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Devilskein & Dearlove A Young Adult Novel Set In South Africa.Young Erin Dearlove Has Lost Everything In A Violent Attack On Her Family She Now Lives With Her Bohemian Aunt Kate In A Run Down Apartment Block Locked Into A Fantasy Of Her Previous Life, She Shuns All Overtures Of Friendship From Her New Neighbours, Until She Meets Mr Devilskein, The Demon Who Lives On The Top Floor And Opens A Door Into Another World.DescriptionJust As Neil Gaiman S The Graveyard Book Reworked Kipling S The Jungle Book For A Modern Audience With A Liking For The Supernatural, Devilskein Dearlove Is A Darker, Edgy, Contemporary Reworking Of Frances Hodgson Burnett S Classic The Secret Garden An Orphaned Teenager Is Taken In By A Reluctant Distant Relative, And In Her New Home Makes An Unexpected Friend And Finds A Secret Realm It Has Shades Of The Quirky Fantastical In The Style Of Miyazaki S Studio Ghibli Animated Films Like Spirited Away And Howl S Moving Castle Originally A Novel By Diana Wynne Jones.Alex Says As A Child The Secret Garden Was One Of My First Favourite Novels One Of The First I Relished Reading By Myself Although Devilskein Dearlove Is Very Different, It Was Inspired By That Novel And Its Themes AuthorAlex Smith Lives In Cape Town With Her Partner, Their Book Eating Baby Boy And Their Two Dogs She Has Had Four Novels Published In South Africa Random House Umuzi Imprint , Was Shortlisted For The 2010 Caine Prize And Won The 2011 Nielsens Bookseller S Choice Award MarketYoung Adult And Fantasy Adult Crossover, Precocious Readers Of 9 And Over Readers Young And Old Of Neil Gaiman And Markus Zusak In Particular Will Enjoy The Mix Of Glee And Horror, Darkness And Hope While The Story Will Also Appeal To Slightly Older Readers Of Roald Dahl, Eoin Colfer And Lemony Snickett Alex Smith S Quirky Imagination Knows No Bounds Andr Brink

10 thoughts on “Devilskein & Dearlove

  1. says:

    This YA novel was hard to put down Thirteen year old Erin Dearlove is sent to live with her aunt in a flat on Cape Town s Long Street after her parents and brother are brutally murdered The trauma has caused Erin to block the memories of what happened, instead telling people her parent were horrible and eaten by crocodiles, describing in detail the mansion with a glass staircase she used to live in.Erin is difficult, stroppy and rude She refuses to go to school or to make friends with anybody But then she discovers her dark and mysterious upstairs neighbour, Mr Devilskein Devilskein is an ancient being, who is a keeper of the souls of those who made Faustian deals When Devilskein gives Erin the key to one of six colourful doors in his home, she discovers multiple worlds of magic an ancient and beautiful Chinese garden, an underwater paradise and William Shakespeares s lost work...

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    Devilskein Dearlove is a whimsical and slightly dark take on the classic The Secret Garden a book I have always loved, so this was great fun for me It is a book of heartsand keys and lies and sacrifices, set in the wonderfully prosaic a block of flats in Long Street, Cape Town and the wonderfully metaphysical A labyrinth of bartered souls Erin Dearlove is an orphan who is blocking out the horror of her family s death with an intricate fantasy history, and a cold and bitter demeanour Sent to live with her Aunt Kate in an apartment in Van Riebeek Heights, she is constantly sneering at the apparent poverty and the people who live there, comparing it unflatteringly with her previous life in a mansion with staircases of glass, with peacocks roaming the grounds She rebuffs the friendliness of fellow teen Kelwyn Talmakies and is isolated even from her aunt, who doesn t know how to help her.Miserable and antisocial and damaged, she meets a person even so than herself The Companyman Mr Devilskein, who keeps a fantastical ...

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    Erin Dearlove is a pretty, talented and highly intelligent teenager She is also moody, intolerant and wields her considerable grasp of the English language like a rapier She lives in an apartment with her aunt, above Long Street in Cape Town Yet, behind the facade of an irritable and perpetually dissatisfied teenager, lie the embers of a horrific event in her past, something so damaging that she cannot face it Yet.If Erin can be considered irritable, Albertus Devilskein is completely caustic He has the scary countenance of a horridly disfigured old man although it s absolutely impossible to venture exactly how old and the personality to match What he does for a living is another mystery and he has two rather unique pets who are perhaps the only living entities whom he addresses with a modicum of respect.In an attempt to rid herself of the attentions of a young boy named Kelwyn, who for reasons even he cannot grasp is completely in love with her, Erin concocts a fake appointment for tea betwe...

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    I flew through this book one of the quickest I ve ever read Readers will be drawn in by the loneliness and vulnerability of the protagonist, and then by her fantastical experiences that follow I m not usually a huge fan of fantasy writing, but this way of a real world setting and experiences first , meant that I was already drawn in and had to keep reading.The characters were unique, original and well thought out especially Erin, the protagonist , meaning that she didn t annoy me, as lots of characters do The plot s pace was pretty good, didn t leave me hanging for too long, and kept moving The mixture of lots of different emotions and ever changing tone kept me on my toes even as an adult reader, let alone YA , and kept me wanting to read I loved the dark undertones and sinister suggestions under the surface I was also impressed by the aesthetics of the book the cover is simply beautiful and appeals to the imagination and curiosity of readers Gender neutral ...

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    The mind is a tricky beast Bad memories can be swallowed whole or twisted into lies This is the underlying message of, the new novel by Cape Town based author Alex Smith, Devilskein and Dearlove.13 year old Erin Dearlove enjoys telling people that her parents were eaten by a crocodile The truth is even horrifying.After the incident , Erin goes to stay with her Aunt Kate in her Long Street apartment It is a small rundown flat, but in Erin s world it is a portal to a wonderful hall of doors leading to ancient walled gardens, an ocean cabinet full of undersea creatures and a room filled with elaborate keys.Erin s aunt encourages these wild imaginations, believing them to be part of the healing process So when Erin recounts having tea with the mysterious Mr Devilskein in apartment 6616, she doesn t bat an eyelid, nor does she question the long hours her niece spends with her new best friend, a talking cricket named Zhou.Smith believes fantasy allows people to mask their most painful memories But fantasy can also be a platform for our most brilliant potentials We dream it before we can do it I think the human mind is an extraordinary universe of possibilities along the continuum, the one extreme end being creativity, light, and the other absolute destruction, dark Keys are an important symbol in her novel, which is written in lyrical, Dahl esque prose Some keys are there to...

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    I read an early draft of this novel and liked it very much The published version is simply delicious The feisty Erin is in denial about how she became on orphan To deal with her loss she invents a fantastical story about her family s demise She goes to live with her aunt Kate in Long St...

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    I think this is one of the best YA fantasy novels I have read for a long time The author acknowledges that the idea came from her favourite childhood novel, The Secret Garden, but she has added in darker, fantastical elements, demo...

  8. says:

    Read it and loved it Perfectly pitched for the Young Adult market, yet so appealing for those of us who have long left Young Adulthood behind I d love to know if Erin Dearlove will be appearing in other stories And as for Devilskein

  9. says:

    Loved this slightly dark fantasy set in Long Street in Cape Town My only problem with it, it was a tad too short

  10. says:

    3.5 starsReview to follow

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