Sunday, February 20, 2011

Review: Pretty Little Liars

"Everyone has something to hide-- Especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna."

My guilty pleasure.

I never expected to really like this series so much to be completely honest. The television show or the book series. But it has surprised me.

Normally I'm not much into the whole "preppy chic" thing, but I also don't mind a good murder-mystery once in a while and this series certainly has murder and mystery. It's just beyond my usual tastes. No matter, though, I've been enjoying it.

I started it after a friend recommended I watch the show. The first season was already over and the second season was due to start within a matter of a few days. When I found out the show was based on a series of books... well, naturally, I wanted to read at least two of the books first before I sat down and watched all of first season with her before the second season premiere last month.

I instantly became addicted.

Before I knew it, I read seven of the series' books within a matter of a few weeks time- just in the last month and a half (and I would have read them even faster if it hadn't been for the need to wait to get to the store to buy more haha)- and I haven't missed an episode of the show yet. I prefer the books, of course.

The author gives the reader detailed depth into each character... and provides so much mystery and twists, you're constantly scratching at your head and trying to make guesses. Just when you think you've got it figured out, she throws you another twist and it completely changes your mind.

These books are easy, quick reads- but enjoyable.

I recommend them, and I give them 4 stars.

*The Bookaholic*


  1. Honestly, I would not have suspected to enjoy such a thing, my friend. But, after reading your explanation and pondering over it for a few moments, I've decided that maybe I too, should give this a chance.

    After all, what is the world if not a little stranger to the strange?

  2. I am definitely addicted, I just recently finished the fourth book in the series.

    I wasn't totally sure I'd like it as much as I do but I'm really loving it.

    I do have to say I prefer the books, but that's usually how it is with me. The show is still good though, haven't missed an episode lol :)


  3. I like your site. Thanks! Here is a true story of mine in return.

    Lisa Nicole Lopes had premonitions about her own death, but she wasn't able to avoid it, despite the early warnings. I feel that I can relate to her, but I dealt with similar suspicions (of my own) differently than she did and I, unlike her, am here to tell you what I did to survive my first encounter with The Reaper.

    Lisa Lopes was better known as Left Eye (a nickname that a boyfriend gave her because he said that her left eye was lazy). She was one of three singers in the 80's band TLC. Her premonitions about her own death and subsequent untimely demise are well documented, because Lisa and a crew were filming a documentary in Honduras during the time. Left Eye Lopes spoke on film about her omen, and again after a car that she was riding in had run over and killed a young boy. She lamented that the spirit that killed the boy was actually aiming for her but had missed.

    Lopes paid for the little boy's funeral and did what she could to comfort the lost lad's family. Apparently Left Eye was right about the spirit that haunted her, because a month after the boy's death, Lopes died in a car crash (in Honduras). This time she was driving. Lisa was the only one in the vehicle that was wearing a seat-belt, but she died... and everyone else survived.

    After hearing a story like this, some would say that it was Lisa's time, and that there wasn't anything that she could do to avoid it. Had I not gone through a similar situation, I might agree. But since I did, I don't.

    There was a time when I felt like (my) death was close to me. I ignored the eery feelings for awhile, chocking them up to pessimism, but eventually I faced the strengthening force, first by admitting to my self that it existed. Left Eye got this far, but recognizing spirits isn't rocket science for god's sake. You have to fight stuff like this, not freeze like a deer caught in the headlights!


    It was 1986 and I was in Davenport, Iowa, when I finally decided to face the Reaper before he faced me. Since the Reaper has no face, I'm speaking figuratively.
    I was sitting on a bar stool when a fellow came in asking if anyone wanted to get a tattoo. We chatted, and before too long I was the customer that he was looking for. We left the bar and went to a little garage space that he tattooed out of. The scene was totally unprofessional, as far as tattoo shops go, but since I was a carny (carnival guy) it wasn't anything new to me. I stopped the artist from apologizing for the place and we got down to the business of picking something out to tattoo on me.

    There wasn't a lot to choose from, no walls of colorful flash or volumes of designs just a single, thinly filled, loose leaf binder. Having never wanted a skull tattoo, I surprised myself by selecting one with a black rose between it's teeth. "That's the Black Rose Of Death tattoo," the needler told me. "Perfect," I proclaimed! "It's just what I need to fight the reaper. Put it on my left arm where I can keep my eye on him.¨

    I believe that the left represents the spiritual side and the right represents the physical side, so my tattoos are placed accordingly. One month later, in Chicago, I was stabbed (in the heart and stomach) to death. The doctor that saved me, said that I have a new birthday and... I still have that tattoo, too.

  4. Wow, very interesting. Thank you for sharing and for following.

  5. My 16 yr. old is on the 2nd of this series. It's not necessarily my cup of tea, but I'll support anything that gets a busy teenager to read!

  6. Lol I certainly agree, Ms. Dawn.
    They normally wouldn't have been my cup of tea, either- but something about them have caught my interest. I guess it's the mystery behind the story. :) I wouldn't label them as my favorite set of books, but they are enjoyable and keep me intrigued. :)

    Thank you so much for visiting!

  7. I'm in your boat, I hate the preppy thing, but i love that dang show!

  8. I hate HATE the covers of these books we have in Australia. But if I end up liking this series, I will be reading them for sure. I have book one on my shelf...just gotta get around to it :p


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