ThrowbackThursday: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

Hello everyone.. I’m baaccck!!! Hope you are all having a great week. It’s that time of the week again that gives us a chance to have some major throwback feels.  #ThrowbackThursday, a meme created by Renee of It’s Book Talk (https://itsbooktalk.com/) is her way of sharing some of her favorite oldies but goodies books that were published more than a year ago. Check out her blog to see her TBT recommendations. 🙂

This week, I am quite nostalgic when I saw a character I love on the TV screen. Do you remember the Pretty Little Liars series on TV? Well, this was based on a book (series) by Sara Shepard and it was one of my favorites a long time ago.

Pretty Little Liars (Series / Books 1-8)
by: Sara Shepard

Three years ago, Alison disappeared after a slumber party, not to be seen since. Her friends at the elite Pennsylvania school mourned her, but they also breathed secret sighs of relief. Each of them guarded a secret that only Alison had known. Now they have other dirty little secrets, secrets that could sink them in their gossip-hungry world. When each of them begins receiving anonymous emails and text messages, panic, sets in. Are they being betrayed by some one in their circle? Worse yet: Is Alison back? A strong launch for a suspenseful series.

I think almost everyone know or knew about Pretty Little Liars on TV, which was shown from 2010-2017. During the first few years, I was a big fan of the show and was enamored by the cast and characters on TV. Okay, I admit, the reason I started getting interested with the show was because I saw Toby Cavanaugh and Teacher Ezra Fitz on one episode. They were rather cute! A few weeks had passed (at that time) and one of my officemates asked me if I knew about the series. Honestly, I’ve only watched 1 episode but it intrigued me.

So then I learned that Pretty Little Liars  was based on a book by Sara Shepard and was first published in 2006 (I was just newly married at that time). Anyway, I was already four years behind with the book, but being a crazy bookworm that I was, I immediately tried looking for the rest of the PLL series on Amazon and went on a book binge. (Oh how my head hurt when I realized I used up all of my savings at that time, LOL)

So let’s talk about the books, because I am more familiar with it than with the show.

Pretty Little Liars has an intriguing plot – 5 friends (Allison, Hannah, Spencer, Emily & Aria) who we’re always together , then the queen bee went missing and got murdered. Suddenly her other 4 friends began receiving anonymous texts, emails and letters from someone who simply called herself A.. And their lives were never the same again.

These girls were pretty uptight and naughty to me at first, but after reading the first book, I found myself drawn into their creepy, mysterious world. And believe it or not, I finished the first 8 books in the Pretty Little Liars series in one whole month. (There are 16 books in the series so far, but I stopped at # 8).

I was just dead-tired when I’ve finally finished reading the eight books. Come to think of it, this book is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from the TV series!

Did you know that there was always someone getting killed at the end of every book? You would be surprised to know that Toby and Mona should have been dead a looooong time ago. (On TV, I think they lived up to four or five more seasons in the show, I didn’t get to finish the whole 7 seasons because I wasn’t feeling the plot anymore).

The Liars have come a long way.. It was on Book 8 that I discovered who the real A is, and who the real murderer was. I am supposed to read the rest of the series but since then, I felt that 8 was enough for me.

I still read Pretty Litter Liars from time to time when I want to read some whodunnit mysteries to solve.

How about you? Do you know this TV series? Have you read any of these books? Share your thoughts below 🙂

2 thoughts on “ThrowbackThursday: Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard

  1. I haven’t read any of the books, but I tried to watch the TV show and I wasn’t a fan. I loved the mystery, but the teen angst felt so forced and shallow I only made it through a few episodes. However, I should read the books, since the mystery seems very interesting!

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