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Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff

Paper ValentineTitle: Paper Valentine

 Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Publisher: Razorbill

Published: January 8, 2013

Source: NetGalley

Interests: mystery, paranormal

Summary (from Goodreads): The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Review: I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book since there were ghosts involved, but I actually ended up enjoying that aspect of the story line. Even though I found Lillian to be annoying at first, I did like the development of her character as Hannah started to understand her more too. There is so much offered in Yovanoff’s book–mystery, murder, romance, loss, ghosts, friendship, coming of age–that it feels like it has something for everyone. I especially liked the way Yovanoff connected the weather with the plot of the story; even though it was snowing outside while I read this I could feel the sweltering heat as the story went on. If you like a good mystery, this is your book.


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It’s Monday! Here’s What I’m Reading…

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?: From Picture Books to YA is a meme hosted by TeachMentorTexts . It’s a spin off from Sheila at Book Journeys It’s Monday! What are you Reading? with a focus on Children’s books and YA (pretty obvious).

Here’s what I read this past week:

CrossedCrossed by Ally Condie

Summary from Goodreads.

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

My reading plan for this week:

1. Reached by Ally Condie (audiobook)

2. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

3. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff (Kindle App)
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What are YOU reading this week?

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Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read

• Open to a random page

• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Here is my Teaser:

Paper Valentine


“The dead girl’s name is Cecily Miles. In her school picture she looks mouse-haired and kind of dorky, but in this fun, goofy way.”
Title: Paper Valentine

Author: Brenna Yovanoff

Expected Publication Date: January 8, 2013

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It’s Monday! Here’s What I’m Reading…

It’s Monday! What are you Reading?: From Picture Books to YA is a meme hosted by TeachMentorTexts .

Here’s what I read this past week:

Title: Eleanor & Park 

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Release Date: March 2013

Genre: Realistic, historical fiction

Summary from Goodreads:

“Bono met his wife in high school,” Park says.
“So did Jerry Lee Lewis,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be,” she says, “we’re sixteen.”
“What about Romeo and Juliet?”
“Shallow, confused, then dead.”
”I love you,” Park says.
“Wherefore art thou,” Eleanor answers.
“I’m not kidding,” he says.
“You should be.”

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

The Fault in Our StarsTitle: The Fault in Our Stars

Author: John Green

Publication Date: Jan. 10, 2012

Genre: Realistic fiction

Summary from Goodreads: Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

My reading plan for this week:

  Period 8 by Chris Crutcher

Listening to on Audible:

  Crossed by Allie Condie

On my Kindle App:

  Paper Valentine by Brenna Yavonoff

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What are YOU reading this week?

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