Welcome, friends! Today is my stop on the blog tour for First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy! I have a lovely guest post from Alexandra to share with you, plus info about the book, and of course, a giveaway! I am super excited for this book, so I hope you all are too! 🤗
A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of The Telling and The Creeping that examines the all-consuming love of lifelong friendship—and what someone is capable of when they’re afraid of losing it.
Izzie loves nothing more than her three best friends, Viv, Graham, and Harry, and the bond the four of them share. And she’s terrified of their friendship falling apart next year when they go off to college. To bind them together, she decides to create that will belong only to them, a special thing that they’ll always share between the four of them. And so they dream up the Order of IV, a secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts. At first, it works like a charm—but when the Order of IV’s escapades get recognition beyond their wildest expectations, other people start wanting in. And soon, what started as a game of friendship is spiraling into something dangerous and beyond their control—and before it’s over, they’ll pay the ultimate sacrifice.
Alexandra’s Guest Post
How is your upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV different from your first two thrillers?
FIRST WE WERE IV is my third book (!) and though I’m always excited about a new project and end up screaming from the rooftops that it’s my favorite book I’ve written, FWWIV is special to me. I’ve started referring to it as my rebel heart.
My first two books, THE CREEPING and THE TELLING, were standalone YA thrillers, of the whodunit variety. Twisty crimes were committed and heroines hunted down villains. Romance, friendship, mystery, and thrills abounded. FIRST WE WERE IV is more in the vein of WE WERE LIARS or a young adult THE SECRET HISTORY (and if you haven’t read either of these, get yourself to a bookstore posthaste!).
In FWWIV I invented a secret society. Well, I invented the four main characters – Izzie, Viv, Harry, and Graham – who in turn invented the secret society. The rules: Never lie, never tell, and always love each other. They make a pledge and perform a ritual under the blood moon. They play vigilante-pranks on their seaside town, stunts that punk the town but ultimately improve things. Then it gets complicated and dangerous. Other kids want in. Other kids have appetites for giving the figurative finger to authority. And our four heroes have secrets and grudges. What starts for fun, quickly morphs into a rebellion. The four main characters try to take on a broken and unjust world. They see injustice and prejudice and riot against them. They aim their secret society like a weapon. They try to avenge the unsolved death of a runaway teenage girl. But revenge and rebellion usually end with blood.
One signed ARC of First We Were IV
March 28: YA and Wine – Most Mischievous YA Characters
March 29: Rattle the Pages – Nail Art
March 30: Book Nerd Addict – Inventing A Secret Society
March 31: Fables Library – YA Books with Secret Societies
April 4: The Eater of Books – History of Secret Societies
April 5: It Starts At Midnight – Author Guest Post: FIRST WE WERE IV vs. Alexandra’s Previous Books
April 6: BookCatPin – Mystery YA List
April 7: A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Moodboard
April 11: The Candid Cover – Bookworm Initiation Quiz
April 12: Girl in the Pages – Book Recs for First We Were IV Characters
April 13: Stories and Sweeties – Author Guest Post – Story Behind the Title
April 14: Little Lillie Reads – Playlist
April 18: Chapter by Chapter – Author Guest Post: Secret Society Initiation Rituals
April 19: Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Secret Societies You Never Knew Existed
April 20: YA Book Central – Author Guest Post: 3 Favorite Books About Secret Societies
April 21: The Bookish Feels – Author’s March Favorites
April 25: The Reader and the Chef – Book Inspired-Recipe
April 26: Forever Lost in Literature – Author Guest Post: What We Do For Friendship
April 27: Flying Through Fiction – Favorite YA Friendships
April 28: One Way or an Author – Phone Wallpapers