Thursday, July 3, 2014

REVIEW: 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.

I never know what to expect from Brenna Yovanoff. I've read all of Brenna's books and all of them took me by surprise! You can always expect creepy, strange stories from her, but you never quite know what will be in the book!

And creepy and weird this book was.
"Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten."
If that doesn't sound both creepy and weird to you, I don't know what does.
And this book was deliciously creepy! From page 1 you get immediately drawn into the book. The strange beginning makes you curious (at least it did for me) and want to know more! 

To me honest, I don't know why I couldn't give this book a higher rating. I really enjoyed this book. Sure, it was strange, but I really like strange books! And I was really in the mood for a creeptastic read! But there were just something that prevented me from enjoying this book as much as I wanted.
Was it the characters? 
No, I don't think so. 
While I didn't fully connect to the characters, I had no problem with them.
Sure, Clementine's character was a bit off, for someone who has been trapped in a cellar for a majority of her life. 
They were not flat, cardboard characters. They weren't annoying.
The romance?
Nope. I was actually okay with the romance! (if you know me at all, this is very rare!)
There was no insta-love, no weird love triangle, or some pointlessly thrown in romance, it actually was paced smoothly and fit into the book.
So, what was my problem?
I think my problem might be the ending.
Now, the ending ending to the book was okay, but the last 50 pages or so was very confusing for me. I had no idea what was going on within these pages and that really messed me up because that was the climax of the story!

But the ending cannot be my only problem! And that's what I can't understand! I liked everything else, I just couldn't understand the ending, yet I cannot give this book a higher rating? I just can't get myself to give a higher rating. I enjoyed this book and I guess that's what 3.5 wheels mean.

Creepy. Weird. That's this book in two words. The ending can be described in one word: Confusing.
But everything else? Great! I am definitely going to read Brenna's next book!

I hereby give this book
3.5 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it, but it wasn't quite amazing.

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