Tuesday, April 22, 2014

2014 book 86

Brenna Yovanoff's Fiendish
Yovanoff's latest (after the excellent Paper Valentine) is delightfully creepy and more than a little crazy. It involves one Clementine, buried in a cellar ten years ago and alive through magic, who is discovered and rescued by a local boy. And then the magical shit starts hitting the proverbial fan.  Clementine has little-to-no common sense but is sympathetic and likable anyway, and I especially enjoyed her relationship with her cousin and with another friend of theirs--both of whom are also gifted with magic, and thus viewed with suspicion by the rest of the town.  Things wrap up in a fairly satisfying manner, even if a couple of questions are left unanswered, and though this seems like a standalone, I'd definitely revisit these characters. And definitely will check out whatever Yovanoff does next. A-/B+.

A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be released in August.

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