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The Devils You Know

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  288 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Plenty of legends surround the infamous Boulder House in Whispering Bluffs, Wisconsin, but nobody takes them seriously. Certainly nobody believes that the original owner, Maxwell Cartwright Jr., cursed its construction—or that a murder of crows died upon its completion, their carcasses turning the land black. If anyone did believe it all, there’s no way River Red High woul ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 3rd 2017 by Soho Teen
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Ellen Gail
Feb 26, 2017 rated it it was ok


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 school
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Schizanthus
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
PRESS START

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 The Adork/>The
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Cillian
Story, plot, and even writing wise (when it wasn't trying too hard) I'd have given it a solid 4 stars.
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 g
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Diana Iozzia (Bookworm Banter)
"The Devils You Know" by M.C. Atwood combines elements of "The Breakfast Club", "House of a Thousand Corpses" and "Heathers" to create "A Night at the Museum" turned murderous. However, an amalgamation of many popular and beloved films does not amount to a unique, interesting, and bone-chilling horror novel. This book tries to overachieve and be the newest indie horror, but it completely falls flat due to its numerous flaws. I highly disliked this book, but it is still a well-created book. It ha ...more
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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
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Keith Chawgo
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Devil’s You Know starts out a folk legend which MC Atwood expertly builds upon with suspense, rich characters and an atmosphere that is so thick, the sharpest blade would have difficulty cutting through. This is a real bonefide chiller which permeates through into your subconscious.

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
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Darce
Scary, backstabbing glory. Mystery and suspicion in a thrilling book that pulls you in until you've finished the last page! Secrets are spread and released for all the world to see..
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Devils You Know starts off a little slow but once they get in the house things take off and it's one weird moment after another as each room in the house has another obstacle to get through after another.

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
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Laura Henderson
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of the best horror books I have read in a long time! This book not only brings you horror and edge of your seat action, but also brings to light what it means to grow up. This book has so many valuable meanings within it. I particularly love how it shows high school for what it is, a lesson in growing up. This book does a great job of showing teenagers vs social classes, and finding oneself and learning how to stand up in the face of it all. The plot to this was original and w ...more
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I went into M.C. Atwood’s debut, The Devils You Know, expecting a creepy read to have me jumping at every noise. While there is a pretty decent creep factor the book failed to keep my attention. True, there were moments where I was hooked but then there were moments where I was rolling my eyes, and those moments far outweighed the rest.

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
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
2.5*

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 was not reaa 
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Wendi Lee
Aww, I'm disappointed. I love a good scary novel, so when I saw this at my library, the cover art just jumped right out at me and I needed to take it home. Sadly, my idea of what was going to happen in this YA was a lot scarier than what did happen.

Instead, there was a sequence of muddled events, and shallow character development. Sigh.
Michelle
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017

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, Jr. , th

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Stacy Fetters
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
At the tender age of 17, Maxwell Cartwright, Jr., lost his mind and turned to evil...... One hot, humid day Maxwell Cartwright, Jr.’s father set down his plow in the middle of the field...... He walked to the barn, slow and steady, never turning his head. Unaware of the murder of crows in the trees, hundreds of hunched blackbirds, sitting on branches, looking on silently. He took out his shotgun and blew his brains out.

Stephen King, Rob Zombie, and Amy Lukavics got together and added pieces
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Eliza
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With a smart plot and voices full of wit and pizazz, this fast-paced, fun, and terrifying novel had me at the edge of my seat. Highly recommend.
Sander Hendriks
Jun 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Wow I really hated this book...
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 m
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Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog http://www.shades0fpaper.wordpress.com

“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. However, the story wasn’t as I thought it would b
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Ann Rufo
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
In Spring Green, Wisconsin there sits the House on the Rock. Built by Alex Jordan Jr. in his most Frank Lloyd Wright way, the house itself is an architectural oddity, both interesting and questionable. But not long after building the house, Jordan decided to start amassing massive collections of complete kitsch and crap, which he then stored in warehouse upon warehouse attached to the house. The result is a holy terror of a tourist attraction, both megalomaniacally huge and schizophrenically put ...more
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Apr 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

1.5 Stars

**** 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 runni
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Paige
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
I received this book for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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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
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Ashley Supinski
Jun 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I want to thank the wonderful woman (I'm sorry I forget your name!) at Soho Teen's booth who let me grab a galley of M.C. Atwood's debut novel, THE DEVILS YOU KNOW.  I've been itching to read this and it was one more I could cross off my Amazon wishlist. :)

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 uni
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Dee Price
OK, this must be the year for the YA horror comeback because I've come across some really good ones. This creepy story revolves around 5 teens who barely know or like each other but must band together if they want to make it through the day in a haunted house. Throw in some secrets that were never meant to be revealed, a little romance, a whole lot of teen angst, and oh yeah a house full of dead things that keep trying to kill our MC's, and this book is a recipe for success. I also like the way ...more
BookWormYami
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
3.5 stars.
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.
Jennifer
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars. Author spotlight review to come!
Silea
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vine, fiction, arc
A fun read if you don't think too hard.

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.
Kimberly Erskine
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Valerie
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received a galley copy at book expo and let my high school students read it and review it. They said Devils You Know has great character development, suspenseful and some comic relief. My students loved it.
viktoria
DNF @22%: See this very helpful review for all you need to know. Which is a shame, because I was kind of digging the Heathers vibe at first.
Tash
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
what did I think?

I think I absolutely, positively..

LOVED

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
Beth
Jan 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Everything you loved about The Breakfast Club, if it were intersectional and in a horror hellhouse (plus a hysterical wizard). I loved this funny, terrifying, smart book.
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