Early Review of Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff


Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Age Range: 14 and up

Series: None

Genre: Horror/fantasy

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Razorbill (August 14, 2014)
Source: From publisher for review

My Rating: 2 of 5 stars

About the Book:

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. 

About the Author:

Brenna Yovanoff is the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement, The Space Between, and Paper Valentine. She currently lives in Denver with her husband. Visit her online at www.brennayovanoff.com.

My Thoughts:

This book was fairly strange and kind of boring. The beginning is really
slow and not much happens until about half way through the book. The
second half has more going on than the first half, but it’s still pretty

I liked some things about it, though. I liked the different types of
magic, the exploration of prejudice, and the way different people dealt
with both of those things. I liked the main character, Clementine, but
found her too mature in her speech and reasoning to be believable for
someone that hasn’t seen anything or anyone since she was seven. A few
other things struck me as unrealistic and I didn’t like most of the
characters, but my biggest issue was that I didn’t connect with the

Horror books and movies tend to either scare me or bore me, and in this
case, I’m afraid it was the latter. It’s still a well written book with
some interesting aspects, but it wasn’t for me. The right person will
love this story, so if you like strange books and don’t mind a slow
build up, give it a try.

The Cover: I absolutely adore this cover.  It is haunting and intriguing at the same time.  It’s what attracted me to the book in the first place.  I love the dark colors with the splash of bright green and red leaves.

Content: Language, scary scenes/violence.

Source: The publisher loaned me a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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1 Comment

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    Tressa S
    July 25, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    I'm glad I decided not to get this one. I read The Replacement, which was very well written, but not for me. Too much horror and stuff, so I've just decided to skip this author unless I find she publishes something that everyone I know loves. 🙂

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