Friday, January 2, 2015

Fiendish

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Today's post is on Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff. It is 341 pages long and is published by Razorbill. The cover has a broken house on it with thick roots coming from the foundation. The intended reader is young adult but the world is so interesting that an adult could enjoy this book too. There is no sex, some language, and violence in this book. The story is told from the first person perspective of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Clementine Devore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. Now she's out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.
When Clementine was a child. Dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South
Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy names Fisher sets her free.
Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the hollow- a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

Review- I was just expecting a fun book. But instead I got a thick plot, interesting characters, and a magic system that was both fun and terrifying. Clementine is a good main character, she is full of hope, she does not stop trying to help those around her, and she wants the truth. The magic system is so weird, fun, and a little scary. Clementine does not really have much power herself but she makes everyone else around her much more powerful than before. The mystery of what happened is very drawing. The Fiends are really the best part, in my opinion. They are like what the original stories about the Fae are. They are more than a human can really understand. The people from New South Bend act the real people would. Something weird is going on, it's their fault. The reckoning at the end of the book is very tense but really great scene. Yovanoff has a good hand with weird moving on scary.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.