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Ironheart is the second page-turning book in Jodi McAlister's thrilling Valentine series.

Pearl Linford is stuck. Her best friend won’t talk to her. The internet thinks she is a murderer. And she’s waiting for the right moment to forgive Finn Blacklin, but it never seems to come.
On top of this, Unseelie fairies have infiltrated her town, and they’ve unleashed a new horror – a bunch of wild, uncontrollable, angry supernatural hunters, who've made Finn number one on their hit list.
And you know what? That's a lot for one seventeen-year-old girl to handle. No wonder Pearl is so full of rage all the time. A rage that might be drawing the attention of some very dangerous people.


Fans of urban fantasy aged 13 years and up will find themselves quite at home with this debut novel from Jodi McAlister.

Books + Publishing (praise for Valentine)

An exciting, edgy, action-filled adventure - a dark faerie tale set in the Australian bush. This is not the kind of book you just put down . . . it might come after you.

New York Times bestselling author, Kylie Scott

I couldn't put it down. The only good thing about finishing this book is knowing that another follows it. Valentine is the first book of a series and I can't wait to read the next. I highly recommend this book.

Fleur Ferris (praise for Valentine)

Traditional fairy lore is transplanted into a small-town Australian location in Jodi McAlister’s debut novel, Valentine, and given a thoroughly contemporary spin . . . This is one for readers aged 13 and over who love a fast-paced, high-energy story with romance, action, moderate amounts of gore and old-school scary fairy-folk.

Leanne Hall, Readings (review of Valentine)

Valentine ticks a number of appealing boxes and offers unexpected twists, and this balance should make it popular among demanding teens who expect high quality from their literature. The diversity is there, but not in a way that seems artificial or forced. It’s impressive how seamless and organic it feels. Recommended to readers who like their main character sarcastic and edgy. The romance smoulder is off the charts and the family dynamic is strange yet perfect.


Valentine was such a gripping, intense book that was impossible to put down and I was constantly on the edge of my seat trying to work out how everything was going to piece together. The romance between our two main characters was adorable and swoon-worthy, and I loved how they worked together and made this adventure as intense and exciting as it was. If you’re a fan of urban fantasy and are looking for a new and unique Aussie YA series to sink your teeth into, I highly recommend reading Valentine!


What I loved most is how Pearl Linford's character arc has developed from distracted teen schoolgirl to kick ass heroine. She's strong, fearless, meets challenges head on and won't stop at anything to get what she wants. Pearl's funny and sharp interior narrative will ensure you can't put this book down. Her voice and characterisation are so strong, you can't help but go along for the ride. As in Valentine, the plot continues to twist, weave and surprise in this tale of destiny, retribution and the war between the Seelies and the Unseelies. More is revealed as the story unfolds and previously unknown dark forces are exposed. Finn and Pearl's bond enters a new phase and they're closer than ever. Will they put aside their own agendas to work together? Ironheart enticed me from the beginning until the very last page. It takes a talented supernatural fantasy story-teller to create a narrative with a perfect blend of suspense, romance, surprise, humour and the unexpected. Oh, and there's still a touch of gory. The last chapter is gripping, clever and delivers at every turn. Counting the days to the final instalment.


Valentine is fast paced and witty . . . sprinkled with suspense and a touch of gory, and endearing characters. Fans of paranormal tales with a twist will enjoy this book and teens will appreciate the sassy, snappy dialogue and the protagonist's constant interiority. Pearl is an engaging, strong, brave female. There's also plenty of modern popular culture, social media references and paranormal powers and twists to keep this read current and relatable. The chemistry between Finn and Pearl simmers along and is the strength of the book, as is the desire to solve who is good and evil and who can be trusted.


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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    January 29, 2018


    320 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
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    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    January 29, 2018

    Penguin eBooks

    320 pages

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    • iBooks
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Double Down: Diary of a Wimpy Kid (BK11)
Everything, Everything
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life
Magisterium: The Silver Mask
Turtles All the Way Down
Love, Simon
I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You
Magnus Chase And The Ship Of The Dead (Book 3)
The Other Christy
WaR: Wizards And Robots
Mummy Fairy And Me
A Wrinkle In Time
Kensy and Max 1: Breaking News
Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
Ranger's Apprentice 1: The Ruins Of Gorlan
Go Go and the Silver Shoes
Hollow City
Two Wolves