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A strange, damaged girl lives with a family after escaping a cult in this debut YA suspense/thriller that was inspired by true events.

When fifteen-year-old Jules Mathis comes home from school to find a strange girl, her mother explains that Mae is one of her patients at the hospital and will be staying with their family for a few days. But shortly after, Mae is wearing Jul
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Hardcover, 327 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Feiwel & Friends
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Jordan It's building a subtle sense of unease toward what looks like a perfect ending, hinting at where the sequel could go with the story.

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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This was an ARC I requested before it released, some time ago, because the synopsis sounded really cool (and I love the cover!). Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to it by its release, and then the negative reviews started going up, further dissuading me. I finally decided to give it a fair shot for myself, but in all honesty, part of me wishes I’d listened to those other reviews.

I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. A psychiatric patient was going to be staying with us. This was completely
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Stacee
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was rather underwhelming.

I liked Jules and her family well enough. At the beginning they had a great, supportive dynamic. There were several secondary characters, yet no one really stood out.

Plot wise, it had a lot of promise. It started out intriguing and it was a quick read. Sadly, everything quickly turned to drama drama and more drama and coupled with Jules’s mom’s obsession with Mae’s well being, it got rather boring and felt repetitive. Plus the ending felt rushed and unresolved.

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Michelle
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book! Devil in Ohio follows the story of a teenage girl Mae, who escapes from a satanic cult. Mae moves in with her psychiatrist and family, where Jules, our other main character, takes her under her wing at home and school. But Jules starts to get weirded out by strange things that keep happening to her and her family now that Mae's around. And Mae keeps stepping into Jules social world, where it almost seems like she's trying to edge Jules out. The situation forces Jules t ...more
Patty (IheartYA)
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
This fell flat for me. So much more could have been done to make it super creepy but ironically there were unnecessary details. The main character was whiney and opinionated but wouldn't stand up for herself which was annoying. Overall, a quick read that I won't remember in a few months.
Mira Gibson
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am not a "YA" reader, but this particular book was recommended to me since I love and eat up mystery novels. First off, all I can say is I loved "living" in this world and I wish the book hadn't ended, it was that good. As far as I'm concerned it surpassed whatever "Young Adult" as a 'genre' is supposed to mean, because I'm an avid mystery reader and Devil in Ohio quenched that thirst. What I'm about to say might at first blush sound like a criticism (harsh perhaps) but that's not the case...I ...more
Jordan
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO FUN! I don't usually read YA, and I found this book to be completely compelling - I read it in a day because I couldn't put it down. I loved the way Polatin ended each chapter, building suspense in a way that felt natural and not cheesy. The way the main character's normal, teenage concerns were folded into the sinister happenings gave me major Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes, and it's a book that I wish I had when I was sixteen. I was so impressed that the writing itself was exce ...more
Eric Zuckerman
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book hooked me from the opening chapter and I flew through it. The hidden world of devil worshippers it exposes is fascinating, but what is even more impressive is how spectacularly it captures adolescence. The lead character, Jules, makes some decisions which made me cringe, but mostly because I know I might have done the same in my youth. Daria Polatin finds a way to keep the reader on Jules' side even while we're yelling at her to stop being so selfish. But it's that youthful selfishness ...more
Alexander
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced, funny, heartfelt and suspenseful! Immediately, I felt for Jules. Her family dynamic was relatable and once Mae comes into her life and starts wearing Jules' clothes and falling for her crush, I was locked in.

Who is Mae? That was the driving force of the novel and it kept the pages turning. Devil worshipping? Cults? I had to find out! (I ended up staying up past my bedtime to keep reading.)

The level of detail was incredible (the rituals and cult) and the fact that it was based on a t
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Abdi Nazemian
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
DEVIL IN OHIO will grip you with its frightening twists and turns, but it is its tenderness that will stay with you. Daria Polatin brings humor and heart to a story that shines some much-needed light on the darkness of our world. Read this book!
Georgia Meagher
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two stars is being generous. I think this book had a lot of potential, and I chose to write a report on it for school because it perfectly fits with what we are learning (I’m taking a Satan in pop culture and literature course) and I chose to do a close analysis on this book, because of the content. I’m going to get a lot of use out of this for my paper, even if I’m going to bash this book.

I guess I’ll start with the things I did like-which mostly was the concept. I wish the author would have f
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Megan
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really loved reading this book. It appeals to a wide range of readers, because it is more interesting and has more depth than a lot of young adult novels out there. I really like the characterization of the main character, Jules. There are so many fun details about her love of photography, her hatred of mushrooms, and her perspective on the world. I think the way the teens are written is very smart, as they all have unique voices. They’re not innocent beings who are unaware of the realities of ...more
Joe
I received an ARC from Netgalley for an unbiased review.

Jules' mother, Suzanne, is a doctor who has become extremely close with her last patient. Mae has a scar of a pentagram on her back and Suzanne as well as the other doctors are baffled about why this happened. meanwhile Jules is starting high school and is trying to get a spot on the school paper as a photographer. When Suzanne tells Jules and her two sisters Dani and Helen that Mae is going to stay with them, things around them start getti
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Theresa
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I wanted to give this book to my friend's teenage daughter for Halloween, as always I read them before I pass them along, right from the beginning it grabbed my attention & kept me reading. It's a fast paced story, which I enjoyed up until the last chapters, maybe it's the "Mom" in me, but I couldn't imagine putting my teenage daughter in danger the way this Mom did, even if all odds were against me. I also, thought the last few chapters, kinda wrapped-up the loose ends a little too quickly. ...more
Beth
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror-paranormal, ya
Underwhelming to say the least. Just a teenage girl whining while all the interesting stuff happens around her. The story could have been told from anyone else's perspective and it would have been more bearable. Horror not so much. Horrible? Yeah.
Stephanie Schwartz
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
*shivers* This book gave me the creeps. Literally everything Mae did scared the bejesus out of me. I know she’s a sweet kid who had terrible things happen to her and it’s not her fault, but...*shivers*

Jules was a cool character. I liked how she was relatable and yet quirky.

Mae was sweet. I felt bad for her (and like I said, everything she did creeped me out), but I can’t blame her for that. She was abused and lived in extreme circumstances and was never exposed to the “real world”.

I really didn’
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Shelly Romero
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: creepy-ya
When Jules’ psychiatrist mother brings home a young patient, her world is turned upside down. Mae is a quiet teen who has escaped a horrific Satanic cult. Jules is wary of the newcomer to her household. While Mae acclimates to life after the cult, it seems to Jules that Mae might be trying to take over her life! And to make matters worse, strange goings-ons begin to plague Jules and her family. Could it be the cult coming back to reclaim Mae? And is Mae as innocent as she seems?

I absolutely lov
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Laura Hall
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
LOVED. THIS. BOOK. it was such an unique and interesting plot that just had you reading until the end. Also interesting since this is based off a true story, which is a little crazy to think about considering some of the things that happened to the character of Mae and what this town was all about. In this book there is a girl who comes from an unknown town that worships the devil. She is punished for leaving so one of the nurses at the hospital take her into her family, All thought out this boo ...more
Samantha Smith
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Devil in Ohio was definitely an interesting book although my main criticism is the way in which the book ended. I'm not sure if Daria is planning to write more but if she is not then the ending leaves a lot of people unsatisfied and searching for more answers.

The book was descriptive and well written in places however at times it was hard to tell who's perspective the current chapter was being told in whether it was the main character Jules or third person.

I did get mixed feelings towards some
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Myles Reid
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
Well, that was a major disappointment. It was a fast read but I expected for this book to have lots of suspense. Instead, it was mainly about a girl's daily teen drama. Then when it finally got to the ending, it was so rushed. I wanted more answers and I just feel so underwhelmed. Oh well...
Amanda Brown
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is really good and I want a sequel! It was hard to put down.
Nicki Gee
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
When I first picked the book up at B&N, the summary sounded exciting to me, just the kind of book I love to read. I gravitate towards horror, it's probably my favorite genre, so when I saw the cover of this book (I know don't judge a book by it's cover, lesson learned) and read the blurb I was fully ready to take this book on. It sounded like it was sure to have some supernatural elements, demonic possession, haunting, or if not that, Mae's character would be completely off-hinged, her sanit ...more
Stefani Sloma
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I wanted this to be creepier than it was. And I was hoping to learn more about the cult in the story. There was definitely some suspense and drama and the book hinted at some creepiness, but overall, the story was just okay.
Ms. Yingling
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

Jules tries to quietly get through high school in her vintage clothes with her friend Isaac by her side, but when her mother brings home a patient from the hospital psychiatric ward where she works, things get complicated. Mae has been abused by her family in the nearby town of Tisdale, Ohio. A sign of Satan has been carved on her back, and the sheriff has come to the hospital looking for her, which is why Jules' mother has broken protocol and brought Mae h
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Kat
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting.

Going into this one, I wasn’t expecting it to be as disturbing as it was. Devil in Ohio does surround references of heavy physical and some sexual abuse, so if you are sensitive to either of those topics, this may not be the best book to pick up.

But I have to say that I rather enjoyed reading it. The prologue definitely drew me into the plot line and made me want to know more about what is going on. Because like always, I had forgotten what this book was about before pi
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Karen
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller, halloween
Jules and Isaac have always been best friends and as they start the school year, Jules has high hopes of joining the school paper as a photographer so that she can work with the boy she has a crush on, Sebastian. On the first day Sebestian lets her know that the current photographer will not be replaced and they don't need another photographer--but he has been thinking about a photo column on the back page. It looks like things are going her way until she arrives home to find a stranger staying ...more
Carolyn
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

I was not expecting to enjoy DEVIL IN OHIO as much as I did!! There were a few things in this book I didn't like but overall the plot was very engaging-- hence why I finished it in just 3 days. Now thoughts:
• The plot was super suspenseful. I couldn't put this down!!
• The ending was... interesting? I'm really not sure how to feel about it. But I definitely kept thinking about it for a while since it's so open-ended.
• I feel like I've read the whole "new person in my lif
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Sara
Professional Review written for WASHYARG:

Jules is relatively happy be in the middle. Middle sister. Not popular, not unpopular. Unnoticed. However, when Jules’s mother (a psych doctor at a local hospital) decides to take in a troubled patient, Jules starts to have trouble staying in the middle. Mae, her new temporary foster sister, is odd. She is quiet and brooding. She recites ominous incantations to the full moon at night. She has a recent scar in the shape of an upside-down pentagram on her b
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Anne
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Compulsively readable. I had to read this in one sitting. The creep factor for me was Mae herself--once Jules sees Mae as a threat, there's a good deal of uncertainty as to whether she's right. Suspense stays high throughout--I was hoping for more cohesion at the end, but it was acceptable given the palpable threat of Mae's new foster family. I'll definitely be keeping an ear out for future books from this author.
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DARIA POLATIN is a writer/producer on Stephen King's CASTLE ROCK TV series, and wrote and produced two seasons of JACK RYAN on Amazon, starring John Krasinski. She is an award-winning playwright, founding member of The Kilroys (the advocacy group for women, trans and non-binary playwrights) and holds an MFA from Columbia University. Daria is of Egyptian heritage, grew up traveling on five continen ...more
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