First We Were IV Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway!

Hey everyone! Today I'm thrilled to participate in the blog tour for First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy, hosted by Brittany's Book RamblesFirst We Were IV is a YA Mystery/Thriller novel that will be releasing on July 25th from Simon & Schuster that will surely have you wide-eyed as you read (like me)! Below you can find my review and an AMAZING giveaway that includes a copy of this book, a mini Polaroid camera + other goodies! Thanks for stopping by & enjoy!
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First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
July 25th, 2017 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers 
YA Mystery/Thriller
A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship—and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it.

Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm—but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control—and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.
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*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 4/5 stars

Remind me again to never read YA Thrillers at night. First We Were IV is a book that has haunted me for the last few days but I do not regret it AT ALL because it's so GOOD. The mystery, the suspense, the secrets, the ending... GAH! You should definitely read it.

What I Liked:

First of all, I loved how this book captivated me. I don't normally read thrillers (weak at heart here) but I couldn't stop reading, even though my chest was feeling heavier and heavier as I flipped through its pages. Everything was weird and creepy, the atmosphere so... charged. What the characters did with the Order of IV, what the adults and authorities did to protect their reputation... gosh, so messed up! I'm still wide-eyed to be honest.

The Order of IV is created by a group of friends--Viv, Izzie, Harry and Graham--as a last attempt to create something that will link them together for when they all part to go to College. This group's main purpose is to right wrongs, starting with the mysterious death of a college girl found in the meteor rock in Viv's apple orchard. However, things start to get out of hand when the kids from their High School think it's a cool trend and start acting on behalf of the Order. Madness ensues right after this.

These four friends have a strong friendship that has lasted for several years (dates back to kindergarten I believe!) and I liked how they put so much effort to keep their friendship from falling apart, even if they create the very thing that has the potential to break them. I don't think I would ever have been able to be a part of their inner circle, but everyone who meets them will surely see how they fit together. They belong together. Reading about them as a whole was great and made me long for my group of High School of friends which did fall apart after we pursued different careers. And that's how it is, life happens (though mine thankfully not as creepy as how theirs go).

However, the thing that left the most impression on me from First We Were IV was the whole idea of a small town trying to cover each others tracks for the sake of keeping up a perfect facade. It keeps running through my head how the officer in charge, when Viv discover the girl's body on top of the meteor rock, tells her (supposedly to appease) that the dead girl was "asking for it", based on her appearance. This was so wrong and it shook Viv's foundation, enough to motivate her to seek some justice for the girl if no authority would bother to look for it.

With that said, I must mention that this book has heavy themes, some that took me by surprise (especially when the characters were revealing secrets as part of an Order of IV activity) and even made me feel nauseous. Now THAT is something I would like to forget about.

What Left Me Wanting More:

There were a few times that I struggled to understand what was going on with the characters, what they were planning and how they would execute said plans. Maybe because there were so many things happening at the same time, especially close to the ending. I often had to go back and reread to try to make a sense of it.

And I was also expecting a bit more from a couple of the main characters. Their reactions to one of the main issues was not what I wanted, what I needed, so it left me a bit unsatisfied. I wanted more anger and justice!

Final Verdict:

Chock-full of secrets, mischief, and an all-consuming need to preserve friendship while righting wrongs, First We Were IV is the book to jolt your summer nights!
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Giveaway!


1 signed hard cover copy of FIRST WE WERE IV
Fujuifilm instax mini 9 Polaroid camera in smoky white (& film) like the one in the book!
Strand of gold stars
FIRST WE WERE IV swag (temporary tattoos & bookmarks)
Evie Seo Designed Tote Bag 


FTC disclaimer: US entries only. No purchase necessary to enter, giveaway items provided by Alexandra Sirowy.
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Follow the tour!

Week 1

July 10: Bookish Lifestyles - Review + Tote Design

July 11: Brittany's Book Rambles - Guest Post
July 12: Emily Reads Everything - Review 
July 13 Biscotto's Books - Moodboard 
July 14: Forever Lost in Literature - Review

Week 2
July 17: My Friends Are Fiction - Guest Post
July 18: Literary Legionnaire - Review
July 19: The Reader and the Chef - Review 
July 20: Novel Novice - Guest Post 
July 21: Dark Faerie Tales - Interview 

Week 3
July 24: YA and Wine - Review + Guest Post
July 25: YA Book Central - Spotlight
July 26: Tales of the Ravenous Reader - Review 
July 27: A Perfection Called Books - Guest Post

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About Alexandra
Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV. Alexandra attended a women's college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn't writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like a really great book!

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  2. This review only made me want to read the book even more!!!!!!!
    -Sydney Dudley (it said comment as unknown google so I put my name here)

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