Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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.
I’ll be frank, I was not impressed by Brenna Yovanoff’s latest release, Fiendish. The author definitely has some writing talent–because her writing–particularly the descriptions–were gorgeous, but they did not make up for the cons.
Three Reasons Why Fiendish Didn’t Work For Me
1. The storyline bored me to death. Honestly, watching a game of golf would be more interesting than this. At the start of the book, I was really intrigued and curious as to why Clementine was trapped in a cellar for all these years, and why on earth her eyes were sewn shut. I mean, that’s just seriously creeeepy and messed up. However, the story evidently becomes more and more progressively boring due to one main reason: the pace. This book moved at such a slow pace for me, particularly because we weren’t getting anywhere. Sure, there was a great hook at the start, but there wasn’t any other big motive that made me want to continue. I did end up skimming a few chapters towards the end.
2. The romance was a complete failure. Clementine was saved from the cellar by this guy called Fisher and surprise, surprise, he’s the future love interest for Clementine. Who saw that one coming? *eye roll* Anyhow, the romance kicked off a little too early, and ended up being an awful case of instant-love. Furthermore, I hated Fisher. He wasn’t even a decent guy, he acted like a total fake and was a jackass in general. Just bleh, not attractive at all.
3. Half the things in this novel made no sense to me whatsoever. One of the major things that didn’t have any logic was Clementine and Shiny’s reaction to Clementine’s sudden reappearance and acceptance. Clementine girl, can’t just pop out of no where and lead a normal life just like that. Your eyes were sewn shut and you were trapped inside a cellar for years and YEARS; and now that you are out, you’re just going to go shopping? Things like this simply made no sense to me, and I spent more time trying to make sense of these illogical scenarios rather than actually trying to enjoy the read.
Unfortunately, Fiendish didn’t end up being my next best book friend. It certainly had a huge potential, but it honestly just felt wasted in my opinion.
~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy!~
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