The Deviants – C.J. Skuse

Welcome to my stop on The Deviants blog tour!

About the bookcover

Published: 22nd September 2016 (MIRA Ink)

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves

THEN

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.

NOW

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?

My Review

Holy moly, I don’t think I have read a book like this before and think it’ll be a while before I do again! The Deviants, is classified as a Young Adult novel which I’m not ordinarily drawn to but this synopsis and that cover was too good not to give it a try – and I was most definitely not disappointed.

Ella, Max, Corey, Fallon and Zane were the ‘Fearless Five’ when they were younger, a force to be reckoned with having fun and adventures in their otherwise sleepy town, knowing that they each had one another’s backs but then Jess died. Whilst their paths may cross, not always for good reasons, the relationship that they once had has dissolved.

There are a number of characters in this book but they all hold their own with their own strengths and weaknesses, their own secrets of the demons that haunt them. It is actually the differences between the Fearless Five which makes them a strong unit as they compliment one another.

Whilst The Deviants is narrated by Ella, who is not keen to share her own secrets, the voices of the other characters also come through the narrative. It is this huge undercurrent of secrets which keeps you turning the page to know what and why things are happening and builds the tension. What I loved about this book is at the end of each and every chapter, there is a simple but loaded question posed from an unknown questioner, which then wants you to find out the answer! That was a great technique in directing the narrative between the present and the past.

The way in which Skuse weaves the general story line, bringing out further details of each of the characters and giving the layers to the story line is spectacular! The Deviants is about friendship, families, loyalty, secrets and revenge woven amongst the usual angst of being a teenager and I completely recommend to both lovers of YA and those that usually steer away like me!

About C.J. Skuse

cj-skuse-photo-high-resC.J. Skuse was born in 1980 in Weston-Super-Mare, England. She has First Class degrees in Creative Writing and Writing for Children and, aside from writing novels, works as a freelance children’s fiction consultant and lectures in Writing for Children at Bath Spa University.

C.J. loves Masterchef, Gummy Bears and murder sites. Before she dies, she would like to go to Japan, try clay-pigeon shooting and have Ryan Gosling present her with the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Find C.J. on Twitter

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