Blog Tour, Guest Post, & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

About The Book:

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


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.

Welcome to today´s stop on the Blog Tour for First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy!
I would like to thank Brittany from BookRambles, Alexandra Sirowy, and Simon and Schuster for giving me this opportunity.

Author Guest Post

If you were going to invent a secret society, what would its rules be and why?

Secret societies have a long and varied history. For many they conjure up dark and sinister accusations - covering up crimes, orchestrating plots to overthrow kings, empresses, and czars, and sacrificial rites. Other secret societies have worked like incubators for creative expression and scientific thought. Secret Societies were so prevalent in the 19th century that there was an Anti- Secret Society Convention in the United States.

Why, over hundreds of years, have secret societies persisted? If you asked the four heroes of First We Were IV, they’d have a simple answer for you: people always want to belong. Izzie, Viv, Graham, and Harry set out to invent their own secret society to bond them for life. They already belong, to one another, and they want to keep it that way, even after they leave for different colleges next year.

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 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.

The four best friends make only three rules for the Order. Never lie, never tell, and love each other always. If I invented a secret society tonight, these would be some of its rules- silly and serious.

The first rule: Don’t talk about it.
The second rule: Ice cream must be served at every secret society meeting. But never sorbet because I don’t care what anyone says, sorbet is not a dessert.
The third rule: Everyone must be at their most mischievous when on official secret society business.
The fourth rule: Everyone must wear period costume.
The fifth rule: We must use our powers for good not evil.
The sixth rule: These rules were not made to be broken.

What would your secret society’s rules be? Tweet them at me @AlexandraSirowy

About The Author:

Author Bio:

Alexandra Sirowy is the author of the young adult thrillers THE CREEPING, the Bram Stoker Award® Nominated THE TELLING, and the upcoming FIRST WE WERE IV. Alexandra attended a women's college as an undergrad and received her graduate degree in International Studies. When she isn't writing, she loves to travel, read, eat, and get into mischief. She lives with her husband in Northern California.

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Tour Schedule:

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

Disclaimer: All content directly from First We Were IV (such as quotes and excerpts) is taken directly from an advanced reader’s copy of the book. Therefore, it is not to be separately quoted from due to the fact that it is not in its final publication form.


  1. oh i love those rules. ice cream should always be a must and i am always a sucker for costumes.


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