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The Cresswell Plot

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The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark.

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods o
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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
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C.G. Drews
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is severely messed up and I LOVE IT. I don't even usulaly like cult books?!? But I seriously adore this one so much I will fling my library copy to the wind and I'll go buy myself one. (Excuse me I'm totally kidding. There will be no flinging books. I will gently return it and then run wildly to buy myself one. #sensible)

Plus the book has like an entire CHECKLIST of things I adore. Which is very kind of it for thinking of me like this:

• big family (aka 6 kids) ✓
• complicated sibling re
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Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘


1.5 stars. Wow. Give The Cresswell Plot a slow clap for picturing such a fanatic, disturbing and abusive family without never creating ANY emotion in me. As far as my 1 star ratings are concerned, I usually follow two patterns :

1) The book makes me rage so much that I would love burning it, but it would be evil (I may be a Slytherin and an INTJ, even I have standards, you know).

2) The book is just so fucking bad that I,
a) want to forget that I even considered it, let alone read it ;
b) regula
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
You might wonder why I keep reading young adult books even though...


Because sometimes they are really, really good.

This one wasn't.


It should have been though because the synopsis sounds right up my alley. A close knit family lives off in the woods in a shack. You have six kids, Hannan, Caspar, Mortimer, Delvive, Jerusalem and Castella. They live with their 'prophet' father and mother (who can't walk because umm I think daddy pushed her down the stairs)
They know that they are different from th
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May
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: estantería
UNA NOVELA QUE ATRAPA, QUE EMOCIONA Y QUE NO DEJARÁ INDIFERENTE CON LOS TEMAS QUE TRATA: ABUSO INFANTIL & LA RELIGIÓN COMO IMPOSICIÓN SOCIAL

En el bosque es una novela juvenil espeluznante y de misterio que me ha dejado con la boca abierta desde la primera página y que me he leído de una sentada en una noche. Una novela que ha sabido dejarme totalmente trastornada y que me ha gustado muchísimo. Sin duda una de las recomendaciones y descubrimientos de este año y un libro que no podéis perd
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Josu Grilli
Tiene elementos que me gustan, sí. Elementos tabú, una historia que te mantiene pensando '¿qué pasará?' y personajes que no llegas a conocer del todo porque tienen un aura de misterio rodeándolos todo el tiempo. Sin embargo, si estas cosas no se ejecutan correctamente, se puede quedar en algo bastante... simple.

En el bosque no es una novela al uso más que nada porque casi ninguna novela juvenil trata los temas que esta trata. La protagonista es interesante, más que nada por la evolución que vive
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Sarah
(Source: I was able to view a digital galley of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Hachette Children's Group and NetGalley.)

“Keep your eyes fixed firmly on heaven. That is where we belong.”


This was quite an odd story about a group of siblings ruled by their father and his strong beliefs.

I felt quite sorry for Castella in this story because all she really wanted was to be a normal girl, and not to be held to all these strange rules by her father. She did make some less th
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Srta Books
No sé si darle un 3 o un 2,5...ha sido un libro rarísimo. La verdad que lo he terminado y no me ha aportado nada. Me ha dejado con ganas de saber mucho más y arrggg no me ha resuelto nada. Me esperaba un final de 10 y me he encontrado con un final pésimo. No me ha gustado nada.
emily
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
full review is now on my blog, BlueEyedBiblio!!
Patricia Bejarano
Si hay algo que me ha gustado de esta novela es que te atrapa desde su sinopsis, y tiene un ritmo trepidante, lo que hace que se lea rapidísimo, pero hay muchísimas cosas que por desgracia, no me han convencido. Siento que no se ha profundizado en la historia, que partía de una idea muy buena pero que no han sabido sacarla partido. Y debido a la extensión de la novela (demasiado corta para lo que querían contar) y a la trama que quiso plasmar la autora, siento que no se profundiza lo suficiente ...more
Kristina Horner
Jun 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I somewhat enjoyed this book actually, despite its many pitfalls, because most of my issues with it came right at the end. The first 3/4 of the book feels like it promises a lot of things, and compelled me to read on... but then...

The ending was extremely abrupt and I don't really understand what happened with George Gray -- and I think at some point I think this book forgot it was supposed to be a ~MyStEry~ because there were things I was very interested to find out that were... never resolved.
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Espe
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Un 2,5.

La premisa me parecía muy interesante -además de acertada para leer en esta época del año-, tiene una base atrayente, contándonos la historia de una familia encerrada en sí misma, alejada de la modernidad y de todos los demás seres humanos y con unas creencias acérrimas que lleva a cabo un padre abusivo y controlador, algo que podría haber dado mucho juego si se hubiera llevado de otra manera, porque tenía todo un mundo por explotar, misterio para dar y tomar y unos personajes interesante
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Amber
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Castley and her family are outcasts in their small town due to their weird ways. When their abusive father decides for them to go back to heaven, Castley refuses and rebels. Can she save her family from being buried alive? Read and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good and sad read. I enjoyed this book about learning to live your own life away from family. Definitely look for this book wherever books are sold.
Anabel
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ha sido un libro adictivo, pero me han faltado muchas cosas, muchas páginas. Creo que la idea no era mala, incluso me ha parecido original nunca he leído un libro así. El final me ha resultado algo precipitado, y me he sentido que no era suficiente, tengo que reflexionar mi reseña. Le he dado 3 estrellas porque me ha resultado muy rápido de leer y la idea no es mala.
Pronto reseña en el Blog.
Laurie Flynn
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What a haunting, suspenseful, fascinating read. The writing is both lyrical and sparse, and was able to fully transport me in the Cresswell world, where main character Castella and her five siblings live under the oppressive reign of their father and his suffocating religious beliefs. Castley is torn between the rules she has grown up with and the only home she has ever know, and the thrilling, illicit possibility of another life, a normal one. As she starts rebelling in small ways and expl ...more
Juan Vorágine
3,5

Este libro destaca por la peculiaridad de la familia Cresswell y la realidad paralela en la que el padre ha hecho crecer a los hijos. Si esperáis un libro con mucha acción, este no es el vuestro. En cambio, si buscáis uno donde los personajes evolucionen mucho y se reflexione sobre la mente humana, las religiones y las realidades, este es vuestro libro.

Reseña completa: http://voragineinterna.blogspot.com.e...
Kai VanderBerg
May 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2016
I whipped through this book. I had no intention of reading it right away when I bought it, but after casually reading the first paragraph, I was hooked.

The writing is just so good. It flows. It catches you & doesn't let go. I HAD to finish it immediately once I started.

I felt so much for the Cresswell kids. Seriously, it felt like my heart & chest were on fire for most of the book. It's not as violent as I assumed it would be, as it IS about these children & how their father manipula
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rebecca ɤ
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This was really gripping but I just wanted more. Review to come.
Bren queleoar
2,5 stars
En el bosque” es una novela diferente, un libro que a pesar de ser juvenil contiene una trama creativa, atrevida y espeluznante, capaz de atraer lectores de todos los géneros y edades. El libro trata acerca de la peculiar familia Cresswell, 6 hermanos que, en una casa ubicada en los bosques viven bajo las estrictas órdenes de Dios que llegan a oídos de ellos a través de su padre, quien parece encarnar su voluntad. 6 niños que solo conocen lo que este hombre les ha enseñado a lo largo
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Gianclaudio
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐. Que libro genial, no tanto como la peculiar familia de este libro. Pensé que no me iba a atrapar rapido a esta historia pero PUM, me vicié. Es muy bueno el libro, pronto tendrán reseña.
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 3/1/16: 3.25 - 3.75 stars | Because of a little bit of disappointment in the conclusion, rounding down to three on Goodreads
That really wasn't quite what I expected at all. It was definitely interested but it was all quite horrifying to witness what this Cresswell family went through and why. I'm still not totally sure I understand their father's motives, which is a bit sad. I was hoping for the conclusion to really dig into some more answers and more things about the past bu
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Karen
Mar 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

The Cresswell Plot is about a “cult-like” family known for their religious beliefs and the way they live. Castella Cresswell is the main character. She has recently been sent to a public school after DCF got involved. If only they had stay involved. The Cresswells are living in their ramshackle home, without power or running water, and that home is lorded over by her father. He expects obedience and offers strict punishment to those who don’t follow rules
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Tammie
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
The Cresswell Plot is one dark and creepy book. I can honestly say that this is one of the most disturbing books involving family dynamics since I read The Death of Bees by Lisa O'Donnell. A relatively short book, it's a quick and interesting read. The story revolves around the Cresswell family, a family of eight that is run by a super strict and religious father. The father has absolutely no redeeming qualities and runs his household based on fear and intimidation. The story is ultimately abou ...more
Jennifer
3.5/5 stars

The Cresswell Plot is a standalone YA contemporary book. I've seen it listed as a mystery or thriller. But to me it doesn't really fit in either of those categories.

The narrator is 17 year old Castella/Castley Cresswell (girl). She has five siblings Hannan (boy), Caspar (boy), Mortimer (boy), Delvive (girl), and Jerusalem/Baby J (girl). At first I could not tell which ones were boys and which ones were girls (since most of the names were so unusual). They are very poor and live in the
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Nicole
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was very intrigued by the premise of the book; however, the promise that I found in the summary and the gorgeous cover didn't deliver as much as I wanted it to. The pacing of the book was a little off; Castella, our heroine, spends most of the book feeling one way and then suddenly seems to snap and feel completely different about her entire life. Her family does the same thing: she seems to have allies in her brothe
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Kelly
Mar 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
What did I just read?

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for child abuse and domestic violence.)

‘You will hide your true self. You will bury what you fear, in a locked chest in the cave of your heart, where you will keep the bones of the person you could have been.’

“It’s funny, isn’t it?” he said, chest contracting as he caught his breath. “How beautiful the world becomes when you think you might have to leave it?”

So here's the thing:
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Katy (Katyslibrary)
Jun 10, 2016 rated it liked it
3.25/5 stars. I don't have many words for this book other than strange and different. It becomes clear right away that this book is about a very strict, cult like, religious family. I was immediately intrigued because I sometimes hear about strict religious people who really have gone too far in what they are practicing, but I haven't read many books where that topic is the main focus. I was appalled and slightly disturbed at the things that happened with this family and what they practiced. How ...more
Saruuh Kelsey
There are no words for this book. It far surpasses any language. I'm not even going to attempt a full review of this book because it has left me emotional and practically speechless. Here are the points I wrote down:

- Atmospheric, real-world thriller (no fantasy or magic)
- Unsettling, upsetting, chilling
- Makes you doubt what's real, who's good or bad, if God exists in the way we know it today (as faith) or as something more (as magic)
- Realistic, easy-to-like MC. I honestly cannot say the right
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Angela (PerpetualPages)
May 20, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: creepy
Pretty sure this is the strangest/creepiest book I have ever read. And I don't mean creepy in a "monster under the bed" kind of way. But creepy in a "there are seriously people in the world who think this way?" and "wow this people are brainwashed" kind of way. There were a couple of times I literally got shivers while reading this. I'm not sure this is a book for everyone, but if you like weird/creepy books, you might enjoy it.

I'll have a better review soon, but for now I just need to process.
Linda Bargas
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just.... WOW. Ever wonder what makes someone stay? This is a grippingly simple glimpse into those minds. (Of *course* there are ridiculous parts, but the readability of it didn't have me question too deeply.)
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