Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

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.

REVIEW:  Overall rating: 3.5

This was one of the books near the top of my to-read list but for some reason, I kept putting it off, until now.  I thought the plot sounded interesting and the gorgeous, creepy cover are what drew me to this book.  The writing is excellent; the author definitely knows her similes and they are abundant here. She has a way with imagery as well that keeps the reader interested from beginning to end, creating an atmosphere that is magical, mysterious, and dark. There were moments the scenes seemed drawn out to me and the book was just one long walk for the main character, Clementine, who was trying to figure out what happened to her after she was discovered in the cellar of her house wrapped in tree roots or vines. I did enjoy the book though and would recommend it to readers of fantasy and magic. I look forward to reading another of Ms. Yovanoff's books that I recently purchased, Paper Valentine.

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