Burned by Sara Shepard (Pretty Little Liars #12)
Published Harper Teen 2012
Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Format: Hardback from the library
It’s spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck, A is there, soaking up all their new secrets.
Emily is smooching a stowaway. Aria’s treasure-hunting partner is a little too interested in her booty. Spencer’s going overboard trying to land a new boy. And a blast–or rather, a crash–from Hanna’s past could mean rough waters ahead for everyone.
The liars better tighten their life jackets. A perfect storm is brewing, and if they aren’t careful, A will bury them at sea. . . .
Okay…this book wasn’t totally terrible, as par with the last couple of books in this series. This one was actually kind of okay…There was such a lack of felonies committed by the girls in this book and it felt almost like one in the original four. But, let’s recap each of our Pretty Little Liars’ experiences:
Aria: Proved, once again, that she is the brains of this friendship. And maybe everything else about it too. She made some good decisions in this book. Anyway, she meets a guy named Graham (like the cracker. That was all I thought about every time I read his name, sorry) while playing a scavenger hunt on board the cruise ship. Noel, her amazing boyfriend and my favorite thing about these books, thinks that he likes her. Which he maybe does. We don’t know. Ever. But they have a really good scene at the end that reminded me a lot of something the television show would do, so that was nice. Other than that, she had a pretty good run in this book.
Spencer: Likes Reefer, but Naomi (the villain in this book) also likes him. She also has some crazy scenes with Reefer, just little annoying things that aren’t life threatening or anything. Of course, she takes each one as the end of the world. Anyway, she gets kind of off base toward the end too, but her plot line didn’t really contain much, which was probably for the best.
Hanna: I need more time with her and Mike! Okay, that little relationship input over, the main part of her story was about her friendship with Naomi. Earlier in the book, she gets in a car crash, probably the most ridiculous part of the book. She’s doing a good thing, driving her drunk friend home on a rainy day on a twisty road, but she gets in a crash. Instead of just calling the police like a normal person, she gets her friends to stage the accident like the drunk friend was driving the whole time…and it turns out that Naomi is her cousin. Because everyone seems to be related in these books.
Emily: Has a new girlfriend. I’m going to leave it at that, because it may just be the best part of the book. It was my favorite for sure, but I’ll just leave it with this girlfriend is a stowaway and it builds from there.
The conclusion is super fun and I really liked it because it gives so much more space for the next books. I’m not excited about reading the next one, nor am I optimistic about what is to come – but this one was okay. It’s getting better. Let’s hope it stays that way.