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After nearly being drowned by her alcoholic father, 17-year-old Ellen, her mother, and her brother move across the state to start over. Ellen soon meets Neil, a gorgeous loner with a bad reputation. Her classmates warn her to stay away, but he seems to be the only one who understands her. Besides, the rumors about Neil are too far-fetched to be believed. When she is threat ...more
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Kindle Direct Publishing (first published October 2nd 2011)
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Bayli
Okay I'm only 33% through with this book but I just have to say my thoughts.

The first chapter was great! It caught my attention. It freaked me out and had me question what the heck was going on and what could possibly happen next...

However, so far the first chapter has been the only good chapter. I am not trying to be mean or anything... But this book is lacking some serious substance.

The thoughts that go through Ellens head are completely ridiculous. The fact that she barely knows any of these
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StrangeBedfellows
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
From the first page, you know this book easy going be a light read. As the story opens, the main protagonist, Ellen, has some serious problems. Her father is an abusive alcohol, her mother looks the other way, and her brother is only out for himself. With her dysfunctional family, and no friends to turn to, Ellen gets by in life by being as invisible as possible. As long as no one notices her, they can't hurt her. It's not a great life, but she makes it work as best as she can. Then one day, her ...more
Beth
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am kinda over the paranormal thing...except werewolves...love werewolves...but Sara Danvers has written a not so normal paranormal. Neil has "powers" and I am not just talking about his abs of steel. Ellen has recently moved to town and meet Neil. Sparks fly and not just the good kind. Neil comes to trust Ellen and tells her his secrets. She does not freak. Really, not even a little bit? The abs must be even better than described.

Good story. The paranormal part was believable...as far as para
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Raven
Jul 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
Okay, I read this book for one reason and one reason only. Yeah it sounded interesting, but the real reason is that it was free on the Kindle and boy am I glad that it was because I can't be nearly as upset after reading a book I got for free compared to one I had to pay to read.

What can I compare this book to? Hmm....it's like watching a horror movie, a really horrible Sci-fi channel inspired movie with actors/actresses that exude self-importance and take their job way too seriously. Normally I
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Kathy
Jun 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot although the formatting of the book made it difficult to read. The fact that I could overlook that makes it, in my opinion, a great book that is well written. The story concerns Ellen and her very dysfunctional family who move to a new town to escape her abusive father. There, Ellen meets Neil and his friend Josh who have strange powers. These set Neil apart from the rest of the school crown and lead to a lot of lies and harassment. One thing I found hard to believe was ...more
Peg
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author who sent me an online copy of her novel and asked for a review. I am happy to do that.

I found this Young Adult novel to be an interesting read since it deals with topics that a normal teenager would never encounter. Of course, protagonist Ellen also has the agonizing issues that most teenage girls go through when moving to a new town and starting a new high school. She desperately wants to fit in and at first has no friends. She soon meets Neil and that's when the unusual ev
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Jenna
Jul 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
The premise sounded good, the cover is hot. But man, I have this allergic reaction to dumb female characters. And instant love made in 5 minutes?? You have this guy assault in your house and you still believe all his BS. I mean really? Ellen was so dumb and immature is was like a 12 year old talking and reacting.

So I'm sorry to say it only took me 22% in the book to give up.
Lisa
Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Loved this book... Hated Ellen's family -they were sooo cruel (her father was a monster and her mom, a useless bag of air)..
The kids in the school - so mean, Derrick deserved what he got and so much more.. The bright spot was Neil.... Loved the addition of the characters of Hannah and Josh... Really hope the open ending leaves room for a follow-up story...
Sara
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Would give this book a zero if I could. See what being bored at work drives me to read?! I feel like I lost brain cells reading that!!
Jamie
Feb 09, 2013 marked it as to-read-i-own
Shelves: freebies
7/23: Currently free on Amazon
Becca
So i would like to say this first, i had very mixed feelings about this book. Heres the thing, i really enjoyed reading it, and i really liked it, but there were some points it was really corny, and it was very i don't know... i will get more in depth about later but before i did any of that i just wanted to say that yeah i did enjoy this despite the corniness, and what nots. Corny seems to be really bad word to use so don't take it with much meaning just if you want to know what i mean check ou ...more
Lauren
Apr 23, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok, im sorry but I HATED the characters of this book. Every single one of them. It's unreal. Everyone sucked.

Let's start with Ellen - the girl is a fucking mess. She was annoyingly skittish & her whole frightened abused girl act got really old, really quick. And she was so fucking naive & innocent & self conscious & stupid that I literally wanted to bang my head against the fucking wall, repeatedly.
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The girl was a fucking joke. Don't believe me - just wait...

After her father tri
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Megan
I wouldn't say this is a new adult book its more very YA with some mature themes. Mature theme being sex.

I was a little disappointed this wasn't more about devils and devil nature.. everything seemed to really fast. Not sure how I feel about it but this book wasn't the best.
Christine
This could have been so good, but at 65%, I felt that the story had no arc. I was not sure there was a point, an objective, an arc.
Nadine
This will contain spoilers, so in case you wanna read the book (which I stongly suggest against!!) - don't read any further.
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Amber Griffis
Nov 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
****CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS****

I can not believe anybody could possibly enjoy this book. The only reason i got this was because it was free, and at the time it had just come out. The only reviews were from people who had been given a free copy so they could give it a review, and man i should have been more suspicious.

I should mention i never even finished it, which is unheard of for me, but after multiple attempts at working my way through it i had to stop. Even i can only put up with so much cra
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Stacy Sabala
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, suspense, romance
Book Review-The Seven Devils by Sara Danvers

Ellen flees with her mom and brother after her father’s attack. Austin is angry and blames Ellen for having to leave. Ellen is traumatized and wants to stay hidden in her room. Her first day in a new school starts horribly. Lunch is even worse until a cute boy comes to her rescue.
Neil is a social outcast. Everyone thinks he is a freak and shuns him. So when Ellen sits with him she is the center of everyone’s attention. Neil is nice to her and she is c
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Richard Hayes
Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
NOTE: I received a copy of the story from the author with the request of a honest review.

When we first meet Ellen, she is being held underwater by her fathers hands around her neck. She only gets free when her mom hits her dad from behind. Later her mom gets her and her brother Austin and moves them from Akron to Minster. A small town where her moms sister has a house they can rent. On the first day of school, her brother, who resents having to move wants nothing to do with her while she has the
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Klaudyna Z.
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-books
So this book was kind of weird. I felt like the first half of the book was completely different than the second half of the book.

I found Ellen's character as well as her actions hard to believe. At the beginning of the book she is instantly attracted to Neil and they quickly fall in love, which again in some books this works, but I didn't get that intensity from the author. It was more like, hey he's cute, and nice, and he pays attention to me...Ok I love him. Also I found it really hard to bel
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A.G. Lindsay
I'm a bit mixed on this book. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it despite the unbelievability of Ellen and her family. (And, if Mum wanted to split from Dad and older brother didn't, why didn't he just stay there? It's not like she ever tried to be a happy family unit with just the three of them and he was almost 18 anyway.)

Ellen's instant attraction to Neil didn't phase me either (since this *IS* a fantasy and that's kind of par for the course.) The "everyone's rich and beautiful" in the new t
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Aubrey
Jul 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! Wasn't sure what to expect, but the story and characters were really well done. Neil is an amazing, kind soul. I love the first time he meets Ellen, how he saves her in the cafeteria from all of the ridicule and prying eyes. High school could be such a nightmare, but a Neil would make it a million times better. The only thing that bothered me about Neil was when he got upset and stopped talking to Ellen because of something she thought. That bothered me. Otherwise, great guy, ...more
Shona Moyce
The beginning is enough to draw the reader in; the tension, the trauma - I was immediately moved by the protagonist.

Then it becomes a bit of a chore. The second quarter of the novel felt rushed and unrealistic (and not in a supernatural way, but rather in terms of the human interaction.) I found it hard to believe that someone suffering from physical and psychological abuse would so easily allow a strange male into her house after having known him for the extent of just one afternoon, regardles
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Michelle
Nov 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: alpha, stalkerish
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Pam
Oct 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reviewed
This book is listed as a YA Romance but it has a lot of things it addresses. I think an older person would like this book. Bulling, Sex, Young love, Abuse, Neglect, Hate, Anger and Friendship. Finally the concept of physic ability. I really enjoyed this a book about a young girl coming from an abusive home that comes to a new school full of mean spirited kids and meets a boy who everyone else avoids and has bad things to say about. Neil is a loner but the only kind person Ellen has met at her ne ...more
Lauryn
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, librarything
I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

This story was very easy to read. I enjoyed the small paranormal aspects added to the book and it was a very sweet New Adult romance. Even though I enjoyed this I didn't find myself getting attached to the characters in the way that I can. I didn't not like them I just felt indifferently towards them at many parts. Ellen was a very naive teen and Neil had some serious anger issues. I also Austin really made me angry at parts. It
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MadLoveBookBlog
Mar 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series-to-follow
I don't know why this book is not a movie already and I CERTAINLY HOPE there is another book in the works and that it will come out sooner rather than later.
I LOVE NEIL and his abilities. YES! It has a TWILIGHT vibe, but I didn't mind at all.
And why are some people complaining about errors and lack of editing, believe me when I tell you, there are more worst than this one.
I should say, I didn't like the ending, and sometimes I dindt ike Elle' s righteous thinking but aside from that, I enjoyed
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Andy
Oct 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
okay so im 20% in right now but i have to stop right now. i would seriously give this book 1 star but the first chapter was a great chapter and it leaves you wanting more but it just seems that after that chapter she doesnt even try anymore it like she had a great story going in her in mind but she eother
a. didnt have time to get it all down on paper the way she wanted
b. she didnt know how to and everything was just come at the same time
or
c. after the 1st chapter she just didnt care how the book
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Jo Notary
327p After nearly being drowned by her alcoholic father, 17-year-old Ellen, her mother, and her brother move across the state to start over. Ellen soon meets Neil, a gorgeous loner with a bad reputation. Her classmates warn her to stay away, but he seems to be the only one who understands her. Besides, the rumors about Neil are too far-fetched to be believed. When she is threatened by Derrick (a jealous classmate) it becomes clear that there is more to Neil than meets the eye. In this sexy page ...more
Jaye
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
Really didn't like this one. In fact, I quit reading it after about the 20th page or so. I found myself rolling my eyes and scoffing every other sentence. Although I understand Ellen is traumatized by her experiences, I didn't connect with her. There was no respect and no sympathy. As for Neil, I wasn't even given a chance to decide if I liked him or not. Also, what's up with the turbocharge on his and Ellen's relationship? I found it extremely unlikely that Ellen, considering her past experienc ...more
♥ Amanda
Nov 01, 2012 rated it liked it
I received a copy of The Seven Devils courtesy of LibraryThing and the author.

I thought the story itself was pretty good, but the writing was a bit amateur. As the story progressed, the writing grew in strength, and I'm hoping the 2nd book will be better. Ellen and Neil had a sweet thing going, but it just moved a little (ok, A LOT) too fast, making it a bit too unbelievable. I mean, they became a couple the first day they met! I look forward to seeing where their relationship progresses, and se
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Sara Danvers is a high school English teacher who loves young adult literature. The Seven Devils is her first novel. There will be more to come, but slowly. As she states, "I am a teacher who happens to enjoy writing, not an author who happens to work in a school!"