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Pretty Little Liars #5: Wicked

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Wicked, Pretty Little Liars #5, my least favorite out of all of the books so far. I know it's like a new beginning for the second half of the series, considering the fact that Mona, "A", just died but I find it too boring in the middle and it seemed just to drag out, which is why i rated it a 3.5/5. Sure there was drama but not like the other four books! I would go through those in a day, literally! I never put them down! I felt like now that Mona was dead, no one could really take the place of "A". The best part of this book, frankly is the ending. It was so surprising and shocking, and it just leaves at a cliffhanger! Sara Shepherd is a master at adding twists into her books, especially with all of her mysterious, bitchy characters. I mean, how can you not like a shocking ending.Wicked is about four girls, Hanna, Spencer, Aria, and Emily. In the book they each strugle with the death and closure of Ali Dilaurentis, there old and now dead best friend. But now there is a "copycat" A, or so the girls think. They get harassed and threatened by the new "A", only this time, I feel like "A" is trying to help them, trying to lead them to a clue about Ali's death. And then, at the very end, there is the biggest twist and cliffhanger i have ever read in my life. It's scary, crude, and almost impossible. I read this part at night and i couldn't help but be a tad bit scared of what was out in MY woods. ( you'll get the jest of what I mean after you read the book."My least favorite character in the book is Hanna. I think she is disloyal, snobby, vain, and doesn't really think about what she's doing until after the damage is done. And now that her oh-so-perfect step sister moved into her house, things are about to get a whole lot worse. Now, everything Hanna does is either out of spite or to create drama. She always needs to be better than Kate at everything she does. But surprisingly, in the middle of the book, they actually become friends! I think Hanna was stupidly sucked into one of Kate's evil plans, but i can't be sure yet. I guess I'll have to read the rest of the series to figure out what's really going on.
Pretty Little Liars #6: Killer

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 This was, by far, the most emotional Pretty Little Liars book yet. Infact one part made me cry. Killer is about the four girls, Hanna, Spencer, Emily, and Aria, trying to figure out how the hell Ian's dead body disappeared. They saw it in the woods and ran to get Wilden the cop assigned to keep guard on a party. But when they got back, there was no body. the police searched for days and couldn't find anything. Now, it's up to the girls to figure out what happened. Did Ian play a trick on them to distract the cops so he could get out of town? That would be the logical explanation to his disappearance and the sketchy IMs Spencer has been recieving. but, the girls are too hung up in their own problems to figure out what went wrong. Hanna's battling with her step sister over Mike Montgomery, Aria's brother, and causing more drama than there needs to be. Aria's dating Jason Dilaurentis, and then finds out that he was a patient in a mental hospital and may be connected to Ali's murder. Emily's being shunned out of her boyfriends house after being caught in his bedroom by his mother, and now that his mom hates her she doesn't know what to do. And, of course Spencer and her so called "mommy" just met after being spereated for over 17 years. BUt it really her mom or did "A" set up an other on of their conniving, sick little games?Spencer's story is just so sad, it made me cry. She just found out she was adopted and now she finally reconnected with her biological mother! She is everything she dreamed she would be, and she got so excited that someone actually loves her that she buys a house right down the street from her. But, she then finds out that her "mom's" address was fake and that the realtor that she bough tthe house from doesn't exist, so she checks into her bank account only to find out that her balance is 0$. Did her mom cheat her out of her money, or was this just a big misunderstanding??At the end of the book, there is a huge twist! it is so big and completely changes the mood of the book. I'm not even going to give you a hint on what it is because i was completely in awe when i read the very last sentence. This was the major reason why i gave this book a 4.5/5 stars. it was absolutely exhilarating, and every page captivated me. I am so excited to go into school tomorrow and check out the next book in the series, Heartless, to see what happens.Once again Sarah Shepard amazes me with her talent in writing and ability to create a massive amount of tension in just one sentence, which you will see when you read this wonderful book!
Rumble Fish

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I really loved this book. It's a classic S.E. Hinton novel. Her stories are touching, moving, and bring out your inner emotions to make you feel inspired. Her books make me want to reach out and help another, struggling with some kind of burden. As you read "Rumblefish", you will begin to notice that our world isn't as perfect as it seems, and you can't help but shed a small tear."Rumblefish" is about a 14 year old small town boy named Rusty-James. Everyone sees him as the toughest kid in town, for he's always wanting to pick fights and act cool. He smokes, drinks, and cheats people out of there moneyl. He's basically the town's very own delinquent. When he's not out stealing from convenience stores or jumping some poor kid off the street, he's either at his girlfriend, Patty's, house, or at home, waiting for his drunk of a father to return from the bar. He doesn't have a mother (she ran away when he was very young), and he doesn't exactly have the potential to lead out a good life. As you get deeper into the book, you'll realize that Rusty's biggest set back is his older, tough cooler brother. No one knows his real name, so they all call him "The Motorcycle Boy." He tells Rusty stories of when there used to be gangs in the good old days, how everyone belonged to one and there were the "Greasers" and the "Socs". Rusty tries so hard to be like his older brother that he, in turn, loses sight of who he really is. One of the most admirable things about Hinton's novel, "Rumblefish", was that it had real character and reality to it. It was blunt and to the point, which is perfect. It shows how real life was back in the 60's or 70's, and it just makes you think of how much our world has changed since then. Think about; today you don't just jump everyone you see, and there are far more laws and policies about bullying now than back then. Back then, if you got called "gay" or "fat", there just weren't the same disciplinary actions as there are today against that type of harassment. it gives you a real view of now vs. then (which is ironic because an other one of Hinton's great novels is "That was Then, This is Now")I rated this book a 4/5 because, all though it was an exemplary novel, it had a few kinks in it, so I deducted a point. One of these so called "kinks" was that i thought she could have described the characters a tad bit more. instead of getting a true, cinema-like picture buzzing through my head, i got kind of a blurred vision, with a blank background. when there was a lot of action going on, it started to get confusing. i really think it would of helped if Hinton spent a little more time and gave the characters morecomplex personalities that created a real image inside my head.Another thing that is really notable about "Rumblefish" is that Hinton left the ending kind of open. In my opinion, this is wonderful! It had just the right amount of closure to end well, but she left you with a job. When you finish the book, you think to yourself "What happens next?" But its that kind of question you can answer yourself, even though the author never stated anything indubitable or sure about it. That is the real magic of this book. You read the whole thing and then, YOU, the reader gets to decide what happens to Rusty. But really, it all depends on your perspective and what you see Rusty as.
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