Book Review: Pretty Wanted by Elisa Ludwig

Pretty Wanted
Pretty Crooked #3
Author: Elisa Ludwig
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: March 17th 2015
Review Source: Katherine Tegen Books

Willa’s string of good-hearted but ill-conceived thefts at her former high school catapulted her into a life she hardly knows. She became a cult hero, but soon afterward, her mom disappeared, leaving only a cryptic message. When Willa hit the California highway to find her, she discovered a dark family secret: Joanne Fox is not who she says she is-and neither is Willa. Now, Willa and fellow trouble-maker Aidan must race to St. Louis, Missouri, Willa’s birthplace. There, they hope to find answers about Willa’s past. But uncovering the truth requires solving a decades-old murder case.

Unfortunately, the perps are still out there . . . and willing to do whatever it takes to keep the case cold. With Willa’s face on the nightly news and the police hot on her trail, it might not matter that Aidan and her friend Tre are there to help. Willa’s only hope is to find the truth before it finds her first.

Hands down, in my opinion, Pretty Wanted is the best in the trilogy. The puzzle was complete, things made sense, Willa has grown to mature young adult and did the unexpected. It was a good ending to the series.

We learned in Pretty Sly, Willa’s mother is actually her older sister. She learns her mother has been murdered. Even though she is in trouble with the law, she wants to uncover the truth of her past and takes a journey to reveal the truth. Pretty Wanted is this journey.

I was pleased with the ending. I liked the decision Willa made. She is usually careless. But as she learns more of the truth, this made her wise. She started to act like a mature young lady. What I liked most is she did not stop until everything made sense to her. This girl was on a mission and conquered. Overall, I’m glad I continued the series. If you're looking for a light, fun and adventurous series, you should give Pretty Crooked trilogy a try.

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