Twisted by Sara Shepard – Pretty Little Liars Book #9 – Review

This is the ninth installment in the Pretty Little Liars series of books written by author Sara Shepard. This book review will contain no spoilers for those of you who have not began reading Twisted or the other eight books in the series. Throughout this review I will discuss the synopsis of the book, writing style, plot, characters, what I liked and disliked, and finally my overall rating of the book. If you have read Twisted, leave a comment below and tell me what you thought of it. Please refrain from posting spoilers in the comments, but I will be moderating them so I will ultimately choose what is posted and will add that a comment contains spoilers at the beginning so the book is not spoiled for others.

Synopsis:

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.

Writing Style:

I absolutely love how Sara Shepard sets up the chapters in all of the Pretty Little Liars books. If you are not familiar with it, each chapter alternates between the four main characters and the sub-plot that each girl experiences. I have read books where the characters are mixed in each chapter and it is hard to follow who is speaking, and the sub-plots get confusing. This is not the case with Twisted and the other books in the series. Each chapter focuses on a different character so it is easy to follow and does not get confusing. Sara Shepard has a great writing style and the book showcases that with its ease of read and slight humor.

Plot:

The plot of the book is very intriguing and entices the reader from the beginning. Not only does this book have a main plot, but it also has sub-plots for each main character. The main plot of this book is simplistic and really aids in the development of the sub-plots. The main plot is this: the different girls are trying to move on with their lives while trying to conceal something horrible they experienced while away on vacation in Jamaica. The twist to this plot (no pun intended) is simply that what happened in Jamaica can effect the girls lives in a serious way, and they must do what the Pretty Little Liars do best; keep secrets so their lives will remain at peace.

Characters:

The characters in this book are very diversified and simply great! The main characters in this book are, Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily. Spencer is the type of person who strives to be the best at everything she does and is willing to go to the extreme to ensure that she makes her family proud. In the book, it focuses on Spencer and the relationship she is starting to form with her soon-to-be stepbrother. Hanna is the type of girl who has always been hard on herself and just wants to belong. In her father’s eyes, Hanna feels like she is second best when it comes to her stepsister Kate. In the book, it focuses on Hanna trying to one-up Kate and prove to her father that she exists. In the process, Hanna does something that could ultimately ruin her father’s career. Aria is the type of girl who has been the out-cast throughout her life. She knits, reads poetry, and dresses differently than the other girls. In the book, Aria must deal with jealously issues that arise when a very good-looking foreign exchange student comes to live with her boyfriend, Noel. Finally, Emily is the athletic personality. She is a girl who is dealing with her sexuality and is a competitive swimmer who, in this book, is willing to do anything to get that swimming scholarship. I really like the characters that Sara Shepard has created. I think all of these different personalities help to bring the girls closer together and make their bond of friendship even stronger.

What I Liked:

There are a few things that I really like about this book. The first would be how it is set up. Like mentioned before, the chapters alternate and focus on the sub-plots of each character. I really like it this way because it is extremely easy to follow. The second thing I like is at the end of this book (and all previous in the series) there is a what happens next chapter that is usually 2-3 pages and it is from A’s perspective and it cleverly lets the reader know they are in for some more fun as there will be another book following. For example, in Twisted the last line is:

“Stick with me, kids. It’s about to get so good….. -A”.

I really enjoy this what happens next chapter because it contains the famous Pretty Little Liars cliffhanger that we love so much!

What I Didn’t Like:

There was very little that I did not like about this book. I don’t know if it is just me who feels this way, but I didn’t think there was as much “thriller/horror” elements to it as compared to the other books in the series. I may feel this way because it’s been almost a year since I have read the other eight books and don’t recall all of the “thrilling” events, but I felt this book focused more on the mystery of what happened in the past (in Jamaica) then being tormented in the present by A in Rosewood. It focused more on the relationships between the characters than the mystery aspect of the story in my opinion.

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