First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published July 25th, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, YA
* Received this copy from the author and the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.
This was so much better than my expectations! I really love secret societies, they just always make everything seem so interesting and mysterious. It’s just fascinating and so I had high expectations for this book. It for sure didn’t let me down! This was the first book I read from the author, although I already wanted to read another of her books for quite some time, and for sure I will, because this is just the type of thrilling book I love!
The best part about this book for me was the characters. I absolutely love books focused on friendship and this one was amazing. I loved their friendship, and how connected they are. I just loved our four characters incredibly much. They felt so realistic! I was annoyed, happy, angry… I felt every single emotion with their actions!
I’ve read a lot of reviews about this book since I was a bit late to the party and to be honest I actually kinda empathized with their actions. I would have loved to have friends this close, even if they are quite crazy. They found a way to make themselves noticed, to do some justice… Of course, they are still teenagers and like everything, there’s always something we may not agree with. Also, depending on our age, some stuff might seem ridiculous to do. But I just felt so included in the group through the writing. It sucked me in and I just was up to do everything they were doing. The surge of power they were feeling made me feel it too. I wanted to participate. Even if after closing the book and proclaiming myself crazy, I just really wanted to!
The character development was so good that I really felt I knew them, know what I mean? I really loved this group. My favorites are Izzy and Harry. They are just precious!
This is an amazing thriller, full of twists. It was really different from any book I’ve read before. It was quite complex, and being a group of teenagers I was already expecting it to be quite easy to connect but I didn’t expect it to be so exciting. I can’t really say much more about it without giving things away but the end is SO freaking good. heartbreakingly good. And it made so much sense… It’ unreal!
It was gripping, dark and with a mystery that I definitely couldn’t solve. It was indeed thrilling, powerful and emotional. I am so going to get this book! I would for sure highly recommend it!
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