Paper Valentine is a haunting tale of love and death. Hannah lost her best friend over the summer and she just wants her life to go back to normal. But her city is all in a panic thanks to string of murders. Before she can stop it from happening she is swept into a world of ghosts and horrifying secrets.
Plot: 5 out of 5
This entire book was so morbid and just awesome. I mean look at that cover. It’s SO shiny and pretty. And the words serial killer? You got me there. I couldn’t put this book down. I read it in an entire evening and loved it. The author kept me guessing the entire time and didn’t hold anything back when it came to torturing her characters. I kept trying to guess who the killer was and in the end? I didn’t see it coming at all. Brenna Yovanoff is a genius at writing thrillers and I can’t wait to see what else she writes. (I can only hope it’ll be just as morbid and awesome)
Characters: 4 out of 5
Sometimes I really didn’t like Hannah sadly. She could be so weak and it annoyed me. Then by the end? Ohhhh towards the end I loved her. She grew so much and finally took a stand for herself. I also adored her family and Finney. Finney was just PERFECT. For once he wasn’t a picture perfect love interest. I just adored him and Hannah together. And the “antagonistis”? Oh they were horrid. I loved the scene when Hannah finally stood up to the people bullying her. Overall I thought that the characters were quite well done.
Overall writing/setting: 4 out of 5
The overall setting seemed all the same to me as any other YA story. However, I loved how original the plot was. It kept going at a nice past and the characters more then made up for the same old world. The writing was so well done. I could feel the emotion through the story and I loved that the author tackled something as disturbing and harmful as anorexia. I felt like she did a really realistic job portraying Hannah’s grief at wondering WHY her best friend would want to kill herself in such a painful way. However for that story-line, the language scattered throughout, and the violence? It’s probably best to keep young teens away from this book as it may disturb them. The ending was a bit rushed, but overall it was a really good book that I enjoyed.
I’m giving this book four out of five stars. Recommended for ages 15+ due to violence as well as disturbing language. You can buy it on Amazon here.
I checked this book out of my local library in order to read and review it.