Sunday, August 19, 2012

Wanted by Sara Shepard

(Pretty Little Liars series, book 8)
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.

What a crazy, mind twisting, perfect end to the Pretty Little Liars series!! Now, I say end…however, there are four more books but I’m not positive if they follow the same storyline or not. I would imagine they have all new issues since the major mysteries in books 1-8 have been solved. Or have they? I feel like the way Wanted ended could go one of two ways: the mystery of “-A” and Alison’s murder are finally solved and the girls are finally able to move on…OR…someone escaped something and is still out there waiting for their chance to finally take out the liars for good. Either way, I was extremely happy with the way this series ended!

There are too many opportunities to reveal spoilers so I can’t really explain the plot into too much detail. However, remember when I said Sara dropped a cliffhanger in Killer and didn’t explain it in Heartless? Well, we finally get some answers in the final book. Who really was the girl they saw in the woods the night they were set on fire? Was it really Alison? Was it her ghost? Did they all just hallucinate seeing her? Well folks…the answer will rock your fucking socks off. Okay, maybe not rock them off…YET!

After it turns out that Billy Ford, the man in jail for the murders of Ian, Alison, and Jenna, has a solid alibi for the nights of the murders, they realize he is being framed by someone still walking the streets. The revelation will blow. your. fucking. mind. I had a little bit of a hint that something about someone was off, but I didn’t see the final twist coming at all! The new “-A” reveals their identity and all questions regarding the deaths of Ian, Jenna, and Ali are officially answered. Two words came to mind during the last 20 or so pages: Bitch Crazy! Brace yourself ladies…shit gets real in this book!!

I loved Wanted and the series as a whole was pretty good, but this was my favorite book by far. That being said, there were a couple storylines that seemed to be unanswered: Wilden’s whole Amish background and what really happened to his ex-girlfriend Leah, Is Emily totally done with Isaac even after he asked her to take him back…just to name a couple. Who knows, maybe those questions will be answered in the next four books if Sara chooses to follow this same storyline. If you like Pretty Little Liars the TV show, I would definitely recommend checking out this series but don’t expect it to mirror the show. The TV show follows the books loosely and as much as I hate to say it, I think I still like the TV show better. 

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