Black Flowers, White Lies

Black Flowers, White Lies

by Yvonne Ventresca

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ISBN-13: 9781510725966
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 784,199
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Yvonne Ventresca is a young adult author who likes writing about situations that scare her. Pandemic (Sky Pony Press, 2014), her debut novel, won a Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in 2015. Yvonne’s other credits include a short story in the YA dystopian anthology Prep for Doom and two un-frightening nonfiction books. Besides writing, she enjoys Isshinryu karate, which she’s studied for the last ten years. Yvonne resides with her family in Chatham, New Jersey.

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Black Flowers, White Lies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BLACK FLOWERS, WHITE LIES The first thing about Yvonne Ventresca’s Black Flowers, White Lies that “got” me was its cover and title. I LOOoove them! And as I began reading, especially when that first “white lie” was revealed, I kept wanting to read…and read…and read… When I read a mystery, I want to be kept guessing, and guessing is what I did—again and again. If you’re like me and that’s what you want, this is the book for you! :Donna Marie
PatriciaKeeler More than 1 year ago
What's true and what's a lie? Where are the rare black flowers at Ella’s dad’s gravesite coming from? Why now is she discovering that she’s been told white lies by her loving mother and friend? In addition, there are either much darker lies being told to Ella, or her sensitivity to the spirit world may be tipping her into mental illness. What’s really going on in this riveting mystery? Fifteen year-old Ella finds out from her mom that her dear cat, Oscar, is not her original pet, but a younger “replacement” after Oscar's untimely death. A small white lie, perhaps. Then she hears from her older stepbrother that her father, who died before she was born, died not from a car accident, as she’s been told her entire life, but from a drug overdose in a psychiatric hospital. Suddenly, Ella’s previously secure life, her family, her friends, begins to tilt. Add in the new boy friend, whom Ella has begun to care a lot for and then drops her cold with no explanation, and Ella’s not sure of anything anymore. If her father had a mental illness, maybe she could too. Throw in a dash of ghostly fatherly help seven years before, which Ella believed saved her life, and I couldn’t put this book down! There are so many doubts about what is the truth. So many secrets are unfurled. A thrilling read! A personal plus for me is the setting where this compelling story unfolds. I live in Hoboken, New Jersey so what a treat to have familiar places and landmarks visited in the telling of this intriguing tale. If I could, I’d give a sixth star for featuring Hoboken!
Booklover899 More than 1 year ago
What a pleasure to read another novel by Yvonne Ventresca! As always, the writing flows smoothly and lyrically, and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. If you pick up this book, you’re in for a thrill (and a chill). The characters seem so real you’ll feel like you’ve jumped into the story with them, and plot twists and turns are guaranteed to keep you mesmerized until the very end. Highly recommended.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
The YA tree has, of late, seen only two distinct branches grow. The dystopian world where the future is more than bleak and teens represent the only rebellion that will succeed; and a branch that offers depressive, sometimes suicidal tales representing teens who just can't make it in this hideous world no matter how hard they try. Either oddly cool or dark and dreary, it seems that over the past decade (once those run-o'-the-mill "pretty" vampires exited the scene), the YA genre became easy to figure out and lost a bit of its vibrancy. But with books like this one, that vibrancy comes back in full, unimaginable color. Ella is our main character. Her mother will be getting married in a few days, but Ella is actually more focused on how to let go of her father's memory. Although her father passed away before Ella was born, she's been thinking about him and visiting his grave her whole life. Convinced that her father watches over and protects her, no one-including her mother-understands Ella's complete fascination/obsession with a father she's never even known. Is this a ghost story, or simply ghostly in appearance? Ella's father might really be watching over her. Or could it simply be the imagination of a girl who wants life to be different? With no hard evidence either way, readers find themselves at the mercy of this author's spectacular ideas. A lie surfaces. A lie that perhaps her father did not die in a car accident after all. A statement made by her future stepbrother, Blake, shows that perhaps her dear, old Dad spent his remaining time on earth in a psychiatric hospital. From a mother who may have told her child a web of lies and raised her in a world of deceit; to a solid belief Ella has in the supernatural; to a mysterious handprint found on a mirror that matches one left on her father's grave - the elements of this tale all come together to provide the most amazing psychological thriller written in a very long time. (YA or otherwise.) This fresh tale is so well-developed, so creepy, so intelligent, and so off-the-charts that readers will be absolutely riveted to this plot until the very last spell-binding page. The author grabs everyone with both her characters and her ability to weave a mystery of quiet, yet epic proportions. And, in the end, makes sure the reader knows that the old wives' tale is absolutely true: "Lies will come back to haunt you." Quill says: The YA genre can rejoice. A dystopian world is not needed in this psychological suspense that literally deserves time up on the "big screen."