Paper Valentine

Author: Brenna Yovanoff 
Pages: 304 
Publisher: Razorbill 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My Summary: Hannah had barely begun to put her life back together when the murders started. 

After the death of her best friend, Hannah is haunted by the ghost of the girl who shared her childhood.  She can't escape the voice of her sick friend, reminding her over and over again that she must be perfect. But as summer passes and the bodies of girls keep turning up - all with the same signature paper heart placed nearby -  Hannah's focus shifts from the ghost haunting her to the killer haunting her tiny town. 

Begged by the ghosts of the dead girls to find their killer, Hannah begins searching for clues. and just as she begins to figure things out, Finny Boone - a delinquent with a big heart - is wrongly accused. 

The ghosts aren't happy in Ludlow, and it's up to Hannah to find out why.

My Thoughts: I adored every second of this book. It was creepy and amazing and appealed to the forensic scientist in me; I felt like I was reading the lovechild of episodes of CSI and Supernatural. Every aspect was spot on and kept me reading well into the wee hours of the night. Brenna Yovanoff has earned a spot of my list of favourite authors, and those aren't easily won. Trust me on this one. 

I loved the complexity and the atmosphere of this novel. You could feel the fear of the town seeping through the pages as you held your breath and hoped it would all work out for the characters. Having lived in a place where kidnappings have occurred, I can say with certainty that the author channeled the feelings of a terrified town perfectly. 

Finny and Hannah were awesome; they carved out their own little niche in my heart. I was rooting so hard for them, guys. They rocked my socks. The character development was great - especially Lillian's. They were extremely dynamic, and it really added to the story.

Final Thoughts: It was amazing and I loved every second. Go out and get yourself a copy if you haven't already! And if you have, I definitely recommend you check out some of Brenna Yovanoff's other novels.  


  1. Glad that I just purchased this book for my library based on your recommendation.

  2. YES! I loved this one as well and reviewed it a while back. Actually got another Yovanoff book in my TBR this week. I'm a big Criminal Minds fan, and it kind of reminded me of that. Definitely creepy and awesome!!
    Nice review,
    Ninja Girl


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