I like the cover of this book. Honestly, that's why I decided to read it. Sometimes I'm attracted to a book because of the cover, and then the summary sounds interesting, so I add it to my to-read stuff. But I try really hard to not (admit to) judge a book by the cover. But it just so happens that in this one, I did. I think it's cool. Plus, it's almost February, which means Valentine's Day (yes, I'm one of those people who celebrates Valentine's Day during the entire month of February). So Paper Valentine was perfect for right now. In theory, anyway.
Here's the summary from Goodreads: The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record. The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls. For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one. Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders? Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness. With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets. She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.
What I Liked: 1) Well, obviously I liked the cover. That's something that I already talked about. But I'm mentioning it again. 2) I liked the mystery part of it. It was fun to try and put the pieces together along with Hannah. The pace of the bits and pieces of evidence being revealed was excellent, kept the story flowing and helped to keep me interested. 3) Finny! I knew this guy was going the be one of those guys with the tough exterior, but is all warm and gooey on the inside. You definitely get the chance to learn some surprising things about him as the book progresses, and there are some big shocks!
What I Didn't Like: I didn't like Hannah. She's very whiny, and a little too trusting, especially with everything that has been going on. I did like her sense of curiosity, but overall, she was a little hard to relate too. Also, the ghosts. I knew it was coming, but it all felt out of place. Like there is supposed to be some reason that Hannah can interact with them, but I have no idea what it was.
Overall Thoughts: Paper Valentine was an interesting take on a serial murder mystery in a small town. The mystery part of it was great, and I especially liked how the reader is given little bits of evidence to keep them interested and guessing as the story progresses. I found it hard to really get into the ghost part of it, and didn't find Hannah to be one of those MCs that I just think I could be friends with. But I know for those of you who are into mysteries with well written plots, this one should be on your list.
My Rating: 3 shots