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Forests of the Fae: Devlin's Door (Forests of the Fae #1)

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When thirteen-year-old Anne is sent to spend the summer with her dreadful relatives in a small Washington state town, she is left with little hope that anything intriguing will happen to her. However, when she learns of an abandoned town full of old Victorian homes hidden in the woods nearby, she embraces the lore and becomes bolstered by the idea that an adventure might a ...more
Paperback, 236 pages
Published January 15th 2016 by Incorgnito Publishing Press
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emily
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devlin's Door is about a young girl named Anne who goes to Woodland, Washington to stay with her aunt and uncle. Anne soon discovers the long lost town of Devlin. There she finds lost treasures of the previous owners. Secrets unfold and she learns unbelievable truths.

Devlin's Door is fantastic! I was captivated by the first page! I feel like the book is fast paced and that's what makes it great because you capture so much adventure and detail. The book is haunting, the diary entries of Grace ma
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Olivia McCloskey
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Devlin's Door was a quick, action packed book with multiple unforeseeable twists and turns. I particularly enjoyed how the mystery unraveled slowly rather than all at once at the very end of the novel. Its setting within an abandoned village whose inhabitants disappeared without a trace certainly made for an eerie read.

One of the novel's strong suits was undeniably the vastly differing characters. Anne specifically underwent dr
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Devann
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Ok let me just start by saying I'm not sure why both version on here say there are 230ish pages because my copy was 150 pages and although you kind of just have to take it on faith for an ebook version, it definitely felt like 150 pages and not 230. It probably would have been better at 200+ pages because my main complaint with this book is that it seemed a little bit rushed.

It was a good concept and I love to se
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Kirsty Hanson
Forests of the Fae: Devlin's Door was a very quick and fast-paced read. I was actually very interested in this book as I love anything to do with magic, evil fairies and different realms. I have also just found out that this is actually the first book in a series, which is quite interesting. I don't know much about the second book, but it would be interesting to see what it's like and if it's any better than this one.

When thirteen-year-old Anne is sent to spend the summer with her dreadful relat
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Ailyn
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
A special thanks to the author for giving me the book for a fair review.

Anne is sent to her aunt for a holiday when her parents embarked on a mission for 3 months, in her journey to the town, she met a cheeky young boy who had told her about Nowhere Town. It was a slow start, as Anne had some issues to settle, and places to find.
It did not take long before she stumbles into Nowhere Town, somehow my impression was skewed, I thought it was a ghost story. It still kind of is, but more supernatural
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Frankie Brazelton
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, fantasy, ya
Devlin’s Door is a delightfully shuddersome tale.

A self-determining female protagonist finds herself in an eerie decaying town that had mysteriously been emptied of its inhabitants in the 1920’s. Eerie as it may be, she finds herself unable to escape the allure of the vacant Victorian homes and their secrets. She happens upon a diary, and as she reads the entries, the long forgotten memories bring the town structures back to repair, as if the floor boards had just been laid and the porches had
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Katie
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a slow, unfolding mystery, with magic, faeries and intrigue, which alternates between the past and present.
I love the opening pages of this book. Great description, an interesting character dynamic and dialogue that is realistic.
I also like the genuine shocks this has. The book gave me a jolt on more than one occasion and I feel creeped out after finishing it.
You don't know where this is going to go. The metaphors are marvellous. This also has more female characters than male, which is n
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Maurice Barkley
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read. In addition to a good story, the author's powers of description are exceptional. I could almost smell the mud. The characters are well developed, both sympathetic and otherwise.
I just purchased book 2, The Raven Queen. I think that's the best recommendation a reader can give.
I know I can't give spoilers. I wish I could, but I can't. Let me just say there is something waiting for you the reader.
Brittany
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
You can also check out my review on my blog, Maybe Books Will Be Our Always! ;D

I received this copy in exchange for a honest review.

From the second I opened this book, I was pulled in. I absolutely love K. Kibbee's take on the entire Fae world. It really pulls the reader in and makes the reader carious about what will happen next. The ending of this was phenomenal. PHENOMENAL! It completely caught me off guard! Kibbee gives this sense that everything is going to be okay at the end. But, then
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A. Hunt
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Middle School Readers
Recommended to A. by: amazon
I really gave this 3.5 Stars
Growing up, I almost never wanted to be a fairy. I wasn't that type of girl. I didn't walk with my head in the clouds- are you kidding? Why would I want to when I could ride atop a dragon or sword fight... as an Elven Warrior Princess!? I was and am still a Tomboy, can you tell?

I love fantasy and this book has it. It's about a girl, Anne, who's been dropped into the prickled hands of her aunt, uncle and unloving cousin, Lexie, due to her parents both being committed
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Megan (ReadingRover)
Really 3.5 stars!
I really enjoyed this book. It's about a girl named Anne who goes to live with her aunt, uncle and cousin over the summer out in the country. On the way there she passes an abandoned town which she becomes interested in. When she asks her family about it they tell her that all the inhabitants mysteriously disappeared one day and that she should steer clear of it. Her cousin Lexie takes her along to hang out with friends and they go to the town which she finds out is called Devli
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Jessica Bronder
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Anne is being sent to her aunt and uncles place while her parents are on a 3 month mission. Of course she doesn’t fit it and it doesn’t help that her cousin Lexie is going to try and make this visit an even bigger disaster. But Anne hears about an abandoned town in the forest and is curious. After being locked in one of the houses she finds a journal and the more that she reads from it more of the town start rejuvenating.

But this town has a dark secret. In the 1920’s, when surrounding towns wer
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Kelly
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I don’t know where to begin but the ending, well, it’s genius! I didn’t see it coming!

I found at times the story going a little boring for me. But, now I get it! So, I would recommend this book to anyone who likes mysteries, stories of evil fairies, an abandoned town, Goosebumps (the books), haunted houses, and a twist of an ending then this is for you!

When I normally read a book for review, I look at it the blurb and then I don’t look at it again until after I read the book. Sometimes jumping
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J.H. Winter
Mar 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devlin's Door. Where do I begin? The cover alone should have told me that this tale would be a spooky one, and it certainly didn't disappoint. A page-turner from start to finish, I had to find out what would happen to Anne after she uncovers the mystery behind a town, filled with Victorian homes, where the residents up and vanished a long time ago. I don't want to give anything away, because K. Kibbee does a great job of keeping you guessing. I never predicted what would happen next until I read ...more
Elizabeth Ehlen
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anne isn’t pleased about having to spend the summer at her aunt and uncle’s house with her insufferable cousin. But when she gets to poke around a town whose residents mysteriously disappeared almost 100 years ago, and discovers a journal written by 13 year old Grace, she may open a portal that was best left closed. Can she and Grace protect each other and escape the malicious Fae?

In an age where everyone equates fairies with cute little sprites no more mischievous than Tinkerbell, I really appr
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Melissa
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
~Disclaimer: I received this book for free in a giveaway with the request for an honest review~

At first I wasn't sold. The dialogue in the beginning didn't feel very realistic, but eventually once our lead met Grace the author clearly hit her stride.

The two girls were interesting. There were a lot of close calls for our lead which diminished the tension you felt each time, but overall the pacing was solid.

The world building was okay. Not the best. But I figured we weren't going to get the pers
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Sage Adderley-Knox
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devlin's Door is a rad book! I love young adult fantasy and this one did not disappoint. Author K. Kibbee does a beautiful job in blending a historical time, modern-day life, and a faerie underworld. I adore the main character Anne. She has guts and compassion which is just what long-lost Grace needs in finding the community she once lived with, including her own family. Great imagery and a fun, twisting plot. I recommend this book and give it 5 stars!
Douglas B Wimmer
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Devlin's Door is an engaging story filled with wonder and fantasy with more than a dollop of dark mixed in for good measure. Kibbee somehow manages to place the reader right behind the eyes and in the mind of a troubled young girl and takes us on a journey. A journey to places filled with memorable characters and wondrous places that I still can see in my mind's eye. Highly recommended.
Emma
Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. It provided a whole new take on Faeries--not the sweet, beautiful ones I grew up with, but a darker, sinister type. I was hypnotized until the very end, and then left wanting for more! Can't wait for the next book!
Claudia Foglein-Goins
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting take on fairies and abit dark.
Thomas Murch
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
In some ways, Forests of the Fae: Devlin's Door is the mirror-image of Kibbee's earlier work, Whole in the Clouds; they are similar, but with one notable inversion. Whilst they both see young girls venturing forth from unpleasant everyday lives into fantastical worlds, Devlin's Door is not the dose of light escapism that its predecessor was - the tale it tells is notably darker in tone. To say more would be to verge into Spoiler Country, but suffice it to say that a reader coming from Whole in t ...more
Jen
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
** I received a copy of this book for free through a Goodreads giveaway. **

This book is actually more of a 3.5 stars but I decided to up that a little because it was really fun! The world was interesting, the characters, especially the main one were well-drawn and realistic and it was easy to care for them. This may very well have been a 5 star book except for the fact that it was a bit short, I would have liked more information about Devil in the past, and the over-use of descriptors. I'm all f
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Cat
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's always exciting to find a new take on the fairies and enchanted places. This book takes place in Washington state, not a place I'd ever associate with the fair folk, so I had to take a peek! It was a easy fast paced story that I think Middle grades, say 5th grade to 8th, will likely enjoy reading. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed by it at all. It's well written, there's adventure, no so nice relatives....a little something for every reader.
Colleen Mertens
Jan 11, 2018 rated it liked it
This book begins a trilogy of novels about a young girl's adventures in the land of the fairies with another girl from a different time period. It has a lot of classic fantasy elements and deals with friendships and family and how people relate to each other. It also shows how people often make decisions and deals that aren't good for anyone ever. The book was interesting but sometimes got creepy.
Brandi Collins
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this well-written young adult novel. Anne's character was realistic and relatable as she journeyed through Devlin's door with her friend, Grace. There, they encounter a world a stark contrast to their own and proceeded to try to find their way out while surrounded by Faeries. I'm glad I had the second novel ready to go because this ended on a cliffhanger. My only complaint was that the chapters felt too long for a YA novel.
Debbie
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have to say that I really enjoyed Devlin's Door, and K. Kibbee did a great job of pulling me into the story. Fantasy is my favorite genre. Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down.

Anne is a wonderful character: bright, courageous, & compassionate. I don't think I would have reacted the same way she did after reading a journal that helps the historical community back to life. Grace...can't even imagine what she felt. Grace is strong & courageous also, so it's no wonder h
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Rebecca
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
The premise reminds me of juvenile fantasy books that I read and enjoyed in the 1960s where the protagonist finds a way to access a hidden or lost magical world. And this was a different spin on that genre which I wanted to like. Despite an interesting mix of real world fantasy and other world fantasy, it seemed like this book was written or set in the 1960s or thereabouts, but was moved ahead 50 or 60 years to be "current." As a result, there were numeous anachronisms that the editor should hav ...more
Sarah Rieveley
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
It's a very unique storyline and the first half of the book I absolutely loved! Kibbee's characters are well developed and likeable, even the not so nice ones. And the world she creates is so unlike any other that I've encountered. It's fast paced and a quick read....read more at www.sarahsbookcorner.blogspot.ca

Laura Schrillo
Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book started out well. I loved the part where the girl is reading the journal and resurrecting this town. From there it went a little odd. When the girls go to the Fairy world it was very difficult to picture what exactly was happening. I had to keep turning back and rereading to try and figure it all out. It seemed very rushed and frantic. Just the opposite of the diary reading up above.
BookLoversLife
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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