Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff (1.5 stars)
Kel Saturday, January 31, 2015 reviewThe 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
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