“Being a laborer with one hand is about as useful as being a sperm donor with one nut.”
Ain't it the truth?
This is my second time reading this author. This is also the second time I am left full of questions, hopes and awe. My mind has been screwed, my face is full of snark/wonder/horror/happy. Basically, me after reading Devon McCormack.
Hideous is a gay YA story with a graphic novel feel about a sixteen year old cursed boy named Luke Retter. In this world, demons are possessing people at random, their victims (if they suMcCormack.Hearts-- ...more
The premise of an underclass, oppressed--essentially enslaved for their own good interested me. Add in an underground movement and I was intrigued. And while there were these great ideas, they never really coalesced. The heavy dependence on religious doctrine to espouse the intolerance for the cursed was a double edged sword that hurt it more than helped. Yes, there's automatic understanding of the sides' relative positions, but because it wasn't expanded up ...more
Those who know me well know that I am a big fan of dark stories. Sure, I read a lot of romance but my real love falls with books that are a bit on the darker side. Hideous is dark. There's quite a bit of language and the violence (at times) is a bit graphic.
With that being said -
Luke witnessed the murders of his family at the hands of his father who was possessed by a demon. Luke may have survived the attack, but he was by no means left unscathed. He lost a hand and ...more
The official blurb gives you a very good outline of the book. Here are some of my thoughts -
Hideous does not sugar-coat violence, now, or what happened to Luke and the other curseds he encounters – they all have quite horrible and graphic tales and Devon McCormack lets them tell you. You also get a feel for the power that feeds the demon.
The book has a dark tone, it has good world building, a look at what it is like to be an outsider and feel alone. What it’s also like to have a handicap, and ...more
Received Via: NetGalley.com
" Eight years ago, Luke witnessed the murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. Enslaved by the state-run UCIS Luke has a mediocre life until he meets Zack then his life becomes more exciting and more dangerous."
I loved this book! It was a page turner indeed! First of all when I requested this book from Netgallery I did not know it was a LGBT YA. Not that i'm saying that's a bad thing the complete o ...more
'I’d learned a long time ago that no one comes. That I was alone. And the darkness was free to do whatever it wanted.'
It’s quite possible that I read far too deeply into this book as a great metaphor for social injustices still prevalent in our society, but that is neither here nor there. I really enjoyed this book, possible social injustice metaphor and all; it was nice to read something that followed through with its fantastic sounding synopsis and delivered a re ...more
Mr. McCormack (Clipped) seems to find it impossible to disappoint; his incursion into the young adult genre is as compelling and powerful as expected. And so another page turner is delivered in the form of a paranormal fantasy that must be read in one sitting.
Luke Retter, a cursed who witnessed the terrible murder of his sister and mother in the hands of his possessed father, has survived and carries thesitting.Luke ...more
I immediately loved Luke and wanted to rescue him from his misera ...more
And I liked the feeling of helplessness. (demons are such a scary, creepy a-holles = =")
But if there was supposed to be some kind of romance? i did not feel it.
Not from lying guy, and not from Z-guy..it just felt very forced. like it just HAD to be there, but i really did not feel it :I .
Desperately trying to exist in this terrible system, pulled in many directions and with many temptations, Luke’s worse fear is realised – his fathe ...more
I love gay paranormals and romances; and those themes, some good story telling, including real guy characters, and not holding back on the edginess made this better than your usual YA paranormal M/M romance.
Devon McCormack's style was straightforward and easy to read, helping the action along. However, he also threw in some nicely phrased imagery. That change in style may have initially seemed out of place, but I came to app ...more
As if that’s going to happen! No, instead poor Luk ...more
This novella takes place in a world where demons are possessing human beings, killing their families, and leaving marks on remaining children. These children are called "curseds", and they are hauled off to work as slaves to avoid the possibility of being possessed by demons, thus becoming "infected".
Those "curseds" ...more
Eight years ago, Luke was mutilated and touched by the demon who possessed his father and killed his mother and sister. Now monitored by the UCIS and labeled a cursed, he’s forced to work as essentially a slave to whatever company needs cheap workers. He’s accepted his life even if he hates it and yearns for something he can never have. But when he tries saving another cursed, he’s brutally beaten and only survives because of Zack, ...more
Those who fell under the control of a demon were called infected. Sometimes, when an infected attacked someone, the demon left behind a mark- a spider web patch of purple and blue veins. It could show up on any part of the body. Be any size... Those who had this mark were called "cursed."...more
Luke Retter has been a cursed since he was nine. Eight years ago, his father was possessed by a demon who killed his mother and sister, and permanently disfigured Luke.
He works at a school with other curseds,
For some reason, while I was reading Hideous, Tiny Tims "Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" song kept playing over and over in my head. Not gonna lie, it gave it more of a creepy kinda edge to the book. Also, I was just finishing up my binge watching of Buffy on Netflix. So Luke in my head looked like Xander after he lost his eye to Caleb only younger Xander. (Also my favorite Buffy character)
All that being said this was a wickedly good book. I loved the ...more
All that being said this was a wickedly good book. I loved the world Luke was in because I hated it ...more
Just as it sounds, this is mainly a YA paranormal. I appreciated how the ...more
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Oh lordy. Insta love, asshats and the only character I really liked was the deeply sadistic demon who took potato peelers to fingers. *giggles hysterically* As I said before, oh lordy. This is going to be a 2 minuet review because I am really not sure how to review.
Okay, so the issues I had with this book were the characters (like any one them) were unable to develop and rea/>Full ...more
I liked this book, but it's not really one I would recommend.
This is actually the kind of book that I think would be better as a horror movie. (shocking, I know, but that's just what I think.) It was a bit of a fast read, but then again, I did skim a little whenever it went into to much dialog. I feel like something was missing from this book. More action and something else... I just can't put my finger on what though. I mean don't get me wrong, when t ...more