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Book Review: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

Unique, engaging story. It was told in a manner that had me guessing if this was real or fantasy.


The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy



Lana used to know what was real.

That was before when her life was small and quiet.
Her golden step-brother, Ben, was alive, she could only dream about bonfiring with the populars, their wooded island home was idyllic, she could tell the truth from lies, and Ben’s childhood stories were firmly in her imagination.

Then came after.

After has Lana boldly kissing her crush, jumping into the water from too high up, and living with nerve and mischief. But after also has horrors, deaths that only make sense in fairy tales, and terrors from a past Lana thought long forgotten: Love, blood, and murder.


4 Story Telling Kitties!


Lana seems like any other teenager about to graduate high school until certain circumstances surrounding her life are revealed. The book starts in the “after” for Lana. The after being the murder of her stepbrother Ben whom she was extremely close to. They did everything together and Ben’s make believe stories were their favorite thing to play as kids. When murders start to plague their small town, Lana may know what is causing all these horrendous things to happen.

“The night everything that mattered changed.”

This is not at all what I expected. I thought I was getting into something completely paranormal. This book is completely different from what I’ve read before. It seems like it took a while for the story to start taking shape, but once it did I loved it. The uniqueness of this story was really what I found so interesting. It was a mix of horror and suspense, but with a YA twist. It turned out to be super dark, like my soul. 😉

“People wear sadness like they wear hats.”

I love YA books. There is a certain reminiscence when reading about high school or just being at that age. This book starts out like any other YA coming of age novel, but boy does this switch up quickly. I thought I had completely misread the premise of this book from the first few pages I read. Then, bam! You are taken on a completely different journey with Lana and “the core”. I actually love the closeness of the core. It makes you feel like a part of something. Lana is just starting to become one of them in the after. One of my favorite parts of this story was their willingness to look out for one another no matter the cost.

“I am reckless. I am a heaving chest.”

I have to say I love this cover. I loved it before, but now after reading the story it also seems very appropriate for the book.

I think some parts could have been executed better such as, Lana is freaking vengeful. She thinks everyone deserves what is coming to them. She’s pretty sick. People don’t deserve to die because they said something mean to you in middle school. Get over it. I was shocked at some of the inner monologue. It was freaky, but I guess that’s part of the reason I found this book so appealing, the freakiness.

“I am a story.”

I really liked the writing style with this book. It just felt crisp. The sentences were complex and nice. That always plays a big role in whether I like a book or not. It will take it to the next level. This had me wondering if it was a real life horror or fantasy. This was such a strange book that I couldn’t help but like it. Everything was very vivid within the stories. The tone of the story is something I thought was executed perfectly. There was an eerie unease throughout the entire book. Great execution of revelations of characters and plot points. Overall a great, unique book.


5 thoughts on “Book Review: The Telling by Alexandra Sirowy

  1. I just couldn’t appreciate this one the way you did :(. But it’s always interesting to read another person’s opinion and you definitely have some fair points there! 🙂


  2. ooo this sounds so good! I’ve been trying to find a different suspense novel that wasn’t like the rest to read. I’m so excited for fall, I love reading suspense and mystery in the fall so I’ll keep this in mind 🙂

    Great review as always!


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