Posted on Sunday, January 28, 2018

Review: The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood

Rating: 2/5 stars

Series: - | Published: October 3rd 2017 by Soho Teen
Pages: 288 | Format: Hardback | Source: Soho Teen
Genre: Young Adult, Horror
Status: read September 30, 2017 to January 19, 2018
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I received a copy of The Devils You Know from the publisher, for free, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the book!

The legend goes like this: At the tender age of 17, Maxwell Cartwright Jr. lost his mind and turned to evil.”

I was very intrigued by the premise of this novel, but to put it simple: I was mighty disappointed. This novel didn't do what the author had intended: it didn't pull me in, or capture my attention, unfortunately. After all, I started reading this in September 2017, and finished it in January 2018.

What bothered me most when it came to this particular story was one of the guys: Dylan. I couldn't stand reading from his perspective at all, mostly because of his annoying usage of weird, non-existing words/curses ("fuck-a-doodle-doo", "yo" – why, Dylan, why?) It was too much of a distraction, and extremely irritating.

Also, I just had a hard time taking the characters seriously. They hated each other on page 1, and absolutely loved each other at page 280. Two strangers fell in love in 280 pages. Two people who despised each other (why really?) made up (fell in love?) in 280 pages. It was odd, and unrealistic.

The writing wasn't particularly bad though, which is a plus of course. The world building wasn't there though, in my opinion. I had a really hard time imagining the interior of the house and everything therein. But! I really liked the concept of a spooky house, and dark secrets (some very ridiculous though if compared to others) and I actually enjoyed the story at the very end. The few pages where they had to "realize" what was going on were better than every other part of this novel.

I liked that this novel was fast-paced, simply written (the language wasn't complicated) and how some non-human characters had positive roles in this story.

What is it about?

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 would offer a field trip there for the senior class. Five very different seniors on the trip—Violet, Paul, Ashley, Dylan, and Gretchen—have reasons beyond school spirit for not ditching the trip. When they’re separated from the group, they discover that what lies within Boulder House is far more horrifying than any local folklore. To survive, they’ll have to band together in ways they never could have imagined and ultimately confront the truths of their darkest selves.

Have you read this book? What did you think? :)

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