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. . . .Goodreads.com
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.
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.