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For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania - and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They've lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it's not over yet. Aria's love life is on the fritz. Emily's exploring her wild side. Hanna's kissing the enemy. And someo For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania - and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They've lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it's not over yet. Aria's love life is on the fritz. Emily's exploring her wild side. Hanna's kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer's past - someone she never thought she'd see again - is back to haunt her. But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It's their darkest secret yet, and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what's coming to them.

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For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania - and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They've lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it's not over yet. Aria's love life is on the fritz. Emily's exploring her wild side. Hanna's kissing the enemy. And someo For years scandal has rocked Rosewood, Pennsylvania - and high school seniors Aria, Emily, Hanna, and Spencer have always been at the center of the drama. They've lost friends, been targeted by a ruthless stalker named A, and narrowly escaped death. And it's not over yet. Aria's love life is on the fritz. Emily's exploring her wild side. Hanna's kissing the enemy. And someone from Spencer's past - someone she never thought she'd see again - is back to haunt her. But none of that compares to what happened last spring break. It's their darkest secret yet, and guess who found out? Now A is determined to make them pay for their crime, and the only thing scarier than A is the fear that maybe, just maybe, they deserve what's coming to them.

30 review for Ruthless

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alec

    Okay, so I'm going to try to keep this classy, unlike my Twisted review. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. My dearest Sara, Why, oh why, do you pain me with this? Why continue on? You had it perfect. Your series was like a taco. Pretty Little Liars was the shell to the taco, and with each book, you added something tasty to it! By the end of Wanted, you wrapped it up all nicely for me--you made a wonderful Literature Taco! Then, you came out with Twisted and Ruthless...YOU DESTROYED MY TACO!!!!! You took it and...and.. Okay, so I'm going to try to keep this classy, unlike my Twisted review. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. My dearest Sara, Why, oh why, do you pain me with this? Why continue on? You had it perfect. Your series was like a taco. Pretty Little Liars was the shell to the taco, and with each book, you added something tasty to it! By the end of Wanted, you wrapped it up all nicely for me--you made a wonderful Literature Taco! Then, you came out with Twisted and Ruthless...YOU DESTROYED MY TACO!!!!! You took it and...and...and you ripped it open and started adding a bunch of stuff to it! *crying uncotrollably and dramtically* What kind of stuff? Not anything good, Mrs. Shepard! Everything you added was things that everybody has already heard! It's like you're trying to feed me your poop! I don't like to eat human waste! I want real food! I'm a real boy! Why, Sara? I thought we were best friends! Apparently not!...I feel like I lost a friend...and a taco... Sincerely, Alec P.S. I was not under the influence of any drug while writing this review. I wrote from the heart. One more thing though: Ruthless has a 4.04 average rating on Goodreads-- how? Did I read the same piece of garbade that everyone else read? Literally, someone explain that to me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abby

    "Everyone’s favorite pretty little liars are back with a fresh story arc filled with dark new secrets and deadly plot twists. " Fresh story arc? *snort* This ought to be good /sarcasm ---- 30% into the book: -Seriously. Has Sara Shepard never, ever, ever taken a course in Biology or Sex Ed before? How do you hide a 9-month long pregnancy from all of your friends and family? Spring Break is in March... and her baby was delivered by the end of summer? I know I mentioned this in the last book review bu "Everyone’s favorite pretty little liars are back with a fresh story arc filled with dark new secrets and deadly plot twists. " Fresh story arc? *snort* This ought to be good /sarcasm ---- 30% into the book: -Seriously. Has Sara Shepard never, ever, ever taken a course in Biology or Sex Ed before? How do you hide a 9-month long pregnancy from all of your friends and family? Spring Break is in March... and her baby was delivered by the end of summer? I know I mentioned this in the last book review but...uh...what? Maybe I am still missing something here. -Everyone's favorite Pedo-Bear is back for some more 17 year old lovin'! What grown man WOULDN'T still be pining away for a teenage girl over a year later? That would be a grown man who whines like a 13 year old teeny-bopper who leaves his 17 year old soul mate for another 17 year old slutbagho. -If I have to read some version of "Real Ali", "Really Courtney", "fake ali-courtney" or "courtney with a twist of Ali" or some stupid crap like that one more time I am going to hurl. I think by now we all know what the stupid plot of this series is, and you don't have to keep addressing the whole Was-Ali-Really-Ali? thing. We get it. We aren't stupid. After all, I did make it past 6th grade biology. -Is Emily still seriously wetting herself over Ali? The girl tried to kill her multiple times, and yet she is still hanging on to some shred of hope that she is still alive and kicking. But let's not forget Emily was really in love with Fake-Ali/Courtney-with-a-twist-of-Ali/Really Courtney first... the girl who called her vicious names and degraded her in front of their peers. Emily has major self esteem issues. You'd think after 10 books she would at least somewhat get a backbone. -Also, I think someone needs to teach Shepard what a "flash mob" really is. It's not setting up a secret concert and tricking people into listening to a political rally (and I am SO convinced that all these college kids were THRILLED when some random political activists started passing out registration forms at a gathering they knew nothing about). --Upon Completion-- -I still don't understand this burning desire that apparently every 17 yr old teenager has to murder everyone. And that each of these 17 year old murderers must obviously be Super Woman... whoever "A" is who took a photo of the dead body MUST have gotten rid of it within the few seconds it would have taken the Liars to run down a flight of stairs. Not that I have moved many dead bodies to compare it to, but have you ever tried moving dead weight before? -This whole baby thing still confuses me. How is Emily so wracked with guilt over a murder she didn't even commit... and yet she feels nothing for the child she carried inside of her for 9 (or 3-4, if you use Shepard's miracle of birth logic) months? I mean, good for her for giving up the child for a better life... but isn't that an incredibly hard decision that would impact her life FOREVER? And yet she goes about her day like she just dropped off an old pair of jeans at Good Will or something. But she can't let go of the memory of a dead murderer. -Spencer is a freaking whack job. The ONLY line in the book that made me laugh was when Kelsey wrote to Spencer in a little "I don't know what your problem is, but you seriously need help."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Josu Grilli

    Este se me ha atragantado... No ha sido el peor de los libros pero creo que le pongo menos nota debido a que el anterior era demasiado bueno. Sé que no es justo juzgar así a un libro, pero en una saga de 16 libros donde la trama se estira y se estira... Por lo menos tendrías que ser algo más equitativa. En Ruthless ha habido varias cosas que no me han convencido. Por ejemplo, olvidamos por completo el personaje de Chloe (que fue tan importante en Twisted, e introducimos a Kelsey -un personaje que Este se me ha atragantado... No ha sido el peor de los libros pero creo que le pongo menos nota debido a que el anterior era demasiado bueno. Sé que no es justo juzgar así a un libro, pero en una saga de 16 libros donde la trama se estira y se estira... Por lo menos tendrías que ser algo más equitativa. En Ruthless ha habido varias cosas que no me han convencido. Por ejemplo, olvidamos por completo el personaje de Chloe (que fue tan importante en Twisted, e introducimos a Kelsey -un personaje que daba mucho juego al principio, luego se deshincha y luego no tiene ni pies ni cabeza. Creo que Sara Shepard tiene un problema con introducir a personajes porque no suelen ser muy coherentes/estables en cuanto a la trama. El final de la novela, sin embargo, incluye algo sobre Kelsey que creo que es bastante interesante. No, no es spoiler. Creo que podría haber sido una novela mucho mejor si Sara no se hubiera empeñado tanto en introducirnos a Kelsey con calzador, u otras tramas como la de Spencer siendo actriz de pronto. Hanna y Liam me ha gustado bastante y las tramas de Aria también, sorprendentemente. En fin: uno más. No destaca especialmente por nada y se nota que es un preámbulo para una nueva trama central en la siguiente novela. Veremos qué sucede.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------- What an explosion of shit that was.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate ♡

    Ruthless by Sara Shepard book 10 in the Pretty Little Liars series Can't believe i've now finished the 10th book in the PLL series! This particular instalment, I found a little boring, and not much was happening in any of the girls stories. I wasn't a huge fan of the 'Kelsey' storyline, so i'm glad that's over... Favourite Line: "We did all the tourist crap, but I just wanted to sit in a cafe and watch people" Favourite A message: “Hannakins: I know you guys are living out your own private Romeo and Jul Ruthless by Sara Shepard book 10 in the Pretty Little Liars series Can't believe i've now finished the 10th book in the PLL series! This particular instalment, I found a little boring, and not much was happening in any of the girls stories. I wasn't a huge fan of the 'Kelsey' storyline, so i'm glad that's over... Favourite Line: "We did all the tourist crap, but I just wanted to sit in a cafe and watch people" Favourite A message: “Hannakins: I know you guys are living out your own private Romeo and Juliet love story, but remember, both of them die in Act V. -A” Not much else to say about this one, I hope the next book is better, and this series is definitely still addicting! Order of PLL books from fav to least fav (so far) 1. Wanted 2. Wicked 3. Killer 4. Pretty Little Liars 5. Twisted 6. Unbelievable 7. Ruthless 8. Flawless 9. Heartless 10. Perfect

  6. 5 out of 5

    Geraldine O'Hagan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Back we go again. As the timeline of events starts to make less and less sense this volume’s prologue is set in the middle of the story, somewhere between the JI and the events of the last book so far as I can make out. Its contents are a reminder of Aria and Hanna’s trip to Iceland, during which we have already been told there will be an incident (hereafter the II) which will eventually be revealed to us at one of the various artificial dénouements of the series. Emily is pregnant with the baby Back we go again. As the timeline of events starts to make less and less sense this volume’s prologue is set in the middle of the story, somewhere between the JI and the events of the last book so far as I can make out. Its contents are a reminder of Aria and Hanna’s trip to Iceland, during which we have already been told there will be an incident (hereafter the II) which will eventually be revealed to us at one of the various artificial dénouements of the series. Emily is pregnant with the baby we already knew she had and Spencer has some problem related to buying study-aid drugs, falls for the standard ‘your friend is in the other room telling us everything’ TV-cop interrogation trick and sets her friend up as a drug dealer in order to take the heat off herself. Just to remind you, she is one of the series’ heroines. And so to the present. Emily is busy moping about wearing the pants she stole from AliCourt 4½ years ago like the crazy obsessive she is, staring at the poster of Michael Phelps which has reappeared again regardless of continuity and returned to her wall. The sulk is broken temporarily when her sister Beth turns up, but since she is completely indistinguishable from her sister Carolyn I doubt it will make too much difference. Spencer is now living with her violent patriarchal stepfather-to-be and his daughter Amelia, who quite reasonably hates Spencer for getting her brother sent to military school and bullying her mercilessly. Spencer in turn cannot get on with Amelia because she is a girl, and worse yet not even stylish. Also, she might not have got into Princeton after all because of some stupid candidate mix-up, so we’ll have to hear her obsessing over that yet again. Other events include Aria being dumped by her awful for boyfriend for being pathetic and unpleasant, which is hard to care greatly about, and Hanna confessing to her father all the terrible secrets she was keeping from him, which formed a major part of the previous book. It turns out that he completely forgives her, since stealing $10,000 and framing an innocent man are matters of little consequence, and a fair portion of the last book is now even more pointless than previously. It turns out that Emily’s new sister Beth is a scandalous “risk-taker”, as evidence by her listening to L’il Kim and having a boyfriend. She and Emily attend a monster-themed fancy-dress party as the Statue of Liberty and a flapper, for some reason, and Emily immediately meets a new love-interest called Kay, who is dressed as a mermaid. We also learn that Shepard considers Supergirl, Mexicans and Native Americans to be monsters. Spencer meanwhile is busy with the school play we have been hearing about for some time, in which she is risibly cast as Lady Macbeth alongside new student and motorcycle bad-boy Beau. The skinny-jean-clad Weird Sisters are played by the girls’ enemy clique, since casting has to mirror the school’s internal politics exactly. Also they only have roughly 8 students in the entire year-group (10 if you count Alison incarnations), so the choice is limited. Aria pauses in hypocritically bemoaning how “the bimbos of the world always got the guys” to get back in touch with her teacher-ex Ezra on a casual whim, hoping to make her more recent ex jealous. And Hanna gets involved in a cynical ploy to manipulate a bunch of apolitical teens into appearing to be rallying in support of her father’s senate bid, but is swiftly distracted by a boy called Liam, with whom she finds herself up against an alleyway wall quite literally 5 minutes after they meet. On the strength of a single text casually asking how he is, Exra turns up on Aria’s lawn with a hand-painted sign reading “I MISSED YOU, ARIA!” and a luxury picnic, thus reminding us he is a weird stalker-pervert type. He also excuses his total disappearance from the narrative since Book 4 by explaining that his e-mails were hacked a year ago, and thus he has been unable to contact anyone. This in no way distracts from Shepard’s abysmal attempt to disguise her straw-grabbing desperation for plots but Aria is happy enough, and is rolling around half-naked in a field with him a couple of hours later. Emily’s romance with yet another girl blossoms as usual, raising the question of why in Book 1 she was so concerned about being gay since every female she meets seems to be at least bisexual, as well as conveniently attracted to her. We don’t hear about her going any further than the casual kissing stage though, because Shepard is a little bit afraid of lesbians. Spencer is a the only one without an instant partner as she is distracted by the return of Kelsey, the girl she framed for drug-dealing, who coincidentally turns out to be in Amelia’s “Charity Chamber Music Group”, whatever that might be. We also hear a little more about the drug in question, an imaginary and stupid magical study-drug called “Easy-A” which is pushed on both girls by a random boy at a bar and which they take for 6 weeks before being caught by the police, which is easily the least realistic and most dull drug storyline I have ever read. It’s quite the big deal for the characters though, as no one in Rosewood has ever taken any drugs before despite the fact they’re all super-rich dimwits with no sense of consequences. Somewhere along the way we are instructed that this round’s suspects for A include Kelsey, a particularly obvious red herring, and Kate(again). Eventually it turns out that Kay and Kelsey are the same person, and all four girls decide that she therefore is probably ‘A’, logic not being their strong suit, although to be fair it would fit with Emily’s propensity to be attracted to psychopaths. Nobody does much about this though. Instead Hanna nearly goes on holiday with the sex-focused strange boy she has only met once before realising in a tedious plot twist that he is the son of her father’s rival for senate, in a tired and inconsequential Romeo and Juliet steal. Sticking with the Shakespeare, Spencer attends an astoundingly cliché-ridden coaching session to prepare her for her part in Macbeth, where she realises several hundred pages after the rest of us that she is going to get involved with her co-star Beau. It takes a little while, but eventually after berating her for 20 minutes he tells her that he thinks her acting is “good” and she melts and throws herself into his arms. And Emily continues chastely dating Kelsey, because she never takes any action or does anything. Aria’s love-life takes a yet more stupid turn when it turns out that Ezra has written a novel about her and their illegal fling of last year. Here the phrase “written a novel” means “copied down every dull chat he and Aria have ever had, and bulked it out with diatribes asserting his own personal philosophical opinions”. It sounds truly awful. Rather than finding it intensely creepy or demanding some of the potential royalties since a massive amount of the text is simply culled from her conversation, Aria is delighted – attention from others can only be positive, especially if it includes prurient physical flattery. Hanna’s star-crossed lovers act drags on, as Liam becomes increasingly desperate to drag her to a series of far-flung locations on the spur of the moment. Spencer’s love for Beau has now endowed her with magical subconscious thespian abilities. Aria finishes Ezra’s book, which ends with the pseudo-Ezra lead character being suddenly killed by anthrax spores mailed to him by an “unknown international terrorist”. I hope this is some sort of satire I’m not quite getting. Aria also raises some minor questions about the book but this immediately offends Ezra’s pride and he commences to sulk, paying Aria back for her temerity in failing to unquestioningly adore him by flirting with her arch nemesis and giving away the secret-filled manuscript about her love-life. The usual mid-book lull occurs, as Shepard tries to fill pages ahead of this episode’s conclusion. Shepard continues to misunderstand the concept of irony. Everyone persists in wearing “booties”, which is confusing as to me that means knitted baby shoes, we are treated to constant reminders of Isabel’s orange skin, Kate’s “Jo Malone Fig and Cassis body lotion”, Alison’s vanilla soap, the product-based smell of every boy in the series, etc. The media reports the Tabitha case incessantly, as presumably there is no other news in America. Hanna shifts focus from fake suspect one (Kelsey) to fake suspect 2 (Kate) for no particular reason. Spencer reminds us that Kelsey is her preferred bet. Emily does absolutely nothing. Mike the Pervert takes one of his girlfriends to an underwear runway show, which sounds romantic, although for some reason he expects to see many pairs of “Double Dees” even though most models don’t have enough flesh on their whole body to fill an AA-cup. The girls get together and decide once again that actually they prefer Kelsey as a suspect, with Emily as the inevitable lone voice of dissent. Emily is pushed down a hill by someone who she thinks was Alison, although given that she is clinically obsessed with Alison that’s not particularly surprising. Spencer rehearses for Macbeth by chanting “Out, damned spot!” over-and-over-again until she has some kind of fit, conjuring up pills stuck to her hands and dead girls haunting her, and throws herself into an icy brook. Directly afterward Hanna has one of her dream-visions of Alighost, this time in Kelsey’s room at university for some reason, before letting Liam climb up to her bedroom via her new plot-enforced Juliet balcony. Aria upsets Ezra by implying that his unpublished ramblings might possibly not necessarily be a “literary masterpiece”. Eventually The Scottish Play is ready for its single performance. Spencer totally loses her inability to act due to stress, leading the director to actually threaten to change her for another actress between mid-play, despite that being shockingly stupid. Then she suddenly remembers how to act again, is amazing, and is rewarded with yet another kiss from Beau. The 2/3 party this time is a post-performance cast gathering, which most of the girls attend even though they were nothing to do with the play. At the do Emily tells Kelsey about Spencer framing her. Aria is uncomfortable being stalked by an ex-teacher at a school event, so Ezra descends into yet another sulk and gets off with evil pneumatic sex-puppet Klaudia behind some bins in an alleyway. Spencer mistakenly thinks Kelsey is trying to kill her and reasonably tries to strangle her to death with her bare hands. She escapes without legal ramifications, despite the numerous witnesses, because everyone agrees it’s obviously caused by the play having temporarily “taken over her mind”. We then return to the victim-trapped-in-car-with-potential-killer storyline again, but this time with Emily and Kelsey in the respective roles. The other girls race after them with their usual disregard for road-safety and innocent bystanders, and everyone ends up once again at Floating Man Quarry, death-site of A#1 all the way back in Book 4. Kelsey drones on-and-on about secrets and bad deeds without naming any specifics before deciding to jump from the quarry and kill herself. She is then saved by Spencer, but commences to OD on her stupid fictional speed pills in a manner both oddly-timed and untenable. The usual convenient ambulance arrives and she is borne away, leaving the four girls behind to discuss with relief how no-one will ever believe her supposed murder-accusations, since she is now a known drug user and everything she says will be written off as substance-induced -hallucinations. So it’s a happy ending except for that photograph of Tabitha’s dead body that Spencer received. We then veer off into some junk about Liam turning out to be a cheat and Hanna wreaking her vengeance by telling her father all the juicy gossip about Liam’s father that he revealed to her for some unknown reason, thereby turning a supposedly democratic election process into the offshoot of a teenage love-spat. This has no place this near to the end of the book and serves only to reduce what little tension or narrative thrust there was. Another plot lurch leads to a passing mention to a new forensic procedure which will prove that the body on the beach was in fact Tabitha, even though that has never previously been in doubt. The II is also brought up again, in readiness for the next book. Aria realises that she prefers mindless lump Noel to pretentious pseudo-intellectual Ezra, even though they’re both unreliable cheats, and gets back together with him. Spencer finds out that the whole stupid Princeton thing was just another trick from ‘A’#3, and she has wasted our time going on about it. Finally all four girls go to visit Kelsey in the Preserve, the nearby mental institute which operates a drop-in policy for random teenagers but also imprisoned Alison for 3½ years in total secrecy. Kelsey is now a classic TV-movie lunatic, all matted hair and circles under the eyes. She now admits that she had drugs in her room anyway the night when Spencer planted some there, and so apparently totally deserved to go to jail and have her life ruined. Although Spencer seems to have escaped that judgement. In other news she quite blatantly wasn’t ‘A’#3 in any way, and the girls are all idiots. It then turns out that Tabitha was also at the Preserve, which is pretty crowded with identikit teenage girls, and was exactly the same age as Alison. This is significant for some reason. The Shepard had a quick boast in the acknowledgements about how “compelling and interesting” her own book series is. The end. Most Racially Insensitive “Rich White Kid” Attitude Hanna on Iceland: “Was a country full of weird, pale Vikings who were all related to one another worthy of her Elizabeth and James high-heeled booties?” Stupidest Names Chaz Bettina Bloom Tucker Wilkinson (male) Pierre Castle Beau Braswell (male) Phineas O’Connell Velma Ray LaMontagne Ulysses Farrin Jacobs Shep and Mindy Most Sympathetic Sentence in the Book “Spencer couldn’t believe that she and her friends were yet again faced with the task of figuring out who A might be.” I think we can all appreciate what she’s feeling. Least Imaginative Comparison “The mermaid’s eyes brightened. She reminded Emily of a sexier, green-haired version of Ariel from The Little Mermaid.” A mermaid reminded Emily of a mermaid? Who would have thought it? Weirdest Psychological Issue “ “I recently broke up with someone, too,” Hanna said quietly, thinking of Mike, although now when she tried to imagine his face, all she could see was a big crayon scribble.” Rosewood’s prosopagnosia has now struck Hanna it seems, albeit in a peculiarly localised form effecting only her memory of one individual. Weirdest Ghost Story “The church had once been a mansion that housed an older, wealthy railroad baron and his Olympic-team-in-training of male fencers. The railroad baron had gone crazy, murdered several of the fencers, and escaped to South America” Sorry, what? This is just casually thrown in at the beginning of Chapter 17, and then never mentioned again. Is the US so full of giant mansions occupied by insane old men and their pet bevy of Olympic athletes that this needs no further explanation? Least Realistic Sentence “Liam sighed. “I pine for the time when my parents got along.” ” Most Unlikely Outfit “the sexiest fitted corduroys Spencer had ever seen on a guy.” There’s something very weird about these books, which becomes more apparent as they drag on. All the female characters seem to be suffering from neurotic psychoses occasionally leading to catatonic fits, and all the males from narcissistic personality disorders of the megalomaniacal variety. Yet none of them are aware of this. Occasionally one of the girls like Mona, Alison or Courtney tries to take control of their situation by usurping the psychopathic control-freak tendencies of the males, becomes a crazed blood-stained lunatic and is destroyed as punishment for her transgression. Otherwise everybody trundles along like this is normality. Therefore this is either an incredibly clever series of books exploring the human condition and the gender imbalance, or a frightening glimpse into Sara Shepard’s fractured psyche.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    So it took me ONE and a half days to read this 350 page book and almost a MONTH to finish a book I was reading before it. That's how interesting this book is. Plus it doesn't hurt that I'm Jamaican and I live in Jamaica and the pretty little liars's murder took place there ;D You'd think after ten books the whole A is trying to get you thing is stale? Nope. The twists and turns almost give you a headache because you so desperately want to make the connection and figure out who the new A is before So it took me ONE and a half days to read this 350 page book and almost a MONTH to finish a book I was reading before it. That's how interesting this book is. Plus it doesn't hurt that I'm Jamaican and I live in Jamaica and the pretty little liars's murder took place there ;D You'd think after ten books the whole A is trying to get you thing is stale? Nope. The twists and turns almost give you a headache because you so desperately want to make the connection and figure out who the new A is before the series is over. I kept looking for little clues and signals but I'm still just as clueless as the first time around. For a while I even considered 'triplets', and I'll get to that in a second. It'll probably make sense and I'll find the hints after the series is over but it doesn't make the book any less interesting. The book starts off with this tiny little flashback to the time directly after Jamaica when they kind of fell apart before launching into the story. Aria - After the events of Twisted, Noel broke things off with her, Klaudia is still a pyschotic bitch and Ezra's back! But personally, I didn't like this new Ezra at all!! :'( If you stalk the tv shows like I do, then it will definitely break your heart. (I read the first 8 books long before the show started but because the new books just recently came back up, I've lost connection with the 'REAL' story, so I took to reading them again, and found I've quite missed the book world of Pretty Little Liars.) Anywhoo, Aria does get her happy ending and I like her again. At the beginning I thought she was a bitch for not helping Spencer, but she's still a great character. Klaudia like I said is still a bitch and it was even funny when they were in the cafe and Aria told her to speak normally and when Klaudia threatened her, Aria just told her off! Woohoo! Hanna - As usual, her problems revert to the opposite sex. Like the blurb states, she does end up kissing the enemy. In this case, her father's campaign opposition's son Liam. She sneaks around and sees him behind her father's back because she's afraid he'll hate her again. The conclusion of that story was kind of easy to predict but what Kate did was a bit more shocking. I could tell where it was going but I didn't think it would actually happen. Emily - Emily does get a bit wild at first when her older sister Beth comes to visit and she ends up meeting a girl named Kay, who turns out to be a lot more familiar than everyone thought. She almost gets killed 'again', in fact she almost gets killed twice.... In the end, she kind of lost her friend Kay because of A and it was a bit sad how Kay's life turned out to be so unlucky (don't worry, she doesn't die or anything). But yeah, Emily pretty much fell in love with Kay so I kinda felt bad for her. Spencer - Despite Hannah being on the cover this was pretty much Spencer's story. We got a hint from Twisted that she did some not so nice things to get into Princeton but it comes to light in Ruthless. Spencer was busted for drug possession (prescription drugs) and framed her roommate Kelsey Pierce. So when Kelsey comes back into the picture, it sets the stage for this whirlwind of crazy. There were a lot of Shakespeare references. Spencer even stars as Lady Macbeth in the school play, which is kind of an allusion to her real-life madness and guilt she has over A and Kelsey. Especially when she starts to slave over the play to get into Princeton after a letter tells her there is another Spencer Hastings vying for a spot at Princeton. She hopes the play will give her the extra edge. Tabitha Clark - She annoyed me but not in a I-hate-this-character-and-book type of way. It was Alison DiLaurentis all over again and I freakishly desperately wanted to know what the deal with this girl was!!! The mysteriousness and similarities nearly drove me crazy. Especially when you learn that Kelsey was also in Jamaica for spring break with Tabitha and the Liars. Spencer even found a picture of Tabitha on Kelsey's phone. If that isn't bad enough, at the very end you find out something extra about Tabitha that I'm pretty sure is a hint to who A is but I can't make sense of it and if I say it, it might be a spoiler. (Some smartypants out there might put two and two togther and figure out who A is. And while it hurts my brain being in the dark, I'd rather hear who A is from the book.) Like I said, I considered triplets because she's so much like Ali: she had her bracelet, she taunted them with secrets in Jamaica and when you read this book, like I said, the last part is another added curveball. To be honest, the only way this book can truly make me feel any dumber is if one of the Liars turned out to be A or some minor character we all overlooked like with Mona, turned out to be A. Or maybe even if A was a guy or an adult or something. There's so many possibilities. This is a great book and if you've started the series, you should DEFINITELY read it. I don't reccommend this if you're just starting the series, you have to read the other nine books to get a true sense of what's going on. But Miss Shepard has done it again. Not many authors can continue their series with such great success. I thought okay she's dragging this out, but when I read Twisted and got my hands on Ruthless, I gobbled it up like a starved homeless person. Because the book WASN'T boring and the new secrets were pretty juicy and there were some really MAJOR unexpected stuff. Also, everybody's friends again in the end !! (: But sometimes I think it's just a little bad that A is always the person who brings them together, they should really work on that. I don't read a ton of series, especially ones that are just popping up or ones that everyone makes a hype about because they tend to suck and I feel like I can't start a book/series without finishing. But this series is by far one of my favourites, NOT just because I like the tv show. By the way, the tv show cannot and will not help you to understand the books, it may even confuse you further, which is why I'm glad I did and I strongly reccommend reading the entire series. The show is awesome but it strays greatly from the books. What you can do is in-between waiting for the new episodes, read each book. If it took me two days, and I had stuff to do, to finish Ruthless which was over 300 pages, it won't take long to catch up. Happy Reading !! (:

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    I have been reading this series for years now. And the first book I found amazing. Heck, the whole original series I found pretty darn amazing, full with twists and turns, though the whole Courtney thing seemed a bit out there and I still find it confusing. But the two books following that... I liked this book and I will continue to read the series. But part of me just wants it to end, and that's not the best sign. But it's also addicting because I feel like I can't just stop reading. I need to fi I have been reading this series for years now. And the first book I found amazing. Heck, the whole original series I found pretty darn amazing, full with twists and turns, though the whole Courtney thing seemed a bit out there and I still find it confusing. But the two books following that... I liked this book and I will continue to read the series. But part of me just wants it to end, and that's not the best sign. But it's also addicting because I feel like I can't just stop reading. I need to finish, dang it. But I wish she'd hurry up and finish the series, because how more confusing and convoluted can it get? Will they ever be free of A? I dunno, I'm having this image of A haunting them into adulthood. Part of me wonders if SS is going to take a paranormal route and have the ghost of A haunting the girls because I just do not get who is taunting them and why they continue to do so. And that is why I am halfway frustrated but still continue reading because I need to know what happens, but feel that in all honesty the series should have ended with the A's reveal and death.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Sara Santos

    4,5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    And so we're back. Book nine? Eight? Ten? I'm not sure, but this storyline has been pulled to within an inch of its life. The drama and tension of the earlier books is pretty much gone, because it's expected. There will always be a random chick who comes into the girl's lives who initially they trust, then start to suspect, then have an "OMG! New A!" moment, and then realize the girl had nothing to do with it and A is still out there. All the books have ended like this. Ruthless doesn't really ext And so we're back. Book nine? Eight? Ten? I'm not sure, but this storyline has been pulled to within an inch of its life. The drama and tension of the earlier books is pretty much gone, because it's expected. There will always be a random chick who comes into the girl's lives who initially they trust, then start to suspect, then have an "OMG! New A!" moment, and then realize the girl had nothing to do with it and A is still out there. All the books have ended like this. Ruthless doesn't really extend the storyline at all. There's boring relationship drama all over the place. Hanna falls madly in love to the point of uttering the god-awful words 'soul mate' with a guy she just met who happens to be the son of the fellow her father is running against in his campaign to be Mayor. In the last book, Hanna was duped by a photographer basically spurting the same lines who just wanted racy shots of her to use against her father, you'd the girl would learn. But no. And her father is quite the forgiving type, when Hanna admits she took the racy shots and then payed off the photographer by stealing 10 000 and then framing her father's right hand man, not only does he forgive her, he gets her more involved in his campaign. I feel bad for Klaudia, mainly because she is such a wonky character. I actually liked her to begin with. Because she's beautiful and foreign, people see her as a whore first and foremost. And Aria does, too. But then she gets to know her, or thinks she does, and Klaudia is actually nice. Of course, this is an act. Klaudia is a whore, fake accent and all, and steals Aria's boyfriend who I still don't get why she's with anyway. Boring Ezra comes back, and he's written his perfect book about his love for Aria and their story. God, the guy gets so obnoxious about his book being great and Aria not liking it. And, of course, after a fight with Aria she finds Ezra and Klaudia making out. He and Aria have a whirlwind re-romance where she decides its best to up and move away with him. But he suspects she doesn't really like his book; so they break up and she goes back to Noel, who of course missed her terribly and claims all the rumours about him and Klaudia hooking up were false. Emily falls madly in love with this girl Kelsey, who just so happens to be an old friend of Spencers whom she got sent to juvie by having Hanna plant drugs in her room, even though Spencer was high on the drugs herself. Kelsey is the "New A" of this book, who turns out not to be A after all. She almost flings herself off a cliff, but doesn't and instead goes to the only rehabilitation centre that seems to be in this town, one that Hanna, Courtney/Ali and now Tabitha have apparently frequented. Hanna says often how awful the place is; makes me wonder why all these rich girls still go there. But maybe that's just because Hanna couldn't get her hair blown out and isn't allowed manicures. Back to Emily for a second, it was revealed in the last book she had an unplanned pregnancy, stayed with her sister in her college dorm to hide it from her parents, and then gave the baby away. Firstly, I'm positive A knows about this and we're just waiting until another book vomits itself out before Emily starts freaking that people will find out. She had a job working at a cafe, met some guy there and told him her troubles, its not like she was in utter hiding the whole time and only came out once. And her sister Melissa agrees to let her stay with her and keep her secret, but she is an unbelievable bitch. Even if you don't get along with your sister, if she's a teenager going through a pregnancy alone and you care enough to let her stay with you and keep it secret, you do more than not show up at the birth of your first neice/nephew and just say "Oh." when you find out; which is what Emily claims her sister did. Spencer gets with this Yale drama guy she initially hates and all the girls fawn over, no surprise that they hook up there. And then he kinda turns on her at the end when he sees her and Kelsey fight; you'd think he'd take the side of the girl who he's been fawning over for the whole book, helping her with her lines, etc. But no, he sides with stranger!Kelsey. Everyone and everything in these books are stereotypes. From the 'perfectly, manicured lawns', to the lines of "thank God I'd just had my hair blown out." These people are completely unrelatable. I don't feel bad for any of them, especially when they drown their sorrows by spending hundreds on massages, facials, manicures, shopping sprees, high-class lunches, etc. Yawn, how awful it is to be so pretty, rich and popular. By the way, I get that's supposed to be the irony of these books, that these girls are perfect but still have issues. But it never comes across to me. The girls certainly don't have that much guilt over what they've done, partying, dating, shopping all still have a place in their supposedly horrible lives. Anyway, my main issue with these books hasn't changed. These girls don't learn. At all. They continue to keep secrets, and continue to throw other people under the bus, like Kelsey, and are still surprised when they come to the realization that maybe Kelsey is a little mad at them. I think there's one or two, maybe three of these left. I've come this far, I'll finish it. But I have a feeling I won't like the payoff. Right now, I'm so mad at all the girls I'm hoping they're all just sent to jail.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Neha

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I was not impressed, to be honest. It felt like Sara Shepherd was like "okay, I have a 4-book contract...what should I write about?" Hmm...I'll just toss away all the characters from the last book, bring completely new characters in, make up a completely new storyline, wrap it up completely, and then in the last 2 pages, add something that actually contributes to the whole Tabita/A story-arc. Oh, and I'll also make Ezra into this obnoxious, self-centered person who would cheat on Aria after wait I was not impressed, to be honest. It felt like Sara Shepherd was like "okay, I have a 4-book contract...what should I write about?" Hmm...I'll just toss away all the characters from the last book, bring completely new characters in, make up a completely new storyline, wrap it up completely, and then in the last 2 pages, add something that actually contributes to the whole Tabita/A story-arc. Oh, and I'll also make Ezra into this obnoxious, self-centered person who would cheat on Aria after waiting a whole year for her. Maybe I'm a little biased because I LOVE the ABC Family version of Ezria, but I just did not buy that whole character development for Ezra. And, don't get me started on how Noel ends up this being the good guy after the last book. It was just really annoying. Also, I just did not feel sorry for the girls at all in this book. Especially Spencer planting drugs in another girl's room? It was just selfish and cruel. I'm still interested to see how the whole Tabitha storyline progresses (my guess is that she was Ali's roommate at the hospital, which is how she found out all the secrets, and that Ali is again A), so I'll probably finish the series. Still, keep your expectations low for this one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    I read the first 8 books of the Pretty Little Liars series and relatively enjoyed myself. It was suspenseful, scary, and mysterious, however also a little bit risque and nothing I would allow my teenage daughter to read, Young Adult status or no. So, I decided I would give the next set of books a try (Shepard meant to end at 8, but then with all the hype surrounding the TV show, she got some fresh "ideas" and decided to give it another go. Well, she should have ended at 8. Now the books are taki I read the first 8 books of the Pretty Little Liars series and relatively enjoyed myself. It was suspenseful, scary, and mysterious, however also a little bit risque and nothing I would allow my teenage daughter to read, Young Adult status or no. So, I decided I would give the next set of books a try (Shepard meant to end at 8, but then with all the hype surrounding the TV show, she got some fresh "ideas" and decided to give it another go. Well, she should have ended at 8. Now the books are taking on the taste of fan fiction which is kind of awkward given that it is in fact written by the same author. The four liars have no integrity, backbone, or sense of ethics and they have a penchant for making friends that turn out to be clinically insane and brazen enough to try and kill them. Sadly though, I will continue to read because I am now 10 books invested, they are fast reads, and I am behind on my goal to read 40 books this year, so hopefully this will catch me back up. Wish me luck...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Of course you're going to see the fangirls out there who will rate this book five stars just because its a PLL book. I will be honest, i loved all 9 books. They were full of suspense and lots of juicy secrets. This time, not so much. It read more like a story. There's no "wow" moment and no great cliff hanger. I think Sara was going to stop PLL series after the whole "Ali was really Courtney" thing but PLL got popular and Sara was paid more. Maybe she ran out of ideas. Her contract still has mor Of course you're going to see the fangirls out there who will rate this book five stars just because its a PLL book. I will be honest, i loved all 9 books. They were full of suspense and lots of juicy secrets. This time, not so much. It read more like a story. There's no "wow" moment and no great cliff hanger. I think Sara was going to stop PLL series after the whole "Ali was really Courtney" thing but PLL got popular and Sara was paid more. Maybe she ran out of ideas. Her contract still has more books so i'm hoping shes not rushing these. Another thing i'm sick of is the repeating. I know all about Ali, i know about about Emily being called Killer etc! It's as if Sara forgot we read the other books. Its a waste of ink and page numbers to repeat yourself so many times. Just because this book wasn't as great, it won't stop me from finishing the series. Crossing my fingers for a better book next time.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    At A Glance Genre: Young Adult; Mystery Love Triangle/Insta Love?: insta! Cliff Hanger: YES Rating: 4 stars. Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 8 Plot: 8 Characters: 7 World Building: 8 Flow: 10 Series Congruity: 10 Writing: 8 Ending: 9 Total: 9 In Depth Best Part: Mystery is at an all time high! Worst Part: So much insta love! Overall Feels Felt: Who are you!; Back off girl!; Who is A?! Conclusion Continuing the Series: yes Recommending: yes! Misc.: Buddy read! Short Review: This book killed me for lots of reasons. Fo At A Glance Genre: Young Adult; Mystery Love Triangle/Insta Love?: insta! Cliff Hanger: YES Rating: 4 stars. Score Sheet All out of ten Cover: 8 Plot: 8 Characters: 7 World Building: 8 Flow: 10 Series Congruity: 10 Writing: 8 Ending: 9 Total: 9 In Depth Best Part: Mystery is at an all time high! Worst Part: So much insta love! Overall Feels Felt: Who are you!; Back off girl!; Who is A?! Conclusion Continuing the Series: yes Recommending: yes! Misc.: Buddy read! Short Review: This book killed me for lots of reasons. For one, these girls throw themselves at everyone in this book for some reason. Then they wonder why they keep getting screwing over! Maybe because youre too damn trusting and you don't seem to think anything through! I loved the new girl, Kelsey. She added to this story greatly! I was really convinced on who was A in this book, but the last page proved me wrong! Review In GIF Form

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly-Marie

    Took me less then a day to read this book! Once again I really enjoyed it! Plenty of twist plots characters are always developing. Really liked the ending to this novel very good. It's great that Sara Shepard is still able to captivate the readers 10 books into a series. She's met her target audience with these books the books are way better tried watching the TV show but found it was too dragged out and I didn't like the way the characters were portrayed in the show I just prefer if they didn't Took me less then a day to read this book! Once again I really enjoyed it! Plenty of twist plots characters are always developing. Really liked the ending to this novel very good. It's great that Sara Shepard is still able to captivate the readers 10 books into a series. She's met her target audience with these books the books are way better tried watching the TV show but found it was too dragged out and I didn't like the way the characters were portrayed in the show I just prefer if they didn't change the story and stuck with Sara shepards ideas with certain characters! I would highly recommend reading the books very easy to read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen the Book Lady

    I give up on this crapfest series. I'll wait until she ends it to google who "A" is... I think the books have gotten consistently worse. I'm floored by the rolling exposition from previous books (I read them already, I don't need constant recap), what giant assholes the main characters are, and the product placement every line for some other designer. Not to mention the Shakespeare parallels in this installment; undeserved. I just don't get why I should care about any of them. Who. The eff. Care I give up on this crapfest series. I'll wait until she ends it to google who "A" is... I think the books have gotten consistently worse. I'm floored by the rolling exposition from previous books (I read them already, I don't need constant recap), what giant assholes the main characters are, and the product placement every line for some other designer. Not to mention the Shakespeare parallels in this installment; undeserved. I just don't get why I should care about any of them. Who. The eff. Cares. The end.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mayari Mendoza mendez

    This book was so frustating, Emily was so annoying xc. Why Klaudia wants all the Aria's boyfriends? She's a whore :$. I like the end because Noel was so sweet :3

  18. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I'm pretty surprised that they are still using the doll-like covers for Sara Shepard's latest Pretty Little Liar books as I know that once the series was released on TV they changed the covers of the first 8 books but books 9-11 have reverted back to the doll characters which we discover the relevance of the dolls at the end of the PLL show before it went on it's small hiatus. Back to book world though of Pretty Little Liars , we remember in Book#9 Twisted how the girls killed Tabitha Clark thin I'm pretty surprised that they are still using the doll-like covers for Sara Shepard's latest Pretty Little Liar books as I know that once the series was released on TV they changed the covers of the first 8 books but books 9-11 have reverted back to the doll characters which we discover the relevance of the dolls at the end of the PLL show before it went on it's small hiatus. Back to book world though of Pretty Little Liars , we remember in Book#9 Twisted how the girls killed Tabitha Clark thinking that she was Ali and now in Book #10 the secret of that is at large. In Book #10 Ruthless , Hanna's dad Tom is nearing his way into the Senator's seat for his campaign and the election - when Hanna makes a suggestion to hit the local colleges , it all goes well and she even meets a hunky boy - Liam but it turns out that Liam is hiding a secret , he is the son of her dad's biggest rival Tucker Wilkinson. Is this to be a Romeo and Juliet like relationship ? Will "A" or Kate be the one to spill the beans to her dad before Hanna can put a stop to things ? At the end of Book#9 , we read about Aria breaking up with Noel Kahn over Noel's seductive and lying foreign exchange student Klaudia. All Aria wants is her life back and to be happy again , the last time she was happy was with teacher Ezra Fitz. We read the arrival of Ezra , but will Aria get her happy ever after with Mr.Fitz or will Klaudia stick her claws into him too. Will Klaudia succeed in taking over Aria's life and having exactly what Aria wants ? Who will Aria end up with by the end of the novel - Mr. Fitz or Noel Kahn ? Spencer , has just returned home after a stint at the Penn State Summer Programme just before starting college. However, over the summer Spencer and her roommate Kelsey got caught up in something bad - drugs called "Easy A". When they are busted , will Spencer and Kelsey both go down or does Spencer have a plan up her sleeve with the help of the Pretty Little Liars to save her own skin ? Last, but not least is Emily , ready to start anew -her older sister Beth is home and decides to take Emily on the town. Emily meets a girl named Kay , who she begins to get close too but Kay is not what she seems as she knows more about Emily and her friends than she is letting on - she knows about Jamacia and Spencer. Who is Kay and what will happen when she has Emily wrapped around her little finger ? Will it be bye, bye to Emily Fields and the foursome become a threesome ? Find out in Book #10 Ruthless and stay tuned as I review Book #11 of the Pretty Little Liars series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Oh, the delightful, ridiculous escapism of a Pretty Little Liars novel! I don't know what it says about me (or the rest of this series' fan base) that we like to escape to the fictitious world of Rosewood, Pennsylvania where backstabbing, deceit, and murder reign supreme. But who cares? Sara Shepard's novels are a delicious getaway to the land of the rich and miserable and these are books I've been hooked on for years. Ruthless is the tenth installment in the series. It picks up a couple of weeks Oh, the delightful, ridiculous escapism of a Pretty Little Liars novel! I don't know what it says about me (or the rest of this series' fan base) that we like to escape to the fictitious world of Rosewood, Pennsylvania where backstabbing, deceit, and murder reign supreme. But who cares? Sara Shepard's novels are a delicious getaway to the land of the rich and miserable and these are books I've been hooked on for years. Ruthless is the tenth installment in the series. It picks up a couple of weeks from where Twisted left off. Aria, Spencer, Emily, and Hanna are still rocked by guilt because they murdered a girl in Jamaica last spring break. They're still tormented by a new A who knows all their secrets and is determined to make them pay. The psychological drama in this book was good, with all of the girls being tormented by hallucinations brought on by guilt and having trouble functioning in their lives. Shepard cleverly drew a parallel between their guilt and the guilt of murderers in Shakespeare's Macbeth by having Macbeth be the play Rosewood Day is putting on for the spring performance. Aside from the guilt and blackmail, there are the usual juicy scandals. Ezra Fitz is back in Aria's life and sweeping her off her feet once again. Spencer's drug-riddled summer where she ended up betraying a friend is back to haunt her-and possibly thwart her dreams of attending Princeton in the fall. Hanna is falling in love with the worst guy possible. And Emily can't stay away from a girl with a wild side who might be a little too much like Ali. The pace was fast and there were red-herrings and plot twists galore. Even though A has been revealed to the reader twice over the course of the series, Shepard made the same old premise of the evil, unidentified blackmailer intriguing once again. These books have a formula but it's a formula that works. Ruthless was highly entertaining and I was always hoping that the heroines would get away with covering up their dirty secrets. There's a great twist at the end that left me excited for the eleventh installment. I think Sara Shepard deserves a round of applause for being able to maintain a great series after so many books.

  20. 4 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    This was without doubt the 'this series has jumped the shark' book and the last one that I am going to look at. The plot has just gone a bit mental, the girls aren't just dumb bitches-they are horrible psycho bitches and I don't really care who the latest 'A' is. It has just got to that point and spoils the memory of those first eight gripping books with characters that you liked. So what are the bitches up to now? Quick sum up with spoilers? Aria has welcomed back the waste of space Ezra after be This was without doubt the 'this series has jumped the shark' book and the last one that I am going to look at. The plot has just gone a bit mental, the girls aren't just dumb bitches-they are horrible psycho bitches and I don't really care who the latest 'A' is. It has just got to that point and spoils the memory of those first eight gripping books with characters that you liked. So what are the bitches up to now? Quick sum up with spoilers? Aria has welcomed back the waste of space Ezra after being dumped by Noah. He's even written a book about their 'affair'. I'm assuming it's one of those 4 page ebooks you get free online...but of course he gets cozy with the Finnish whore that Aria tried to kill which reunites her with Noah. Gads. Her taste in men is pathetic. Emily manages to hook up with the girl in the book who rightfully has a grudge against Spencer. You have to hand it to Emily. She has the amazing vanishing gay thing that she switches on and off each book and only seems attracted to female nutters. We also find out more about her amazing vanishing baby which she seems to have no guilt over yet is still mourning Alison and dead girls that she didn't kill. Spencer gets into college despite her new drug habit by framing her friend as a drug dealer and getting her put behind bars. Nice girl you are turning into. Spencer was my favourite in the first story arc but she is turning into a nasty selfish bitch-everything she said she hated about Melissa. Funny that. And Hanna has confessed to Daddy about her blackmail thing, stealing his money and setting up an innocent man-so he wants to get her more involved in his campaign. Of course he does. She's proving herself to be his daughter now, sticking the boot into people for Daddy. It drives me mad to see her having to keep winning his love and approval but I love seeing her get one over Kate! As usual the girls have no clue who the latest 'A' is and manage to jump to every wrong conclusion possible. But I'm afraid I'm done with the series now.It was fun for a while but now...well it's not!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Íris

    Para mim este foi o último. Não consegui sequer acabar de ler. O nono livro tinha sido o livro que fechou todas as pontas soltas, deixando apenas uma, se Ali estava ainda viva ou não. Mas a autora continuou a ordenhar o plot e acho isso inconcebível, principalmente da maneira que ela o fez. As raparigas continuam a agir ingenuamente, como se nada as pudesse atingir, envolvendo-se em cada vez mais mentiras, mentindo para encobrir mentiras anteriores. Cada livro parece um recomeço da história, ond Para mim este foi o último. Não consegui sequer acabar de ler. O nono livro tinha sido o livro que fechou todas as pontas soltas, deixando apenas uma, se Ali estava ainda viva ou não. Mas a autora continuou a ordenhar o plot e acho isso inconcebível, principalmente da maneira que ela o fez. As raparigas continuam a agir ingenuamente, como se nada as pudesse atingir, envolvendo-se em cada vez mais mentiras, mentindo para encobrir mentiras anteriores. Cada livro parece um recomeço da história, onde um novo suspeito é esmiuçado até à alma para o leitor saber no fim que, de facto, não é. Dei oportunidade ao segundo livro depois daquele que eu consideraria o final, mas realmente tornou-se insustentável. Fiquei com sentimento contraditórios quanto a isto: a saga foi viciante, deu para acreditar no comportamento das raparigas por no princípio serem ingénuas e manipuláveis, mas estava à espera que elas aprendessem depois de sobreviverem a dois "A" diferentes. Porém, continuam a cometer os mesmos erros, existem falhas cada vez maiores e mais desleixadas no enredo e torna-se entediante continuar a ler isso, com a mente em livros que poderiam ser melhores. A escrita durante a saga toda não é nada por aí além, é a típica escrita americana, muito descritiva e por vezes mecânica. O ponto forte realmente era o ritmo frenético de acontecimentos a cada capítulo. Mas para mim é o fim. Está na hora de enterrar esta saga, que para mim já morreu há 2 livros atrás.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    (Source: I own a copy of this book.) Ali, Courtney, and Tabitha are all dead. Spencer did some naughty things over the summer, and Hanna has more confessions to make to her father. Is A. really gone? Or has she just been waiting for the right time to strike, again? This was a good story, but A. and her multiple reincarnations have more lives than a cat. The story continued in this book with Spencer doing some very un-Spencer like things, and yet another mystery A. While this storyline was okay in th (Source: I own a copy of this book.) Ali, Courtney, and Tabitha are all dead. Spencer did some naughty things over the summer, and Hanna has more confessions to make to her father. Is A. really gone? Or has she just been waiting for the right time to strike, again? This was a good story, but A. and her multiple reincarnations have more lives than a cat. The story continued in this book with Spencer doing some very un-Spencer like things, and yet another mystery A. While this storyline was okay in the first books, it seems to be getting a little ridiculous now. How many more books can this Ali/A. conspiracy carry on for when she’s once again supposed to be dead?! We did have some new characters in this book, and a bit of a Romeo and Juliet storyline going on with Hanna. The texts from A. weren’t really as good as they were in previous books, and once again A. is becoming more and more like gossip girl. I really do think that this storyline has run its course now though. How many times can one girl be resurrected from the dead? What’s next? Is she going to come back as an alien in the next book? Overall; an interesting story, but I think A. has outlived her usefulness. 7 out of 10.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    So... here is what I thought. I think it's hard to keep a series running, especially one like this where there can only be so much mystery, twists, and turns before the reader gets bored or starts to suspect too early. There were some twists, both obvious and not, and there was mystery. I really enjoyed the incorporation of Macbeth as the play Spencer is performing in and the whole issue with early acceptance to Princeton. (view spoiler)[I thought it was super wicked what A did to her, but it make So... here is what I thought. I think it's hard to keep a series running, especially one like this where there can only be so much mystery, twists, and turns before the reader gets bored or starts to suspect too early. There were some twists, both obvious and not, and there was mystery. I really enjoyed the incorporation of Macbeth as the play Spencer is performing in and the whole issue with early acceptance to Princeton. (view spoiler)[I thought it was super wicked what A did to her, but it makes total sense now that I think back on it. (hide spoiler)] I really enjoyed the introduction of Kelsey and how all the information tied in to her past and her connection to Spencer and Emily. (view spoiler)[Using her as the distractor A worked well, in my opinion. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I did enjoy this book and while I didn't absolutely love every detail, I don't feel like this series is going down the tubes, yet. I'm very interested in how the last two books will tie into the story and I can't wait to find out who the third A is, bring it on!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Holly Moore-mcmiller

    I loved this book just like the other books in the series. In Ruthless, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily try once again to find out who A is. The girls believe that A is Kelsey, Spencer's roommate at a summer program at Penn the previous summer but they realized that their assumptions were wrong at the end of the book. I loved this book because the mystery kept thoroughly interested with every page. For example, the point of the book where Emily found out that Kay was Kelsey was a huge shocker to I loved this book just like the other books in the series. In Ruthless, Aria, Spencer, Hanna and Emily try once again to find out who A is. The girls believe that A is Kelsey, Spencer's roommate at a summer program at Penn the previous summer but they realized that their assumptions were wrong at the end of the book. I loved this book because the mystery kept thoroughly interested with every page. For example, the point of the book where Emily found out that Kay was Kelsey was a huge shocker to me. A strong point of the book was when A pushed Emily off of the hill. This part of the book was excellently described and really made me want and need to know what happens next. I do not believe that this exceptional book had any weak points. I think that this book would appeal most to teenage girls between ages 13-17. This would most definitely not appeal to anyone outside of that range such as grown men or older people. Overall I give this book 5 stars and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys teenage girl and mystery themed books!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anonymous

    I'm so excited to read this!!! Omg I just can't wait 'till it comes out! Ask any PLL fan, and they'll also agree that they're so psyched for it to come out!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steffi

    The last ten chapters made up alot. But this is my least favourite book in the series so far. I'm really starting to hate the way they fall in and out 'love' so easily.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This book was amazing just like the other books. Of course I loved it :)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mashael

    The best thing of this book is the girls are getting back together because they really need each other. I do know that A will not come out easily!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Ashlee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Well, Sara Shepard did it again! I'm honestly not sure what it is about this series that I love so much, but I cannot get enough of it. (I don't love her book "The Lying Game" nearly as much!) But I know that If I'm in a funk with reading and just going slow in one particular book, I can always grab up the newest Pretty Little Liars book (or re-read an old one if new ones aren't released yet) and I'm instantly in love again. It sort of renews my love of reading when I pick up a new PLL book. I j Well, Sara Shepard did it again! I'm honestly not sure what it is about this series that I love so much, but I cannot get enough of it. (I don't love her book "The Lying Game" nearly as much!) But I know that If I'm in a funk with reading and just going slow in one particular book, I can always grab up the newest Pretty Little Liars book (or re-read an old one if new ones aren't released yet) and I'm instantly in love again. It sort of renews my love of reading when I pick up a new PLL book. I just hate how they come out so infrequently now. I started reading the original 8 books after all of them were out, so having to wait in between books now is horrible! I had to re-find out what happened at the end of Twisted and then I dived right into this book. In "Twisted" the girls are finally done with "A" and celebrate by spending Spring Break in Jamaica. They meet someone they are sure is "A" with burn marks and everything (that they assume is from the fire at the Poconos"). There is a brawl with the 4some and the girl when she knows way too much about the girls and has the same string bracelet Ali has. This girl lunges at Hannah and Aria pushes her over the balcony, they were unable to find her body. At the end of the book, the body is found and her identity is revealed as a girl named Tabitha, turns out it was NOT Ali, and the girls killed an innocent girl. Towards the end of this book we find out Kelsey has pics of this girl, and someone sends Spencer a picture of the dead body of Tabitha that the girls never found. So SOMEBODY knows what they did and are willing to tell everything! From here I guess I'll just write about what I enjoyed from each characters point of view and try to give a brief explanation of the book from each of the girls eyes. Emily- I love Emily, but hate how gullible she is. The fact that she had a pregnancy that she kept from her parents was crazy to find out in the last book, but we got a little more detail in this book. I think she's so afraid of her parents that she's making horrible decisions. I think Isaac had every right to know about that baby, and Emily needs to woman up a little. She then falls for Kelsey (who we find out is Spencer's old friend from the early admission PENN state program, AND she was in Jamaica last year and actually knew Tabitha, aka the innocent girl the 4some killed). after her older sister drags her to a party Kelsey and Em are inseparable until Emily rats on Spencer later in the book, Spencer- Got into pills the Summer before this book takes place. Something called "Easy A". She meets a girl named Kelsey and they both get busted with bills. Spencer frames Kelsey with the help of Hannah and she gets sent away to Juvie and Spencer's future if safe. Then she receives a letter saying Penn made a mistake with her admission (we later find out it was Kelsey, talk about revenge). So Spencer throughout the whole book is trying to nail this role as Lady M in her acting class/play to impress Penn and try to keep her admissions. She meets a guy named Beau, a cute drama guy and they hit it off. Spencer begins to channel Lady M using the guilt and resent building up inside her. Hannah- I really hate this bitch sometime. She's terribly shallow. Always looking for a way to put someone down or rat someone out, ALWAYS. In the last book after she hooks up with this crappy shadowy guy, Patrick, who's out to destroy her fathers campaign, she gets with her fathers opponents son, Liam. She stole $10,000 to pay off Patrick (creepass) and blamed it on her dad's campaign manager Jeremiah. She is always looking for a way to pin things on someone else. She was a total ass to Mike and then missed him until Liam came along. She's so lost and ridiculously immature on so many levels. I used to like her in the series but the more I read about how she'll turn on someone in a second if it means saving Hannah, the more I've just grown to hate her. Aria- My FAVORITE character. She was probably one of my favorite narrates to read in the last book. Her preppy popular boyfriend starts getting too cozy with the foreign exchanged student and the Klaudia actually says she's going to sleep with Noel! We later find out Noel isn't into her at all and she's a klepto psycho (Klaudia). Noel breaks up with Aria in the beginning of the book and by the middle she was already back with Ezra, who became a whiny little bitch over his novel that he's too sensitive over (annoying part to read). She wastes no time in the dating world! and even agrees to move to NY with Ezra and finish up HS with online credits. Of course mega whore Klaudia decides to try to get with Ezra (Mr. Poet Man) to ruin things for Aria, and in the end of the book Aria is back with Noel before her and Ezra are even officially over again. (The two fight at Spencer's cast party because he showed up without announcement and Aria is unsure how to explain to everyone she is dating her old teacher). Poor Aria doesn't know what she wants, but I still love her! So that's the book through my eyes. Absolutely loved it and I'm happy it didn't end with a HUGE cliffhanger like the last book. I was actually surprised that it had such a surmised ending.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Honestly, I am not really sure how I feel about this book. I sometimes feel like this drama is becoming boring. I was not a fan of the big storyline in this book. I was pretty bored with this book, until the last 50 pages. After I finished Twisted, I was excited to see where these books would be heading. Ruthless seemed to focus a lot on Spencer and Emily. However, I did enjoy reading about these characters. They are like an old friend when you start reading about them and all of their previous Honestly, I am not really sure how I feel about this book. I sometimes feel like this drama is becoming boring. I was not a fan of the big storyline in this book. I was pretty bored with this book, until the last 50 pages. After I finished Twisted, I was excited to see where these books would be heading. Ruthless seemed to focus a lot on Spencer and Emily. However, I did enjoy reading about these characters. They are like an old friend when you start reading about them and all of their previous stories start coming back to you. Do not read ahead if you haven't read this book. Spoilers ahead. Hanna - There wasn't that much about her in this one. I did not like Liam that much. I am a big fan of Hanna and Mike being together. I am also so bored with all the Kate drama. Thank God, there wasn't that much in this one. I am interested to see where her storyline will go. I can just tell there is going to be huge trouble with Hanna telling her Dad secrets about Liam's family. He probably found out stuff about her. Aria - Yay! I really enjoyed her storyline in this book. While, it was super minor I thought it was the most interesting. I never ever have liked Mr. Fitz. I even don't like him on the TV show. So I wasn't the biggest fan about this. I thought that the book that he wrote was totally stupid. Lol. I am happy with the way it ended for her in this book. Klaudia is just one crazy person! I love that her and Noel got back together. I love them! I hope nothing comes between them in the next book, but I know that it wouldn't be a PLL book if that didn't happen. Emily - I knew that something was up when she met Kay. I didn't like Kelsey, and thought it she was a little weird. I didn't like Emily in this book and wanted to have more of a back story of her summer. There wasn't nothing mentioned about her baby or Isaac -_- I really hope that comes around in the upcoming books. I think it would be awesome if Isaac came back and found out that Emily gave up the baby for adoption and if the family that adopted it moved to Rosewood and A. would send all these mean texts to Emily about it. That is where I am hoping the Emily storyline goes to in the next book. Now that would be drama! Spencer - I think Spencer has some type of mental anxiety or she is having hallucinations. There just seems something off about her in this book. One of the funniest things that Sara Shepard pulled off about Spencer was when she got that note from "Princeton" saying that they was going to have reconsider her acceptance. I actually believed that Princeton sent that to her! I couldn't believe at the end when you realize that A sent it too freak Spencer out! Finally, something that I didn't see coming! I think this whole storyline with Kelsey was just boring. Obviously, Kelsey wasn't A. I was just annoyed at the characters thinking it was Kelsey. One of my favorite things was the many twists towards the end. Right when you think Kelsey has gone crazy and is going to kill Emily, she was really just going to kill herself. I totally didn't see that coming. I also didn't see the part about Tabitha being a patient at the mental facility that the real Alison stayed at, with the exact birth date as Alison and Courtney. CREEPY. I am actually excited for the next book just to see what will happen next! I believe that A. is Alison, and she didn't die in the fire. She meets up with Tabitha in Jamaica because they were old friends when they stayed at mental facility, and she told Tabitha to do stuff to the girls. That is just what I think what happened. Hopefully, I'm wrong because I want to be surprised!

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