Valentine by Jodi McAlister #aww2017


Release Date: January 30th 2017.

Publisher: Penguin Teen Australia.

Source: From my husband for Valentine’s Day 🙂


Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 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 . . .


My Thoughts:

4/5 stars.

I am so glad this is a series because I want more and I want it now.

This book was awesome. As the front cover says it is not a fairytale, but it is a book about fairies, and fairies are my favourite supernatural creatures. There are two kinds of fairies in this book – the evil, cruel kind, and the less evil, less cruel kind. Both are looking for the Valentine, a changeling that was swapped for a human child at birth, born on Valentine’s Day. The problem is there are four teens all born on Valentine’s Day and the fairies don’t know which one it is. The Unseelie fairies need to kill the Valentine, and they don’t mind eliminating every one of the four teens if they have to.

Pearl Linford is one of the four, and so is the super annoying, gets right under Pearl’s skin, Finn Blacklin. Things are about to get a lot darker for both of them, and it all starts with Pearl’s friend Marie going missing. Black cats and black birds start watching Pearl, showing up wherever she is. Strange, unnatural things start happening. Out of everyone that could possibly help her, it turns out Finn Blacklin is the only one that can, and she must put her intense dislike for him behind her if they are going to survive. But there is more to Finn than Pearl ever imagined.

I loved Pearl and Finn and their incredible dislike for each other and their sizzling chemistry. They felt so real and jumped off the page. Pearl is headstrong, loyal and fierce. Finn is a bad boy with a reputation, but underneath it all he would do whatever it takes to help those he cares about.
Together they are a force to be reckoned with. The fairies have no idea who they are dealing with if they think these two are going down without a fight.

Valentine was a creepy paranormal mystery with a romantic touch. Valentine held me spellbound and I felt compelled to read it. Toward the end I was held on the edge of my seat wondering how it was all going to end. It did not disappoint. I highly recommend it to the YA lovers out there who love a supernatural twist to their tales.


You can add it to your Goodreads HERE.

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