April 18, 2017

Blog Tour: First We Were IV by @AlexandraSirowy – Guest Post and Giveaway @SimonBooks @SimonTeen @SimonSchuster @SimonKIDS @RivetedLit


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

First we Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy!

We have Alexandra on the blog today talking about 
Secret Societies (Oooooooo)

Be sure to check out the rest of the tour AND
enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



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.

First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy
Publication Date: July 25th, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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If you were going to invent a secret society,
what would your initiation ritual be?


As the four heroes of First We Were IV discover, secret societies need tricky, gutsy, and elaborate initiation rituals.

Before I started writing my upcoming YA thriller, I set out to play sleuth and uncover what I could about secret societies. The very clandestine nature of the groups makes this a challenge. Members rarely talk and infiltrators usually get weeded out during early stages. Rumors abound, inspiring fascination and distrust in secret societies, but it’s hard to find multiple sources confirming reports and it’s almost impossible to vet sources.

I was not new to digging for information that didn’t want to be found. In graduate school, I studied revolutionary groups in South America and North Africa that kept their structures, practices, and plans secret, often, under the threat of death.

I pressed on. There were ceremonies that echoed Ancient Greek rituals with giant wooden owls set on fire. One group stripped naked and swam across a frigid lake in winter, blindfolded. Another spent a week off the grid in a forest, living like survivalists, to prove their allegiance. There were piercings and tattoos given. Acts of espionage performed. And graves robbed.

Throughout my research and then while I was writing First We Were IV, I thought a lot about what my own secret society would look like. The secret society in First We Were IV – the Order of IV – reflects the four best friends who decide to invent it. The Order gets its shape from each of its inventors. From theatrical Viv, it gets its pageantry, costume, and flare. From clever and creative Izzie it gets its mission – vigilante pranks. From brainy and gutsy Graham it gets its rituals. And from Harry, the Order gets its heart. This is before their invention ratchets out of control and ends up costing them the ultimate sacrifice.

If I were inventing a secret society today, its initiation rituals might look a little like this.

I’d want my cohort to be brave and bold. In their first initiation rite, they’d need to prove their willingness to face their fears. For me, this would mean swimming with sharks or lying in a coffin full of spiders.

I’d want my secret society to be daring and fun. Initiates would have to prove their senses of humor because there’s nothing I love more than laughing. Each initiate would stage a very public performance a la Ashton Kutcher’s now-vintage Punk’d.

The final and most hair-raising stage of my initiation would test loyalty to the society. Each member would be “caught” by actors posing as the authorities and interrogated about the society. Only those who stayed quiet would get in.

What would your initiation rituals be and why? Tweet them at me @AlexandraSirowy.

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Week 1

March 27: Brittany’s Book Rambles – Intro Post + Excerpt
March 28: YA and Wine – Most Mischievous YA Characters
March 29: Rattle the Pages – Nail Art
March 30: Book Nerd Addict – Inventing A Secret Society
March 31: Fables Library – YA Books with Secret Societies

Week 2
April 3: Emily Reads Everything – Fancast
April 4: The Eater of Books – History of Secret Societies
April 5: It Starts At Midnight – Author Guest Post: FIRST WE WERE IV vs. Alexandra’s Previous Books
April 6: BookCatPin – Mystery YA List
April 7: A Book and a Cup of Coffee – Moodboard

Week 3
April 10: The Book Buzz – YA Thrillers You Need to Know About
April 11: The Candid Cover – Bookworm Initiation Quiz
April 12: Girl in the Pages – Book Recs for First We Were IV Characters
April 13: Stories and Sweeties – Author Guest Post – Story Behind the Title
April 14: Little Lillie Reads – Playlist

Week 4
April 17: Literary Legionnaire – Favorite Quotes
April 18: Chapter by Chapter – Author Guest Post: Secret Society Initiation Rituals
April 19: Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Secret Societies You Never Knew Existed
April 20: YA Book Central – Author Guest Post:  3 Favorite Books About Secret Societies
April 21: The Bookish Feels – Author’s March Favorites

Week 5
April 24: Waiting For Wentworth – Author Guest Post: Secret Society Rules
April 25: The Reader and the Chef – Book Inspired-Recipe
April 26: Forever Lost in Literature – Author Guest Post: What We Do For Friendship
April 27: Flying Through Fiction – Favorite YA Friendships
April 28: One Way or an Author – Phone Wallpapers


1 Comment

  1. Jacqueline garcia

    Great post!(:

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