- Title: Devilskein & Dearlove
- Author: AlexSmith
- ISBN: 9781909208155
- Page: 294
- Format: Paperback
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 opensA 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
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 (more 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, a [...]
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 more 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 [...]
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 Street, Cape Town. There she meets & befriends the mysterious Mr Devilskein who against all odds opens a door to hear heart again.
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, demons, the nature of evil, and even a hint of romance. Highly recommended. Thank you Alex!
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
Loved this slightly dark fantasy set in Long Street in Cape Town. My only problem with it, it was a tad too short
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