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The Deviants

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  372 ratings  ·  138 reviews
When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is k
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Published September 22nd 2016 by Mira Ink
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Dana Kenedy (Dana and the Books)
This review can also be found on my blog, Dana and the Books.

You know a book is good when you read the entire thing in one sitting without realising. It was dark and gritty, dealing with themes you don’t always find in YA books.

Last year I read Monster by CJ Skuse and it was a rollercoaster of fear. The Deviants was similar in the sense that it started out fairly civil but then, a “thing” happened and before you know it you’re sucked into this twisted maze of tension.

Ella was the perfect main ch
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harlequin (UK) Limited and NetGalley.)

“Tell me everything. Start with what was happening between you and Max.”

This was a YA contemporary story about secrets and revenge.

I liked Ella, although it was clear that the secret that she was hiding was eating her up inside and making her act in odd ways at times. I totally understood why she couldn’t tell anybody what had happened to her though, esp
“You save yourself or you remain unsaved.”

----Alice Sebold

C.J. Skuse, an English author, has penned a tragic yet extremely riveting young adult thriller called, The Deviants that revolves around five high school teenagers whose friendship blossoms up when one of them is bullied badly, also gradually, the secrets of their lives begin spilling up, when one bad event after another challenges them to keep a hold on their friendships or their dark secrets, especially, it becomes a challenge for th
Cora Tea Party Princess
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Words: Secrets, friendship, relationships, family, loyalty.

Slow and steady wins the race.

And this book definitely won.

I always find myself quite thrown when I read a slower-paced thriller. It's always a shock to the system and there are two ways it can go - with The Deviants it was amazing and I was not disappointed. Slow definitely does not mean boring, and it certainly does not mean than the story is any less intense.

I loved the style, I loved the format, I loved how everything was drip-fed
Kate~Bibliophile Book Club
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had seen The Deviants on social media, so naturally I hoped on to Netgalley to see if it was there and lo and behold it was! Requested and approved, I settled down to read what turned out to be a very unexpected book.

At about 20% in, I knew I had a special book in my hands. I genuinely could not stop reading it. The story, the characters, everything about it just made me keep turning the pages.

The Deviants is a brilliantly written book, full of depth and with so many hidden layers that it beca
Kate (GirlReading)
3.5* ~ This wasn't what I had expected. I thought it was going to be a simple revenge story but it ended up being a lot darker, with some deeper themes. I definitely recommend this to people who loved 'We Were Liars' by E. Lockhart as, although I didn't love 'We Were Liars', this definitely has a similar feel to it and I know a lot of people adore that book!

Read my full review for 'Deviants' on my blog.
There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this book fully deserves a 5* review. From the first moment I started reading this, I was quick to realise that this was going to be a story that totally took over me. I wasn't wrong. From beginning to end, this is an intriguing, suspenseful and honest book which kept my wanting more.

The Deviants is predominantly the story of Ella. She is our narrator and through each chapter of the book we learn more about her life and those who are in it. It is cle
Jessica (Jess Hearts Books)
C.J. Skuse is one of my favourite authors and every time she has a new book out I wonder how she can possibly top the last, but she does! Every. Single. Time. The Deviants is CJ’s most accomplished book yet and I gobbled it up greedily in a single sitting – it was that good!

Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane used to be best friends. As children they would spend their days having adventures in their sleepy seaside town, and at night would beg Max’s big sister Jess to tell them one of her legendary

Galley provided by publisher

Rep: gay side character, mc with depression

This book was so good. I know, I know, it's pretty strange to open the review with that, given that I've rated it 1 star, but the writing and the characters were great, and I ended up crying at the end. What made me dislike it was the plot.

1) The opening

The book starts with Max and Ella (Ella being the narrator, and Max her boyfriend) on a date, late at night, in a garden centre.
Dani C
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
This book was gripping from start to finish! And just when I thought I knew where everything was going, the characters would shout "AHA" in my face and go in completely the other direction. And the final big twist is something I never would have seen coming!
The book also deals with some HUGE issues and it does so sensitively and skilfully.
An amazing book and I wish I could read it for the first time all over again.
Highly recommended.

Note on the audiobook: the narration was fantastic and real
Jul 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Review originally on Heart Full of Books

Now, I have read a LOT of YA mystery/thriller kinds of stories, but when I read the blurb for this one, I just couldn’t resist; the mystery pulled me in! Although, I wouldn’t recommend reading the Goodreads blurb, because I think it gives a little too much away, so here’s mine instead: The Deviants follows five teenagers who used to be best friends until everyone’s favourite older sister Jessica died. Years later the fearless five find themselves back toge
Sep 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This turned out to be a really nice surprise. It's slow paced, so for quite a while I just found it interesting enough to spend the day reading. I did not expect to end up liking it this much. It was definitely the ending that made it a full five stars read to me. I think, I liked it especially for being British, but then the way it was told, was rather awesome also. I'm a bit surprised as to why I want to make it a favorite, because a lot of it, is more like almost. I mean, it's contemporary, a ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I kept hearing about The Deviants on Twitter and through mutual blogger friends and to my delight Cara offered me an ARC of the book to read- so I had to start straight away to see what the fuss was about and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The Deviants follows fiver teenagers who at one point were all best friends until their friend Jessica died. Many years later the five of them find themselves together again and playing to their old ways and seeking revenge for what happened. Ella the narrato
David Staniforth
Four stars up until the cop-out ending.
Apr 28, 2020 rated it liked it
i was all ready to give this four stars but that ending! it's dumb and i don't like it! which is just so bad because i loved the friendship in this and i cared about characters. ...more
Hannah Cassie

MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

THE WORLD: This book is based in small town of England. But other than that it is just an ordinary world just as we know it.

CHARACTERS: Now, before I get into discussing main characters in detail let me just say that it is my personal opinion and it was the way I felt. It all I think depends on your own experience. So yeah, Ella is our main character. Omg how much I disliked her, there are so many situation I could discuss but I do not want to spoil the book
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc
In short - Not perfect maybe but at times very powerful and highly readable.

This is the story about five friends who came together in their early teens. By the time of this book, around four years later, they have drifted apart for one reason or another. When one of them is bullied some of them decide to join up again to try and right the wrong. Sound simple doesn't it? On some level it is and on others it is not! This is a Young Adult novel and I've not been one of them for a while although I'v
This book was just phenomenal. And will leave you devastated. It covers so many topics, dark and intense and horrific. The way CJ has written about them with a thriller twist is outstanding. I am SO impressed. So many unexpected plot twists, filled to the brim with raw emotions, flawlessly flawed cast of characters and a bombshell of an ending - it's impossible not to love CJ's work. This is one of her best pieces and I can't wait for the rest of the world to get to read it.

It's bone chilling t
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uk-author, for-review, arc
*4.5 stars*

A shocking, powerful and emotional page-turner - CJ Skuse's best book yet. Wow.

Full review to come.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
started kinda slow but OMG this book is beautiful.and sad and raw.i didn't expect this at all.made me feel empty and complete at the same just need to read this book,go through the first 100 pages and then it just gets better and better.*hides in my room and cries for a month* ...more
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, proofs
I was sent this book from Harper Collins for review thank you so much for allowing me to read this early.

This book has made me speechless first five star book of the year that's how good this was. I had never read anything by c.j Skuse and didn't really know what this was about apart from being a mystery suspense story. Thank god I didn't you really have to go into this not knowing the suspense and shocking twists kept me turning the pages.
We start off with our main character Ella she is a very
Kate Ormand
Ella, Max, Zane, Corey, and Fallon grew up together with picnics, adventure, and ghost stories told by Max’s older sister, Jessica. When Jessica died so did the Fearless Five. Now Ella and Max are the only two still close and nothing is as it once was. Secrets stir beneath the surface and, when the Fearless Five are brought back together, it’s only a matter of time before they come out…

I went into this without much idea what it was about. I knew I’d enjoyed CJ Skue’s Monster last year and I’
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an e-book copy of this book in exchange of a honest review.

This books deals with a very important topic for that I am glad I've read this. Thank you to the author because it must have been no doubt difficult to right about this subject.

I was immediately gripped in the suspense ridden story line and didn't want to put this down. It was interesting and the characters were unique. I don't usually read books to do with this subject who would? Thankfully I rea
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
I have never been one to shy away from gritty topics. In fact, I usually find myself in awe of books that are brave enough to tackle them. But despite all the issues that The Deviants packs in its pages, this book unfortunately didn't make me feel as emotional as it was supposed to. I was just so detached from the voice, and disappointed by how predictable the story was. I badly wanted to find myself invested in the characters, feel their hurt and their grief, but I just couldn't. The ending was ...more
Virginie (chouettblog)
Not bad at all.
Very funny in some parts and very dark in others.
I still have a question mark over the ending the author settle on.

Will need to give this a few days to digest before posting my review.

Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This wonderfully mysterious novel keeps me wake at wee hours. Unputtable with its well plotted story, amazing characters and thrilling momentum of whodunit.

Full review to be posted soon!
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS BOOK??? It shocked me to the core, i mean I’ve read worse in NA thrillers but this one was different. I had never read a YA thriller before and I just get fluctuating between so many emotions ranging from anger to sadness and even guilt. I really loved how the story kept building up and the plot twists kept coming one after another, it kept the suspense going and i was hooked! I felt bad for Elle, like super bad and I’m glad justice was served in the end. The very fact tha ...more
Felicia Tantra
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not expecting that ending AT ALL!
Mar 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing

This was fantastic.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Well...dang. This was a really emotionally heavy book.
Don't even know how to rate it
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C.J. SKUSE is the author of the Young Adult novels PRETTY BAD THINGS, ROCKOHOLIC and DEAD ROMANTIC (Chicken House), MONSTER and THE DEVIANTS (Mira Ink). She was born in 1980 in Weston-super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels lectures in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. C.J. is currently working on a ...more

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