Author: Sara Shepard
Genre: YA Mystery
Released: 25 November 2008
Series: Pretty Little Liars #5
In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four very pretty girls just can't help but be bad....
Hanna will stop at nothing to be Rosewood's queen bee. Spencer's digging up her family's secrets. Emily can't stop thinking about her new boyfriend. And Aria approves a little too strongly of her mom's taste in men.
Now that Ali's killer is finally behind bars, the girls think they're safe. But those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it. And they should know by now that I'm always watching...
Life in Rosewood just got a lot more complicated and interesting!
Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily are finally finding themselves again after the identity of A is revealed, and now that Ali's killer is almost behind bars. Now they've just got regular problems to deal with - Hanna's father and soon-to-be stepmother and stepsister moving in, Spencer digging into her family's secrets after she's cut from her Nana's will, Emily wondering if she really is a lesbian after falling for a guy, and Aria confused about her mum's new boyfriend who just happens to be the artist she was flirting with. But all this is the least of their problems when they all start receiving new threats from A, who is determined to leak all of their precious little secrets.
I'd forgotten how good this series was! Sara Shepard just has a way with creating drama, mystery and suspense, that I absolutely love. Just like the first four books, Wicked was so easy to dive into and read - don't be put off by the fact that there are 16 books in this series, because they are super easy to get through.
Again, what I love about these books is the way Sara focuses only on one of the Liars in each alternating chapter. Their stories are so intriguing, that at first you don't want to read about one of the other girls, but her story is just as interesting, so by the time you get back to the first Liar again, you're following four stories that you just can't read fast enough!
Sara's use of flashbacks is also great, weaving into the present-day storyline seamlessly, and not bogging the story down. It definitely adds to the mystery and intrigue of the story, because you don't get the entire backstory in one go, only the tiny bit that a character will remember. All of this is just enough to keep you enticed, without giving away too much of where the story is going, and most importantly, who the identity of A is.
As I've said in the past, this book series is a must-read and I highly recommend it. The books are super fun and easy to read, and just when you think you've got everything figured out, A throws a spanner in the works, and you're back to square one trying to figure out who is behind it all.