Joder.Es que esta se ora nunca deja de sorprenderme Si el anterior arco me gust , creo que este que adem s es el m s largo de todos, con 8 libros en total , me va a encantar Este primer libro del tercer arco me ha sorprendido bastante, y no iba con grandes expectativas.Obviamente y como siempre hay partes en las que Sara Shepard no avanza demasiado la trama, o hace que esta parezca m s floja De hecho, me he dado cuenta con Twisted de que utiliza un formato interesante para que la trama avance, y que en este caso ha funcionado genial Y claro, creo que por primera vez en todos los libros de la saga, ha conseguido que las escenas que parec an de relleno tuvieron su importancia en determinado momento Bravo, queen.En este libro tenemos nuevos personajes como Chloe o Zach que me han encantado Sus tramas han conseguido que me vicie much simo a la novela, aparte de por las amenazas de las chicas por parte de A Cuando consigues que un personaje que me presentas tan r pido me enganche es porque lo haces bien Ay, estoy contento.Tal y como est n las cosas creo que voy a leer de seguido la siguiente parte Es que no me puedes dejar as Qu bien montado todo, de verdad Me ha sorprendido mucho toda la trama de Tabitha, demostrando que Sara Shepard es una artista del enga o Sinceramente creo que de un libro a otro mejora much simo.Os recomiendo much simo la saga Son libros r pidos de leer, que enganchan, con plot twists pr cticamente cada cap tulo y con unos finales de infarto. This series is so archetypical it s not even funny at this point. And so we enter the third circle of hell.The prologue begins with some discouraging talk about unspecified people who have nine lives, and the worryingly ominous statement thatnothing in Rosewood is ever really overNot as long as the publisher is still signing the cheques anyway Our four privileged heroines are introduced holidaying in a Jamaican luxury paradise hotel, swimming in their designer bikinis and listening to Redemption Song played on steel drums, either to hint at the upcoming themes of enslavement and oppression or because it s the only reggae song Sara Shepard knows Although this prologue is for once not a flashback to events previously featured in the books we are still treated to many, many pages of plot reiteration, with the result that the whole section istreading water than moving forward Alison s motives for her various crazy actions in the last few books are restated, but still remain a mystery to me The girls are all aware that Alison hated them with every ounce of her being , even though her anger could surely be directedlogically toward her parents since it was they who accidentally shipped her to a mental institute twice even though she s the not crazy twin Incidentally the phrase not crazy here means crazy murderer The developments which do occur are that Noel has been hanging around with Mike the sexist too much, regressing him to a level where the entirety of his conversation is merely rephrased demands for his girlfriend to take her clothes off Hanna s father is casually announced to be running for senate Party not mentioned I m assuming Republican , Spencer is moaning about school and Emily keeps being sick, and is therefore probably pregnant Then suddenly they all spot a girl with Freddy Krueger skin and an air of radiant beauty and confidence It must be Ali End of prologue.Then onto the book proper, set 10 months later Chapter 1 begins with someone shoving cheese into Spencer s face, which is promising but sadly turns out to be a badly phrased description of serving hors d oeuvres rather than a vicious and messy assault After this disappointment we are told that the girls are now no longer friends, since they are all vile bitches who can t go 10 minute without turning on each other Then the usual monotonous drone of brand names begins In amongst the white noise we pick up a few pieces of news Melissa and Officer Wilden are now going out with each other, presumably because they were both left spare after the various deaths in the last cycle This reminds me that we never cleared up who murdered Wilden s Amish ex girlfriend, to whom he was abusive She wasn t from Rosewood though, so nobody cares about her and her mysterious disappearance, least of all her ex Meanwhile Melissa s completely redoing her kitchen as a means of passing the time, and has used her rich cow contacts to get Wilden a cushy job in a museum, since it s closer to herluxuriously renovated townhouseand thereforeconvenient for her I sincerely hope she ends up trapped in a cupboard with a corpse again by the end of this book She s certainly asking for it Also Spencer has got into Princeton because she gets everything she wants and both the Hastings parents have got new partners already, because no one is ever single in these books forthan 2 hours And Wilden is curious about why Spencer and Emily are no longer friends, but cannot be told because the answer pertains to the Jamaica Incident JI , which we the readers cannot hear about yet because it s the thrilling finale reveal.Meanwhile Emily is working as a coat check girl at her friend s party, which no one thinks is a bit off, and has quit the swim team for reasons we cannot hear about related to the JI Which means, as stated in my previous review, that her only characteristic is her part time lesbianism With this is mind she immediately meets a new love interest who offers roughly five minutes after they meet to solve Emily s problem of not having earned a university scholarship by simply getting Daddy to fix things, Daddy being a rich man who has bought favour with a university It s certainly nice to have influential friends In other news Emily now had asilky tasseltalisman, which sounds very peculiar but can t be explained because of JI.Hanna s life is still mainly dull sibling rivalry, plus her father s senate bid, an offer of a modelling contract and, of course, thinking about JI Aria is not having sex with her boyfriend, which he is not taking well, although considering he s the kind of boy who calls his girlfriend woman he was never likely to be the considerate type We also learn that she never had sex with Ezra Fitz, which is news to me Noel is distracted from his attempts at soliciting sex when he has to go and collect the new Finnish exchange student who will be staying with him, which he does whilst making many racist jests about Finnish culture which are limited only by the fact that he knows nothing about Finland, and in fact has it slightly confused with Holland But it s all Europe, so what s the difference Aria finds all this hilarious even though she lived in Iceland for 3 years and is supposedly cosmopolitan, but is horrified to find that the exchange student is a gorgeous Nordic blonde racial stereotype and is instantly aflame with jealousy Aria is an awful person and her life is ridiculous Also, don t forget the JIEverything proceeds exactly as you would imagine Spencer meets her mother s new boyfriend Mr Pennythistle, who is inexplicably horrible to her without being questioned by her family, thus precipitating a sulk Then she encounters a boy who meets her approval on the basis thatprepster was her favorite look , they bond over their love of sports, money and idiocy, he calls her hot, and then in a shocking twist he turns out to be Master Pennythistle Hanna is disappointed in Mike for not beingsympathetic about her Daddy Issues, even though she is surely well aware that he has all the sensitivity of a copy of Nuts magazine He also refuses to allow her to do any modelling, so she promptly dumps him Again I m very much at a loss as to which of them is most vile Emily continues to hang around with her new love interest Chloe, who totes her baby sister about the place presumably in order to make Emily feel guilty Surprisingly Emily actually gets a storyline of her own, although it s only the hand me down older male molester storyline that all the other girls have already had a turn with This time the perpetrator is Chloe s father, but it doesn t really make much of a difference because the whole story always runs in exactly the same way, and is consistently irrelevant.Meanwhile we are reminded almost constantly about the JI There are also many mentions of the new PLL film, as well as repeated instances of people spotting Alison in the corner of their eye, in an old photograph, on TV etc., exactly as in every other book The label obsession steadily worsens, as we are told the brand names of candles and computer game cars We are also gradually drip fed JI related flashbacks, mainly regarding how everyone was immediately frightened of Tabitha the burnt girl, but how they non the less managed to split up and wander aimlessly about until each one of them had had an individual chance to meet up with her alone and be spooked by her doing nothing Meanwhile the present day plot strand continues as usual, with vague threats from A 3 running alongside the standard individual plots Mr Roland s harassment of Emily is made easier by the fact that Rosewood Day is quite happy to allow parents to videotape children to whom they are not related in their swimwear Klaudia the exchange student makes friends with Aria, apparently because she s the only person who doesn t think of people from Finland as comedy caveman Vikings Spencer and her new boyfriend go to the Kahn s Racist Finn Welcoming Party and casually discuss how one of the women present is a predatory paedophile, but no one seems bothered about it Hanna continues to be a narcissistic bitch, yet we are supposed to be worried about A 3 s potential threat to her irritatingly perfect life Aria realises that like all girls in this series Klaudia is a man hungry vacuum who wants to steal her boyfriend Spencer s new boyfriend turns out to be gay, which she immediately happily accepts, thereby rendering the storyline moot Emily s new girlfriend tells her that she used to have a sexual relationship with her teacher, which I m pretty sure was Aria s storyline first Emily insists on droning on about Alison technically Courtney being the love of her life, even though they only actually knew each other as children She also finally admits the baby thing, and immediately thereafter is sexually assaulted by Mr.Roland and blamed for the assault by A 3, the proximity of these events creating a very unpleasant atmosphere of judgement against Emily for her transgression in being impregnated The actual fate of the baby is also left hanging, as Shepard would rather drone on about the blackmail business some , even though A 3 has absolutely nothing to say.After a lot of dullness Hanna s photographer friend decides to blackmail her in return for some photographs of her with her bra very slightly showing which would apparently ruin her dad s campaign for senate if they got out He also attempts to rape her for good measure, but this is quickly brushed aside It s hard to get particularly excited about this plot since all 4 of the girls already have a constant string of blackmailers after them throughout the series Meanwhile Aria decides to sleep with her boyfriend to stop him cheating on her and Emily refrains from telling anyone about the adult male who sexually assaulted her in case she is somehow blamed The sexual politics of this book leave summat to be desired, to be honest. In other news, Spencer is delighted to have a gay friend since due to his sexual preferences he will be delighted to watchThe Real Housewives of Beverly Hillswith her andargue over Robert Pattinson s hotness , surely a very brief argument Then there s a make over sequence, after which Zach decides that he might not be gay after all None of this constitutes an actual story Also Chloe turns out to have had an alcohol problem in the past, although unlike most teens it relates to champagne rather than alcopops and cider, Hanna steals some money from her father s campaign fund rather than selling any of her myriad luxury possessions, because she is a selfish idiot, and Aria screams and runs away at the sight of a naked girl, for what reason I do not know. Whilst Spencer is occupied letting her step brother to be use her body as a sexual test ground with which to determine his preferences Emily is oncesexually assaulted by the father of her new love interest, who naturally catches them in the act and yetnaturally assumes that it s Emily s fault Hanna is occupied with framing her dad s assistant Jeremiah for the theft she committed, a cruelty he has earned by not liking her because she is a bitch She is repaid for this almost immediately when TabAli apparently manages to trap her in a darkened lift using her hitherto unmentioned electrician s skills, sneak into said lift after disabling the emergency lighting and whisper vaguely sinister nonsense to her before escaping unseen This makes no sense whatsoever Meanwhile Aria finally recalls the exciting secret of JI the girls pushed TabAli off a roof and presumed that they had killed her, although doubtless she will rise again as standard, especially since her body managed to dematerialise as soon as no eyes were upon it, in classic Michael Myers manner I don t know why this is supposed to be an exciting reveal as the girls all evidently believe TabAli is dead, and would had to have thought so for the current plot to make sense Where else would they suppose her to be It was obviously a shock to Aria though, as the mere memory of it causes her to push Klaudia off a ski lift to her potential death Luckily Klaudia had revealed herself seconds before to be an evil psychopathic manipulator, thereby validating Aria s ridiculous jealousy and rendering herself a viable target for serious physical injury I assume we ll see her again by the end of the book, alive but in plaster.As we near the end Spencer inflicts yet another ridiculous Alighost dream upon us, before getting tangled up in some histrionics involving the Pennythistle family and their over reaction to Zach possibly being gay Aria lies to her boyfriend about the accident with Klaudia Hanna suddenly realises that they should just tell the police about everything, since all they re guilty of is pushing a girl who s known to be an insane stalker and murderer Nobody actually tells the police Emily contributes nowt, as usual Then news conveniently comes in that a girl s body has washed ashore in Jamaica Is it Alison this time Or perhaps another identical psychotic sibling whose corpse has ended up where she should be due to a chain of unbelievable and ill planned events No, it turns out that it s merely Tabitha, an innocent girl with a tragic backstory whom our four Pretty Little Idiots mistook for Alison Reborn Or wait Maybe it actually WAS Alison No, no it wasn t Or was it And if Alison is dead then who is A 3, the mysterious figure who knows all their secrets and has exactly the same writing style as both Alison and the long forgotten Mona There s no point in me paying attention to anything the characters say, since they are entirely unreliable and totally ignorant Similarly, there s no point in me scouring the plot for clues, since Shepard is a stranger to foreshadowing and plot structure and will no doubt pull the eventual answer out of nowhere 3 books from now So I guess I ll just plough on until she finally puts me out of my misery.Most Racially Insensitive Rich White Kid Behaviour At a restaurant table in Jamaicaeveryone clinked glasses and said Yeah, mon in faux Jamaican accents This is presumably in earshot of numerous Jamaican staff of the hotel restaurant Although I can t verify this, since staff are too lowly to feature in the narrative, I m pretty sure the drinks didn t just materialise in their hands.Or Aria s summary of a Japanese exchange student she wrote her name in strange characters, folded origami shapes out of her spelling tests, and had the straightest, blackest hair Aria had ever seen Imagine other cultures having different alphabets And of course all Japanese people start doing origami whenever paper is within their grasp As to the hair thing, it worries me what type of sheltered life the supposedly travelled Aria has been leading if this impresses her. Or then there s the ever charming Mike s I bet Klaudia walks around the house naked 24 7 I heard Finns do that They re huge sex addicts, too there s nothing else to do there Obviously his 3 years living in a Nordic country have in no way broadened his horizons or deepened his understanding of other cultures.Stupidest NamesNicholas PennythistleZachary PennythistleAmelia PennythistleThaddeusKelsey female Brice LangleyLolaKlaudia HuuskoPreston WallisBeau Baxter male Lori, Kendra MadisonMaurizioLeast Comprehension of the Concept of Irony Ironically, Spencer was the only person in her family not dating What s ironic about that It s possibly annoying if you re Spencer, or amusing if you hate Spencer or uninteresting if you are a reader of this book, but not ironic.Most Charming nickname Jeremiah, Mr Marin s number one campaign advisor or, as Hanna liked to call him, his bitch boy I wonder if it ever occurs to Hanna that there s a reason people don t like her Most Slavishly Devoted Attitude to a Boy Mike gave his opinion by belching loudly during one of the takes Hanna adored him for it She certainly doesn t ask for much from a man.Worst TouristNoel in Iceland He d insisted on only eating at Burger King and paying for cans of Budweiser with U.S dollars Least Appealing Foodstuff raw turnip ravioli Most Airheadedly Judgemental Remark Related to Sexuality What gay guy hated shopping This book has a particularly lazy story structure, all events and relationships simply regressing to where they were at book one in order that Shepard can simply write the same story again Four once close friends, now estranged, a big secret between them related to Alison which most now be dragged out incessantly It s so pathetically lacking in effort that I could just as well have re read the first book and changed some of the brand names I m sure it s made Shepard yet richer though Well done Sara I hope you re proud of yourself. This book was not necessary It had ended in Wanted and sealed the series well enough I honestly think Shepard wrote this because of the TV show s success ABC Family probably needed another season hence the book I ll still read the next one but it s just getting old Message to Sara Shepard Don t cry because it s over Smile because it happened Dr Seuss 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 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 Why am I going to do this to myself AGAIN It s like watching a train wreck in slow motion You know it s going to crash and burn in a dragged out way, but you just can t turn away I hate you Shepard Update Spoilers Alert Shepard never ceases to amaze me Just when you think a series can t be butchered to pieces any, Twisted comes along Take the same stupid storyline, add a couple of new characters, and voila, Shepard has an excuse to drag out this series for another 8 books yep, this mystery ended in a cliffhanger surprise As usual, the twists are predictable and completely impossible Apparently, A is back with a vengeance, and she has the ability to teleport Sending cryptic messages to one Liar in Philly, while simultaneously,a Liar in New York gets a text, too The horrible thing that the Liars did while on vacation was predictable from the start.And seriously, are we supposed to believe that someone FOLLOWED them to JAMAICA Come on, anyone who is that obsessed needs to get a hobby Another completely impossible plot twist was Emily s pregnancy Not that she was pregnant completely obvious from the beginning but the fact that she DELIVERED a baby Uh, Shepard do you understand how the pregnancy cycle works If she was experiencing morning sickness on SPRING BREAK, HOW did she deliver by the SUMMER That s some miracle baby As usual, the characters are deplorable and utterly ignorant and stupid The new character, Klaudia , the supermodel esque Finn girl who speaks broken English Uh, yeah, like that wasn t as see through as a wet teeshirt But we are supposed to be SHOCKED when she speaks perfectly clear English to Aria when she says she s planning on f cking Aria s boyfriend, Noel Yes, Shepard has resorted to using foul, crude language in her books Like that s going to help things How cliche is that And then there is Spencer s soon to be step family Mr Pennythistle seriously Is this the Misfortunate Events series or something When Spencer sees this d bag BEATING his son, her reaction is to blurt out he s gay How about GETTING YOUR MOTHER Because I sure as hell would want my mother to see this kind of behavior if she was about to MARRY this man and wtf What kind of mother introduces her boyfriend of a few months to her children and then drop the getting married bomb on them on the 2nd meeting Without their opinion And if I was Spencer s mother, I would have run screaming in the other direction, far away from this abusive loser I seriously want to smack every single person in this book I m just waiting for the big twist to be something like Ali and Courtney have a long lost triplet Tabitha was Ali and Courney reconstructed by Dr Frankenstein Tabitha is a zombie I wonder how long Shepard will be able to milk this stupid story line out for OH And speaking of Shepard never taking Sex Ed seriously, have you NEVER opened a Biology book before This reminded me of one of the previous books in which Spencer thought she was adopted and found her biological mother via an agency Except the woman was actually a SURROGATE mother and, in actuality, would have NO BIOLOGICAL relation to Spencer Meaning they do not share any DNA and that there would have been no way the adoption agency could have legally brought these two together So these agencies just take people s word on things Even MORE plausible Seriously how do you get away with this nonsense Well at least I m one book closer to finishing the series. Twisted by Sara Shepard book 9 in the Pretty Little Liars seriesActual Rating 3.5 5 StarsThis book takes place a year after the last one, and throughout the entirety of this book we are getting hints as to what happened in Jamaica I found myself enjoying Emily s storyline a lot in this book, which is different for me because she s usually my least favourite, and I did not see that particular thing coming Gosh, way to throw that in there randomly Ms Shepard hahahaI really enjoyed this instalment, and I think it s setting the next half of the series off well Order of PLL books from fav to least fav so far 1 Wanted2 Wicked3 Killer4 Twisted5 Unbelievable6 Pretty Little Liars7 Flawless8 Heartless9 Perfect Otro libro m s con el cual me engancho igual que los anteriores Me encant , se me hizo s per ligero, y la verdad es que no puede pasar mucho tiempo sin saber algo sobre pretty little liars Ahora que ya termin la serie, s lo me quedan los libros Le por ah que la trama estaba un poco rebuscada, y algunas cosas que suceden como que se me hacieron un poco forzadas pero bueno, no le quita mucho al libro a decir verdad, los nuevos personajes me encantaron, y los casos de las diferentes protagonistas te entretienen bastante PD A pesar de que aqu no est Ezra, amo que Aria est con Noel. I really don t care what anyone says I unabashedly love this series I eagerly await every installment and devour the things within hours Sara Shepard is one of the best if not the best YA author I ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and she creates some of the most twisted and engaging plots I ve ever seen.I ll be honest, when I first discovered Twisted was actually going to be a novel I m pretty sure that Wanted was definitely supposed to be the last in the series , I felt feelings of both excitement and uneasiness Pretty much every loose end was tied up in the last novel, and it seemed as if there was no place to go given the ending I figured the new, four book contract was signed simply due to the success of the TV show, and while that may be, that didn t influence the quality of this book Twisted was of the same caliber as the first eight novels in this series, and the characters and their story arcs, surprisingly, did not feel wore out A is as sinister as ever, and the four main characters keep getting caught up in the most convoluted situations And if you thought the ending to Wanted was a little too crazy for your tastes, don t worry it plays out very well in this novel.And now, of course, I ll sit here and count down the days until Ruthless is released Until then,
Sara Shepard graduated from NYU and has an MFA from Brooklyn College She has lived in New York City, Brooklyn, Tucson, Arizona, Philadelphia, and now lives in Pittsburgh, PA Sara s Pretty Little Liars novels were inspired by her upbringing in Philadelphia s Main Line.
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