Spotlight on First We Were IV (Alexandra Sirowy), Excerpt, & Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight Alexandra Sirowy's novel First We Were IV.

 Read on for more about Alexandra and her book, plus an excerpt, and giveaway!

 

 

 

 

Meet Alexandra Sirowy!

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 for her undergraduate work in International Relations and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn't writing, she likes to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives in Northern California.

 

 

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Meet First We Were IV!

A group of friends start a secret society in this out-of-control thriller from the author of 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 something 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.

 

 

 

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~ Excerpt ~

 

By the time the police arrived, there were three of us left. Three originals. Three best friends. Architects of what was once a secret society.

The difference between leaders and initiates was evident. We designed it that way, dictated that initiates wore the white of sacrificial lambs and us bloody red. No confusion over who appeared to be in charge.

There was a chaotic minute under the star-choked sky. Volleying accusations and bodily threats. I tried to kick out of the arms of an officer because I still hadn’t had my fill of revenge. Never would I. And you know, the dagger tipped in blood didn’t exactly help our case for looking faultless.

They herded the initiates into a line, ordered them to keep their mouths shut. Still, those kids, those snakes, whispered stories and secrets in the way the dying confess, anticipating forgiveness. Good little boys and girls, eyes innocent saucers, except they’d terrorized a whole town.

Our dagger lay a little outside the ring of fire. There was the truth serum, a few muddy, crimson sips they’d dredge up from the bottle to test. And the idol on a pile of rocks, her smile calling out from on top of her burial mound. No sense would be made of her origins.

Police circled the meteorite, probing the scene, coming up short in front of us three, searching faces for clues. Accident or murder.

They would ask the wrong questions later on, after the ambulance left without its sirens wailing, when the three architects and our six recruits were in the police station.

There was lots of hand-wringing and Make me understand. Parents arrived. Our initiates had been shaking their fists and snarling at authority just an hour before. The rebellion had drained out of them and they buckled with relief at the sight of their moms and dads. I didn’t acknowledge mine. All the adults needed help understanding how the night happened.

“October happened because September did.”

An officer warned me to stop being snarky.

“I’m not,” I whispered, voice all cried out.

“Then answer,” he demanded.

“Because August. Because July. Because June. I can keep going if you need me to.”

That was the only answer they’d get from me. Afterward, I stopped talking. For a few weeks. I sat in my room, on the top of my desk, watching the Pacific battle the shore. I sketched the four of us. Together. Hardly needing to watch the progress of my pencil. There was something unnerving in our eyes when the pictures were done. A glimmer of foreshadow that I hadn’t noticed was present before. Had it been? My best friends. The loves of my life. Strangers. Reeling. Ferocious.

I held my tongue and the lesson sunk in.

No matter how much you see, there are bottomless seas you don’t.

What I am certain of is the heart of it.

First we were four.

Now we are three.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First We Were IV

By: Alexandra Sirowy

Publishing Date: July 25th, 2017 

Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR

 

 

 

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Comments 20

Fay Tannerr on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 12:08

Love the cover and the synopsis!

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Love the cover and the synopsis!
John on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

The cover looks very smoky. Regarding the synopsis, I hate the idea of initiates being herded. How cruel!

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The cover looks very smoky. Regarding the synopsis, I hate the idea of initiates being herded. How cruel!
Dianna G. on Tuesday, 25 July 2017 21:16

The synopsis makes me feel prickly....secret societies are kind of creepy! Love the cover. The roman numerals gives the title a special touch.

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The synopsis makes me feel prickly....secret societies are kind of creepy! Love the cover. The roman numerals gives the title a special touch.
Aireanna Lesch on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 17:17

What a cool cover!! I love secret societies. It is such a cool idea.

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What a cool cover!! I love secret societies. It is such a cool idea. :)
Anne on Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:30

So excited for this book! Love the cover and story sounds good!

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So excited for this book! Love the cover and story sounds good!
Julie on Thursday, 27 July 2017 23:06

The cover is really pretty, and the story sounds great!

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The cover is really pretty, and the story sounds great!
Danielle Lynn on Monday, 31 July 2017 09:06

I've been hearing so much about this book lately! The cover is what first drew me in but the idea of a "secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts" now THAT sounds dangerously alluring. I'm hooked.

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I've been hearing so much about this book lately! The cover is what first drew me in but the idea of a "secret society devoted to mischief that rights wrongs and pays back debts" now THAT sounds dangerously alluring. I'm hooked.
Kristi Housman on Thursday, 03 August 2017 11:12

Love this cover and can't wait to read this one!

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Love this cover and can't wait to read this one!
Candice Gigous on Friday, 04 August 2017 14:01

The cover is interesting. The synopsis draws you in for more. Sounds like a thrilling read.

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The cover is interesting. The synopsis draws you in for more. Sounds like a thrilling read.
Lily M. on Saturday, 05 August 2017 04:31

This cover is pretty cool with the smoky effects going on

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This cover is pretty cool with the smoky effects going on :)
Ella Westrich on Thursday, 17 August 2017 00:44

This cover is so beautiful! The synopsis leaves me wanting more, and I'm so excited to read this!

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This cover is so beautiful! The synopsis leaves me wanting more, and I'm so excited to read this!
Jackeline Gonzalez on Thursday, 17 August 2017 12:59

The cover is alright but the synopsis sounds very interesting

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The cover is alright but the synopsis sounds very interesting
Maya Le-Pedroza on Thursday, 17 August 2017 14:40

I like the cover, and the story sounds intriguing

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I like the cover, and the story sounds intriguing :D
Kelly G on Thursday, 17 August 2017 17:40

I love the synopsis for this, and the cover is simple yet interesting. I can't wait to pick this one up!

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I love the synopsis for this, and the cover is simple yet interesting. I can't wait to pick this one up!
Emily on Sunday, 20 August 2017 21:16

Love, love, love this cover!

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Love, love, love this cover!
wendy rinebold on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 20:22

This cover is not bad but this book sounds amazing. This sounds like something I would love. I hope its a bit dark.

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This cover is not bad but this book sounds amazing. This sounds like something I would love. I hope its a bit dark.
Nancy Hernandez on Wednesday, 23 August 2017 21:19

I love this cover and the story sounds really exciting.

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I love this cover and the story sounds really exciting.
Danielle Hammelef on Thursday, 24 August 2017 07:23

The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounds exciting to read.

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The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis sounds exciting to read.
Courtney Gendreau on Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:06

I love the cover it is absolutely gorgeous! It sounds like an amazing read, I love the author's other books, so it excites me to see another one out!

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I love the cover it is absolutely gorgeous! It sounds like an amazing read, I love the author's other books, so it excites me to see another one out!
Penny Olson on Thursday, 24 August 2017 23:11

Stunning cover and chilling synopsis.

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Stunning cover and chilling synopsis.

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