Book Review: Every Inferno by Johanna Parkhurst

EveryInferno-400x600Title: Every Inferno

Author: Johanna Parkhurst

 Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, LGBTQ

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review. 

Depressed. Defiant. Possible alcoholic. These are just a few of the terms used to describe fifteen-year-old Jacob Jasper Jones. Lately, though, JJ has a new one to add to the list: detective. He’s been having strange dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he thinks he finally has the clue to catching the arsonist who destroyed his family.

A murder investigation isn’t the only thing the dreams trigger for JJ, though. They also lead to secret meetings with his estranged sister, an unlikely connection with a doctor who lost his daughter in the fire, and a confusing friendship with McKinley, a classmate of JJ’s who seems determined to help him solve the mystery.

All JJ wants is to shake the problems that have followed him since that fire, and he’s convinced he must catch the arsonist to do it. But as JJ struggles to find the culprit, he sees there’s more than one mystery in his life he needs to solve.

Every Inferno wasn’t like I expected it all. I expected a heavier focus on the romance, but instead the book focused primarily on the mystery. I didn’t mind though – the mystery was what I thought was most intriguing about the book either way.

Jacob Jasper Jones – or JJ – has an awesome name, but a less-awesome history. He’s only fifteen-years-old, but he’s already had quite a few struggles in life. His parents are dead, and he’s not allowed to see his little sister. Now he starts having dreams about the fire that killed his parents ten years ago, and he suspects he may finally know a way to catch the arsonist who started the fire.

McKinley, one of his classmates, is determined to help JJ solve the mystery. The mystery is the key element here, but there’s also JJ’s struggle with coming to terms about being gay – something he only realizes once he starts hanging out with McKinley.

The writing was excellent, and the characters go through some real development as the novel progresses. The plot is intriguing, and well, I loved it from start to end. A solid book, recommended to fans of YA and mysteries.


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