The Friday 56 #116 ~ Pandemic by Yvonne Vantresca

Posted: August 19, 2016 in apocalypse, The Friday 56, YA
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Welcome to The Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice.


This is a really fun meme!

The only rules are to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader and find a sentence or a few (no spoilers) that grabs you and post it.

Then go over to Freda’s Voice and leave your link so we can visit your 56!

My 56 for this week is from:


by Yvonne Ventresca



Genre: YA Apocalyptic

From page 56 in the paperback.

“Megs, you can’t. I know you’re having fun with this, but meeting a stranger is insane. And unsafe. And other cynical stuff.”….

“Don’t worry,” she said. “I have a plan.”


Read on if you want to know more.


The 2015 SCBWI Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic region!

Even under the most normal circumstances, high school can be a painful and confusing time. Unfortunately, Lilianna’s circumstances are anything but normal. Only a few people know what caused her sudden change from model student to the withdrawn pessimist she has become, but her situation isn’t about to get any better. When people begin coming down with a quick-spreading illness that doctors are unable to treat, Lil’s worst fears are realized. With her parents called away on business before the contagious outbreak—her father in Delaware covering the early stages of the disease and her mother in Hong Kong and unable to get a flight back to New Jersey—Lil’s town is hit by what soon becomes a widespread illness and fatal disaster. Now, she’s more alone than she’s been since the “incident” at her school months ago.

With friends and neighbors dying all around her, Lil does everything she can just to survive. But as the disease rages on, so does an unexpected tension as Lil is torn between an old ex and a new romantic interest. Just when it all seems too much, the cause of her original trauma shows up at her door. In this thrilling debut from author Yvonne Ventresca, Lil must find a way to survive not only the outbreak and its real-life consequences, but also her own personal demons.

The paperback edition will include bonus materials and a sample chapter from Yvonne Ventresca’s upcoming YA novel, Black Flowers, White Lies.



I won this recently in a giveaway and it arrived in the mail on Monday. Started it that night and read almost all of it in one night. It’s really good and I finished it the next night. I love winning books. Such a fun way to discover new authors and spread the word about good books.


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  1. Kathy Martin says:

    This sounds really good! I’ll be adding it to my wishlist. I am spotlighting a mystery this week – The Silence of Murder by Dandi Daley Mackall. Happy reading!

  2. The best laid plans…
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. Not sure this one is for me, but I hope you enjoy it.

  4. Breana M. says:

    I haven’t heard of Pandemic before, but it sounds like an interesting read. I like the concept, it seems like a book I would enjoy.

  5. Freda Mans says:

    Very alluring and intriguing 56!! I need to know the plan too! LOL
    Happy weekend!

  6. I’m not much of a YA or apocalypse reader but I love that 56! I want to know more about the plan and the book as a whole sounds intriguing!

  7. Definitely a page-turner, with great excerpts. I would have to be in an optimistic mood to read this one; it would freak me out otherwise. LOL

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  8. Whenever a character says “don’t worry,” you know something bad will happen! This sounds like a fascinating story.
    My Friday post features CHASING CHARLIE.

  9. Every now and then I feel like reading a book like this. This one seems intriguing enough..! Thanks for sharing. Here’s my Friday Meets:

  10. oh oh, I wonder what plan, and I have a feeling it may not turn out so well

  11. Maria D. says:

    This sounds really interesting – here’s my Friday meme and yes – winning a book is the best feeling!

  12. Oh my gosh, that 56 made me laugh so much! I’m definitely the friend who would say that. All the warnings are pertinent! Great choice and happy weekend!

  13. I love outbreak books/movies/TV shows! Glad to hear you’re enjoying it. I’m going to have to get my hands on it soon. Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great weekend!

  14. Nicole says:

    Interesting, I have not heard of this one before. Thanks for sharing and I agree with you it is fun to win books and be able to try new ones that way.

  15. yvonne473 says:

    I don’t usually read YA, but this does sound good.