Publisher: RazorbillRelease Date: January 8, 2013Pages: 304Source: LibraryRating: 4 out of 5
I’m always looking for a good murder mystery, and with a gorgeous cover like Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff, I couldn’t pass it up. Needless to say, this is a novel in which the book can be judged by its cover because I couldn’t put this book down! With an unpredictable mystery and likable characters, Paper Valentine is a gripping read with a haunting atmosphere.
Surprisingly, I didn’t really like the main character Hannah. Her best friend Lillian had recently died, so Hannah’s personality has taken a turn for the worst. She is a quiet, remote character throughout most of the book. She is a little boring to say the least, and she isn’t the most relatable character out there. However, it’s the side characters that I find most entertaining to read. For example, Lillian appears as a ghost in the story, and her personality is loud and fun. Also, Finny (the love interest) is inexplicably cryptic and definitely a bad-boy hottie. My dislike for Hannah didn’t sway my overall enjoyment for the novel though because the side characters prove to be an outstanding form of character redemption.
Paper Valentine also has an un-put-down-able mystery that I seriously loved. It’s addictive and eerily creepy– it’s exactly the kind of mystery I look for in YA. It’s written really well, and I honestly did not guess who the killer was at all. I love it when authors can deceive readers until the end!
Hooked from the beginning, I highly enjoyed my time spent reading Paper Valentine. I am thoroughly impressed with Yovanoff, and will undeniably scout out her previous works. If you’re looking for a mystery that is exceptionally well done with a great set of characters, this is not one you’ll want to miss.