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Monday, September 19, 2016

Book Review - Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca

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 Pep For Doom, along with two nonfiction books, Publising (Careers for the 21st Century) and Avril Lavigne (People in the News).

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Review by Suze
Ella believes in the supernatural. She visits her father's grave on a regular basis and will always be thankful to him for saving her life. She's never known him as he died before she was born, but she carries a part of him within her and she feels a deep connection to him. She loves séances and tarot readings. When Ella's life is about to change the cards give her a warning. Fortunately her father's grave will remain a constant, she'll be able to visit any time she wants to and she can talk to her dad about anything. Only what will happen when Ella starts to doubt the father she loves so much?
Ella's mother is about to remarry and that means Ella will have a new family. She's anxious, but determined to make the best of it, because she loves her mother very much. When Ella's dealing with a series of strange events and panics because of them, she thinks it's her dad, but is he really leaving clues for her or is she going crazy? Who can she trust and how can she make it stop?
Black Flowers, White Lies is a fantastic gripping story. I immediately liked Ella. She's a sweet girl with a good heart. Ella loves cats and volunteers at a shelter. She's great with animals and she genuinely cares about others. She's also into anything supernatural. I love books about ghosts and paranormal occurrences and Yvonne Ventresca manages to mix them easily with spooky scenes and scary appearances. I couldn't wait to find out what was happening to Ella and this book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading. I'm always extremely happy when a book gives me an adrenaline rush and makes me guess and therefore enjoyed reading Ella's story a lot.
Yvonne Ventresca has a descriptive writing style that flows naturally. She effortlessly makes her scenes come to life. I loved how easily I could picture everything she writes about, it made the story extra creepy. Black Flowers, White Lies is also fast-paced and intriguing, which helps making it thrilling. There are plenty of surprising twists and turns and it was fun to find more and more pieces of the puzzle that Ella's life has become. Together everything results in a well written complete story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and highly recommend it.
About Black Flowers, White Lies

Publisher: Sky Pony Press | October 4, 2016

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.

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One very lucky winner will receive a prize pack that 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.


  1. It sounds intense, but also very engaging! Might be a nice change of pace for me...


  2. Im excited for this one! Sounds thrilling! Thanks for the review!

  3. Great title; really caught my interest.