ISBN 9781101604083 | 320 pages | 08 Jan 2013 | Razorbill | 12 - AND UP years
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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 normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.
With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.
“Against a grisly backdrop, Yovanoff gives keen insight into friendship, sisterhood, and the stresses involved in being a teenaged girl, in a painful but satisfying story that shows off the author’s gifts for writing dark contemporary fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly
“Unexpected and thrilling. . . . This is taut sleuthing, a supernatural ghost story, and a coming-of-age novel; it’s horrific and shrouded in death but also poetic and life-affirming. These remarkable juxtapositions will haunt readers long after they’ve put the book down.”—Horn Book
“Engrossing.”—School Library Journal
“Yovanoff’s patent-pending blend of weak-kneed ennui and crackling nastiness [turns] pages faster than ever. Thrills, romance, gore—what’s not to like?”—Booklist
“The terror builds palpably over the course of a long, hot summer and breaks with a surprising payoff.” –NPR
“This confident tale contains moments of beauty, terror, and significant wisdom.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Largely unsentimental, this is a breath of fresh (or fetid?) air for the genre."—Booklist
“Painfully romantic and richly imagined, this offering solidifies Yovanoff’s status as an author to watch.”—BCCB
"Eloquent and imaginative."—School Library Journal
“A dreamy, atmospheric take on Judeo-Christian mythology that prioritizes character.” —Kirkus
“Yovanoff’s unsettling villains and intruiging moral ambivalence make this effort shockingly original and frequently breathtaking.”—Booklist, starred review
“A devastating look at familial love, sacrifice, and loneliness. Yovanoff’s spare but haunting prose creates an atmosphere shrouded in gloom and secrecy.”—BCCB, starred review
“Well-developed characters, a fascinating Fairy Court, an exciting story line, wicked cover art . . . this book has the makings of a success.”—Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced, dark delicacy."—Kirkus
"I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper."—Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger
"I so loved this book. Mackie Doyle is one of the sweetest, strangest, most magnetic heroes I've read in a long time. He charmed me and his story kept me up at night."—Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen
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