First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy (ARC Review)

18580024_125508158018523_8930638572176801792_n(1)First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Release Date: July 25, 2017

*I was sent a physical ARC by the publisher Simon & Schuster and Sirowy’s publicist for an honest review – thank you so much for sending me over a copy since you were my first and I might have cried a bit XD*

4.5 crowns

The moment that I saw that book was coming out – I knew I had to have it. Um, the title was amazing. The description was amazing. When the cover came out, it was amazing. Sirowy is amazing. EVERYTHING IS AMAZING. So I knew I had to have the book. And I literally gained one of my best reviews ever with an enlightening:

I’m already obsessed with that title – even though it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure it out.

Yes, that became my second or third most liked review on Goodreads. Thanks being confused by roman numerals, because you helped a girl out? I’m totally sure that’s what got me a copy. XD

Let’s go into the summary before I commence fangirling about this book:

It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.
A secret society – for the four of us.
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

Okay, this book lived up to all of my expectations. IT WAS SO TWISTY GOOD. Sirowy is a master of the twist and such darkness. It’s creepy, it’s weird, it’s haunting, it’s beautiful. Sirowy manages to do this all in one novel and I literally just sit there going, Omigosh, can I have 20 more books of this?

Sirowy has stunningly beautiful writing. I was floored by her work in The Telling, and she did it yet again with this novel. There are quotes that are just so beautifully done. Her writing isn’t the way that Roshani Chokshi is – with poetry and beauty. But it’s something that strikes you right to the core with these dark, haunting quotes. It’s the way that I love Megan Miranda’s work – quotes that will stick with you not for their beauty but because they’re their own poetry of darkness. I can only wish I could ever write like that.

The whole premise was so intriguing as well. I will admit that it was a bit slow to start, only because I didn’t expect that kind of beginning. However, it worked, and it provided such an interesting way to begin, building up to insanity coming. I’ve never read a book quite like this, and I don’t think I ever will. I really don’t want to say too much about the plot, since I’m not even quite sure I could do it justice and don’t wait to spoil anything for anyone because dear gosh, there were some twists and turns.

The group aspect was the best. The dynamics were amazing. I fell for each one of the members of the group, and Sirowy fleshed them out. I could easily pick the people out of a lineup, and each one of the group brought something new and broken to the story. Henry was my favorite, but I did adore everyone in the group in their own different ways.

There is some romance – and an adorable ship – but the truth is I really didn’t care, because the story was so enthralling. But the ship was adorable. I was all for it.

AND THAT ENDING, THOUGH. :O :O :O I was shocked and awed. So many OMG’s.

Anna’s eye say it all about that ending. She’s like, oh dear, girl.

The only reason that I took a .5 off is not even the book’s fault. A lot of the things that the society was doing – so of them are so :O worthy – I just didn’t agree with. It was things that I would never do, and I’m like, oh, children, you should really not be doing THAT. NO-NO. I…I felt like the King Triton in a sea of Ariels. I’m not sure if any of you have seen the thing on Tumblr where it’s like, you know you are too old to be watching Disney when you start agreeing with King Triton instead of Ariel about land being too dangerous (um, never too old for Disney, though XD). And that’s how I felt. XD But…the things made sense for the story and the characters. My personality type was just like NO, GIRL, NO, NO. Again, not the book’s fault. Only why it’s a negative .5 off.

Oh, this book was everything I wanted it to be. Sirowy has made me a lifelong fan now, and I love how she makes these characters and story dark, twisty, and morally complicated. I’m so happy that I have a copy of this on pre-order, and I cannot wait for more of Sirowy’s book. If you’re looking for beautiful writing, something dark and weird and wonderful, or just a good story, this book is for you. 5 crowns and an Anna rating!


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So what do you think? Have you read this? Are you super excited to? Are you, too, a King Triton in a world full of book Ariels? XD Let’s discuss in the comments below!

49 thoughts on “First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy (ARC Review)

  1. Isn’t your first, like, the most amazing thing in the world?
    I know how it felt to get my first ever requested ARC, and I wanted to die of sheer bliss. 😍❤️
    Excellent review: glad you liked it!

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  2. WOW this cover is stunning 😍 congrats on your receiving your first physical arc, I’m still waiting for that day haha! I’ve never heard of this book before but the synopsis and your review make me want to read it! I’m definitely adding this one to my TBR. Fantastic review!

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    1. It is! I might stare at it much longer than necessary it. XD But thank you! It will come – hopefully soon for you! 😀 And yes! The summary doesn’t really do it justice, and it is definitely worth the read! 😀 Thanks so much, Katie!! 😀

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  3. YAAAAAYYYY I’m go glad you loved this one, Mandy!!! ❤ Finally, a book that met your expectations… And went beyond! 😀 Bad books, step aside. There's new book sheriff in town! (Or something)
    Oh I'm definitely a King Triton nowadays… And I felt that exact same thing you described when I read Divergent. I was just like "Wth are these kids doing and why? It makes no sense to me. Why is it cool and awesome? IT'S JUST DANGEROUS!!" So yeah… It was part of the reason why I couldn't relate to Tris and didn't enjoy the book.
    AMAZING (see what I did there?) review, Mandy! ^^ Can't wait to read this one!

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    1. Yessssssssssssss! Finally a happy book…although it’s a totally dark and twisty book…but happy for me! XD This book is the book sheriff of all book sheriffs.
      And yessssssssssss. Omigosh, though, yes. I literally was that same person. Especially about the whole train jumping thing. I was like, KIDS, NO. YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. And then all the Ariels were like, WHEEE. ISN’T THAT COOL? I did agree with that. I also thought that Tris was a bit of a psychopath/sociopath? XD
      Heheheehe, yes! Thankies so much! ❤

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    1. Yes! I saw a tonnnnn of people had it on a blog tour a couple of weeks ago, which I totally thought that the book might be coming out sooner too. But still has a while to go! XD But thanks so much, Jannin! It really is worth it. 😉

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  4. Ahhh, I’m still so excited and happy that they sent you this ARC!!! And it’s your first physical ARC, how awesome!!! ❤ I could only ever dream of receiving physical ARCs 😛

    And what a fabulous review!! I've been so excited for this book before but after reading your review??? MANDY… I NEED THAT BOOK IN MY HANDS RIGHT NOW!!! XD


    1. I put in a request on Christmas, so maybe they just took pity on me? XD But yes! It was a total chance occurrence. One day, I’m sure! ❤ I'll make the international people do it. XD
      But thanks so much, Jackie!! I totally thought of your when doing this review, and it totally lives up to everything we wanted it to be. Just a few more months!!!!

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  5. How fun that this was your first ARC! Are you going to become a bookstagramer now?! Haha, king Triton, I love that analogy…funny I always identified with him… why go to the surface when your world is so darn fantastic! I was going to say you had me at ship but now I realize you may have been talking about ship meaning a couple and not a real ship which would have been too cool!

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    1. Yes! And oh, Dani, I try with bookstagram, but it doesn’t really work out. XD I just want to snap a picture and be done real quick. Do you do it? Lol, as I kid it was always , ARIEL, ARIEL, but as I’ve grown older, it’s so King Triton all the way. I’m so with you. XD But yes, oops. Romance ship, not actual ship. Although an actual ship would have been a nice touch. There is a cool old meteor rock in it, though?

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      1. No I don’t bookstagram… I do admire those who do and wish I had that talent, lol! I’d fiddle with taking pictures but never get one I like no matter how long I tried, others make it look so effortless. A cool old meteor rock is close enough, lol…

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  6. Yayyayaya a fabulous high star review from Mandy! This sounds like a really good book! I really hope I’ll be able to get to this twisty story! And that king triton analogy is 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 Awesome as always Mandy!

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    1. Yes! It was, Rendz! I do agree that sometimes it can go a few different ways with twisty reads. But her super pretty writing totally made any questions go away for me. XD And lol, thank you. XD I tried. And you’re the best, Rendz! ❤

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  7. Great review. I would have to agree with someone else who commented and say I think whoever designed the cover this book did a fantastic job. Very eye-catching.

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  8. I agree with everything about this review! I loved this book, and I was totally surprised by that ending as well. I can’t wait to read more of Sirowy’s work now. Fantastic review, my friend! So was this the first physical ARC you’d requested and received? Is that what Stephanie was saying? If so, then YAY!!!!!

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    1. YES. o.o I totally didn’t see that was coming. You will loveeeeee The Telling – PERFECT book to add to the TBR for September. It’s totally end of summer/beginning of fall feel. The dark fairytale aspect = ridiculously amazing. And it wasssssssssss! I’m still squealing. XD

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      1. Ahahahaha, oh no. XD I need to get mine together. That and the whole Goodreads shelf problem. XD Can’t wait to see what this summer holds for you, though! Lots and lots of goodness, I’m sure. 😀

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      2. YES! I’m so reading for everything to be straightened and fixed. My friend was bugging me the other day to get it cleaned up for my actual bookshelf one so she can know what I actually have XD But yes, maybe in the next few weekends coming up we could do it?

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      3. Hahaha! I need a strategy for my TBR shelf. I have them organized into months, but just the general to read list has hundreds of books on there that I know I’ll never get to. LOL. I’m down with one of the next few weekends!

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      4. Oh huh. I would try and give you some great wisdom, but I have none for it. I have mine separated by when they come out…or at least I thought I did but totally stumbled across some that were not when they were. And I mean, there could also be subjects, but I’m not sure if that works out? Okay, deal! This weekend might be good, but I’m not sure about next weekend.

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