First We Were IV…Then We Were III – Review +GIVEAWAY ~ Tales of the Ravenous Reader

We are pretty lucky to have Alexandra as a Bay Area local. She’s sweet and funny and once you meet her, you’ll wonder how she writes such twisty books. They are deliciously twisty. You may have seen our video on Not So Secret Secret Societies earlier this year.

Awful things happened all the time and people didn’t do anything about them. Just the way the world is. Grown-ups had affairs, deaths went uninvestigated, Goldilocks was killed, and mean-spirited kids called you names.

What you can expect from First We Were IV (and pretty much all of Alexandra’s books):


  • Gorgeous, flowy writing. Her writing is so beautiful; it’s like reading poetry! 
  • Character-driven. I’m such a fan of books where the characters are the story. You’ll get an intimate look into each of the characters…And a new look when their stories start to unravel. You also get a great group of friends whose dynamics are even more intriguing than 
  • Page turning goodness. OH MY GOSH can she create mystery and thrill. I mean, you’re starting with a secret society and it only gets more twisty from there. Trust. No. One.
  • An ending that will probably kill you.

The more I considered it, the more I was certain that Graham was right. Rebellions alone weren’t going to keep us close forever. We needed to let the meteorite enter our atmosphere, to hit us. I’m not saying that the four of us would forget that our idol came from Graham’s mom or that our Order was made up. We just needed to suspend disbelief.

There’s something about a secret society of youth who are dead set on taking down badly behaving adults. I got a secret glee from this, even if I didn’t always agree with their methods. Parts of the story reminded me of Stand By Me and parts reminded me of Carrie. 

Do you love slow burn thrillers? Then First We Were IV (and The Telling and The Creeping) are for you. 

If you’re local to the Bay Area, we expect to see you at Alexandra’s launch on July 28th at A Great Good Place for Books! 

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.


First We Were IV

by Alexandra Sirowy

Publication Date: July 25th, 2017

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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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.


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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