Book Review: Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Author: Brenna Yovanoff
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy
Released: August 14, 2014
Review Source: Razorbill

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 am always surprised by how much I truly enjoy fantasy paranormal reads. I'm not going to lie, when it comes to it, I almost always shy away from the fantasy genre. Mostly because, well, it's weird stuff. Am I right? But, when I do get a chance to read one I remind myself why this specific genre is so good. And, heck I. Love. Weird.

Brenna Yovanoff is the epitome of a fantasy writer. Fiendish had the perfect amount of horror, mystery, and peculiar. Clementine was an easy character to like. Fisher is a great supporting character as well. Their "romance" is built at the perfect pace. Which I appreciate so very much in YA now. The "love at first sight" thing is totally overdone. So, to have the story be the main focus, rather than the love portion, is such a great thing.

Fiendish was a good solid read! I am giving it four trees versus five because the ending was a tiny bit disappointing. But, overall I did enjoy this book and would definitely recommend it!

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