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'Pretty Little Liars' Book Series by Sara Shepard

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Pretty Little Liars

First 8 'Pretty Little Liars' Novels


The Bottom Line:

If you are a huge fan of the Pretty Little Liars television series you might enjoy these books. If you are a casual fan, you probably would not enjoy these books. If you don't watch the television show, but like young adult novels, these books are for you!

The Story

Several years after Alison DiLaurentis disappears, her old posse, now in high school, begins to receive messages from someone called A. They each have a secret that they don't want anyone to know, but A has a way of threatening to bring out their secrets. In the fourth book the identity of A is discovered, but the girls still have problems.

Between the clothing crises, the boys, and dealing with school and parents, the Pretty Little Liars must deal with A and their best friend's death.


  • Fun and compelling story
  • Fast and easy to read


  • Character looks do not match up with the look of the show, which can sometimes pull you out of the story.
  • Writing uses forced metaphors at times.
  • There are lots of references to fashion that I don't understand (or care for).


  • Author: Sara Shepard
  • Books: There are currently 8 books in the series, with 4 more on the horizon
    1. Pretty Little Liars - October 3, 2006 - ISBN: 0060887303
    2. Flawless - March 27, 2007 - ISBN: 0060887338
    3. Perfect - August 21, 2007 - ISBN: 0060887362
    4. Unbelievable - May 27, 2008 - ISBN: 0060887397
    5. Wicked - November 25, 2008 - ISBN: 0061566071
    6. Killer - June 30, 2009 - ISBN: 006156611X
    7. Heartless - January 19, 2010 - ISBN: 0061566144
    8. Wanted - June 8, 2010 - ISBN: 0061566179
    9. Twisted - July 5, 2011 - ISBN: 0062081012
  • Published by: HarperTeen
  • Reading level: Young Adult

'Pretty Little Liars' Series Book Review

I began reading the Pretty Little Liars book series after seeing the first half of the first season of the Pretty Little Liars television series. My initial reaction was that the stories were almost identical, though the show was much more entertaining than the books.

I find the books to be a lot more juvenile in their writing than the TV series. While I find the story compelling, I am often distracted by the clunky writing and the forced metaphors.

Once I got past the storylines that I'd seen on TV, the books got much better, and since then, the TV show has strayed from the book quite a bit.

The books are written in sets of four. The first four books deal with A, the second four bring on a whole new set of problems which are wrapped up in the eighth book, and the third set of four will do the same thing.

While I prefer the show over the books, the storylines and basics came out of Sara Shepard's wonderful imagination. I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.

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