I received an e-ARC from Soho Teen via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Devil and Winnie Flynn
Authors: Micol Ostow and David Ostow
Publisher: Soho Teen
Publication Date: October 13, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): Told as an ongoing letter to a friend, Winnie’s story is a heartrending mystery and a pop culture critique in the vein of Libba Bray’s Going Bovine and Beauty Queens—with illustrations throughout that recall the quirky, dark, and distinct aesthetics of Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Winnie Flynn doesn’t believe in ghosts. (Though she wouldn’t mind a visit from her mom, explaining why she took her own life.) When her mysterious aunt Maggie, a high-profile TV producer, recruits Winnie to spend a summer working as a production assistant on her current reality hit, Fantastic, Fearsome, she suddenly finds herself in the one place her mother would never go: New Jersey.
New Jersey’s famous Devil makes perfect fodder for Maggie’s show. But as the filming progresses, Winnie sees and hears things that make her think that the Devil might not be totally fake after all. Things that involve her and her family. Things about her mother’s death that might explain why she’s never met Aunt Maggie until now.
Winnie soon discovers her family’s history is deeply entwined with the Devil’s. If she’s going to make it out of the Pine Barrens alive, she might have to start believing in what her aunt is telling her. And, find out what she isn’t.
The Devil and Winnie Flynn is the ultimate book to get you ready for Halloween! Written as a letter, this book has such an amazing and unique concept that I loved every minute of. However, towards the end of the book, there was far too much paranormal for my taste, despite the fact that the whole book is paranormal.
The Devil and Winnie Flynn is written in a very mysterious way that really suits the book. It is told as a letter from the main character to a friend. I’ve always liked this idea because it gives the story an actual purpose to be told in the first person. Winnie is writing to her friend,Lu, about all her paranormal experiences that occur throughout this book while she is on set of her aunt’s TV show. At first, I found it strange that the book is written as a letter, but once you get into it, it becomes really enjoyable.
The plot of this story is quit unique. It is about a girl who is helping to produce a TV show, which she doesn’t want to do. I found this to be a really interesting change from other TV show books where the main character is the star. What Sets this book apart is the concept of how Winnie’s role on the show reflects her personality. She is more of a behind the scenes kind of girl, than one demanding attention all the time. I always love when books show characters’ identities through their work.
Possibly, my experience in the paranormal genre is not that broad, because this book gets so paranormal it becomes too much. The beginning of the novel starts off fine, but then the story seems to veer off in all sorts of paranormal directions. Without spoiling the book, the ending just seemed to scatter all over the place. I think the book would have been much better without that whole section. I honestly loved everything else about The Devil and Winnie Flynn, but the intensity of the paranormal lost me.
The Devil and Winnie Flynn is told as a letter and has a very fascinating TV show concept. Unfortunately, the levels of paranormal were too high for me to enjoy the rest of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of Miss Peregrine’s, though, because there are many similar elements .