants.

What happens on holiday break stays on holiday break—right? But guess what. I saw. And now I’m telling.

Taking place between "Unbelievable" and "Wicked," "Pretty Little Secrets" is a very special "Pretty Little Liars" tale revealing the liars’ never-before-seen misadventures over their junior-year winter break.

Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty Little Secrets (Pretty Little Liars, #4.5)(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 player’s attention at their grandmother’s holiday home in Florida.

This is by far the worst Pretty Little Liars book I have read. In fact I couldn’t quite believe how bad it was at points.

Hanna’s story wasn’t too bad, although it was a bit silly. It isn’t unusual for Hanna to be slightly obsessive over a cute boy though so I’ll let that slide, although the thing with her step-sister Kate was just ridiculous. Why Kate would have been doing what Hanna caught her doing was a bit beyond me.
Emily’s story was just boring. I did find it funny how her mother insinuated that someone was a lesbian just because she had short hair, but Emily becoming Santa at a department store to try and spy on some girls who may have possibly stolen a Christmas ornament? Yawn.

Aria’s story was by far the worst though. I mean, it was unbelievable, it was ridiculous, and it was cringe-worthy. I really cannot believe that the author even published this story it was so poo. If someone had told me that this was fan-fiction, I wouldn’t have been surprised in the least.
Spencer’s story was okay, mainly because it had its funny moments, but again was nothing special.
There was also zero input from A. in this book, and to be quite honest I just didn’t really enjoy it much at all.
Overall; 2 okay stories, 1 boring one, and 1 dreadful one.
6 out of 10.

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