By: Melanie | December 13, 2014 | (39) Comments

Review: Fiendish by Brenna YovanoffFiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: August 1, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, YA
Pages: 352
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.

stickers-my-review (1)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.

In all:

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!~

2 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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39 Responses to Review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

  1. Lexa Cain says:

    Exactly! Plus I thought there were way too many inner thoughts, which made the book too slow for me. Have a great weekend! 🙂
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  2. Stuti says:

    Ohhhmigod. This was pretty much my experience with my first – and only – Yovanoff book. Pretty writing but borrrrrrrrring, insensible in terms of characterization and action. I guess she has a type. :/
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  3. Damn! It’s a shame you didn’t like this one more. 🙁 I haven’t read any Yovanoff books before, but I’ve had my eye on this one for a little while. At a glance it looked quite creepy. It’s certainly not high on my TBR list now! Great review.
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  4. Oh that’s truly disappointing. Yovanoff’s writing is out of this world, but sometimes, it’s out of my reach. I’ve been eyeing this book since i’ve seen it floating around in the blogosphere, but it sucks when there’s barely anything to look forward to, story wise.
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  5. I think I saw this on Edelweiss a while back but I didn’t pick it up because it didn’t sound that good to me. Seems like I was right!
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  6. Ehh! A boring book is the worst kind of book. And a romance that ends up being insta-love. NOPE! I don’t think this is going to be the book for me unfortunately, but I wasn’t interested in it in the first place.
    Sorry this was a disappointment, Mel but great review!
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  7. Tanja says:

    Surprisingly I still haven’t read any of Brenna’s books but yeah I have heard that she has a great talent. I will have to try her other works, as this one doesn’t seem appealing to me. I really don’t like when first book is boring. That really makes it harder for me to read a book. So yeah. Sorry that this one wasn’t as good as you hoped. Great review, Mel 🙂
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  8. Lily says:

    Confession time: This is the first time i’m even hearing of this author *hides* but from what i’m reading in the comments I don’t think her work is a right fit for me. I hate insta love and when books are boring I tend to DNF them because I just have so many other things going on *sigh*
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  9. Amber Elise says:

    I didn’t get too far in Fiendish before I knew it wasn’t for me. I think mostly because I was expecting a different story and I wasn’t too impressed by Fisher. :/

    Luckily, there are better books in our futures! 🙂

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  10. ugh, I’m sorry this sucked. >_< I really love that cover, but more boring than a game of golf? I can't even stand gold. EVER. *growls and scratches off tbr* Oh, but well, I might try it, I mean, if it fell into my lap. The premise is awesome.
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  11. Kelly says:

    Sounds underdone in every aspect to be honest, which is a shame because the premise sounds incredible! Slow pacing is a completely turn off for me, especially in paranormal of fantasy. I need those snippets of explanations to keep my interest and sadly this sounds like it had none whatsoever. Hopefully your next read is much better. Bypassing this one with a wide berth.

    Great review poppet <3
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  12. Bennari H. says:

    Aw boo 🙁 It sucks that this one was a miss for you, Mel. It definitely seems that this one had potential, and I can see why you believed that it wasn’t used at all. I think I’ll be taking this one off the TBR, now. Cool review.

  13. Well, if the things in a novel don’t make sense to you, then it’s clear it’ll be hard to enjoy! It sucks that this happened to you, girl 😐

    I DID want to read this, but like you I haven’t had much luck with Yovanoff so far so maybe we were never meant to be.

    Lovely review, hun!

  14. Amelia K says:

    I didn’t end up liking this one, either Mel so you’re not alone! Fisher was such a jerkface, and I honestly don’t see how Clementine was even attracted to him in the first place. It annoyed me to no end. Yeah, the book was really interesting to begin with but I wanted to just DNF it after a bit

  15. Christy says:

    I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy this one more, it sounds like it could have been good 🙁

    I hope your next read is better!
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    • Melanie says:

      Yep, fingers crossed! I no longer have any review copies for the rest of this year so it’s time to start picking some books that I know that I will love!

  16. I’m sorry this wasn’t a great read for you, Mel! It sounds right up my alley, so I’m still planning on reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts – I hope your next read is much better. <3
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  17. I’m sorry this one didn’t work for you, Melanie. 🙁 I really, really liked Paper Valentine by her, but nothing else has really appealed to me. :/ And I have no time for boring books these days. Thanks for your honest review!
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    • Melanie says:

      Ooh that’s interesting. I think most people either love all her books or don’t like her books at all. But yeah, Paper Valentine is probably my fav out of all her novels she’s written so far

  18. I haven’t read any of Yovanoff’s books, but I have most of them on my shelf, including this one, which I bought recently. It looks and sounds amazing so I’m still holding on to hope that I’ll like it. Sorry it wasn’t for you, it sucks when you read a book you don’t enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
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  19. What a bummer and yeah it is hard to swoon over a jack-ass. Hope your next read is totally swoon worthy 🙂
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  20. Yes, very creepy. Slow paced doesn’t cut it though. The secrets have be slowly dangled to keep me reading. I don’t like instant love or nasty love interests. Isn’t normal for someone to live in a cellar all alone for ten years? Thanks for warning me about this book.
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