Title: First We Were IV
Author: Alexandra Sirowy
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
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.
Author’s March Favorites:
It’s a toss-up between Wuthering Heights and The Secret History. I’ve read them both so many times I know parts by heart. Recently, I binge-read both of Sarah J. Maas’s series and oh my god does that girl write characters to fall in love with.
I was that girl in high school who printed quotes out on pretty pieces of paper and covered my bedroom walls with them. Lately I feel really compelled by quotes about artistic expression. One haunting my thoughts lately is a Patti Smith quote: “Why can’t I write something that would awake the dead? That pursuit is what burns most deeply.”
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chip, Toffee Salted Almond, or Balsamic Strawberry and it must be on a handmade waffle cone (and yup, I’m a great ice cream orderer)
Favorite genre of music?
Anything and everything I can write to.
Favorite tv show currently?
I’ve been watching the CW’s Riverdale. The verdict is still out for me. I really like the female characters and the mystery, but Archie isn’t doing it for me as a hero, just a little fickle for my taste. I am feeling Jughead’s quick transition from narrator without much of a role to Betty Cooper’s crush and partner in crime.
Favorite time of the day to write?
Dusk, right before the sun disappears.
Favorite kinds of scenes to write?
Without fail, the end scenes of a book are my favorite to write. The last few paragraphs are the character’s last opportunity to leave their impression on a reader. It’s their last chance to be, live, and say something lasting and epic. I usually write this scene when I’m about halfway through writing the rest of the book and then edit it once the entire manuscript is complete. The ending to First We Were IV slayed me but also felt so right and true to the characters. It’s echoing around in my head still.
Favorite character you’ve written/to write?
I love all my characters to the point of them being. They become as real to me as friends. I’m particularly in love with the four best friends who are the main characters of my upcoming book, First We Were IV. They’re all so unique, interesting, funny, adventurous, and loyal – the kind of friends I wish I’d had in high school.
Favorite scene(s) you’ve written?
In First We Were IV, Izzie, Viv, Graham, and Harry invent a secret society to bond them for life. At least that’s the plan. One of my favorite scenes is the secret society’s first meeting. They four friends are about to start the rituals they invented. They’re under the star-choked sky, at the edge of Viv’s apple orchard, on top of the giant meteorite, with the bonfire at their center. And there’s this moment where they look around at one another and can’t believe what they’re about to do. It’s a moment that can go either way – they’ll either lose their nerve and go back to their normal lives, or they’ll embark on this crazy, amazing, risky, tragic journey. The daringness, hope, and excitement rolls of these best friends. Even when I read it now my heart is in my throat for them. It’s the beginning of the end.
Favorite thing one of your characters has done?
I love when my characters are loyal and brave friends, which, happens a lot in First We Were IV. At times bravery leads them to make mistakes and sacrifice more than they should. These gut-wrenching moments make them really leap off the page for me. I crave that moment when a character breaks my heart.
Favorite way to relax after writing for an extended amount of time?
Travel! In between projects I love to pack a bag and go drink coffee and eat dessert in some other country.
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.
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Thank you so much Brittany at Brittany’s Book Rambles for including me on this wonderful blog Tour! ❤ Also be sure to check out all the other lovelies and their tour stops listed below!
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
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
April 7: A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Moodboard
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
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
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.