I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Devils You Know by M.C. Atwood
Published by Soho Teen on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Horror, YA, Young Adult
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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.
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. , the house has a bunch of seriously weird rooms. Each room is a different theme, it’s an attraction that draws a lot of people but every so often the house looks for souls to add to its collection. The inside of the house reminds me of old amusement park figures. I can picture it being like creepy old doll like figures.
When I started this book I wasn’t sure I was going to like it because honestly each character irked me. The beginning chapters introduces you to each characters and build their back stories keeping a few things secret that you can either figure out on your own or find out later in the book. As the story progressed I started to like it even more and I also started to like each character. I did have an issue with Dylan, his “yo” drove me crazy, but I didn’t want to see him anything happen to him. Each kid has a bit of teen angst going on and you get a lot of there personalities in the beginning but as time goes on they all grow a little and you find a lot out of each one of them. I think it covers a lot of social issues in between all the horror! I also really liked the wizard.
The story for me was creepy and even has some serious build to it. Like each room just gets creepier and the descriptions of what is going on and happening to them made me have a hard time putting this one down. The twist with the characters were enjoyable and the last page of this book will have me thinking for a very long time. (I can’t tell you)
Overall, I really enjoyed this book, I liked the build of characters and the story. It was pretty creepy but not terrifying, however, it might be for some people. I highly recommend for anyone that really wants a fun, creepy read that is reminiscent of a good old fashioned B-horror movie.
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