Valentine

Valentine Valentine is the first in a smart witty and page turning YA series with a paranormal twist for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J Maas Four teenagers all born on the same Valentine s Day begin to disapp

  • Title: Valentine
  • Author: Jodi McAlister
  • ISBN: 9780143574163
  • Page: 398
  • Format: None
  • Valentine is the first in a smart, witty and page turning YA series with a paranormal twist for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J Maas.Four teenagers all born on the same Valentine s Day begin to disappear As the bodies mount up, Pearl Linford has to work out what in the supernatural hell is going on, before it happens to her Finn Blacklin is the boy with whom Pearl sValentine is the first in a smart, witty and page turning YA series with a paranormal twist for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J Maas.Four teenagers all born on the same Valentine s Day begin to disappear As the bodies mount up, Pearl Linford has to work out what in the supernatural hell is going on, before it happens to her Finn Blacklin is the boy with whom Pearl shares a birthday, the boy she has known all her life and disliked every second of it, the boy her subconscious has a totally annoying crush on Finn is also the Valentine a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human boy at birth The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine except they don t know who it is And now both the Seelie and the Unseelie think Pearl is the Valentine, and if they find out she isn t, she ll disappear too Pearl must use all her wits to protect herself Finn must come to terms with his newfound heritage And then there s the explosive chemistry between them that neither of them know quite what to do about .

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    1. 5/5 AUSTRALIAN FAIRY STARSRead more bookish goodness on my book blog: Cal's YA ReadsTHIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. (Also, I did a full-on, proper review for this, with a structured response, be proud??? I'm not JUST rambling for once)In the first chapter, I was a little turned off because a) I usually HATE Australian YA books, and b) There was a sentence where Pearl (the protag's) inner-monologue drifts off and she thinks "OMFG" which is just god-awful. But once you ignore the slightly off-key tone of a [...]

    2. I picked up this book off of the bookshelf of my local Big W, knowing nothing about it. The blurb peaked my interest enough for me to make the purchase. By the time I got home and searched online, I discovered it was written by an Australian Author and I was excited to start it. I haven't had the time to read many fantasy books written by Aussie's before, even though I have so many waiting to be read, so Valentine was the first. And I'm really glad it was. I was completely surprised at how easy [...]

    3. This is a cute little fairy read. I think a gentle fun push into the fantasy/fairy genre for those that haven't ever read this type of book before. It is very YA, with loads of smarmy, lusty, high school style quips. With characters being on Facebook, up to date pop-culture references, etc (how will this work 5-10yrs down the track I wonder?)I enjoyed picking up the book to read before bed each night, carrying off these characters into my dreams. The writing flows well off the pages. The story i [...]

    4. I'm the first to admit that I'm kinda fairy'd out these days, mostly because once upon a time I read a lot of fae/fairy/faerie/however-you-want-to-spell-it books, and the whole concept of Seelie vs Unseelie grew a little tired for me. BUT all that said, I really enjoyed reading Valentine and found it a solid, refreshing addition to the genre. For a debut, McAlister has written a wonderfully entertaining story full of genuine, realistic characters who (*gasp*) manage to stay in character (*insert [...]

    5. Not going to lie, at first I was very disappointed. Every little thing about the first couple of chapters got on my nerves. But I was so determined to keep going, and I am so very glad I did!!This was crazy enjoyable, with a couple of twists that even I didn't see coming. One of my favourite reads this year?

    6. Meh. I really don't have many feelings about this book. I'm not even actually sure how it was published. We had cookie cutter, bland-ass characters, a SUPER predictable plot (yeah I guessed the 'twist' a quarter of the way in), and a 'smart' (readstupid ) MC. Like seriously, everyone keeps going on about how speshul and smart she is, but she makes the most god damn awful decisions. And she is amazingly selfish! We see this relationship she has with her BFF, but it's all like 'she's so loyal and [...]

    7. REREAD 5/1/18OH MY GOSH I FREAKING FORGOT HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!I mean I didn't forget that I loved the book, but I needed a refresher on this kick-ass story! I'm so glad I reread this and I can't freaking wait for Ironheart!I NEED IT!NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!------ORIGINAL REVIEW 20/1/17NOTE: I was sent an Advanced Reader Copy of this book by Penguin Teen Australia. All thoughts and opinions I have for this book are 100% honest and entirely my own. Spoiler-Free Review is up on my channel!: youtu [...]

    8. I've been in a bit of a reading slump so I was very excited when this proof landed on my desk last week. I read this in one day so I guess that explains how engaged I was in this story. Having just finished Elegy by Jane Abbott I think it is great that Australian authors are dealing with some paranormal/mythological elements in their writing. I also love a story that involves the Seelie (The Call by Peadar O'Guilin is fantastic!) and Unseelie and their wicked mannerisms and behaviours and it's g [...]

    9. Things I Didn't Like:- Most people's personalities.- The cringey use of abbreviations, "WTF" "Vom" etc- Nothing made sense. At all.- Assuming things constantly? "Oh, no, I think someone died! It MUST have been [Insert character]" *has next to no evidence but spends next three chapters full of guilt* Thing I Did Like:- The word "Seelie"- Good descriptions of attractive people.- Main character wasn't an ass.

    10. This was loads of angst, over the top YA fun. Lots of interesting fae law, a paranormal scooby murder mystery and handsome dark haired and moody beaus. If you're a fan of Holly Black and want something with a little more smooch, then do try this one.

    11. Okay, so how did this author get into my head and manage to create a protagonist with such similar thought patterns to my own? She must have used some freaky seelie trick. Good thing my dreams aren't quite as raunchy as Pearl's. So an Australian setting, paranormal themes, down-to-earth main character - what's not to love? For people who have read, I expect you will adore Valentine. I devoured this book in less than a day. It was fun, fast-paced, just the right amount of sexy and has set me up t [...]

    12. 4.25/5 (super specific I know but it wasn't a 4 and it wasn't a 4.5 sooo)I LOVED this. I'm super fussy with fairy books and I'm so glad that I enjoyed this one. Finally a book where the characters actually act their age; listening to current music, constantly on Facebook, and crushing on all of the cute boys. There were so many pop culture references and I loved it. And the writing actually sounded like the inner monologue of a 17 year old girl. I also loved how realistic everything was, like if [...]

    13. Wow! What a ride, that was. I read this book knowing nothing about it, I didn't even read the blurb because I like to read blind - I want to discover things as the writer intended - for me, this is the ultimate reading experience. Valentine delivered! I laughed, cried, gasped, fell in love, held my breath and sat on the edge of my seat. I read late into the night because I couldn't put it down. The only good thing about finishing this book is knowing that another follows it. Valentine is the fir [...]

    14. Quite glad this didn't end with a cliff hanger so I don't feel obligated to read the next one. Things I liked included Disey and Shad andat's about it. Things I didn't like was just about everything else. This book took so many leaps it got ridiculous. All of a sudden they're calling someone the Valentine. Im don't even know when it become a title. There were so many leaps in information, like suddenly Oh Hey We Know This Thing It Makes Total Sense. I don't give two shits about the oh-so-handsom [...]

    15. Update: Released too early to use for RSO, so I wrote a review on my blog, Trish Talks Texts. It's up now.Gosh, this covers A LOT of shelves. Pearl is the sassiest narrative voice i have read in a while. The story burbles along at a brisk pace, and I loved it.Wish the blurb didn't give so much away. Maybe the final print release will be more secretive (but people can read it all here, can't they?) hmm.

    16. First of all, yay it’s an Aussie book!!! Secondly, this book was so gooooooooood. I read some reviews and to be honest, it sounded really cliche and a not that special book. But then I read and it is REALLY GOOD. At the start, there were some scenes that were no offense but really cringey. It took some time getting into it but after a while I finally was hooked. Alright character development. I think the author should have made Pearl more believably β€œcharismatic”. I feel like she should be [...]

    17. I love the book. It's fairies in the bush! no, not Snugglepot and Cuddlepie. For some reason they popped up in my mind whenever I think about bush fairies, even though they are not fairies. Anyway, I found the main characters of Valentine fascinating some of the times and totally annoying at other times. The pacing is good and the dialogues are funny. I especially enjoy the process of weaponising vegemite. I would've liked to see how it worked. some spoiler We still don't know why they were look [...]

    18. Actual rating 4.5A strong, original YA fantasy that had me hooked. The lore has been well researched and well written, the protagonist is strong and fierce in her own way and I adored the romance.(view spoiler)[I love that Pearl wasn't the Valentine, but pretended that she was to protect Finn. I also liked that she was the one leading the charge on the research aspect - it was a refreshing change of pace, having the MC be the teacher instead of the student.(hide spoiler)]McAlister's prose is lig [...]

    19. Jodi is an Aust author, currently living in Tassie. She came to our Book Club, & is a highly energetic & enthusiastic young woman, & this comes across in her writing.Valentine is set in a small regional town in Australia, & is about a group of teens who were all born on Valentine's Day, in the same year. As they start disappearing in rather suspicious & strange circumstances, one of them starts investigating, in an attempt to mitigate the same thing happening to her Aimed at [...]

    20. Just. Awesome.Hilarious, moving, romantic, scary - Valentine has it all in spades. It is the kind of book I wish I'd had as a teenager! The characters are excellently drawn and the plot will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very end. Cannot wait for the next instalments. Seriously, do yourself a favour and read it - you won't be disappointed!

    21. YA fae tale. The opening chapters were abysmal, and I only barely stopped myself from DNFing. Self-obsessed POV character, sketchy worldbuilding, "I'm so attracted to my bully", etc. I managed to finish and it maybe partly redeemed itself, but there is far better and more unique Aussie YA.

    22. When I first saw this for sale, the cover was the first thing that drew me in. Seriously, that thing is just gorgeous! And then above it the words 'This is not a fairytale' hinted at something a little different. Then I put it down again because of a single sentence on the back "But there's one problem: the explosive chemistry between them" GROAN. Another promising book looked to be ruined by a terrible romance, or so I thought. After two weeks of picking it up every chance I had to go shopping, [...]

    23. ***4.75 stars***I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I loved the characters and the many, many TV/movie/book references. The story was creative and had me second guessing everything. And I totally ship Pearl and Finn! The only things I wasn't so keen on wasa) the super long chapters (30+ pages for some!) b) the way the ending unfolded. Being in the thick of the finale one second, then BAM - jumpcut to after the aftermath before everything had played out - did not sit well and took away from the overa [...]

    24. OMG where do I start. The book started off a little slow and some of the dialogue was a bit annoying, but the ending was so good. I also loved some of the pop culture references in there like veronica mars and pretty little liars. Also had a fan girl moment when the author wrote back to be on my instagram story 😍😍 because everyone loves veronica mars 😍😍

    25. My bookclub is currently reading this. I read the whole thing in one sitting I couldn't bring myself to put it down. Absolutely amazing. I released a breath I hadn't realised I'd been holding when I discovered there's a sequal.

    26. Very enjoyable, easy to read and often very funny paranormal with a feisty main character, Pearl, who has a great voice.

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