I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
on July 25, 2017
Genres: Young Adult
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.
This book! It’s been so long since I’ve read anything so dark and twisted. I had no idea that I was craving it. This definitely hit the spot! I was enthralled from the first chapter and the story only got more intense and out of control as it went on. First We Were IV was definitely a wild, dark ride.
First We Were IV is about 4 best friends on the brink of college and growing up. The fear of growing apart makes the start their secret society. Things quickly spin out of control for them. The rebellions get bigger and more dangerous. Rebellion turns to revenge, and revenge turns into things they can’t undo. They make choices they would’ve never dreamed of before the society. You can feel how intoxicating the power was to them. Once they got away with something they only wanted to do more, more, more. It was almost hard to read at times, because I didn’t want them to lose control. It was impossible to look away though. If you’ve ever wondered how cults get started or how people get sucked into them, this book is probably a good example of how easy it is.
This isn’t really a character driven novel. I didn’t feel like it was anyway. The Order definitely takes over the story. That makes sense though, because it took over Izzie and the other characters lives. It was an obsession and it overshadowed everything else. I don’t feel like any of the characters were particularly likable, but I didn’t have a problem with that. They did horrible things. They showed remorse but never regret. It was all in the name of justice, but they crossed a line I wouldn’t have toed.
There is some romance in First We Were IV. It’s a little on the strange side and a little love triangle-y. But again, I wasn’t bothered by that. I think that I probably could have connected more with the romance than I did. It never felt very authentic. I was too invested in the rebellions and secrets to pay the romance much attention.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. It was like a train wreck. I just couldn’t look away, even when I was horrified about what the characters were doing. If you like dark, twisty, and captivating definitely add First We Were IV to your reading list.