Monday 3 October 2016

Black Flowers, White Lies by Yvonne Ventresca Bog tour and Giveaway!

Hi guys, welcome to my stop on the Black Flowers, White Lies blog tour. Check out my review below and don't forget to enter the awesome giveaway!!

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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A little behind-the-scenes fun fact from Yvonne :

The Feline Historical Museum that Ella mentions on page 11 really exists in Alliance, Ohio. For more information, visit their website: 

My Thoughts:

With Ella's mothers wedding a few weeks away, Ella finds herself thinking of her father, who died before she was born. Ella has always felt like her father has been looking out for her and feels he has a special connection with him. She likes her mums new boyfriend and all, she jut feel like she can't forget her own father. A few days before the wedding, Ella is set to finally meet her new step brother, Blake, and they seem to hit it off. He lets slip somethings that Ellas mum told his dad and that rocks Ella's world! Did her dad really die in a car accident? Why is she seeing things and experiencing things that can't be there? If she can't trust herself nor her mother, who can she trust?

Ella was such an amazing character!!! My heart broke for what she was going through but I kept rooting for her and hoping she would get better. She loved cats, worked in her mums book store and was just an all round nice girl. One thing I've found about this author is that she knows how to write a believable and relatable character. Both books I've read by her have proved this. All her characters are well rounded, well developed and unforgettable. 

The plot of this was thrilling and gripping! I started this thinking I'd read a few chapters and then clean my kitchen, but that didn't happen!! I ended up reading half the book in that sitting and not wanting to put it down! The secrets, lies and deception that were unfolding were captivating. I needed to see where this was going! You think you know the way it's going, but you don't!! In all, I read this in a day and loved it. Judging by the ending, I'm hoping we get another book as there are quiet a few unanswered questions!!  

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 PREP FOR DOOM, along with two nonfiction books, PUBLISHING (Careers for the 21st Century) and AVRIL LAVIGNE (People in the News).

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Prize pack 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. Thinking that you're receiving signs, but not being sure and thinking you're going crazy. It must be horrible.

  2. Thanks for introducing me to Yvonne's book.