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The Deviants – CJ Skuse

When you set out for revenge, dig two graves

Growing 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?


For as long as my own book blogging career, CJ Skuse has been providing the YA community with fantastically written, captivating stories that you just can’t put down. And The Deviants isnt any different.

I havent read anything by CJ for quite some time but Rockaholic, Dead Romantic, Monster and Pretty Bad Things are all firm favourites of mine. The only reason I stopped picking them up was becuase I went through a period of not reading as much, and her new releases passed me by.

The Deviants came out just after I had Spike and my head was firmly up my butt. I was aware of the book but not in a position to buy, beg or borrow it. I’m ashamed to say it, but since I’ve started reading more I had completely forgotten to check out some of the books I missed from my favourites, and CJ is one of them. I was reminded of CJ when I came across The Diviants in my local library and I have since discovered that I have missed not only this, but 4 more of her books since having Spike – something I am going to rectify!

I knew I would love The Deviants, but I wasnt expected to be completely blown away by it. The premise is that of a group of friends reunited after over 4 years apart. They were still in the same town but things had happened and they drifted apart – all other than the man character Ella and her boyfriend Max. Theres is so much to the storyline, and I don’t want to ruin anything, but I will trigger warning for death, sexual assult, physical illness, bullying and mental health issues.

Ella is a intriguing main character right from the starrt. You are never sure where things are going to go with her. She’s not your normal lovable MC, and in places you do even feel a bit sorry for the people shes around. Shes a strong force, but as you learn more about her you start understanding her more and more. I absolutely fell in love with her around a quarter of a way into the book, and by the end I wanted her to be my sister! Out of the five main characters you get to know in the book she was my favourite, closely followed by Fallon who I just wanted to look after and care for, and Corey who I wanted on my side for everything.

Everything about this book was fantastic, from the characters to the story to the writing. I read it so quickly because I just simply couldnt put it down. I was invested from page one and I think anyone who reads it will feel the same. Its triggered my love for this author again and I will be putting in an order for her Sweetpea collection next for sure!

The Deviants was published in 2016 by Harper Collins. My copy was loaned from my local library

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