In her chilling third novel, Yovanoff (The Space Between) combines supernatural horrors with others that are all too human. Hannah Wagnor is. Dear Brenna Yovanoff: I read your debut novel, The Replacement, a couple years ago and loved it. I put your sophomore effort, The Space. Review: Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. Been waiting a long time for this book. Finally got to read it:) It was different from what I thought it.

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I will definitely be checking out her other titles. The quiet, subtle romance was exactly what I expected from one of my favorite authors. Maybe it’s because over Christmas break, I had several murder mystery show marathons.

But it’s lovely and creepy and you’ll like it, too. The Disturbed Girl’s Dictionary. For a moment, I thought this story would twist their relationship and burn it after ripping up all the history between the two, leaving me with a story about a girl who actually didn’t realise her best friend didn’t like her that much and was only haunting her because she was the only girl who was too chicken to do anything.

Hannah needed a bit of Lillian’s gumption, enough that she could tell off Angelie for being horrible and rude, but also needed to be Hannah-enough to not get too hung up on being popular. Now that I have read it, I can say without a doubt that Brenna Yovanof knows how to give you that fearful tingle that travels slowly up your spine until you want to run through your house and turn on every light! Brenna has a wonderful way with words that makes you feel all the creepy.

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Yovanoff exposes it, and spoon feeds you as the reader, guiding you on a coaster of paranormal mystery. What a wild and crazy ride this story is.

It finally appeared at least around the th page, so yay! I absolutely loved The Replacement!

I’m not entirely sure why it didn’t fully work for me. Jan 08, Debra rated it it was amazing Shelves: I have not yovznoff many ya thrillers, so the psychological warfare and the murders were new to me. Initially, Hannah is taken aback by her attraction for Finny, but not for long. The relationship between Hannah and Lillian, Hannah and Finny, Hannah and Ariel, her parents, her other friends – they all have this undercurrent to it that helps the characterization of every single character go deeper than just skin.

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I bet you’d think romance immediately. Macy’s school officially classifies her as “disturbed,” but Macy isn’t The world is so well imagined in the little It even has a flair of contemporary when we learn of the way her ghost friend died from anorexia.

Errr minus a few certain details. Though told from a first person point of view the emotions of all the characters are beenna beautifully – which is very very difficult to pull off.

At times I forgot to worry about what era this was set in, because even though it’s set in contemporary I often forgot because Hannah was always wearing some brightly coloured vintage thing. And this is also the story of the very same girl who is in a town where young girls are being murdered and she feels compelled to save them and assuage their ghosts unlike what she could not do for her best friend.


Hannah takes quiet to a whole new level. For me, the major seller of this book was the paper heart cut-outs left by the killer with his victims. It was just a natural part of the story. Maybe the best part for me was seeing the relationship between MC Hannah and her deceased best friend Lillian who stayed with her as a ghost. While trying to overcome her guilt at not being able to help Lillian when she was alive, Hannah is also trying to understand how to go on with life without her.

Hannah Wagnor is struggling to cope with the recent death of her best friend, Lillian, and the details surrounding it. Sometimes she was a follower, sometimes a leader, sometimes indecisive, as are most teens when they are trying to discover themselves.

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Anyone can post a reader review, so post yours today! I really love the things that Hannah realises about herself and also, about everyone else around her, and mostly, about Lillian.

It may be my first, but it won’t be my last novel by Yovanoff. Unexplainable bird death is just so awesome!