Thursday, April 6, 2017

Blog Tour - Mystery YA List & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

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First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
First We Were IV
by Alexandra Sirowy
July 25, 2017
448 pages

Goodreads Summary:
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.

I love a good mystery read although admittedly I haven't read all that many. I'm always afraid I'll be disappointed. I really should worry less and just pick them up! Today I've got a list of a few mystery books I've read and really enjoyed! If you're a mystery fan and haven't read these yet, I hope you give them a try!!

Mystery YA List
With Malice by Eileen CookWith Malice by Eileen Cook - This book has a really addictive mystery. I honestly couldn't stop reading it once I started. It's also written in a really neat format with the story being told through case documents like interview transcripts, news articles and online postings!

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany CavallaroA Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro - Who doesn't love a Sherlock Holmes-esque story? Lots of and lots of detective work and snooping around in this book. There's also darkness and depth to the characters and you absolutely don't want to miss out on it!

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri ManiscalcoStalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco - I have so much love for this book! Not only is the historical setting atmospheric, the air of mystery makes you reach for more! Bonus that the characters have the most witty and bold dialogues~ I'm also a sucker for the slow burn romance in this one ;)

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare BlakeAnna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake - This book really gave me the chills. It's horrifying and fascinating and so different from any book I've read. Definitely check the story out if creepy paranormal mystery is your thing.
The Naturals series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - This series has been very highly recommended to me. I haven't read it yet but I've heard it being called the book version of Criminal Minds (I love this show!) and that just makes me want to read it even more!
The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn BarnesKiller Instincts by Jennifer Lynn BarnesAll In by Jennifer Lynn BarnesBad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Alexandra SirowyAuthor Bio:
Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV.

Alexandra attended a women's college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn't writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.


Many thanks again to Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles for organizing this blog tour. Visit all the tour stops below and make sure to pick up a copy of First We Were IV when it hits shelves on July 25!

Week 1
March 27:
Brittany's Book Rambles - Intro Post + Excerpt
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

Week 2
April 3:
Emily Reads Everything - Fancast
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 <-- You're here!
April 7:
A Book and a Cup of Coffee - Moodboard

Week 3
April 10:
The Book Buzz - YA Thrillers You Need to Know About
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

Week 4
April 17:
Literary Legionnaire - Favorite Quotes
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

Week 5
April 24:
Waiting For Wentworth - Author Guest Post: Secret Society Rules
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
Disclaimer: All content directly from First We Were IV (such as quotes and excerpts) is taken directly from an advanced reader's copy of the book. Therefore, it is not to be separately quoted from due to the fact that it is not in its final publication form.


  1. Amazing list! I loooved Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I've been dying to read Anna Dressed in Blood and A Study in Charlotte. I've also heard great things about With Malice :) It's actually my first time hearing about The Natural series, so I'm going to check it out! Thank you for being on the tour, Eileen <3

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. Thank YOU Brittany <3 You must read the Anna duology! It's very cool ;)

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks! I had a great time coming up with it ;)

  3. I've been wanting to read all the book on your list. I used to always read mysteries, its been a while, I need to get back into them :)

    1. Oh hopefully you do get around to reading some of these books! Happy reading Lily :)


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