Monday, 29 August 2016

The Deviants by CJ Skuse ARC Review

Publisher: MIRA Ink (September 22nd 2016)


Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane. The Fearless Five, inseparable as children growing up in a sleepy English seaside town. But when Max’s older sister is killed, the friendship seems to die with her.


Only Max and Ella are in touch, still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. But Ella is hiding things – like why she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level. And when underdog Corey is bullied, the Fearless Five are brought back together again, teaming up to wreak havoc and revenge on those who have wronged them.

But when the secrets they are keeping can no longer be kept quiet, will their fearlessness be enough to save them from themselves? (Publishers' Blurb)

I received a free copy of 'The Deviants' from the publisher at YALC and will give an honest review in exchange.

This book came highly recommended by Chelle from Tales of Yesterday and she was absolutely right about how good it is! It's one of my favourite YAs of the year, even though it's so tense that I was an emotional wreck throughout!

Before I launch into the review, please be aware that this book deals with subjects that may be triggering for some people.

For me, the main strength was the tightly structured, unpredictable plot. It took me less than a day to read because I was unable to stop myself! I couldn't tell where this was going and the revelations were one emotional gut punch after another!

The premise of the Famous Five gone bad was fantastic and a large part of this was the characters. They felt very flawed and real to me. Ella was a fantastic narrator! I loved how she wasn't always perfect and likeable. She made understandable mistakes when dealing with some very tough situations. I loved how her story was revealed in pieces and I rooted for her so much!

CJ Skuse has the perfect writing style for YA. The teen voice was consistent and believable, never once pulling me out of the story.

There's not a lot more that I can discuss about what I liked without giving some serious spoilers. I'll end by saying that no other book this year has given me such intense feelings.

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