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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye. The demon also burned its emblem into his skin, marking him as a cursed. Those who bear this mark are at risk of becoming possessed themselves, so they are monitored and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. Working ...more
Published June 19th 2014 by Harmony Ink Press (first published June 18th 2014)
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May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of horror, paranormal and potty mouths
4.5 Hearts--
“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.
May 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
Not exactly my cup of tea.

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
4.5 Stars

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
Jun 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-them
As dark as this story was, I really liked it. Heck I'd even be happy to read a sequel.
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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
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received from NetGalley for review.

'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
Littles Books

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.


May 25, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Natasha by: SheReadsALot
Do want. Lots and lots. Looks right up my alley.
Kirsty Bicknell
I am lucky that as a reviewer I read some very good books. Every once in a while I come across one which completely floors me and I think "if I die tonight and that was the last book I read, I would happy". For me Hideous is that book. Devon McCormack's story is brilliant, frightening, awesome, horrific, romantic, sad and every other contradiction inbetween, but it is guaranteed to give its reader one hell of a book hangover!
I immediately loved Luke and wanted to rescue him from his misera
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A passionate tale of one of society’s castoffs struggling to survive his lonely existence, Hideous by Devon McCormack is a raw story of pain and loss that will prick at your heart as it places you in Luke’s dark world. Luke watched his mother and sister be brutally murdered by a man possessed by a demon who then cut off Luke’s hand and gouged out one eye, leaving him with the mark of the demon, and considered a second class monster, a threat to normal humans, as a cursed being. The horror of that night ...more
Kimmie Ellis
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
LOVED IT!I will not give spoilers as not to ruin it, but I would say definitely for mature audiences.I felt like I wanted to protect the main character because of all the pain he has gone through and the life he leads. I like that the author did things most would shy away from. The ending made me have that "aha moment," very well thought, not obvious through out the story, but leads perfectly if a sequel were to be written. It has been awhile since I was emotionally invested in a book as well as ...more
Luke witnessed the killings of his mother and sister at the hand of his father, who was possessed by a demon. As a result of that he was cursed and grew up in an envoirement closely watched and enslaved by the state-run UCIS. He had no say regarding himself, just work and follow orders. All under the pretense to keep him and especially the other non-cursed humans save. My feelings toward Luke are ambivalent. On one hand I understood perfectly well why he is the way he is but his repeatedly self- ...more
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow. The violence, pain and darkness were at a whole other level than I was expecting. And I really enjoyed that. It was like having Jigsaw there with us (especially when poor Luke had to pick which instrument to be tormented with - I had no idea a potato peeler could do so many gory things) and the tension was definitely there making us wonder when the demon would reappear and what awful things it would do next. I didn't want to dwell on the way the demon possessions were random and could basic ...more
I tried to like this book. I really did. The worldbuilding was absolutely incredible, the concept fascinating and the initial plot very good. It was all ruined by... the dreaded teenage hormones. And insta-lust. Okay, so I thought the main character was a pretty stand-up guy, quite self-aware, intelligent and disillusioned. I liked the fact that he knew he was disabled and cursed, but didn't mope around about it. He accepted it and moved on, trying his best at his job. His sense of humour is pre ...more
Sep 15, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked the beginning, the description of the society, the absurd bullying of the cursed (really, people?).
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 .
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story of paranormal distopia mixed with a heartwarming MM love story. Add in bits of beauty and the beast and one's heart melts away for the main character. Anyone who has ever felt ostracized from society will relate to Luke's pain and struggle. I cried, I smiled, I feared for Luke's life...this story is filled with raw emotion!
Sue bowdley
I love Devon's books......He does all kinds...This one is different...Demons possessing people.....I'll have some of that....I know the book is called Hideous but oh Luke is not so hideous.....I loved him from the start and what he witnessed his father do was pretty horrendous....I loved how this was written....No easy way out...no falling along the way......Luke meets Zack and Tom not far apart but I never took to Tom like I did Zack......I think Zack was much better suited to Luke.....I also l ...more
Fangs for the Fantasy
Jan 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Luke is Cursed. Marked by a demon – a demon that possessed his father, killed his family and tortured him. Under the law of the land, the Cursed must be kept separate from society and carefully monitored because they are vulnerable to possession. Luke is a victim – but he’s also a threat and his entire life is defined by being that threat.

Desperately trying to exist in this terrible system, pulled in many directions and with many temptations, Luke’s worse fear is realised – his fathe
Tex Reader
4.0 of 5 stars – An Edgy YA Paranormal With a Real Guy's, Gay POV.

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
T.M. Smith
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hideous is a story set in a paranormal world where demon possession runs rampant and anyone that has been touched by or has the potential to become possessed are called Cursed, and they are treated like slaves. Luke Retter is a cursed, the only survivor of a brutal attack on his family when his father was possessed and proceeded to torture and kill Luke's mother and sister, leaving Luke permanently scarred. Young Luke lost more than just his family, his arm and his eye that day, he lost his soul ...more
Book Gannet
This book is dark and raw and gripping as Luke tries to live his life as best he can under the prejudice and sheer weight of being cursed and disfigured by the horror of his childhood. Luke is such a great character – sympathetic, likable and surprisingly honourable considering everything he’s been through. I just wanted someone – preferably Zack – to wrap him up in something warm and simply hold him until all the bad stuff went away.

As if that’s going to happen! No, instead poor Luk
Jul 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: casual readers
"Eight years ago, Luke Retter witnessed the brutal murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon-possessed father. He survived but lost a hand and an eye."

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"
Nikyta *Miss Forgetful*
This review can be found at The Blogger Girls review site.

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,
Jun 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
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."

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,
Jo Newton
Tip-toe through the tulips with me

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
Jo Newton
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 world Luke was in because I hated it
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hideous was not, refreshingly, your typical gay coming-of-age story. What Devon McCormack himself describes as what he likes serves well to summarize this: a "dark, action-packed story in which characters [battle] terrible odds and sinister forces using their strength, will, and determination … throwing in a charming love interest to make the adventure all the more entertaining." I like that too, and this one delivered.

Just as it sounds, this is mainly a YA paranormal. I appreciated how the
Jackie (No Bent Spines)
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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
Ash †Reviews of a FearStreetZombie†
I received this book VIA NetGalley in return for an honest review.

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
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Devon McCormack spends most of his time hiding in his lair, adventuring in paranormal worlds with his island of misfit characters. A good ole Southern boy, McCormack grew up in the Georgian suburbs with his two younger brothers and an older sister. At a very young age, he spun tales the old fashioned way, lying to anyone and everyone he encountered. He claimed he was an orphan. He claimed to be a ...more
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