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Paper Valentine

Brenna Yovanoff


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Hardcover (1/8/2013)

Winter 2012 Kids Next List

“Hannah Wagnor is having a hard enough time trying to figure out where she belongs and what exactly her feelings are for juvenile delinquent Finny Boone without her best friend Lillian's ghost sticking her nose into things. Then there is a murderer on the loose killing young girls, and Hannah doesn't know what to do. Lillian insists that she get involved, and Hannah suddenly finds herself at the center of a terrible secret. This intriguing mystery will draw you into Hannah's world of regrets, horror, friendship, and young love and won't let you go until the resolution.”
— Melissa Oates, Fiction Addiction, Greenville, SC
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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.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.

Praise For Paper Valentine

Praise for Paper Valentine:

“Against a grisly backdrop, Yovanoff gives keen insight into friendship, sisterhood, and the stresses involved in being a teenaged girl, in a painful but satisfying story that shows off the author’s gifts for writing dark contemporary fantasy.”—Publishers Weekly

“Unexpected and thrilling. . . . This is taut sleuthing, a supernatural ghost story, and a coming-of-age novel; it’s horrific and shrouded in death but also poetic and life-affirming. These remarkable juxtapositions will haunt readers long after they’ve put the book down.”—Horn Book

“Engrossing.”—School Library Journal

“Yovanoff’s patent-pending blend of weak-kneed ennui and crackling nastiness [turns] pages faster than ever. Thrills, romance, gore—what’s not to like?”—Booklist

“The terror builds palpably over the course of a long, hot summer and breaks with a surprising payoff.” –NPR


Awards & Nominations:

An NPR Best Book of 2013

A Boston Globe Best Young Adult Book of 2013

Praise for Brenna Yovanoff:

The Space Between

“This confident tale contains moments of beauty, terror, and significant wisdom.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Largely unsentimental, this is a breath of fresh (or fetid?) air for the genre."—Booklist
“Painfully romantic and richly imagined, this offering solidifies Yovanoff’s status as an author to watch.”—BCCB
"Eloquent and imaginative."—School Library Journal
“A dreamy, atmospheric take on Judeo-Christian mythology that prioritizes character.” —Kirkus

The Replacement

“Yovanoff’s unsettling villains and intruiging moral ambivalence make this effort shockingly original and frequently breathtaking.”—Booklist, starred review
“A devastating look at familial love, sacrifice, and loneliness. Yovanoff’s spare but haunting prose creates an atmosphere shrouded in gloom and secrecy.”—BCCB, starred review
“Well-developed characters, a fascinating Fairy Court, an exciting story line, wicked cover art . . . this book has the makings of a success.”—Publishers Weekly
"A fast-paced, dark delicacy."—Kirkus
"I loved this eerie and beautiful story of ugly things. It should be read aloud after dark, at a whisper."—Maggie Stiefvater, New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger
"I so loved this book. Mackie Doyle is one of the sweetest, strangest, most magnetic heroes I've read in a long time. He charmed me and his story kept me up at night."—Lauren Kate, New York Times bestselling author of Fallen

Razorbill, 9781595146144, 320pp.

Publication Date: May 15, 2014

About the Author

Brenna Yovanoff is the "New York Times "bestselling author of "The Replacement, The Space Between," and "Fiendish." She currently lives in Denver with her husband. Visit her online at