Reviews: Young Adult

devil“Penniless, and escaping the horrors of life as a governess to brutal households,
Maud seeks refuge with the cousin-by-marriage she never knew. But her efforts to please Juliana are met with increasing levels of contempt as it becomes apparent that Juliana is jealous of Maud’s youth and beauty. Further, Juliana quashes Maud’s emerging friendships with the staff and locals – especially John, the artist commissioned to restore the sinister Doom in the local church. John, however, is smitten with Maud and makes every effort to woo her.

Maud, isolated and thwarted at every turn, continues to take the laudanum which was her only solace in London (and which was commonplace in Victorian London). Soon she becomes dependent on the drug – so is this the cause of her fresh anxieties? Or is someone – or something – plotting her demise? Is the devil in the corner of the Doom a reality, or a figment of her imagination? And what is its power?

Will Maud ever learn the truth of her inheritance and be free? “

This is a darkly atmospheric novel is full of twists and turns. It opens when orphan Maud is sent to live with a distant relation at Windward House. Immediately, you can sense that something very dark in Maud’s past happened to her and slowly things start to be revealed.

The village is described as claustrophobic and oppressive. Jon Shawcross is hired to restore the doom painting; a medial artwork buried under layers of lime wash in the local church. Maud’s laudanum addiction has escalated, as the unpleasant memories come back to haunt her. You begin to wonder if the village is cursed by the doom painting or if it is really Maud’s drug induced hallucinations.

Maud and John have a dalliance and he quickly abandons her. The betrayals don’t end there, as soon as she forms an understanding with Grenvile- Juliana sends him a letter to put an end to it.

The secrets of Maud’s family’s past comes back to haunt her and she is unsure of who to trust.The situation spirals out of control and it quickly becomes a murder mystery.

This modern Gothic novel has  Dickensian flare with Sarah Waters’ style. It is a captivating and spooky YA read.



lost boys“Fate has brought them together. But will it also keep them apart?

 Having moved to a strange town, seventeen-year-old Joey Gray is feeling a little lost, until she meets a cute, mysterious boy near her new home.

 But there’s a very good reason why Tristan Halloway is always to be found roaming in the local graveyard…

 Perfect for fans of Stephenie Meyer and Lauren Kate, The Lost Boys is a magical, romantic tale of girl meets ghost.”

This cute YA coming of age story is about first love. It is slightly different as the boy in questions is really a ghost from the 1950 ‘s. Through witchcraft, Tristan is corporeal again. Joey goes off to boarding school but that isn’t the end of their story. It is very hard to talk about this book without giving too much away; but what I can say is: that The Lost Boy is a tender love story about a teen relationship that has its complications. It is a very well written and enthralling YA read full of supernatural promise.




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