Sunday, December 23, 2012

Burned by Sara Shepard

Burned by Sara Shepard
Released: December 4, 2012
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Pretty Little Liars, Book 12
Precended By: Stunning
Followed By: Crushed
Page Amount: 336, US Hardback
POV: 3rd Person
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=83/100 B

It's spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck, A is there, soaking up all their new secrets. Emily is smooching a stowaway. Aria's treasure-hunting partner is a little too interested in her booty. Spencer's going overboard trying to land a new boy. And a blast--or rather, a crash--from Hanna's past could mean rough waters ahead for everyone. The liars better tighten their life jackets. A perfect storm is brewing, and if they aren't careful, A will bury them at sea. . .

This series... I have such a love/hate relationship with it. I love the mystery and I really can't wait to find out who A is, but the whole time while reading these books, I groan with how stupid they are becoming. It's kind of like Ms. Shepard is running out of ideas and is all like "Here, if we just add another obnoxious, outlandish character and put the girls on a cruise ship, it will change the plot and grab the interest of the readers." Nooooo, it doesn't work like that. If this book zeroed in on the mystery of Tabitha's murder and the identity of A, this book would be amazing. I hate all the distractions and crazy unbelievable characters. Overall though, I did like the cruise ship setting and did enjoy the few messages from A and certain mysterious pieces of jewelry.

The characters were decent. I mean I liked the liars, but I didn't feel an attachment to any of them in this book. Aria was just ridiculous with her "friendship" with Graham. Emily was okay, but her little "friend" was so crazy and unbelievable I can't stand it. I love EM to pieces, but if she gets back together with Jordan I will smash my head against a brick wall. There was nothing really special with Spencer's relationship with Reefer either. It was the same thing, a liar falls in love only to have to break up with him to protect him from A. We have all seen it a billion times. Hanna was just Hanna. Her "friendship" with Naomi was interesting and I did think it was practical to believe Naomi to be A. Notice all the frienships in quotations, well I hope Shepard includes some true, believable, through life and death friendships in the next book.

I can't tell if I want to smash my head against a brick wall or what... I think I liked the ending, but I feel like I have read it before. It was no big surprise. I did like the suspense at the end and I think I have a pretty good idea of how this series is going to end. It was exciting at some points, but ultimately I just want Shepard to hurry up and make her point.
My Favorite Part: The setting, a cruise ship.

Do I recommend this book? Yep. There were some suspenseful parts.
Will I be reading the next book? I'm so close to finishing this series...I need to.

Thanks for reading!

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Review by Macy ♥

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