Saturday, September 6, 2014

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff [Joint Review]

Fiendish4 out of 5 Robots!

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Genre: YA Paranormal
Release: August 14, 2014
Hardcover:  352 Pages
Publisher: Razorbill
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Julia and Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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 named 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.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Julia and Shannon's Thoughts:
1. Describe your feelings in one or two sentences.
Julia: Fiendish is incredibly creepy and I just absolutely loved the tone of it! It is written so well, I felt like I was walking through the Hollows with Fisher. A perfect book to read in October.
Shannon: I loved the creepiness of the book.  Yovanoff is a master of creating atmosphere!

2.  What did you like about this book?  Was there anything you didn't like?
Julia: I loved how enthusiastically creepy this book was. It isn't quickly paced, but it is compelling through to the very end. The only thing I didn't like about it was the ending. I thought there should have been a little bit more of a "bang" to go out with.
Shannon: I totally agree!  Enthusiastically creepy is a great way to describe it.  I loved that part.  I also agree that it isn't a fast paced book, but I was also interested in what was happening.  I also agree with the ending.  It starts out pretty epically, but then just kind of fizzles out.  I didn't completely dislike it, but it did seem a little odd.

3. How would you describe this book?
Julia:  Fiendish is cryptic and riveting. The characters are fascinating and it is fun watching this young group of powerful friends bring their "gifts" together and overcome a common enemy.
Shannon:  Well, we've thrown creepy around a lot, but it really does describe the eeriness well.  It feels a little backwater witchery meets Southern gothic.  I liked that magic was just a known quantity and I liked the way it was dealt with. 

4. What did you think of the characters?
Julia: I didn't completely connect with Clementine, but I liked her. I loved Shiny's spunk and attitude and Fisher was kinda dreamy. All of the characters are totally different, which made the book more satisfying. There is someone for everyone to relate to.
Shannon: I liked the characters, but I don't think I was really that into any of them.  I liked them more as catalysts for the plot as opposed to their personalities.  But I thought they were all interesting - especially in the way they reacted to their magic. 

5.  Was the ending satisfying?  Why or why not?
Julia: I felt like there was this big build up to the climax of the book, and in this case it really would have been the ending. But it wasn't as intense or heart-pounding as I had hoped after the tone of the entire book was set so well. I still thought the ending is satisfying, I just wish it packed more emotional punch.
Shannon: I mostly agree.  There is a sort of epic showdown, but as I mentioned above, it kind of fizzles out quickly and ends a little oddly.  I thought it was satisfying too, but not in a "holy crap!" kind of way.  But, also, it just isn't that kind of book.  

6. What would you rate this book?  Would you recommend it?
Julia: I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and definitely recommend it. Old and new fans alike will love the vibe of this book... hopefully you read it in the fall!
Shannon: I am a big fan of Yovanoff and while this wasn't my favorite of hers, it is still up there.  I would rate it a solid 4 out of 5 stars.  I think fans of gothic-y, backwater witchery, eerie stories will like this one.

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