Review: Burned by Sara Shepard.

Saturday, June 21, 2014 0 Comments A+ a-



 Title: Ruthless.

 Author: Sara Shepard: website, Facebook, Twitter and  Goodreads.

 Series: Pretty Little Liars #12.

 Publisher: HarperTeen.

 Publication date: December 4th 2012.

 Source: Bought.

 Format: e-book.

 Date read: June 21st, 2014.

 Rating: 5/5 stars! – Favorite.

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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. . . .

From: Goodreads.

The cover:

Just like the previous books in the series, this cover features a liar (in this case that’s Aria) along with the title of the book in a unique font. I’m just starting to wonder if all the books which have Aria on the cover have something in common…


The storyline:

I started this book back in March, and stopped at 40% because of my dear finals, so I read 60% this afternoon, and I loved it! I’m so glad I left it for now, this book has a summer and vacation feeling to it.

The summary:

The girls are finally on vacation and going on a cruise. They’re trying to get passed what they did back in Jamaica and all the A-drama, but good luck with that with A right on board.

Aria is enjoying the vacation with Noel, becomes a friend with someone who she may need to stay away from.

Emily is still burdened by the secret she hasn’t told her friends about yet and her family is not talking to her and they don’t even look her in the eye. A new and unwelcomed guest on the cruise takes her thoughts and heart. She’s so happy and can’t believe she’s lucky to be happy after all what they’ve done. But maybe she’s right, it’s too good to be true.

After getting over all this boy drama we’ve been through in the previous book, Hanna is finally relaxing with Mike and hoping to get her tanning right this time. She also makes a new awkward friend, whom she thinks can’t be trusted, probably because they know about an accident she was involved in sometime ago.

Will A be able to get them after all?! That’s what we all want to know!

What I loved:

- Okay, so this book is full of suspense and thriller. I’ve been holding my breath every time I sense something is going wrong. I just couldn’t help but suspect everyone on the cruise. Everyone was acting weird and off balance.

- The story is well built and way better than the previous book. It’s so intense and you expect A to jump at the liars every 5sec!

- The writing as usual is just smooth and really good.

- For some reason, the liars have matured a lot and they’re better at dealing with stuff, especially Aria, I liked her a lot in this book.

- Oh God the last few chapters! They were so tense. I had all types of emotions trying to finish them. They were great.

What I disliked:

- Mainly one thing: why does the author keep making the liars so stupid? It’s way obvious from the beginning that A is setting them up just like the previous book. It was so tiring reading many chapters just wishing they could have avoided all this trouble just if “they’d learned anything” from what happened before.


The characters:

I can’t talk about most of the characters because I’ll spoil the story.

Aria is my favorite in this book. She’s so mature, calm, friendly and just the best in the group.

Emily  is the emotional one, she’s always comforting and taking care of others ignoring her own problems.

Spencer is over thinking stuff which only helps A in his/her plan. But she’s way better than before, she’s mostly scared A will sabotage her new relationship to get to her.

Hanna is enjoying the cruise and throughout the story she stays out of trouble and tries to enjoy a vacation without A coming across her mind every second.


Favorite quotes:

Ever told a lie to save yourself? Maybe you blamed the dent in your parents’ Mercedes on your brother so you could still go to the spring formal. Maybe you told your Algebra teacher you weren’t part o… --- Hit and Run.

Clownfish are pretty,
Starfish are pale.
Will Aria’s boyfriend
Visit her in jail?
—A  --- Chapter 19: Dead Man’s Float.

Emily: I’m okay. Not going to where we planned, but somewhere even better. We’ll find each other someday—that’s a promise. --- Chapter 33: Emily Gets Her Wishes.


This is, yet again, one of my favorite reads this year. I’m so excited to be coming closer to the end of this series and yet I’m so sad it’s going to end (in next December! *_*).