Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Ruthless by Sara Shepard.

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 Title: Ruthless.

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

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #10.

 Publisher:

 Publication date:

 Source: Bought.

 Format: e-book.

 Date read: June 21st, 2013.

 Rating: 4/5 stars.

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For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania--and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They've lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it's not over yet.
Aria's love life is on the fritz. Emily's exploring her wild side. Hanna's kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer's past--someone she never thought she'd see again--is back to haunt her.
But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It's their darkest secret yet and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what's coming to them.

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

This new set of covers is cool. I probably wouldn’t like it as much if it were a real model on the cover ;).

 

The storyline:

This story was great, I did love it but it had some things that just ruined everything.

Summary:

So basically, things are almost back to normal. Until the Liars start getting crazy new “A” messages. Hanna is supposed to be helping her Dad with his campaign but instead she almost wrecks it with her search for true love.

Aria is happy that her old teacher (and romance) is back but doesn’t realize that maybe she doesn’t want both.

Spencer is crazier than ever especially when an expected person she framed is back I Rosewood. Her actions might just make her alone again.

Finally, Emily, is experiencing a new side in her. The wild side, which in turn introduces her to a new friend who also might be an enemy to all of them.

What I loved:

- The plot. It is new and unexpected.

- The writing is awesome.

- Emily’s struggle to find the truth.

- The suspense and mystery of who “A” is.

- Unlike the previous books, in this one “A” sends a message at the end of the book to all of them <3.

What I hated:

- Mostly the characters. Especially Spencer’s character. She was reckless, loosening in her studies, obsessed and almost crazy! It was unbearable for me.

- These girls are acting like they have absolutely nothing to worry about besides their love lives and “A”. Hello? You’re seniors and you have school stuff to worry about too! It’s not supposed to be an easy year!

 

The characters:

Aria: I liked her character this time. She acted more rationally and sounded more mature than usual.

Hanna: I don’t know what’s wrong with her jumping from one boy to another. However, this time she tries from her heart to help her Dad and get along with his family.

Spencer: Is ridiculous in this book. She’s struggling with her guilt for what she did in their trip to Jamaica (which all of them can’t get over yet) and with what she did to an old friend too. She’s starting to act a little bit meaner, crazier and almost gets herself arrested for assault. Yep. No comment.

Emily: She’s gone wild! Well, for some chapters only, actually. I appreciated her character. She’s friendly, nice, sweet and protective about those she cares about.

Other characters worth mentioning are: Kelsey: I still have no idea what her deal is. Kate: Hanna’s stepsister, she surprised me at the end although we don’t see a lot of her in the book. That transfer student (I can’t remember her name and I won’t try to look it up): I just hate her. She acts like she came for the sole purpose of messing with Aria. Noel Khan: I actually really like him. His nice in the books.

 

Favorite quotes:

Attached was a photograph of a blond girl in a goldenrod-colored sundress lying on her stomach on a beach at night. Her head was turned to the side, and there was a huge gash at her temple. Blood trickled down her chin and onto the sand. The waves crashed ominously near her head, ready to wash her away.--- Chapter 30: Kill Her Before She Kills You.

They eyed each other cagily. Then someone tugged Hanna’s arm. Hanna turned and saw Aria and Spencer standing next to her. Both of them looked frazzled and pale. --- Chapter 32: Not Your Usual Flyer On The Dashboard.

With shaking hands, Emily pressed READ .

And then she shut her eyes, realizing this wasn’t over. Not even close.

Dig all you want, bitches.

But you’ll NEVER find me. —A

--- Chapter 38: Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Conclusion:

I still adore this series. Although it’s different from the TV show, I find them better in some aspects.

I can’t wait to finish my current reading pile so I could jump to the next one, Stunning.

4

Randa