Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked #2) by Elisa Ludwig

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked, #2)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 Tre and with her degenerate crush Aidan as her wingman, Willa violates her probation and hits the California highway in search of her mom.

But when Willa and Aidan’s journey turns dangerously criminal and they wind up being the focus of a national manhunt, they realize it’s sometimes easier to escape the law than the truth—and that everything Willa thought she knew about her mom, and her life, was wrong.

Pretty Sly is Elisa Ludwig’s fast-paced sequel to Pretty Crooked, the second book in a trilogy that’s pitch-perfect for fans of Ally Carter. With a daring heroine who has one-of-a-kind spunk, a roller-coaster Bonnie and Clyde romance, a thrilling mystery, and a shocking twist ending, this book will have readers rooting for Willa as she makes the wrong choices to do the right thing. Fans will be eagerly awaiting the series conclusion.



Pretty Sly by Elisa Ludwig

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Pretty Sly (Pretty Crooked, #2)(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 exactly that – not only violating her own terms of probation, but also dragging her remaining friends down with her.
What has happened to Willa's mother? Why is she running? And what from? Can Willa find her? And will she like what her mother has to say when she finally finds her?



This was an interesting sequel, and I did think it was slightly better than 'Pretty Crooked', although I still didn't agree with a lot of Willa's thoughts and ideas.

Willa continued to have some pretty strange ideas in this book. In the first book I didn't like how she thought that stealing from someone rich and giving it to someone poor was the 'right' thing to do, and didn't think she was really thinking rationally, and in this book, she continued with this slightly deluded way of thinking. Just when she'd say something and I'd think that maybe she was starting to feel guilty over her actions, she would then say something to totally contradict that.
It kinda floored me how she felt that she should be proud over her stealing, and then later followed this up with 'Stealing was wrong. So wrong. But it was so exciting.' - I think she maybe has a little adrenalin addiction forming there.

The plot line in this one was quite different to the plot line in 'Pretty Crooked'. While in the first book Willa was doing a Robin Hood impression, in this one she was more focused on finding her mother, and so we got more of a Bonnie and Clyde kinda thing going on. While this storyline was a change of pace, it still bothered me that Willa thought that what she was doing was just as important as what she had been doing in the first book, and even claimed that she was 'just doing what she needed to do to survive'. I'm sorry, but I don't buy that for a second. She could have done what her mother suggested and just leave her be, she didn't need to violate her probation, she didn't need to start stealing cars etc. so I really don't see how she can call what she was doing 'surviving'.

There was a bit of a twist at the end that I didn't see coming, but again Willa's actions confused me. While the news that she received was shocking, her resulting actions – to continue to evade the law, seemed a bit like flogging a dead horse. Quit this behaviour already! Try staying on the right side of the law for once! What do you really hope to accomplish now? Who are you saving? What are you going to call what you're doing now?
Overall; a slight improvement on the first, but this girl has some seriously dodgy morals.
6 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. I've met a few teenagers that went through a stage of blurred right and wrong. Their take on it was glamorizing some hero that wasn't that good of a role model. Hopefully she'll out grow it before the series is over.

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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