Saturday, June 15, 2013

Mini review: Part one: Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society.

Mini reviews

This is a new type of reviews where I don’t have time to write a full review or it has been a long time since I read the books that I can’t review them fully and each with its own review post.

These mini reviews will have the things I loved, the things I hated and the rating of the book. If you want a full review on any of the following books, just let me know and I’ll re-read them and review them for you :).

So, this post will have mini reviews of:

- Pretty Little Liars #4: Unbelievable by Sara Shepard.

- Pretty Little Liars #5: Wicked by Sara Shepard.

- Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer by Sara Shepard.

- Pretty Little Liars #7: Heartless by Sara Shepard.

- Pretty Little Liars #8: Wanted by Sara Shepard.

- Pretty Little Liars #9: Twisted by Sara Shepard.

- Pretty Little Liars #0.5: Ali’s Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard.

- Heist Society #1: Heist Society by Ally Carter.

- Heist Society #2: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter.

- Heist Society #2.5: Double Crossed.

 

Keep reading for the mini reviews.

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Rating: 5/5 stars!

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Behind Rosewood's grand facades, where the air smells like apples and Chanel No. 5 and infinity pools sparkle in landscaped backyards, nothing is as it seems. It was here, back in seventh grade, that five best friends shared everything--Seven jeans, MAC makeup, and their deepest, darkest secrets. For Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily, it was a dream come true . . . until Alison, the most beautiful of them all, suddenly vanished.
Now someone named A has turned their charmed lives into a living nightmare. Emily has been shipped off to her hyper-conservative cousins in Iowa. Aria is stuck living with her dad and his home-wrecker girlfriend. And Spencer fears she had something to do with Alison's murder. But Hanna's fate is far worse than all of that--she's clinging to life in the hospital, because "she knew too much."
With A's threats turning dangerous and Ali's killer still on the loose, the girls must uncover the truth--about A, about Ali, and about what happened to Hanna--before they become A's next victims. But as they unravel Rosewood's mysteries and secrets, will it bring an end to the horror . . . or is this just the beginning?

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-The suspense. It never ends. You never know when something (mostly bad) is going to happen.

-The mystery is amazing to go thru.

-Each answered question brings other ten questions that are left unanswered.

-The characters feel real. I mean their acts are just normal and sometimes predictable.

-The writing is good.

-I love A!!!
What I hated:

-Nothing.

5


wicked

 

Rating: 5/5 stars!

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In idyllic Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four very pretty girls just can't help but be bad. . . .
Hanna will do anything 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. . . .

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-Can this get any complicated?! The questions keep popping up!

-Okay, nothing is as it seems. The girls think they’re safe and then big bad things happen.

-The writing is always great.

-Having different point of views for different chapters is great.

-Did I mention that A is great, too? Sorry…

What I hated:

-Nothing.

5


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Rating: 4/5 stars.

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In picture-perfect Rosewood, Pennsylvania, ash-blond highlights gleam in the winter sun and frozen lakes sparkle like Swarovski crystals. But pictures often lie— and so do Rosewood's four prettiest girls.
Hanna, Aria, Spencer, and Emily have been lying ever since they became friends with beautiful Alison DiLaurentis. Ali made them do terrible things—things they had to keep secret for years. And even though Ali was killed at the end of seventh grade, their bad-girl ways didn't die with her.
Hanna's on a mission to corrupt Rosewood's youth, starting with a very attractive sophomore. Aria's snooping into her boyfriend's past. Spencer's stealing— from her family. And pure little Emily's abstaining from abstinence.
The girls should be careful, though. They thought they were safe when Ali's killer was arrested and A's true identity was finally revealed. But now there's a new A in town turning up the heat. And this time Rosewood is going to burn.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-New mysteries!

-Still a lot of questions and suspense.

-The writing never disappoints me :D.

-The ending! Cliffhanger!

What I hated:

-The girls are players. They can’t be with one boy for too long. This is too much.

-Sometimes the story is just not realistic.

5


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Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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The newest installment in Sara Shepard’s bestselling Pretty Little Liarsseries is packed with juicy drama and delicious surprises that will keep readers guessing to the very end.
Hanna, Aria, Emily, and Spencer have been telling some outrageous tales; only, the proof always seems to go missing. The friends insist they’re telling the truth, but all of Rosewood thinks they’re just out for attention—and nobody likes a girl who cries wolf. So when the big bad killer comes after them, will anyone believe the girls. . . or will they be the next to disappear?

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-Okay. More twists and turns.

-We’re somewhat closer to figuring out what had happened!

-Are they really crazy? We keep guessing whether they really saw what they think they saw.

-The ending!!! *_*

What I hated:

-Nothing.

5

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wanted

 

Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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In Rosewood, majestic estates sprawl for acres, and Tiffany toggle bracelets dangle from every girl's wrist. But not all that glitters is gold, and the town harbors secrets darker than anyone could imagine—like the truth about what really happened the night Alison DiLaurentis went missing. . . .
Back in middle school, Ali plucked Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer from obscurity and turned them into the beautiful, popular girls everyone wanted to be. Ali was the best friend they ever had. But she also made them do terrible things and taunted them with their worst secrets. Now, three years later, all their questions about Ali have finally been answered and they can put this awful chapter of their lives behind them. Or so they think.
Not every story has a happy ending, especially when four pretty little liars have done so many wicked things. In the dramatic conclusion of Sara Shepard's bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, Emily, Hanna, Aria, and Spencer could get everything they've ever wanted—unless A has one more horrifying twist in store.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-OMG!! I couldn’t believe what was happening at first!

-And then OMG again! What’s going on? You can believe the twist in this book!
-The characters were cool.

-I can’t say much about what I loved or else I’ll spoil the book for you guys. But really, it’s awesome!

What I hated:

-Absolutely nothing.

5

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twisted

 

Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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It’s been a year since the torturous notes from A stopped and the mystery of Alison DiLaurentis’s disappearance was finally put to rest. Now seniors in high school, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily are older, but they’re not any wiser. The Pretty Little Liars have more secrets than ever - twisted secrets that could destroy the perfect lives they’ve worked so hard to rebuild.
Aria’s jealous of her boyfriend’s new exchange student. Spencer’s getting a little too cozy with her soon-to-be-stepbrother. Hanna’s one scandalous photo away from ruining her dad’s Senate campaign. And Emily will do anything to get a swim scholarship.
Worst of all: Last spring break in Jamaica, they did something unforgivable. The girls are desperate to forget that fateful night, but they should know better than anyone that all secrets wash ashore … eventually.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-New aspect of the story and the girls are now older and somewhat more mature.

-The new turn of the story and how we only know not even the half of it is crazy!
-The mystery is back.

-How does Sara keep getting great ideas for the books?!

What I hated:

-Nothing.

5

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ali

 

Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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Before there was A, there was Alison DiLaurentis. Boys wanted to date her, girls wanted to be her, and somebody wanted her dead. . . .
It's the end of seventh grade, and Alison DiLaurentis and her friends are the girls of Rosewood Day. Ali runs her clique with an iron fist, and she's got enough dirt on Hanna, Emily, Aria, and Spencer to keep them in line. But Ali's hiding a dark secret of her own, something so huge it would destroy everything if it ever got out. She's desperate to keep the perfect life she's worked so hard to build, but in Rosewood deadly secrets have deadly consequences. . . .
Set in the weeks leading up to Ali's murder, this special Pretty Little Liars tale is told by the prettiest little liar of all: Ali herself. For the first time ever, we see how the mystery began . . . and how Alison DiLaurentis's life ended.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-The story itself is amazing.

-It is great how how we got the real story of the beginning from Ali.

-The dark secret and how she managed everything.

-The ending was perfect!! I couldn’t keep myself from feeling sorry for her. It was sad and unbelievable.

-The writing is perfect too.

-In all the books I read by far (I’m in Ruthless), this is the best one.

What I hated:

-Nothing at all.

5

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Rating: 3/5 stars.

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When Katarina Bishop was three, her parents took her on a trip to the Louvre…to case it. For her seventh birthday, Katarina and her Uncle Eddie traveled to Austria…to steal the crown jewels. When Kat turned fifteen, she planned a con of her own—scamming her way into the best boarding school in the country, determined to leave the family business behind. Unfortunately, leaving “the life” for a normal life proves harder than she’d expected.
Soon, Kat's friend and former co-conspirator, Hale, appears out of nowhere to bring Kat back into the world she tried so hard to escape. But he has a good reason: a powerful mobster has been robbed of his priceless art collection and wants to retrieve it. Only a master thief could have pulled this job, and Kat's father isn't just on the suspect list, he is the list. Caught between Interpol and a far more deadly enemy, Kat’s dad needs her help.
For Kat, there is only one solution: track down the paintings and steal them back. So what if it's a spectacularly impossible job? She's got two weeks, a teenage crew, and hopefully just enough talent to pull off the biggest heist in her family's history--and, with any luck, steal her life back along the way.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-The idea of the book.

-The characters.

-The story is cool.

-The action!

What I hated:

-It was confusing at first and at at the end.

-Sometimes it was slow paced and it got boring.

-I didn’t enjoy the writing a lot.

3.5


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Rating: 5/5 stars!

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Katarina Bishop has worn a lot of labels in her short life. Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. But for the last two months she’s simply been known as the girl who ran the crew that robbed the greatest museum in the world. That’s why Kat isn’t surprised when she’s asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners.
There are only three problems. First, the gem hasn’t been seen in public in thirty years. Second, since the fall of the Egyptian empire and the suicide of Cleopatra, no one who holds the emerald keeps it for long, and in Kat’s world, history almost always repeats itself. But it’s the third problem that makes Kat’s crew the most nervous and that is simply… the emerald is cursed.
Kat might be in way over her head, but she’s not going down without a fight. After all she has her best friend—the gorgeous Hale—and the rest of her crew with her as they chase the Cleopatra around the globe, dodging curses, realizing that the same tricks and cons her family has used for centuries are useless this time.
Which means, this time, Katarina Bishop is making up her own rules.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-The story line is way better than the first one.

-The writing is great (or I got used to it.).

-The characters as always are so cool.

-The chemistry between Kat and Hale <3.

What I hated:

-Nothing.

5


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Rating: 5/5 stars!

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Macey McHenry—Glamorous society girl or spy-in-training?
W.W. Hale V—Heir to an American dynasty or master thief?
There are two sides to every coin. Whether these two can work together is a tossup.
Born into privilege, Macey and Hale are experts at mingling with the upper class. But even if they’ve never raised an eyebrow at the glitz, neither teenager has ever felt at home with the glamour.
When Macey and Hale meet at a society gala, the party takes a dangerous turn. Suddenly they’re at the center of a hostage situation, and it’s up to them to stop the thugs from becoming hostile. Will Macey’s spy skills and Hale’s con-man ways be enough to outsmart a ruthless gang? Or will they have to seek out the ultimate inside girl to help?
The worlds of Heist Society and the Gallagher Girls collide in Ally Carter’s fast-paced, high-stakes and tantalizing new story. Get a behind the scenes glimpse as Ally delivers an irresistible thriller that is full of her signature style and savvy twists.

From: Goodreads.

Mini review:

What I loved:

-The new mystery and action.

-The combination of two different worlds.

-Short and yet very rich.

-The writing was great.

-Hale <3.

What I hated:

-Didn’t get the chance to hate anything ;).

5


So, this is it!!
Stay tuned for part two ;).

Randa