Toxic (Pretty Little Liars #15), by Sara Shepard
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery/Murder/Thriller
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Publication: June 3, 2014, by HarperTeen
Format: Hardcover Edition (borrowed)
Goodreads Summary: One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there in the penultimate installment in Sara Shepard's #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series.
High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it's not over yet…. The police don't believe there's another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don't track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.
Sara Shepard's fan base continues to grow as ABC Family's hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, the second-to-last novel ramps up the stakes for the jaw-dropping series conclusion in Pretty Little Liars #16.
*This review will contain spoilers from the past books, but nothing too much from this book. Please take a precaution before reading.*
Just end this series, come on. You know you've taken it too far now. FIFTEEN BOOKS IN A FREAKIN' SERIES? *barfs*
Every PLL fan knows that this series is too long. We get the story. And now in the series, fate just hates Aria, Spencer, Emily and Hanna too much. Like it has gone over the top. How can no one find Ali and turn her in? This whole story is too unreal and that's my reason why I'm giving it a 3.5 star rating, also adding to the fact that nothing much was happening in this book and it was predictable.
Alright, so Ali has still not been found, but she's still leaving hints and traces of herself around for the girls to see and be afraid of. The four of them want to go and find Ali and silence her forever because they just have enough of everything going on and what has happened in the past. Suddenly, good things start coming to all of them. Spencer's blog is getting more recognized, Aria has sold a painting of Ali for a ton of money, Emily is going to see her past lover in prison, and Hanna has scored herself a movie role... In a movie about the girls' experiences. So will good things all come to an end?
The story keeps dragging on. We have the same plot setup as the past books. A is still leaving traces of herself, and well, the girls are scared and have enough of everything. And then there's a sneak of romance in between and of course, tons of drama and mystery. This author could've ended the series after the eighth or ninth book, but she added a whole new generation to the story and created another A. I'm still so shocked that it continued to this point.
That's what frustrates me the most, and many other readers of this series, obviously. I'm not going to complain and rant too much. But, the book was okay itself. Nothing special, but bearable to read, despite the fact that the curse of the fifteenth book is haunting me.
Do I really have to talk about the concept? After years of knowing the same plot, nothing has changed. Thankfully, *exhales* we will find out the ending in the sixteenth book, and then it'll be all done. I really have to admit that The Lying Game was better than this.
The previous book didn't really leave us off at some plot twist or anything, so the beginning just began out ordinary. The whole book was really ordinary anyways. I'd say that this was just a not-needed filler for the last book.
The plot was just good. It was intriguing because Sara Shepard is a good writer, but the events weren't anything special.
Every time I read a book from this series, my liking of the four liars changes every time. This time, Hanna was my favourite, followed by Aria, Spencer and then Emily. But either way, they're all good characters who have their flaws and imperfections. That's it.
The ending of this was just a mind-blower, but not in a good way. Now they're probably going to go to prison for "killing Ali." Wowww. And watch, in the last book, they're actually going to kill Ali once and for all. That's how the whole series is going to end. TA DA. -_-
Overall, I'm very eager to see if my prediction was correct, so I will read the final novel, and who knows? Maybe it'll be amazing.