Thursday, September 13, 2012

Review (e-book and audiobook): Perfect by Sara Shepard.

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 Title: Perfect.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, blog, Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #3.

 Publisher: HarperTeen in the US.

 Publication date: October 6th, 2009 in the US.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: E-book/Audiobook.

 Date read: September 13th, 2012.

 Favorite line: It’s amazing what you don’t see, though. Even when it’s right in front of your eyes.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

 Get the e-book/book/audiobook from: Amazon, Audible, B&N, The Book Depository or Kobo.

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four perfect-looking girls aren't nearly as perfect as they seem.
Aria can't resist her forbidden ex. Hanna is on the verge of losing her BFF. Emily is freaking out over a simple kiss. And Spencer can't keep her hands off "anything" that belongs to her sister.
"Lucky me." I know these pretty little liars better than they know themselves. But it's hard keeping all of their secrets to myself. They better do as I say . . . or "else".

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

This is by far my favorite cover :). I love the colors and the doll ^_^.

 

The storyline:

Okay. So this book is my favorite in the series so far. It had more action, more mystery, more twists and I swear I have no idea not even the tiniest bit who “A” is or what’s wrong with Spencer and I love it!!

Summary:

Unlike the previous book, this sequel picks up three weeks after Toby’s suicide (Yes, in these books, Toby is dead…), and the girls drifted apart again, especially since they thought “A” is gone along with Toby and the texts stopped coming. So they continued their lives as if nothing happened.

Spencer is now seeing a therapist who’s helping her cope with what’s happening in the family (between her and Melissa) and deal with Ali’s death. She’s back at her usual self, studying and playing nice, hoping her family would not know about her essay and what she did. Then she’s on the papers for being one of the finalists and suddenly, things start to crumble and crash and the bitter truth hits her.

Aria is acting freely and following her heart in this book. She realizes she’s not over Ezra, her crush and also her AP English teacher, and tries to deal with everything around her. She tries so hard to deal with her family issues until she makes them worse and gets Ezra arrested (although she didn’t do the last one intentionally.).

Emily is trying so hard to hide and escape her true feelings for Maya and the fact that she is gay. She swims, does her homework, has fun with Carolynn, until everything spills out and things go from bad to worse and she has to make a serious decision.

And, last but not least, Hanna, I left her for the end because her parts in the book are my favorite. Hanna has a lot of problems, issues, complications and twists in her life that there could be a whole new book just about her! First, her dad is not talking to her at all and he won’t even respond to her calls. Second, she feels betrayed by Sean for going out with her ex-best friend Aria. Third, and most importantly, she needs to stop her craving for food and throwing up. She has big plans for her and Mona and nothing else matters. Until everything with Mona goes real bad and everything she touches dies.

Somewhere in the middle of the story, a private homemade video of Ali, made by Aria and the girls, before she went missing gets leaked to the media. And clues start to gather.

The girls think that Toby is “A”, and now that Toby is dead, “A” is dead, right? No. After a while, they start getting the most horrifying texts, threats and then “A” starts playing for real.

What I loved:

- The storyline is so different from the others and also, at the same time somewhat familiar (since I watched the episodes to the mid season finale…*_*). It had some intriguing details and storylines for each girl.

- The twists, mystery and thriller! I kept looking and wondering and trying to solve each new puzzle, SMS and chapter’s title!

- This book could be scary if you read it at night (or actually listened to it at night).

- I don’t know if I just realized it or if it has been this way since book one. But I think the writing is much much better than before.

- I loved both the main and secondary characters and how they had different personalities that added to the storyline. Each character in this book had something to do and it had a long lasting effect.

- Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna are finally a tiny bit close. They try to talk to each other discuss everything “A” related. It a huge accomplishment, if you read the previous two books you know what I mean!

- And then there was the ending!! I had no idea it was going to happen like that in the book and also it left me asking a billion questions!!

What I disliked:

Nothing really.

 

The audiobook:

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The audiobook was amazing! The narrator did a great job of impersonating each characters, especially the girls, and the way she spoke in those scary moments, it made me feel like I’m being watched too!!!

If you’re not sure whether you should read the books or you don’t have the time, I highly suggest you get the audiobook version. It’s amazing!

The characters:

Aria: Always the nice, friendly and unique girl who does an excellent job in her AP English class and tries to fix things by making them worse whether intentionally or not. She tries to help her mom get over her dad and what he’d done and she ends up getting kicked of the house and disliked by both her mom and Mike, her younger brother. When she tries to make the right thing and goes to Ezra’s house, she ends up… Well, making bad choices again.

Emily: I really like her. She’s shy, friendly and never hurts anyone. She also struggles with who she is and what she really wants but can’t say or do anything to change things. Until her sexuality goes to the public in the middle of school and she has to stand up for what she wants.

Hanna: Ah, she has the most interesting side of the story, but she’s not my favorite character, I’ll tell you why. She acts as if no one is better than her, and she keeps gossiping about other people, calling them with bad names and making fun of them like she wasn’t once one of those people. Oh, but fear not, the table turns real fast and she soon enough finds herself with nothing but her shame and loneliness, thanks to “A” and Mona.

Spencer: Seriously? I have no idea why she thought she could get away with plagiarizing her sister’s essay. Spencer seems to be trying to be better than Melissa harder than she thought, but she doesn’t acknowledge her tries until she meets the therapist again. But by going their, she doesn’t only understand her relationship with her sister better, she also uncovers dark, deep and scary truths about herself. Truths that could get her in jail.

Other characters worth mentioning: Sean, Aria’s boyfriend. He’s a really nice, modest and athletic guy. He’s fascinated by Aria and really likes her, until “A” spoils the beans about her “errands” and the nice Sean turns out to have a dark side. Ezra, Aria’s crush and also AP English teacher. Since they first met in a bar before he knew he was going to be her teacher, Ezra loved Aria and thought, later when he found out she’s his student, that it would be better if they stayed separated. But, he obviously couldn’t hold on for much longer. He should have, though, because now he’s in jail. Ian, Melissa’s boyfriend then and now. He’s a very handsome and nice guy who Ali and Spencer used to have a crush on. But even this Angel could have some tricks up his sleeve. Ali, even in her death, she still haunts the girls and their lives. It looked like everyone loved Ali and envied her for everything she had. But the gorgeous blonde had secrets too, ones she hadn’t told the girls about, ones that could be the reason behind her death. Maya, Em’s love interest. She’s a very smart and courageous person. Maya encourages Emily to be who she is and not be afraid of what the others might think of her.

 

Favorite quotes:

Her sister froze. The little gremlin that Spencer was certain lived inside Melissa’s head was confused. Clearly it hadn’t expected Spencer to say something nice. --- Chapter 6: SIBLING RIVALRY’S A HARD HABIT TO BREAK.

SARAH WHITTIER, with that Milton quote, DEATH IS THE GOLDEN KEY THAT OPENS THE PALACE OF ETERNITY. Over the hill, Aria knew, were the graves of a dog named Puff, a cat named Rover, and a parakeet named Lily. --- Chapter 17: BECAUSE ALL CHEESY RELATIONSHIP MOMENTS HAPPEN IN CEMETERIES.

It’s not like it’ll be hard: everyone in this town has something to hide. In fact, there’s something even juicier than the identity of moi bubbling beneath Rosewood’s glistening surface. Something so shocking, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you. So I won’t even bother. HA. You know, I kind of love being me….         

Buckle up, girlies. Nothing is as it seems.         

Mwah!         

A

--- What Happens Next…

Conclusion:

Finally, I’m at peace, even for sometimes, in my brain that I could read and enjoy this book :).

This book is that good! I’m really excited to continue reading ^_^.

Now to continue with the series ;).

5favorite

Randa