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Fall of Knight

4.5  ·  Rating details ·  70 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell

A normal teenager Dean Knight is not.

With a mental illness that threatens to take over his sanity; a sister who’s deep in her own problems; and a wasted mother who couldn’t care less about it all, Dean is left to battle real life on his own. School, bullies and medications are his realities.

Then there are also the ghosts, the halluc
Paperback, 212 pages
Published April 7th 2015 by Booktrope Publishing (first published March 23rd 2015)
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Diane Wallace
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'ARC Generously received from Author in exchange for a honest review'

I have to give a shout out to the publisher(VanD) for giving me the opportunity to have a go @ this well written book:--a stunning look into the mind of a disturb teenager who was pretty much misdiagnose when coming to his mental health symptoms. Included in this brilliant storyline the readers notice how the author gave a varying explanation on the whys and hows certain family/parents do have a history of mental illness which
Jessica Harris
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With "Fall of Knight", Cross has created a taut, realistic young adult novel that explores territory only recently appearing in the genre: the reality of adolescent mental illness.

All too often, young adult novels seem to miss the authenticity of the high school setting - especially when coupled with the reality of bullying and/or mental health issues. Cross brings a long and studied understanding of the realities of the public school system to bear on his portrait of the life his character has
Beth Lawson
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely not for those who need to get other things accomplished within a set time frame! Once started, this book was very hard to put down! The author not only dealt with the issue of teenage mental illness but with the current issues facing so many of our teenage population at the current time. Outstanding read!
Sage Knightly
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*I received a PDF ARC version of this from a giveaway on LibraryThing.
**This will also be posted on Booklikes and LibraryThing.

In Fall of Knight we follow Dean and his troubles with life and his mental illness. Our eyes open up and as we hear his voice we hear the voice of a broken boy, of a troubled teen, of someone who has monsters that live in his mind and his writing and his life. We learn how one might think and see the world when diagnosed with a mental illness, how they never really know
Ashley Douglas
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Very edgy for young adult fiction, Fall of Knight perfectly captures today's American high school experience without sugarcoating and combines it with the struggles of teen mental illness, a subject just now garnering more attention. This combination equals a page-turner that is difficult to put down.

Cross writes teenagers very well. Even as an adult female reader, I found it easy to identify with Dean Knight, teenage male protagonist/narrator, but still found him 100% authentic and believable.

Sarah Darby
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a roller coaster ride. I was left trying to anticipate the next turn and surprised at the twists that came next. The author showed a wonderful understanding of the teenage mind and the problems that may plague them in the course of school. Giving an insight into the mind and world of a boy with mental illness to an extent that those readers who have an illness may catch a glimpse of themselves in Dean's issue of trying to navigate the world and those who are "normal" readers can ge ...more
Allie Burke
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brt, arc-read
Cross delves into the psyche of the mentally ill like a pro: he's either crazy, gifted, or both. The sane will be to unnerved to put it down; the insane will just smile. It is delightfully horrifying.

**I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Vanya D.
A powerful book about a teenager's fight with mental illness, bullying and a past long forgotten. It takes the reader on a roller-coaster of edge-of-your-seat events that keep you guessing and longing for more.
Rebecca Barnes Banks
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read! Kept me guessing the whole way through!
Mar 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours

I have to say honestly, that I have been knocked to pillar to post with this one,

The reason?
I will add at the bottom of my review.

Steven Cross did an excellent job with the storyline though. Fall of Knight is someone struggling with bullying, along with his mental health problem. This is aimed at the youth, however, I am 56 and I thought it an excellent agenda to read. I sympathized and I ranted at the bullies. I really wanted to come to his protection, so that in itself was a goo
Daniel Howard
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is a brilliant page turner outside my usual genres. It got its hooks into me early on and I was really looking forward to my few reading times, like commutes, where I could see what would happen with Dean Knight and his sister. It's dark, upsetting even, but undeniably great. It's one of those stories that will stick with me.

I would offer a trigger warning for many readers also. If you've suffered from mental illness - as I have with both depression and anxiety - it could be a bit rou
Heather Pierce
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: stuff
First off, I would suggest not reading this while at work... I now have a lot of work to do! Secondly, there has to be more! I got sucked in and before I knew it, it was over. I like that it has some finality to it without excluding the potential to continue the story. The story line was clear and easy to follow. I even had an "I knew it!" moment, which I love. Wonderful work Mr. Cross! I cannot wait to read more of your stories.


Heather Pierce
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I didn't want to put this book down! Steven Cross does such a wonderful job giving us a glimpse into the life and mind of Dean Knight, a teenager who struggles with mental illness. I feel like this is a must read for teens or adults who work with teens. These characters are so real, and this book just draws you in. I can't wait for the sequel!
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
The author provides an insight to metal illness, depression, and bullying. It is a quick read with several twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is also fairly clear to see that Cross is in education as he provides details true to teens in today’s society.
Jean Cross
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The author has brilliantly captured the inner workings of the mind of one who is mentally ill as well as the environmental chaos that often accompanies such an illness. I was enthralled from beginning to end.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Various emotions ran through me whilst reading this powerful book based around mental illness. My own son committed suicide due to mental illness. I received an electronic copy of this book through Librarything giveaway.
Steven Cross
Mar 01, 2015 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
The author brilliantly captured not only the inner workings of the mind of one who is mentally ill but also the environmental chaos that often accompanies such an illness. I was enthralled from beginning to end.
Karla Dotson
Feb 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A well written novel touching on mental illness, family dynamics, and societal norms. A quick read that keeps you guessing. Not for the faint of heart. The characters are well rounded and believable. Several creative plot twist. Highly recommended.
Janet Compton
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a well written book and gave us a deeper insight into this bipolar disorder. Having seen someone fight this demon first hand Steven nailer it very good!
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished "Fall of Knight" by Steven Cross,! This book is not what I was expecting, and definitely out of my comfort zone/genre. I mean this in the BEST possible way!

Where do I begin? I could start by giving a general overview of the story, but I don't think that would do this piece justice (besides, plenty of other readers have already offered up a plot synopsis). I think I'll just dive right into my thoughts on the book.

In the beginning, I had a tough time reading this book. Th
The Grim Reaper
Jun 11, 2015 rated it did not like it
Firstly, I'd like to thank Vanya for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

I tried. Really, I tried liking this book. I really wanted to like this book (everyone else, whose reviews I read, did). It was about one of my favorite topics after all: mental illnesses. But, I just couldn't. The plot, I admit, was not cliche or typical. That is probably the only redeeming quality of this book. However, there were some parts that bordered on how-typical-can-you-ge
Bree Garcia
Feb 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book, I immediately went to Goodreads to learn more about it because it sounded interesting, but I couldn't figure out if I wanted to read it. Goodreads told me I'd like it if I liked books by John Green and Rainbow Rowell. While I'm just eh with John Green, I love Rainbow Rowell, but this book is not like anything either of those authors have written. And I mean that in the best way possible.

Reading this book was, at times, confusing, depressing, and exhilarating, sometim
Becky Carter Nichols
Where do I start? First, this book is AMAZING. I normally don't rate books very high that deal with mental issues because they don't make me feel anything.. However, Steven Cross had me feeling every word!! Fall of Knight is one of those books that once you start it all other aspects of your life go on hold until you have finished it.

I have dealt with many, MANY mental issues both with my work life and my family life. I feel like this gives you a realistic look at what the world is really like
Maddie Easterday
May 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In the start of my reading this book, the first three chapters were very hard for me to get into. Once I managed to push past them, I got sucked in … hard! I finished Fall of Knight in just over 4 hours! I literally could NOT walk away from it! This book has not only helped me understand the inside of a bipolar mind better, but it’s helped me understand myself better! I was diagnosed as bipolar with mania about 13 years ago and up to before I read this amazing novel, I never quite understood wha ...more
Amy Bailey
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-club
This is a novel that will leave you thinking and wanting more. I love books that utilize a format that allow the reader to draw his or her own conclusions. In this book we have a rather unreliable narrator, mainly for the reason that it's difficult for the character to even know the difference between reality and fiction. His own thoughts are unreliable, and it's difficult for him to distinguish between a delusion and a real event. What results is an intriguing and exciting ride through his emot ...more
Apr 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
With this book it didn't take long for me to lose myself in the story. You just didn't know what was going to happen or what to expect.
I have dealt with mental illness myself. I suffer from depression and reading this book brought tears to my eyes because I felt some of the feelings the main characters was feeling. I've been bullied and that made my depression worse. This gives you a look into a person with mental illness and how hard it is to survive and cope with the hatred people can do to yo
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thanking Booktrope Publishing for sending me this ARC, giving me the opportunity to read and review Fall of Knight.

In Fall of Knight, we meet the twins Dean and Dee Knight. Struggling with mental illness and bullying, while their mother – since the death of their father, lays passed out on the couch. Or simply doesn’t bother to get out of bed. Then there’s the secrets. For about a decade, buried… and yet to be revealed.
After all what happens, it would be the drop, the final nail to my coffin a
Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2015, series
Contains some strong material, but as a whole fell short for me. Everything directly associated with Dean is great; he is a strong, well-rounded character, and the depiction of his mental illness is intense, yet feels realistic. High school and the bullying that comes along with it are also accurately represented. I can't say that I ever became completely invested in Dean's journey; some of what unfolds becomes muddled due to his mental state, which causes him to act as an unreliable narrator an ...more
Tonja Drecker
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a bit outside of my normal reading area, but I was so intrigued by the blurb that I had to give it a go. And it was worth the jump. The writer does a great job of presenting a teen with all his feelings and fears...but even further in so far that this teen has a bi-polar personality.

The writing is very good, and it's easy to understand Dean, even when his fears no longer matched reality. At times, I wanted to jump into the story and help him. Many emotions were at work, something the a
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome read. From the very beginning, the tone for Fall of Knight perfectly matches that of a teenager and simultaneously provides enough maturity to remain engaging for adults of all ages, not just young adults. The first-person narrative is presented in a realistic way: the main character may be self-conscious about his own shortcomings, but he's still able to come across as relatable, sarcastic, humorous, and caring at various times, which adds to the authenticity of the story. Author Steven ...more
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