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Black Flowers, White Lies

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  393 ratings  ·  109 reviews
A 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Winner!
Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. But when newfound evidence suggests that Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago, Ella begins to question everything she knows about her father—and herself. If Ella’s father lived the last days o
Paperback, 280 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Sky Pony (first published October 4th 2016)
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Sage Knightly It's a mystery/thriller type book yes. It has a character who believes in ghosts however, so expect some paranormalish events.…moreIt's a mystery/thriller type book yes. It has a character who believes in ghosts however, so expect some paranormalish events.(less)
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Suze Lavender
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ella believes in the supernatural. She visits her father's grave on a regular basis and will always be thankful to him for saving her life. She's never known him as he died before she was born, but she carries a part of him within her and she feels a deep connection to him. She loves séances and tarot readings. When Ella's life is about to change the cards give her a warning. Fortunately her father's grave will remain a constant, she'll be able to visit any time she wants to and she can talk to ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
With its intriguing title and gorgeous cover, Black Flowers, White Lies immediately draws our attention and promises to be a great paranormal story, a frightening psychological thriller and a thorough exploration of loss and grief, all rolled into one. It is a pretty tall order for a relatively small book, so feeling mildly disappointed in the end doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Black Flowers, White Lies could have been a much better work, but it fell a bit short in execution and characteriz ...more
Emily Donnellan
Black Flowers, White Lies begins days before Ella’s mother is going to remarry. Ella’s father died before she was born, but she still feels a connection to him. He was her father after all. But Ella’s new step father is a nice enough guy, and he has a charming, attractive, son that Ella meets days before the wedding. It is because of the marriage that Ella starts learning secrets about her father, maybe he wasn’t the great veterinarian everyone thought he was? This question sends Ella down a pat ...more
C. McKenzie
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a who-to-trust story, and the answer for Ella quickly become "nobody." Not even herself. This is a well-plotted story of lies and treachery in which you follow Ella from knowing who she is and where she fits within her mother's life to a time when she doubts her own sanity. You must read to the end because Ella becomes important to you, and you root for her and her survival.


With Ella's mothers wedding a few weeks away, Ella finds herself thinking of her father, who died before she was born. Ella has always felt like her father has been looking out for her and feels he has a special connection with him. She likes her mums new boyfriend and all, she jut feel like she can't forget her own father. A few days before the wedding, Ella is set to finally meet her new step brother, Blake, and they seem to hit it off. He lets slip somethings that Ellas mum told his dad and t
Kelly Hager
Ella's dad died before she was born, but she feels like she knew him. (She credits him with saving her life when she was a kid.) Now her mom is getting remarried (which brings a new stepbrother, in addition to a stepfather) and Ella is falling apart. Weird things are happening and no one believes her--until it looks like she may actually be doing them herself. What is happening?!

I loved this book. It's an incredibly fast read and I was so curious about what was going on and who was responsible (
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BookReview: Black Flowers,  White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca

I went into this with no expectations at all. I had never heard of it before or the author. However, something about the cover just called to me when I was browsing on edelweiss the other day. All I knew about it was that it was a YA Psychological thriller with a supernatural element. I didn't really read the blurb I just went straight into with an open mind and Oh. My. It was one hell of a read. I devoured it in a few hours. Which lately
Karima chermiti
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, horror, young-adult
The whole time i was reading the book, there was a question in my mind nagging at me over and over again " what's the point of this?" and i don't really have an answer. for me, it felt aimless with no purpose.


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I’ve read this book in a day and in that same day, I forget what the book was about, what the characters names are and what actually happened and how it even ended. So memorable, it definitely was not. So what’s there to talk about in this case, nothing probably?
Sarah Jude
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2018-reads
I remember seeing the cover of BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES by Yvonne Ventresca and thinking, "Wow, that's a really striking cover." I wanted to know what it was about, so great work by the art department. Even with its gorgeous cover, where this book shines is in the storytelling. We meet Ella days before her mother's wedding, getting ready to meet her new stepbrother Blake for the first time. The wedding is hard for Ella because her father died before she was born and she always felt his presence ...more
Loretta Webb
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turns out, this book is just the kind of thing I am always looking for. This novel focuses around Ella Benton during the summer before her sophomore year. Already dealing with the typical problems of teenage life, Ella is processing the upcoming marriage of her mom and the addition of a step-brother she has never met. Compounding this is the growing disconnect between her and her best friend, Grace. Seem stressful enough? Have I mentioned that she also has a near obsession with her dead father ...more
Sep 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Black Flowers, White Lies is a suspenseful teen thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat and pounding through the last 100 pages. Ella, the main character, is a fairly regular teenage girl who loves her best friend, Grace, her cat, Oscar, and her mother. Ella lost her father when she was young, but had always felt a supernatural connection to him. The book opens with Ella's mother preparing for her new marriage and Ella meeting her new stepbrother, Blake. What follows is an incredibly twiste ...more
Kathy Temean
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I only wish it was 20 pages longer because I didn't want it to end. The story, characters, and the writing are great. It is filled with mystery and intrigue and everything rings true. Don't miss reading this book. It's another great read from Yvonne Ventresca. ...more
BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES is an alarming book from Yvonne Ventresca. Following the life of a teenage girl living in the midst of supernatural events, this book will leave you with a feeling of unease.

Ella lost her father to a tragic car accident before she was born, but she has felt a powerful connection to him since the day she heard a man advise her to wait before crossing the street. Obeying the voice, Ella stopped walking, causing her mother to turn back for her. Moments later a vehicle came
Lavender  Sparrow
Oct 09, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I truly hate to give one star ratings.
The work that must go into getting a book published is just incredible, but this book really was not for me.
The plot outline sounded perfect, just my kind of read but it just didn't deliver.

The plot line was so predictable, there wasn't one point were I didn't know what was going on. which was a problem since the mystery was the main element of the book. And the characters, I didn't like a single one. There were all so petty and annoying, they all read li
Stephanie Faris
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Black Flowers, White Lies, a high schooler is dealing with her mom's wedding, a soon-to-be stepbrother who happens to be hot, and some haunting truths about her father. At the same time, strange things are starting to happen all around her. Is her father communicating with her from the grave? I came into this story expecting suspense and got so much more. I can see why this author won the very coveted Crystal Kite Award for her previous book. She creates rich characters you grow to care about ...more
Patty (IheartYA311)
A quick, easy read. Was 5 stars all the way. I enjoyed the characters, plot and pace.
Michelle Von
Dec 02, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-worst
Why do books like this pain me with their existence? I hoped for something just one tiny bit spooky, but what I really got was teen melodrama with a garbage ending (not that any part of the book was actually good).The attempted use of psychology doesn't even keep me interested because it comes across as moronic drivel. If your edition has the blurb on the cover from a psychologist, take note it only mentions he liked the book, not that the psychology was factual or even engaging. Blake, the Ella ...more
J.J. Lair
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ella sees these strange signs that have to do with her father. That would be scary enough, but who is Blake? Her mother is getting married. The new husband. You have a slew of things swirling around her life. This fast paced book is full of twists lies from friends, con games and cats.
I enjoyed the story and how all these issues intertwined. The last forty pages kept me glued to the end.
Three stars
Ella sees these strange signs that have to do with her father. That would be scary enough, but wh
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a YA/Teen thriller... I thought it was well written and fast paced.. I could not put it down.. not sure how realistic it is but it was definitely suspenseful.. and perhaps somewhat plausible.. Ella the main character lost her father in tragic circumstances before she was born and she feels she has a connection to him... that has warned her of possible danger in the past... when her mom remarries she meets her stepbrother and they bond... during the time the parents are off on their honey ...more
Chelsea Cruse
Apr 15, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a page-turner that I read in one sitting! I think a lot of my students will really enjoy this psychological thriller.
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
This book was amazing, I could hardly put it down. Can't wait to read more books from Yvonne Ventresca ...more
talon smith
With its intriguing title and extremely beautiful cover, Black Flowers, White Lies immediately drew me in and promised to be a great "thrilling and paranormal" story from the get go. A "frightening psychological thrill" is also what I was promised when I picked it up but I just think that is waaaay too much for this simple (and very short) story. After I finished, it was just okay to me. Nothing blew me away except for the cover.

The story itself could have been executed in a much nicer / neater
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Let me start by saying I really doubted that I would like this book when it was suggested to me because it's a YA title. Boy, have I never been more wrong! I worried I'd miss the darkness that I thought would be too risqué for a book from a Children's imprint, but the author definitely has some devious, twisted, and down right messed up stuff going on in this story! When things finally started unravelling (at a speeding pace I could hardly beak from) I couldn't believe where it went and the endi ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book from the beginning. I was caught in the story and finished riding the wave in less than 24hrs. great book!
Eshita Dey
Quite interesting, this book. At first you'd feel you're reading yet another YA fiction maybe, but the suspense they build up is amazing. Overall, a good time-pass.
What didn't really go down good with Me is how the accused gets away so easily. He simply vanishes and doesn't even get back for any kind of revenge after being caught. Especially after the extent of deviousness he had shown. Strange, really.
Ella Benton misses her father every day, even though he died when she was very young. She visits his grave and attempts a séance to talk to him. As her mother is about to marry again, Ella doesn’t want her father to be forgotten. When Ella’s soon-to-be new stepbrother reveals that he overheard a big secret about her father’s death from her mom, Ella is shocked. Instead of her father dying in a car crash, he may have died in a mental hospital. Together, they try to get to the bottom of what reall ...more
John Clark
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life for Ella Benton has always lacked something-her dad. He was killed in a traffic accident before she was born. Despite never having seen him, she feels a very strong connection, even believing he’s somehow watching over her and that the number eight, or multiples of it are lucky (his birthday was on the eighth of August)
When her mother decides to remarry, She’s okay with the idea, although realizing that having her new step-dad Stanley living in their apartment will take some adjustment. He
Wendy J. Whittingham
Black Flowers, White Lies is the perfect story for this time of year when ghouls howl and graveyards beckon. The main character, Ella Benton is a loyal and likeable girl willing to risk everything for those she cares for, including her cuddly cat Oscar. 
As the story progresses, Ella is bombarded by rumours that don’t add up. Why wasn’t she told the truth about her past? Is a family member from the other side trying to reach her? What is behind the unexplainable coincidences that keep occurring? 
Mary Thompson
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
I read this in one day! It's a very engaging story with believable characters and mysterious happenings that work into a masterful tapestry. Highly recommended! ...more
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Yvonne Ventresca writes thrilling novels and short stories that explore topics like deadly diseases, gaslighting, and hauntings.

Her latest short story, "The Third Ghost," won the eponymous honor for the middle grade anthology VOYAGERS: THE THIRD GHOST (for ages 9-12).

Her young adult novel, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES (Sky Pony Press, 2016) won a National IPPY Gold Medal for YA fiction in 2017. Just

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