In her chilling third novel, Yovanoff (The Space Between) combines supernatural horrors with others that are all too human. Hannah Wagnor is. Dear Brenna Yovanoff: I read your debut novel, The Replacement, a couple years ago and loved it. I put your sophomore effort, The Space. Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. Been waiting a long time for this book. Finally got to read it:) It was different from what I thought it.
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What do dead birds had to do with anything? I love, love, love this cover! I might change my mind. Jan 10, Khanh, first of her name, mother of laper rated it it was ok. The story is profound, moving. Can’t wait to read this one, and will keep in mind that it may have a slow start.
I could see my younger self loving papwr if I had found it in 6th or 7th grade perhaps. A Sky for Us Alone. The book revolves around Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – but not really as a retelling. I have no idea. This was so good! It had this beautiful flow to it even though this was a story about serial killings. I’m too old to be reading YA literature.
Valfntine presence in this book is kept to a minimum. They were also the most popular girls in school, making their own style and setting the trends.
The Secret Lives of Princesses. Each of these aspects fit perfectly with each other, it’s so obvious of how well Brenna Yovanoff can write.
Carina’s Books: Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
This despite being about ghosts and serial killers in quasi Gothicness had I absolutely loved this beautiful book, laced with myriad themes almost all of them below the surface, nothing was obvious or in your face which is what I really liked about it. Like all relationships it is complicated and messy and sometimes I wanted to scream at both of them for being stupid but for the most part it was nice seeing how much they cared about each other.
I wanted to know more about Lillian as a person when she was alive, while there were flash backs and referrals, I wanted Lillian herself to open up so I could explore more of her. Effy Garcia commits suicide on her seventeenth birthday.
I really loved the mystery aspect of the story, and I had no clue who the murderer was going to be. It felt accurate just right, a book by an authentic woman written about real girls.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. But you won’t find her freaking out every time Lillian appears; in fact, it was as though she’s still alive. Full review to come. As the different relationships in her life come into sharp relief, Hannah is forced to think about things and people differently. He dyes his hair white-blonde with Clorox, has tattoos, and a missing pinkie. Hannah’s depression and guilt over Lillian’s death is real and believable.
I really loved how much the pair mean to each other. I want to write a full review of this, because it was so good and interesting, and I think it wasn’t what I was expecting, but in some ways it was better. I am a member of a marvelous online book club known as YAckers. Yovanoff does suspense and eerie settings very well, and there were some scenes that straight up freaked me out. Expect this book to stun you with twists, cute romance and overall, a quite mysterious killer.
Hannah had a lot of depth, sometimes happy and mostly this melancholy state on the verge of being morbid. Star ratings in yellow are from our Staff Reviewers.
Paper Valentine follows a lot of brwnna plot lines, weaving them together expertly into a powerful novel. When we first see him, he’s wearing a wife beater, even. I wonder if it bothers him that even though I’m telling the truth, I’m still lying.
I wanted it to move along with the wonderful character development but it was sorely lacking. I’m not entirely too sure how I feel about the inclusion of Lillian’s ghost and of the various flashbacks and laments about what killed her.
I just didn’t like that it was never discussed. What she did though was paint the valenine of a girl who had taken her own life and another girl, the one left behind, and wove a beautiful story of friendship between them. It’s more of a coming-of-age sort of story.
Sure, Finny was the typical “bad boy except not really” vlentine their moments together were really cute and I really liked the dynamic between them. She keeps her head in the game and doesn’t trust people at the drop of a hat.
The simple, but unique font is the perfect balance to the main art: It’s a coming of age book where our heroine finds a kindred spirit with a boy who, once upon a time, smushed her face in the snow. Why is she so special? I wanted her to valenitne up for herself. And, yeah, you can say her lack of care is wrapped up with her guilt and depression at the death of her best friend – who is haunting her yvoanoff also a bitch, btw – but that’s all sort of subtext.
It was very simple, but not overly simple.
Only Hannah can see Lillian, and, after six months of this, Hannah’s pretty resigned to it, even though it can be an inconvenience and having ghost Lillian around isn’t the same as having the real Lillian there. Perhaps my favorite part of the story was watching Hannah and Finny fall for each other. Her curiosity is peeked, and it turns out that when Lillian was alive, she too was obsessed with a murder that happened in the town the year before.
Plot Love the mystery, but loved the character relationships a lot more. Her mind is always racing, but her mouth stays firmly shut.