I received this book for free from the Jen Halligan PR in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca
Published by Sky Pony Press on October 4th 2016
Source: Jen Halligan PR
Her father died before she was born, but Ella Benton knows they have a supernatural connection. Since her mother discourages these beliefs, Ella keeps her cemetery visits secret. But she may not be the only one with secrets. Ella’s mother might be lying about how Dad died sixteen years ago. Newfound evidence points to his death in a psychiatric hospital, not as a result of a tragic car accident as her mother always claimed. After a lifetime of just the two of them, Mom suddenly feels like a stranger.
When a handprint much like the one Ella left on her father’s tombstone mysteriously appears on the bathroom mirror, at first she wonders if Dad is warning her of danger as he did once before. If it’s not a warning, could her new too-good-to-be-true boyfriend be responsible for the strange occurrences? Or maybe it’s the grieving building superintendent whose dead daughter strongly resembles Ella? As the unexplained events become more frequent and more sinister, Ella becomes terrified about who—or what—might harm her.
Soon the evidence points to someone else entirely: Ella herself. What if, like her father, she’s suffering from a breakdown? In this second novel from award-winning author Yvonne Ventresca, Ella desperately needs to find answers, no matter how disturbing the truth might be.
I started reading this one early, and found that once I started, I couldn’t stop. I read the majority of the book in one sitting, commenting on it to my roommate as I read. I found myself hooked from the very beginning.
In general, I love thrillers where reality is questioned: is something supernatural going on or is this character having a breakdown? Black Flowers, White Lies walked this line perfectly, but I don’t feel I can comment more without spoilers. Let’s leave it at, I spent a lot of time on my favorite reading game: guessing what happens next.
My only complaint is that even though you get closure in terms of what is happening, there are a number of storylines left unresolved. It is probably unrealistic to resolve them all, but it is still what I wanted. There are a lot of relationships strained during the course of the book and I really wanted to see how they reformed in the long-term after the climax.
Favorite moment and O.o all in one: Ella meets a cute boy at the mall and then… uh, oh… he’s her step-brother. It was a great situation to set up the rest of the book.
ABOUT YVONNE VENTRESCA:
Yvonne Ventresca’s latest young adult novel, BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES will be published by Sky Pony Press in October 2016.
Her debut YA novel, PANDEMIC, won a 2015 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. In PANDEMIC, a teen struggles to survive not only a deadly outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons. Ventresca’s other works include the short story “Escape to Orange Blossom,” which was selected for the dystopian anthology PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News).
Yvonne bought black petunia plants in honor of Black Flowers, White Lies. She tried to grow them indoors, thinking the flowers would be fun to giveaway during the book’s launch, but soon realized there wasn’t enough sun. Five plants survived after she transplanted them to her yard.
Prize pack includes a three panel rustic chalkboard with a $25 Amex gift card, a $25 Sephora gift card, and a signed copy of Black Flowers, White Lies!