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3.60  ·  Rating details ·  2,815 ratings  ·  484 reviews
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
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published August 14th 2014 by Razorbill (first published July 31st 2014)
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
“That boy is the devil.”

“Well, I’m going to kiss him.”

Do you hear that? That sad whispering in the shadows. The sound of silent tears. The quiet wailing of a thousand brokenhearted readers?

That, my friends, is the sound of wasted potential. Because that's what this book was, thanks to the appearance of a motherfucking pussy of a love interest. If you asked me, 30 pages into the book, what my rating for this book would be...without a doubt, I would have given it a solid 4. I mean,how could a
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
This was a straaaange book! But most importantly: it's deliciously creepy!

Brenna delights us with some more of her gothic, morbid, yet marvelously fascinating storytelling in her newest release. Fiendish is compelling from the very first chapter. After a quick introduction to Clementine, a slight glimpse of who she was prior, we experience her entrapment inside this cellar, held in place by willow roots, while a decade passes. The cryptic but riveting manner with which the passing of time is des
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I'll be frank, I was not impressed by Brenna Yovanoff's latest release, Fiendish. The author definitely has some writing talent--because her writing--particularly the descriptions--were gorgeous, but they did not make up for the cons.

Three Reasons Why Fiendish Didn't Work For Me

1. The storyline bored me to death. Honestly, watching a game of golf would be more interesting than this. At the start of the book, I was really intrigued and curious as to why Cl
Alisi ☆ wants to read too many books ☆
This book had the potential of being really good but the author didn't live up to the idea. It's better then the last book I read by the author but not by much. I did want to like it more.

So, basically, some girl was bricked up in the cellar of her burned down house and ten years later someone finds her. Apparently, the townies went on a rampage because weird oddities were popping up here and there. So there was the whole 'get the witches!' thing.

I had issues with Clem. She just popped out of t
Ugh DNF at 51%

This book starts out interesting but as it progresses I was starting to lose interest.

-All Clemetine really cared about was Fisher. She would not stop talking about him. She was desperate for him. Ugh I cant even. Even when he told her to go away she would stay and I'm surprised Fisher still wants to kiss her after her annoying ass behaviour.

-Where is the horror? Instead of creepy stuff I'm reading about weird magic crap that is extremely confusing. I honestly didn't even understa
Jessi (Novel Heartbeat)
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2-star, cover-lust



That's the best word I can describe this book with, and it's mostly all I have to say about it. But I can't write a one word review, can I?

First of all, this book was weird. And confusing. There were a lot of WTF moments, and sometimes it didn't make any sense at all. There were a lot of terms that weren't explained, either: downhollow, fiend (which I eventually figured out was basically a demon), crooked (I finally gathered it meant a person who had craft). Then there were the humo
2.5 Stars

I'm not a huge fan of creepy, but I was in the mood for it. I wanted something that was going to give me that scared feeling, make me feel a tickle on the back of my neck in the dark, maybe make me wonder about the what ifs. Fiendish started off with such great promise, a girl locked in a cellar for ten years, tangled in roots, eyes sewed shut, and no one seems to remember her when she emerges into the light. I was so sure I'd made a good choice.

And that feeling stuck with me for quite
Brenna Yovanoff writes creepy, ominous paranormal horror with a perfectly ingrained setting better than most YA authors. Best of all, her novels are all STAND ALONE. No trilogies that make you wait years for resolution here. While this doesn't stand up to Paper Valentine for me (my favorite of hers), it's solid and most people who have liked her past books will appreciate it.

Read-alikes: The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab; Chime by Franny Billingsly.
Magical, creepy, and beautifully written. I liked it a lot.
4.5 Love Brenna's worlds, don't know what took me so long to read (listen) to this one. ...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

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What’s funny about Fiendish is that I was really tempted to DNF after the first chapter. I was confused and it didn’t make any damn sense. Plus, I’ve been DNFing left and right and that’s been working for me. However, I pushed on a couple of chapters and Fiendish got really good. So basically, I am here to tell you that, even if you find the start really puzzling and off-putting, keep going because it will
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff is not your typical young adult fantasy tale. It is dark, brooding, and within its prose lies a deep and sad understanding of society at large. That is probably why I love these stories so much.

Clementine DeVore is a young girl, trapped in a cellar, tied up by roots as the years have passed. She has been down in the cellar of her abandoned home for ten years. Forgotten and deserted. But now she has been found by the only one who can feel her. Fisher can hear the soft
Awww, man.
I really really thought this book was going to enchant me. It's got a spooky but intriguing cover, it's a stand-alone, and the synopsis says something about a girl being awoken and brought forth from under a bunch of tree roots. It sounds awesome!

It probably is awesome, just not for me. I'm too old, too cynical, too in need of the bridges that span one moment to the next instead of just wildly jumping from this moment to another.

The tale felt dreamy. I'm sure it's supposed to. But it's
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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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
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I fell headfirst into a sinkhole of pretty things, and the world inside your eyelids is just as big as the one outside.

Clementine DeVore spent ten years of her life trapped in the cellar of her house and pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten. When she was seven years old, the hollow near her house, a place of immense magical power, crawling with fiends and helldogs, started leaking magic into the world in explosive bursts. The people in town blamed the fiendish people living out in
I love the cover, it incorporates the plot and characters into it. You can see that the plants on the house represent Fisher's craft and the house represents where Clementine came from.

I honestly didn't like the romance. It was a typical young adult insta-romance. I wish the romance was more developed. Basically Clementine saw Fisher and was all like I'm going to kiss that boy, not even knowing anything about him. Fisher wasn't even a good love choice, at one point during the story he leaves Cle
Christine (KizzieReads)
The ending was a little quick, but I really enjoyed this book. It was creepy and perfect reading for October. The characters could have had a little more background and personality, as well as a little more of the previous reckoning, but overall, a really enjoyable read.
Oct 17, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: covers-i-love
17 Oct. Had me at "Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten." ...more
Aug 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I won a copy of Fiendish through Goodreads First Reads. I requested it because I like dark YA fantasy and because I previously enjoyed one of Yovanoff's other novels, The Replacement.

In Fiendish, the main character, Clementine, is hidden in a root cellar as a child and rescued as a teenager by Fisher, the town bad boy. Whatever magic was used to seal Clementine away also affects her memory and the memories of everyone else in town. No one seems to remember she ever existed, with the exception of
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
3,5 stars.
I shouldn't have read Places No One Knows first because it's the last book written by Brenna Yovanoff and it's always risky to start with the most achieved one : the previous books might look pale in comparison.
Though you can see she was still developing her writing skills in this one (Places No One Knows being, for me, excellent on the matter of writing), you have here a very good story already imprinted with her touch. That lady definitely knows how to create an ambiance! The story i

This was super, super strange. Very weird, but I was interested in it. I don't really know how I feel about the main character Clementine. This was just very strange. I don't really know how to feel. I'm definitely going to be reading more from Brenna Yovanoff.
I know a lot of people complained in other reviews about the insta-love, but I wasn't really bothered by it.
I just don't really know how to articulate my feelings regarding this book. This was kind of an experienc
Mar 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Magical but very rough around the edges.

The first half of this book gave me some serious Raven Boys vibes with its strange and slightly creepy magic. I loved it! It felt so strange and unique. However, I did not really like where the story went from there on, most of the characters were very flat and the romance was unnecessary. So three stars.

Even though I think that, with this premise and setting, Fiendish could have been a lot more, it was still entertaining for the moment.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25 stars!
May 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
This felt more like the Salem Witch Hysteria Heads to the Backwoods. I have read other books by this author which I liked. This was just too hillbilly-ish for my taste.
Heather A
This is a very strange book. I honestly don't really know if I liked it that much or not. I absolutely loved the writing. I loved the settings and I loved the main character.

I love small town books, especially small towns with a darker side, and this town's darker side was stepped in dark magic and the families who lived there. Their interaction with the regular townspeople, while could be viewed as irritating and disturbing, was also quite fascinating.

There was just something about it that a
Sep 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
So I picked this up at the library, and was excited to read because she's the author of another book on my reading list.

what did I just read?

I have three complaints for this train wreck


The entire book is written as if the reader already knows the details and mechanics of the fantasy world. (we don't, Brenna)

The narrator (Clemintine) explains absolutely nothing. The only information the readers get to piece together the story is when Clemintine asks Shiny about what happened
Mimi Zane
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
***I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review***

Trapped in a cellar from a powerful spell, Clementine DeVore was found by a boy named Fisher. Ten years prior in New South Bend, strange and different things began to happen. The towns people became worried and burned Clementine's house down. All grown up now with no memory of the past years, Clementine begins her journey to find out the truth.

I was ecstatic to finally have won a young adult (YA) book from Penguin's Firs
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014, high-school, horror
"Its skin was a slick, awful green - an impossible green - with slimy whiskers and dull, milky eyes." That's every catfish ever, but can't you see it? And then there's the next heart-stopping paragraph that springs the characters into action, frantically digging a hole to bury something so unnaturally wrong.

Yovanoff is the type of storyteller I dreamed of one day becoming when I used to skip recess to write my own creepy stories. Descriptions so real, here's another:
"It was jewel-blue with a
I am Bastet
Took me a while after finishing to figure out why I only felt meh about this book, when I've loved other things Yovanoff has written.

Here it is:

I think Shiny should have been the protagonist. Clementine was a little too blase about things, and I didn't ever feel like I knew her. I definitely didn't get why she did half the things she did, and did not understand why she wasn't more freaked out about being buried alive with her eyes sewn shut for ten years. I felt like I knew more of Shiny's emoti
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