The Deviants (CJ Skuse)

518q1tsobdlGrowing up in the sleepy English seaside town of Brynston, the fearless five – Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane – were always inseparable. Living up to their nickname, they were the adventurous, rowdy kids who lived for ghost stories and exploring the nearby islands off the coast. But when Max’s beloved older sister Jessica is killed, the friendship seems to die with her. Now years later, only Max and Ella are in touch; still best friends and a couple since they were thirteen. Their lives are so intertwined Max’s dad even sponsors Ella’s training for the Commonwealth Games. But Ella is hiding things. Like why she hates going to Max’s house for Sunday dinner, and flinches whenever his family are near. Or the real reason she’s afraid to take their relationship to the next level. 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?

Before The Deviants, I hadn’t read a YA book in a very looooong time. To be honest, I wasn’t so sure about diving into this, especially since I didn’t like my last at all. However, The Deviants looked awesome and the cover was so stunning that I requested it on a whim, hoping it wouldn’t disappoint. Fortunately, it didn’t: it was pretty amazing.

This is the story of the famous five: Ella, Max, Fallon, Corey and Zane. They used to be inseparable, but something happened and they pretty much lost all contact with each other. Except for Ella and Max, who have been dating for many years, although their relationship isn’t as good as it seems. But why? And then Corey’s cat suddenly disappears and Ella and Max decide to help him, reuniting with Fallon again. And the summer of revenge begins…

This is one of those novels where the less you know about it, the better, and that’s why I won’t give more details about the plot. I wasn’t sure at first (okay, so what this is even about?) but The Deviants simply got better and better with every page. I especially love when that happens, because the final feeling is always much more gratifying than when a book starts off really well but quickly goes downhill.

After a slow and fairly weird start, the middle of the book was incredibly thrilling and engaging and the final part simply had me on the verge of tears. I loved how even though the theme was dark and dramatic, the novel still managed to present a beautiful ending. One of the most powerful ones I’ve read in quite some time.

Chapters were short but poignant and I particularly liked how the author finished them with a question. I was confused at first, but it all got answered at the end. I found this an extremely satisfying read, a book where all genres were perfectly mixed: mystery, revenge coming of age, romance, friendship…

The Deviants somehow reminded me of We Were Liars, but in my humble opinion, this one is far better. I saw the twist coming in that one and found the writing a bit too flowery for my taste. On the other hand, The Deviants was the perfect YA book, deep and meaningful, entertaining and emotional at the same time. I still prefer reading adult fiction, but I certainly hope my next YA is as good as this one.

Mira Ink,2016

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I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

37 thoughts on “The Deviants (CJ Skuse)

  1. Diana says:

    As always, great review. All your reviews make me want to go get the book immediately. This sounds pretty good and I am glad that it didn’t disappoint you. I hope that your next YA will be just as good.


  2. Reg @ She Latitude says:

    This sounds good! I read mainly YA, but I don’t read lots of thrillers and this one does sound interesting. I haven’t read We Were Liars yet and am not planning to, but I’ll definitely check out The Deviants instead. 😀


  3. Donna says:

    I need to stop reading your reviews because my bank account is empty and you make me jump on Amazon every time, haha! This one has been on my radar for a little while so I am glad you enjoyed it! It sounds like it’s a well-crafted story. I’m relieved to know the ending does not disappoint, I still haven’t recovered from some massive let-downs I’ve had in that department! Fab review!


    • Annie says:

      Hahahaha! My TBR list also grows every day, DRAMAAA! Yeah, this is one of those we talked about that just kept getting better and better. It’s not that “twisty” but I thought it was a great ending!


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