Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date:August 14th 2014
Pages: Hardcover, 352 pages
Source: Library

Summary from Goodreads:
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.

5 Reasons I DNF (Did Not Finish) this book

1. Strong start but slow middle: The beginning of the book started off quite strong; the reader is introduced to a young girl who some how survives in a cellar for years. When she is found, she is magically still living from the aid of a bag of 'tricks'.  Oh yea and her eyes are sewed shut. Creepy but intriguing.  That said bag of tricks, while the contents are explained, provided no insight as to how she survived.  I felt like I need more information.

2. Lack of details and explanation: The reader learns of Fiends yet they are never truly explained; it can be assumed they have some dark magic, evil, creepy powers and no one likes them.  All the creepiness just lingers in the air without any explanation

3. Lose of interest in characters: By the middle the book, I just felt impartial to all the characters.  Some odd events occur and instead of trying to piece together the details and make sense of it all I just no longer cared.  It was as this point I really decided I should put this book down.

4. Odd romance:  Clementine immediately feel in love with Fisher, which I guess is understandable since he is the guy that saved her.  I can understand her naivety to love and romance since she has been locked up but I just did not like the romance.

5. Overall confusing:  I really enjoyed Yovanoff's Paper Valentine so I had high hopes for Fiendish; I was hoping for a creepy, Pre-Halloween read.  Fiendish was pretty confusing with its lack of development and details leading to my overall lack of interest.

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