Saturday, May 19, 2018

Wanted

Wanted is the eight book in the Pretty Little Liars book series.

In shock over the appearance of Courtney, Ali's mentally ill twin sister, the pretty little liars try their best to cope with all the changes around them. With Ali's supposed killer behind bars and the haunting text messages having stopped the girls all hope to have a normal life again.

Spencer just wants a chance to get to know her half sister but Courtney is acting strangely and Spencer has uneasy feelings. However with her family all torn up and her mom devastated from the affair her husband had Spencer clings to the only people who want to talk to her.

Hannah just wants to continue to be popular and bring down Kate, her future step sister. Determined to get back her queen bee spot Hannah cannot wait to knock down Kate when Courtney suggests a diabolic plot to embarrass Kate in front of the whole school.

Emily is beyond torn, having had a long time crush on Ali Emily is not sure how to interact with Courtney. Confused and embarrassed that Courtney will be grossed out Emily struggles with trying to understand her own feelings and not giving the school more to gossip about.

Aria is cautious of Courtney, she does not trust her nor does she want anything to do with her. Careful to keep her emotions under control Aria watches Courtney for any sign of the mean pranks that Ali use to play on the girls. Something is wrong and Aria is determined to figure it out.

Wanted tied up the Pretty Little Liars series nicely, I was expecting some of the twists and not some of the others. I did have a few questions left about things but nothing major. I was surprised at the end of the book to read the note from the author saying how it was the last book in the series when eight more books exist. I have started Twisted and it does seem a bit different, I would like to see how it will end up tying back into the first books in the series.

Of Neptune

Of Neptune is the third book in the Syrena Legacy trilogy. Oddly enough I enjoyed the second book the most and most of the time I tend to find the second book in any trilogy unsatisfactory in some way.

Emma feels out of place, seen as a abomination by the Syrena she does not wish to live in the ocean. However she fears humans finding out she is half merperson. Torn on what to do she follows her grandfather's advice and decides to visit Neptune with Galen. Amazed to find a whole town full of half breeds and humans living in harmony Emma is immediately enticed by the life that could exist in Neptune for her.

Galen cannot wait to get Emma away from everyone and have her all to himself so when she suggests visiting a town in the middle of no where he is all for it until he finds out the town is full of half breeds living a normal life. Horrified at the thought of losing Emma Galen lets his temper get the better of him and runs off to do what he thinks is right and tell his bother, the Triton King, about the town.

Of Neptune reminded me a bit of the first book interesting in parts but slow for the rest of it. I had a hard time finishing the story and I even had nothing else to read. I am glad I did read all of Emma and Galen's story but over all it felt like the story contained a lot of unnecessary filler. While I liked enough to have gained something form reading the trilogy the writing did not entice me enough to seek out more of Anna Banks work.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Heartless

Heartless is the seventh book in the Pretty Little Liar's series. I really had fun with Heartless, the ever secretive A was devious and toyed with not on the four girls but the readers as well.

Hannah cannot seem to catch a breath with her soon to be stepsister Kate in the house, after she blurts Hannah's secret to her father he quickly finds a preserve for Hannah so she can get the special treatment she needs to receive help with her eating disorder.

Emily is learning the hard way that A is not going to flat out tell them clues to solving Ali's murder but instead making the girls work for it. Stuck on an Amish settlement in the middle of no where Emily struggles to figure out why A wanted her to go there.

Spencer thinks she has it all figured out even more so when A pushes her in a direction that shows an even darker side to Spencer's already confused family tree.

Aria is struggling with her attachment to Jason, Ali's older brother, as she tries to figure out why Jason is acting so strangely. In an attempt to learn more about Ali's death Aria turns to less traditional means.

Nothing is as it seems and all four girls discover major clues about what could have happened to Ail. I cannot wait to start Wanted


Of Triton

Of Triton is the second book in the Syrena Legacy. I had no intention of reading Of Triton so soon since I struggled with the first book but I could not get the characters out of my mind. I guess Of Poseidon left more of an impression on me then I realized.

Emma has to take in a lot, she is struggling to accept she is a half breed and that her mother is famous among the Syrena. Terrified of being discovered as a half breed Emma struggles with what path to take since Syrena law declares all half breeds must be put to death she worries that will be her fate if she reveals herself as having the gift of Poseidon.

All in all Of Triton was a much faster and smoother read. The writing was vastly improved and flowed at a better pace. I could see more of the characters and their personalities morphing into adult attitudes which was nice. The ending was tied up nicely so I was confused at first as to whether or not their was a third book, I do look forward to seeing what happens with Emma's and Galen's relationship.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Killer

Killer is the sixth book in the Pretty Little Liar's series.I had to take a break while reading Killer since I was working so much therefore I do not recall the first half of the story too clearly.

Having lost their credit when reporting that Ian was dead in the woods the Rosewood girls struggle to get their derailing life back on track with little luck.

Aria is terrified of her mother's new boyfriend who always seems to be around and has grabby hands. Not wanting to become enemies with her mother again Aria does her best to ignore the treatment but finally goes to the extreme and moves in with her father and his live in girlfriend.

Hannah is stuck dealing with her step-mother and step-sister living with her. Despite her best efforts to not be stressed and binge out on food she is terrified that her step-sister will share her deep dark secret with the school. To make matter worse her father is insisting she spend time with her step-sister and expects them to become best friends.

Spencer is living with a dark fear that she is adopted and with her parents acting worse and worse towards her she decides to take the matter of her heritage into her own hands. Feeling lost and alone Spencer struggles to understand how her life spiraled out of control and make amends with her parents.

Emily is struggling desperately to understand herself, ever since her relationship with Maya spiraled out of control she has fought to figure out what gender she likes. Confused if she is not sure if she likes both genders. Terrified to tell her family that has just accepted her being lesbian she keeps quiet and decides not to share any information about her love life with them.

The thing I liked the most was the end, something I had thought for a long time was confirmed. The girls think they have things figured out but since I am not even half way through the series I am not counting on them having found out the truth. I cannot wait to start Heartless.

Conqueror's Kiss

Conqueror's Kiss is a stand alone story.

Jennet was an interesting character, I liked how she did not play the damsel in distress and followed her code of rules. Having grown up in an era of war she is outspoken, not afraid to take up arms, or interested in having some man for protection. While leaving peacefully in a nunnery she is claimed as plunder by a brute of a scot who has a soft spot for not killing women.

Hacon walks a careful line, ever eager to prove his worth and loyalty to the king by the use of his sword he does not kill innocents. Upon seeing a delicate looking woman in a nunnery he is eager to save her from a fate worse then death if someone else finds her so he claims her as plunder and is bewildered when Jennet is not thankful.

The story had some funny parts, a good deal of action, some suspense, and a dash of romance. At times it did seem to drag but all in it was a fun read with all the ends neatly tied up.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Wicked

Wicked is the fifth book in the Pretty Little Liars series. I really hesitated to try out Wicked since Unbelievable summed up the series in a way. After all "A" had been caught and the mystery solved so I was worried it would be just beating the story line to death while adding in all the same twists as the first part of the series. Thankfully I was wrong and Wicked surprised and delighted me.

The Rosewood girls think they are home free, A has been stopped, Ali's killer is behind bars, and all of them can get their lives back in control or can they. The police call the new "A" a copycat but this new person knows a lot of things about all of them things they have not uttered to anyone else. Scared sick, unsure what to do, and being ignored by the police the girls again learn to rely on themselves as they work at unraveling the mystery of who wants to ruin their lives, who killed Ali, and why.

Despite the major breakthroughs in Unbelievable Wicked does a wonderful job of continuing the series and pulling the reader right back in. The more I read the closer I feel to all the girls, each one of them is struggling with some real life problem that makes them relatable. I cannot wait to continue to see each of their stories continue to unfold.