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Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (1.5 stars)

The synopsis led me to think Fiendish would be a Sleeping Beauty retelling. It turned out to be a little more Salem witch hunts meets "The Craft" with characters and a plot that disappointed.

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published on August 14, 2014
Published by Razorbill
Final Rating: 1.5 stars
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.

This story strongly reminded me of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea in terms of characters, style and atmosphere. A strange girl doesn't fit in with her small town and makes friends with other "unique" people in the same boat, but also falls for a popular yet secretive guy, while magical powers wreak havoc throughout.

Despite the magical, fantasy elements of the story, it felt too "real world" for me. You know how fantasy and urban fantasy, and even magical realism, has a distinctly unrealistic feel? Yeah, this felt like the author tried to make it too close to real with some of the magic stuff. Combine this with characters who are obsessed with either themselves, romance or the magical discrimination in town, and the results were mildly uncomfortable and definitely not fun.

In short, I didn't care at all about any of the characters. As for the plot, it took what should have been a really interesting mystery and made it boring and romance-focused. Not my favorite. :P


  1. Hmmm thanks for the warning on this one. Hey, I'm just going to say 'Hi'. I never just say 'how are you?' :)

    1. You're very welcome! And I am doing pretty well. I hope you are, too! :) (Side note: not sure why, but your last couple of comments have been double posting...???)

  2. Welp, I was really really really excited about this one last year, and then it released, and I never read it, and now I probably won't be reading it... oh well. Hope you're having a good New Year so far (any results from the LSAT yet?).

    Excellent review, Kel!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. I remember you being excited for this! But yes, it's probably worth skipping. Good idea; boring execution. :(

      I am having a pretty good new year thus far. I hope yours is starting off well! I got my LSAT score and am in the process of applying. We'll see how that goes. ^^;

  3. Maybe I'll still check it out dive I really enjoyed Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

    1. In that case, this one might work really well for you. I'll be interested to see your thoughts if you pick it up. :)