- By AlexSmith

Devilskein & Dearlove

  • Title: Devilskein & Dearlove
  • Author: AlexSmith
  • ISBN: 9781415206973
  • Page: 231
  • Format: Paperback
  • Devilskein Dearlove When thirteen year old Erin Dearlove has to move in with her aunt on Cape Town s bustling Long Street she struggles to adapt to her new life harbouring a dark secret But her friendship with their up

    When thirteen year old Erin Dearlove has to move in with her aunt on Cape Town s bustling Long Street, she struggles to adapt to her new life, harbouring a dark secret But her friendship with their upstairs neighbour, Mr Devilskein, soon helps her to adjust Like Erin, Mr Devilskein has something to hide he is the keeper of six mysterious doors He entrusts Erin with theWhen thirteen year old Erin Dearlove has to move in with her aunt on Cape Town s bustling Long Street, she struggles to adapt to her new life, harbouring a dark secret But her friendship with their upstairs neighbour, Mr Devilskein, soon helps her to adjust Like Erin, Mr Devilskein has something to hide he is the keeper of six mysterious doors He entrusts Erin with the key for one of these doors, and she discovers that they lead to infinite magical worlds In wonder she explores an underwater paradise, the lost works of William Shakespeare, and a beautiful Chinese garden During her adventures she meets a prisoner names Julius Monk, but Julius is not all he appears to be The captive and his Book of Dooms prove dangerously enticing, and soon it is up to Erin to save the lives of those she s grown to love.Devilskein Dearlove is as sinister and intriguing as it is quirky and colourful With inimitable storytelling flair, Alex Smith weaves an enchanting tale of friendship, adventure and magic See at randomstruik books d

    1 thought on “Devilskein & Dearlove

    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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!

    7. 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

    8. 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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