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Paper Valentine

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  4,990 ratings  ·  897 reviews
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
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Razorbill
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Maggie Stiefvater
Aw, Brenna. Fair confession: she's my critique partner, so I saw this manuscript when it was just an infant. But it's lovely and creepy and you'll like it, too.

Serial killers (a little), ghosts (a little), and love (a little).
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It’s no secret that I am an obsessive person. I like my world in neat little drawers, where everything has its own place and its own name and there’s no clutter, confusion, or a single unnecessary item. Hi, my name is Maja and I’m a control freak. Can we still be friends? Therefore, my huge love for Brenna Yovanoff’s books is a bit of a surprise, even to me. She’s an author whose books can’t be properly placed or categorized. Not only is Paper Valentine cross-genre, it combines so many different ...more
Being my first Yovanoff book, let's just say that I now consider myself a fan. I was terribly impressed with the writing: Brenna has a wonderful way with words that makes you feel all the creepy. The story which could easily have been a clichéd murder mystery, becomes a work of great atmosphere inside Paper Valentine. There's murder, romance, ghosts, enlightening characters; this is a good one, folks!

This book has a lot going for it, as stated above, it's not just a murder mystery, it has substa
colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
I really don't know what to think about this. I know I say that fairly often but, well, it's still true.

Anyway -

For those expecting this to be a sort of tense supernatural thriller: Just forget it. Seriously. The murders are, like, background for most of the book, and the resolution is so weird that it didn't leave me feeling remotely satisfied in any way. I mean, the reveal was "Da fuq?". And I don't mean one of those awesome reveals which catches you by surprise but then makes sense in hinds
Hannah Wagnor is struggling to cope with the recent death of her best friend, Lillian, and the details surrounding it. There is also the fact that Lillian’s ghost now follows her everywhere. While trying to overcome her guilt at not being able to help Lillian when she was alive, Hannah is also trying to understand how to go on with life without her. In addition to Lillian’s ghost which haunts her are several other ghosts that start appearing and they are all victims of a recent serial killer in ...more
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
A beautiful cover, a poetic blurb, but the book itself does not reach my expectations. Brenna Yovanoff's previous works were enjoyable for me, but this book fell short.

It was very disappointing. None of the characters in the book appealed to me. The murder plot was secondary and not gripping, despite supposedly being the center point of the book. Finny was not all that appealing for an anti-hero of sorts, Hannah is weird, weak, and dull as dishwater despite her penchant for dressing quirkily. He
Joy (joyous reads)
While the summary insinuated of a murderer on a killing spree, Yovanoff didn't really satiate my appetite for the gore. I have to admit though, that I was both relieved and disappointed that she opted not to write the scenes of the crime descriptively. There were hints of blood, bruises and cuts but never anything that would cause vertigo over the disturbing killings. But even if I'm disappointed in that aspect of the book, I still think that Yovanoff wrote with such lyrical flourish that I coul ...more
My passionate love affair with Brenna Yovanoff’s books continues thanks to Paper Valentine, which, side note, I consistently accidentally refer to as Paper Hearts, otherwise known as That One Super-Creepy X-Files Episode Where The Serial Killer Cuts Hearts In The Clothing Of Girls He Has Murdered And OMG COULD ONE OF THE DEAD GIRLS BE MULDER’S MISSING-AND-PRESUMABLY-KIDNAPPED-BY-ALIENS SISTER SAMANTHA but of course it wasn’t Samantha, get a grip, Fox, it’s only season four.

Where was I?

Shambhawi P.
Brenna Yovanoff is a terrific writer. She has created a masterpiece with this book using the sort of talent which can rarely be seen.

The book revolves around Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - but not really as a retelling. It's like the theme to the story, an anchor to keep the reader from falling too deep into the rabbit hole. It's new and thrilling and intense and creepy and beautiful and poetic and this book was perfect. I loved everything about it.

In the beginning Hannah's description of
Originally published at Book Harbinger.

It’s been six months since the death of her best friend Lillian, and Hannah wants nothing more for her life to go back to normal. To be able to drop the façade that she is unaffected and untouchable. But that is impossible to achieve because the ghost of Lillian lingers, appearing out of thin air to haunt her every move. While pushing Hannah to investigate the mysterious murders of young girls linked only by a valentine, Lillian also forces Hannah to questi
See more reviews at YA Midnight Reads
3.5 stars
What would you think if I told you to read Paper Valentine without reading synopsis? I bet you'd think romance immediately. That's what I thought, because of the pretty US cover and cute title, I went for it. Now imagine my surprise when it showed up on my doorstep as the Australian cover with this paper love heart, decorated with blood? I practically went all freakish as I always try to avoid ghost stories. Even though I seem to be reading all t
Giselle at Book Nerd Canada
Hannah is left reeling with the death of her best friend, Lillian from a long battle of anorexia. Her life wasting away into nothing, until she got so sick and so malnourished, she died. Not only is Hannah dealing with her acceptance of her death, there is also a murderer killing girls in her neighbourhood. Hannah is determined to get to the bottom of the crimes, and that includes the help of her best friend’s ghost.

So I had trouble even starting this book..I’m scared of ghosts (due to my encoun
Danielle (Love at First Page)
He kisses my temple again, only this time he leaves his mouth there. "Hannah," he whispers. Just that. Nothing else.
And suddenly I understand why he keeps touching my cheek.
It's never occurred to me that maybe the raw, stinging place wasn't what he wanted after all. That scrubbing my face in the snow was just about the scrubbing not about the consequences.
"It didn't leave a mark," I say, remembering how the spot was red and raw for weeks. "The snow. It scraped my face, but I healed just fine."
"Whatever they said, whatever they told you about yourself, it’s not true."

Wow, what an amazing book. It's about so many different things that it's hard to pin down.I do know what my favorite stuff was - and although the mystery and thriller part was pretty cool, it was not my favorite part.

I really liked Hannah. Okay, maybe not at first - because it takes a while to get to know her. But she really is great.

And Finn and Lillian - they all start to really sell me on Hannah - much more than Angeli
Leigh Collazo

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REVIEW: My review is going to seem to bash this story, and I do not want to do that. I did enjoy reading Paper Valentine, and I did find some parts engrossing. Hannah's depression and guilt over Lillian's death is real and believable. However, I can't ignore some problems with characters and plot.

My main issue with Paper Valentine is that it attempts to tackle so many issues at once. The story bounces from Hannah's depression, the ghosts haunting her, her guilt o
Feb 17, 2013 Lindsey added it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Like I told my friend Michelle, this book is like an episode of CSI in YA novel form. Quite suspenseful and pretty creepy until all is revealed. Full review to come.

ETA: originally posted at my book blog:

I'm not entirely sure why, but I chose Paper Valentine for my first read of 2013. Maybe it's because over Christmas break, I had several murder mystery show marathons. Appropriately enough, Paper Valentine played out like an episode of the mystery shows I
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
What a wild and crazy ride this story is. Packed with death, a serial killer and of course love. This was such a great book. Loved the cover art for this also.
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
Read as a Your Choice Book for the Quarterly Book Club 3rd Quarter Read (Paranormal/Mystery/supernatural)

Okay so I gave this 4 stars primarily because in comparison to the last book I read, this one was so much better. Once the story started flowing (thankfully within the first 50 pages), I really started getting engaged, and it didn't take me long to finish this at all! (It does help that I had a to-and-back train ride to read.)

The Plot
The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on reco
This is my first book by Brenna Yovanoff, and I was not disappointed. Paper Valentine started off extremely slow for me, but once the story took off, I could not put it down! It had a little bit of everything in it, and I especially loved the ghost story aspect of it!

Hannah is just a normal teenage girl, who just happens to be able to see and talk to her best friend, Lillian, who died sixth months ago. When a murderer begins targeting young women, Lillian convinces Hannah to dig deeper into what
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A fantastic tale of death, life, and love and will haunt you in a romanticized way.

Opening Sentence: My sister Ariel, is sprawled upside down on the couch, pointing with the TV remote.

The Review:

I love Brenna Yovanoff’s writing. She won me over when I read The Replacement. I was instantly drawn to Paper Valentine by the cover. The simple, but unique font is the perfect balance to the main art: the girl. If you look closely, this is the same
Ms. Library
4 stars.
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. It was about loss and hope and how people change, and how you can hang on to a part of yourself while recognizing that some things have to change. Its about expectations and what people see, and prejudice, and cruelty. Its about anorexia, and how it takes over your life and affects the people around you. Yovanoff deals with this diffi
I am a member of a marvelous online book club known as YAckers. Each month we pick a book and read it and then as a group, we tear it apart- for better or worse. Last month we picked Paper Valentine (see our group discussion HERE) and I was a bit excited to give Miz Yovanoff another try. I adored The Replacement but ended up DNFing The Space Between. So away I went…

I’ll go ahead and tell you that I was immediately turned off by the story. The main character is being haunted by the ghost of her b
♞ Pat Gent
I'm too old to be reading YA literature. The themes and characters are always a million miles away from anything that I find interesting and I always feel when I'm done that I just wasted an afternoon with a pile of fluff.

This one had so much potential. There were lots of symbolic messages that could have been explored in depth and detail, but the author always seemed to back off just as she was getting ready to "make a point."

I thought the premise was fresh and had the capacity to cover a lot
Book Concierge

Hannah Wagner’s best friend Lillian died six months ago. Now Hannah is being haunted by Lillian’s ghost. It’s not as bad as it sounds, really. Lillian gives Hannah courage and helps her come to grips with what is happening in her community. There’s a serial killer on the loose who is targeting young pre-teens.

I admit I picked this book up strictly because of the cover. I needed a book with a heart on it for a challenge and this was prominently displayed on the library’s shelf. Based on the
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
When I went to ALA in 2010, one of the numerous ARCs I picked up and took home, in a haze of disbelief that people would want to give me free books just because I was in training to be a librarian, was Yovanoff's debut novel The Replacement. The Penguin publicist I spoke to hyped it big time, I think because it was part of their Breathless Reads collection. Something I've learned about myself since is that I don't tend to be a huge fan of the most-hyped books put into those collections, though t ...more
Paper Valentine is far from a young romance novel, so don't let the title and cover fool you. If you needed to classify Paper Valentine it would fall somewhere in the youth paranormal section, not paranormal romance either. But the paranormal aspects of the novel are secondary to what drives the novel and that is a well written main character full of self doubt and teenage angst.

Hannah Wagnor lives in the small town of Ludlow and nothing big ever seems to happen in Ludlow, until now. Hannah's b
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi
Mar 14, 2013 Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: read-along with Miss and Glass ;)
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

This was my first book by Brenna. Even though I've seen her book The Replacement around, you can't help but to notice that lovely cover. So once when this book was announced I realized that it was time for me to meet her characters.

To say that Paper Valentine wasn't mysterious and thrilling would be a mistake. I as a huge fan of all crime TV-shows couldn't help but to enjoy this mystery. We read Hannah's story here. She is a typical teenage girl but when her

What a palate cleanser after a string of books that were enjoyable but not good, or good but not enjoyable, or... neither. I ripped through this one, it was so good, and it's kind of left me drooling for Brenna's next novel. It kind of feels like I just sank my teeth into a really well-made brownie, ohmygoshsogood.

I'm so tired of authors who err too far to one side or the other. They want to write a book about romance, and the female friendships are paper-thin. They want to write a book abo
Brenna Yovanoff is one of those writers that I never have any expectations going into one of her novels, other than that no matter what or how weird, I'm going to love it.

Paper Valentine didn't disappoint.

So we have a dead, ghostly best friend, sweltering 100+ temperatures, birds falling dead out of the sky and girls being murdered. Hannah, being the weirdo that she is (and I love her), takes it all in stride and, at Lillian's insistence, starts investigating the murders.

Hannah is an awesome,
Annabelle Marie Veronica

Paper Valentine, while not the most amazing book I've ever read, was throughly enjoyable. Thought I struggled to connect with the characters, I loved the mystery in the plot and the overall creepiness. It was a fantastic, unputdownable novel that I absolutely read straight through. It was fun and delightful, and despite its imperfections it has crawled into my heart. My bleeding paper heart.

Hannah isn't actually a particularly memorable
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“You can't keep acting like this," Lillian says, and for the first time in months, it's like she's actually trying to be nice. "Tragedy isn't this evil thing that came from outer space. It's just there, you know. Along with everything else.” 33 likes
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