The Devils You Know
It actually hurts me to give this two stars. I was so excited for it.
Like The Breakfast Club meets Night at the Museum with a little bit of Scooby Doo thrown in for good measure, The Devils You Know tries to pull together a spooky tale of a house of horrors and the friends and/or enemies trapped within, but unfortunately falls pretty flat.
Violet, Paul, Gretchen, Dylan, and Ashley are five seniors from Red River High School. Much like all high schoolers, they are all the center of their personal ...more
In honour of the fast approach of Halloween month, I present to you your 👻 Halloween Harbinger 👻 book, and what a harbinger it is! I'm not sure anything I read in October will come close to being this much fun, this deliciously creepy or have so many words I will now be incorporating into everyday conversations. I'm pretty sure my Kindle feels very special right now because I've been smiling at it the whole time I was reading. I am so in love with this book!!!
The Devils You Know, or T ...more
But I had it with Dylan's "yo," and "fuck-a-doodle-doo." His voice was so idiotically overwritten it was distracting and, frankly, very annoying. Annoying to the point I even contemplated DNFing in spite of being hooked with the story. It's as if he was trying so very hard to be "funny" in the worst, most terrifying situations which also made him unrealistic.
This author can't write guys: Paul re ...more
Now that it's been getting closer to Halloween, I've been craving some darker reads. When I saw the summary for The Devils You Know, it seemed like the perfect YA horror story with folk legends, haunted houses, and high school drama. M.C. Atwood's debut novel does delivers on the promise of chills, frights, and things that go bump ...more
The plot is very well constructed and the characters are richly drawn. The build up to the fantastic and most satisfying climax is so well crafted that it haunts long past closing the cover. The conclusion was ha ...more
It's about five totally different teenagers who all have a secret they fear getting out and when they sign up for a tour of this house that has a strange legend attached to it they find out there is something strange in that house.
It's really hard to explain so this one will be a short rev ...more
In this book we have five points of view, all teenagers from different walks of life. There’s the vapid popular girl, the shy girl no one notices, the Goth boy, t ...more
This one sounded quite exciting from the synopsis. And definitely perfect to read for the Halloween season! And while it was creepy, there were certain aspects that fell short for me. Let's first discuss the things I enjoyed though!
The plot itself was really quite interesting. This house clearly had a lot of secrets, and weird shenanigans happening at every turn. Really, there wa ...more
Instead, there was a sequence of muddled events, and shallow character development. Sigh.
This is one of my most anticipated reads for this year and it did not disappoint. I have been looking for something creepy like this for a while, it had a lot of elements I like and some I was a little meh about but overall, I enjoyed this book.
The book is told in multiple POVs. Ashley, Gretchen, Dylan, Paul and Violet, each MC has their own chapter. The book follows the 5 kids into Boulder House, it's this weird house that was built into a boulder by a man named Maxwell Cartwright, J...more
Stephen King, Rob Zombie, and Amy Lukavics got together and added pieces of t ...more
On the surface this book has a lot I like, a cast of diverse characters on a field trip to a spooky house where creepy things start to happen.
But all is not as advertised and really from the get go this book is a mess. The characters are all stereotypes in the worst way. Mixed with a lot of politics. Seriously I'm very left leaning with my politics in terms of sexuality, gender and all that jazz. And still the politics in this book annoyed this piss out of me.
“We are going to play a game now, you and me. Though, I should warn you: the House always wins.”
Well… To say I’m disappointed is a statement. When I heard about this book I was really excited, because it was the perfect read for this time of the year and I immediatly added to my most anticipated books of this year, so first thanks to the publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this book earlier. How ...more
**** Huge thank you to Soho Teen for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review! ****
Trigger Warnings: Racism, Homophobia, Victim Blaming, and Statutory Rape
Sadly I was more than a little disappointed with this book especially since I’m always up for YA Horror books! Unfortunately this isn’t really a horror book, in my opinion it’s exactly like “Night at the Museum” with slightly creepier things running around. I was expecting to ...more
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I’m a horror buff, so as soon as I heard this book was The Breakfast Club meets Stephen King, I was hooked. The story meshes together five very different high school seniors, all embodying a certain stereotype, trying to escape a house determined to kill them and make them into part of its collection. It was fast-paced, and I adored the concept. While I feel it was just average at b ...more
I have to give Atwood credit. This is her first (published) novel and she did a great job of telling this story in alternating Points-of-View (5 all together, with bonus pages from a "historical document"). Each character was unique and thei ...more
I have such mix feelings about this book. The story was intriguing and entertaining. I was hooked in some ways and wanted to see how it ended. But the dialogue had me rolling my eyes so much. The dialogue definitely felt like it was written by someone who doesn't really know how teens talk. It was hard to give the dialogue a pass. It's too bad because this books has so much potential to be a 4 star or higher. But that's just my opinion.
The 'Breakfast Club' element is both overdone and called out as a trope within the story, so you kinda just have to smile and nod and move along.
Lots of surreal horror intercut with 'touching' scenes of the teens realizing what 'really matters'. But really, this is just a fast popcorn read and it's fun if you keep your brain on mute.
I worry that there may be a sequel.
I think I absolutely, positively..
the shit outta this book! =]
& yes, being from Wisconsin let me tell you, bonfires ARE a thing here even if I don't necessarily like them haha ...more