Sarah J. Maas meets Holly Black with an OzYA twist. Valentine is the first book in Jodi McAlister's page-turning paranormal YA series featuring Pearl Linford and Finn Blacklin.
Strange and terrible things begin to happen to four teenagers – all born on the same Valentine’s Day. One of these teenagers is the Valentine: a Seelie fairy changeling swapped for a human child at its birth. The Unseelie have come to kill the Valentine – except they don’t know who it is.
Pearl shares a birthday with Finn Blacklin. She’s known him all her life and disliked every second of it. But now Pearl and Finn must work together to protect themselves from the sinister forces that are seeking them out.
Compelling and gritty, with a side hustle of amusement
Some parts of this story are a bit uncomfortable to read, but the fantastic prose keeps you turning the pages regardless. The mystery is fun, the characters are believable, and there are plenty of amusing bits along the way. There is some reliance on the dubious decision making skills of teenagers to move the plot along, but not to a tedious level. I have ordered in the next two books of this series, and am looking forward to reading them.