Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Stars: 4 1/2 stars
Hannah is just trying to get her life back together after her best friend Lillian died six months ago and wants everything to go back to normal. But how can it when Lillian's ghost haunts her everyday? In her bedroom, constantly pushing Hannah to investigate the string of murders that's happening in the town? Hannah can't understand why Lillian is so transfixed on the murders that are only linked together by a paper valentine left at the crime scenes. She especially can't understand why Lillian doesn't trust Finny Boone, a boy who only commits petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness, a boy Hannah can't seem to stop thinking about. But as the town turns to panic and more murders and bodies turn up, Hannah finds herself immersed in a world of ghost girls, horrifying secrets and the realization that she'll only be able to move on with her life only by finding the Valentine Killer. Will she be able to stop the killer before he strikes again? Or will she fail and join the ghost girls herself?
1. This mystery suspense story is one that was meant to keep you guessing and turning the clues over and over in your mind. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat and leaves you guessing after each chapter who did it and why?
2. The characters were what made me love the book even more. From Lillian's horrible death to the main characters and the side characters. They each had their secrets and struggles but were still able to come together to find the killer and stop the murders.
3. The book also has many emotions that were not too much or too little. The book had sorrow and pain, romance and friendship, as well as suspense and surprise. None of the emotions took from the story or made it too much to handle. It was well balanced and very well written.
4. The most praise for the book goes to the awesome plot twist and ending of the story. If you're like me and love a good surprise ending, then this book is definitely for you my friend! The plot twist makes you think back through the whole book and wonder why you didn't catch on in the first place. The killer was definitely well disguised and made me understand how I didn't catch on to the character.
1.There was some language throughout the part of the book when Hannah confronts the suspected killer and before that as well. It wasn't a ton of language, maybe appearing every few chapters and I felt it added to some of the frustration that the author was trying to depict.
Age Recommendation: 12+
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