Book Review: Wanted by Sara Shepard

August 15, 2011 Young Adult Book Reviews 0 ★★★★

Book Review: Wanted by Sara ShepardTitle: Wanted by Sara Shepard
Series: Pretty Little Liars #8
Published by: HarperTeen on December 8, 2010
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Pages: 259
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Being wanted isn't always a good thing.
For three long years, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily wondered what happened the night their best friend Alison disappeared. Now that all their questions have finally been answered, they can put this awful chapter of their lives behind them. Or so they think.
Not every story has a happy ending, especially when four pretty little liars have done so many wicked things. Will the girls get everything they've ever wanted? Not if I have anything to say about it.

Wanted is the 8th book in the Pretty Little Liars series and since it’s been awhile since I read the series and I have to say I forgot a lot about it! I’ve also been watching the TV show, which is loosely based on the books, so when I read Wanted, I found myself thinking, “this isn’t how it is on the show” or “I totally forgot they were together”. I just wanted to put this out there that since I first started reading the books, I was always Team Ezria, and after watching the show, which I love, I can’t help but root for such an adorable couple.

Anyways, back to the book. Overall, it was a very light read, as each book is pretty short, but also very fun and entertaining. While reading the series, I kind of knew what the BIG secret was about Alison, but I definitely didn’t expect it to be so twisted and I have to say that my favorite part was the big, climactic ending. I wasn’t always sure who really killed Alison, and after reading Wanted, I can say that Shepard really blew me away with how crazy Alison’s life really was.

Shepard stills plays on the girls’ insecurity, which is a common thing in teenagers, of course, and it was fun reading about their little mishaps and misfortunes. She really plays on their memories and even the reader’s ability to pick up on the subtle clues to uncover the mystery, which altogether makes this a great series to read. Poor Hanna and her issues with popularity, Sweet Emily and her unresolved feelings for Alison, Practical Spencer and her family issues, and Little Aria and her boyfriend troubles.

There’s nothing but drama in the lives of these Rosewood teens and you’ll easily soak up all the juicy details. I also find it very clever of Shepard to leave the ending so open, leaving room for the three additional books to the series that wasn’t even planned. She’s a great author and I really enjoyed the series and can’t wait to read Twisted.

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