Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wicked by Sara Shepard

When we last left our Pretty Little Liars, Hanna's BFF Mona turned out to be A. Then Spencer had memory flashbacks of Alison going off with Ian just before getting all murdered. Jenna revealed that she was in on the plan that blinded her. Everyone believes that it's all over and they are safe now...but come on, this is only number five out of an eight book series (With a ninth being released this summer).

Ian's trial is a big plot in this book. He is arraigned and pleads not guilty. Gasps and fainting all around, of course. They weren't going to allow him the opportunity to post bail because he was considered a flight risk. His mother ends up coming down with a case of "My-son-was-accused-of-murder" cancer and her dying wish is to spend her last days with him. He is placed under house arrest. When the PLLs start getting more texts from A, they immediately suspect Ian.

Everyone is up to more trouble in this book. Hanna's mom moved away last book. Her dad is moving in, bringing annoying future stepmother Isabelle and her daughter Kate. Hanna still resents Kate for tattling when she left the daddy-daughter(-future stepmother-stepsister) weekend for Foxy back in book two. Eventually, Hanna befriends Kate, as well as former rivals Riley and Naomi. She enjoys being part of a clique again, but spending time with them leads to her neglecting boyfriend Lucas. She's also still incredibly paranoid about Kate. At the big party at the end of the book, Hanna makes a move to destroy her stepsister. Unfortunately, she ends up losing Lucas. Her father punishes her by forcing her to interact with nobody but Kate in the future.

There's part of me that thinks that Hanna is right to be cautious with Kate. Still, what she did really sucked. It's getting hard to like Hanna at all.

Emily is kind of adorable in this book. She broke up with Maya last time, though her family accepted her for being gay. She goes to a church event with her mother and ends up falling in like, with a guy. It's kind of funny how she is worrying about what people will think of her all over again. She worries about telling on A because she doesn't want the boy, Issac, to know about her past and hate her. Everything comes out in the end, and Issac still hearts Emily anyways.

Aria meets some older guy at an art gallery, but the guy ends up being her mom's blind date. Their relationship is still rocky, so Aria tries her best not to cause any trouble. Unfortunately, Xavier keeps hitting on her, kisses her, then threatens her in an incredibly pervy-rapey way. Aria decides she has no choice but to move back in with her father and his pregnant mistress. It's kind of dumb that she doesn't just tell her mom, but after the woman practically kicked Aria out for not telling her about her cheating husband, I think keeping quiet might be better.

There's a big deal made in this book about a past memory before the PLLs became friends. Ali was bragging about some time capsule flag. Each PLL swore to steal Ali's flag. It turns out that Aria is the one who ended up with the flag, though she never turned it back in.

Spencer is dealing with backlash from her plagiarized Golden Orchid essay. Her parents are the most awful people in the world. Rosewood Day has kicked her out of her clubs, and there is even doubt about whether her testimony against Ian is valid. Because none of this is bad enough, Spencer's grandma dies. In her will, grandma leaves money to all her grandchildren...except for Spencer. Sister Melissa convinces Spencer that this means she might be adopted.

One night, Spencer encounters Ian in her backyard, even though he is supposed to be under house arrest. She doesn't tell anyone. Ian never shows up to the trial. The PLLs are convinced that he will be after them, that he has to be the new A. The book ends with Ian's body found in the woods behind Spencer's house. We've got dead body #3, folks, and the series is far from over.

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