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Tess Matheson only wants three things: time to practice her cello, for her sister to be happy, and for everyone else to leave her alone. Instead, Tess finds herself working all summer at her boarding school library, shelving books and dealing with the intolerable patrons. The worst of them is Eliot Birch: snide, privileged, and constantly requesting forbidden grimoires. Aft Tess Matheson only wants three things: time to practice her cello, for her sister to be happy, and for everyone else to leave her alone. Instead, Tess finds herself working all summer at her boarding school library, shelving books and dealing with the intolerable patrons. The worst of them is Eliot Birch: snide, privileged, and constantly requesting forbidden grimoires. After a bargain with Eliot leads to the discovery of an ancient book in the library's grimoire collection, the pair accidentally unleash a book-bound demon. The demon will stop at nothing to stay free, manipulating ink to threaten those Tess loves and dismantling Eliot’s strange magic. Tess is plagued by terrible dreams of the devil and haunting memories of a boy who wears Eliot's face. All she knows is to stay free, the demon needs her... and he'll have her, dead or alive.


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Tess Matheson only wants three things: time to practice her cello, for her sister to be happy, and for everyone else to leave her alone. Instead, Tess finds herself working all summer at her boarding school library, shelving books and dealing with the intolerable patrons. The worst of them is Eliot Birch: snide, privileged, and constantly requesting forbidden grimoires. Aft Tess Matheson only wants three things: time to practice her cello, for her sister to be happy, and for everyone else to leave her alone. Instead, Tess finds herself working all summer at her boarding school library, shelving books and dealing with the intolerable patrons. The worst of them is Eliot Birch: snide, privileged, and constantly requesting forbidden grimoires. After a bargain with Eliot leads to the discovery of an ancient book in the library's grimoire collection, the pair accidentally unleash a book-bound demon. The demon will stop at nothing to stay free, manipulating ink to threaten those Tess loves and dismantling Eliot’s strange magic. Tess is plagued by terrible dreams of the devil and haunting memories of a boy who wears Eliot's face. All she knows is to stay free, the demon needs her... and he'll have her, dead or alive.

30 review for The Devil Makes Three

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

    me? obsessed with demons and pretty posh boys? noooooo where did you hear that [panicked laugh] * (guys, after reading this, I am literally coming to marry eliot birch, the love of my life) > 4.5 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    did I hear demons ??? ohoho I need this in my life

  3. 4 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    Love the premise but the execution could've been better. Love both Tess and Eliot with my whole heart though <3 RTC Love the premise but the execution could've been better. Love both Tess and Eliot with my whole heart though <3 RTC

  4. 5 out of 5

    keira

    Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this arc. What the HELL okay this was SO damn good and I loved every second of it holyyyyyyyyyy First things first, the atmosphere throughout this whole book is incredible; it’s spiders-crawling-up-your-spine creepy and don’t-look-over-your-shoulder uncomfortable and hairs-standing-on-end chilling. The writing is dark and unsettling and the story centres around an old university library, that leaves your body shivering and spine tingling. It’s full of s Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for this arc. What the HELL okay this was SO damn good and I loved every second of it holyyyyyyyyyy First things first, the atmosphere throughout this whole book is incredible; it’s spiders-crawling-up-your-spine creepy and don’t-look-over-your-shoulder uncomfortable and hairs-standing-on-end chilling. The writing is dark and unsettling and the story centres around an old university library, that leaves your body shivering and spine tingling. It’s full of suspense and ghoulish grins that spread wide and crack at the edges, bloodshot eyes that follow you as you pass by and ink that spreads like a disease across your body. It’s the devil dressed in someone else’s skin, a possession of innocent bystanders and a dusty, foreboding grimoire that whispers in the shadows of your mind. If that doesn’t make you want to read this fantastic book, then allow me to mention that, alongside the eerie storytelling and dark academia, there is a glorious hint of enemies to lovers. Pair wit, light comic relief and banter with an alarmingly alluring demon with a penchant for murder, and you have the perfect book you never knew you needed. Also, that ending? God DAMN. ——— i got an ARC i am PUMPED

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adiba Jaigirdar

    This was so good and creepy! Loved both the main characters, and how complex they were. Read it as an audiobook and the narrators were fantastic, too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Cusworth

    4.5 stars what a brilliantly dark and perfectly atmospheric dark academia read! I honestly adored just about every bit of this story. I truly love both of our main characters. Tess is a cellist who feels a lot of things and doesn’t know how to process all those feelings (which is a little trope in characters that I adore). She’s incredibly protective over her sister and ambitious and headstrong. Eliot is troubled little Brit unwilling living in the states who is, *surprise*, also a witch. Together 4.5 stars what a brilliantly dark and perfectly atmospheric dark academia read! I honestly adored just about every bit of this story. I truly love both of our main characters. Tess is a cellist who feels a lot of things and doesn’t know how to process all those feelings (which is a little trope in characters that I adore). She’s incredibly protective over her sister and ambitious and headstrong. Eliot is troubled little Brit unwilling living in the states who is, *surprise*, also a witch. Together, they accidentally invite none other than the devil into their realm. First of all, their dynamic was absolutely incredible. They had chemistry from the start and their banter made me smile. They also had some hilarious encounters. The author truly took the time to develop their romance which was super important to me. It was very well done and it gave you all the time to deeply care for our protagonists and to watch their feelings grow for each other. One of the strongest parts of this book is the incredibly well depicted atmosphere. It’s dark and eerie and slightly spooky and you feel these things around you as you read. One last thing to add, this is a YA novel that didn’t feel too young, which I can greatly appreciate. This will easily be enjoyed by older and younger readers. I absolutely recommend this to anyone who enjoys dark academia atmospheric spooky reads with a sweet romance. Add this to your tbr’s!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Were you, like me, terrified after reading Edward Bloor’s Story Time as a child because a demon came out of books and murdered people? You will probably also be afraid of this. 10/10 would be scared again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    2,5 stars that I can't quite round up. Not a bad book per se but... it didn't convince me? I never really cared? That's a shame, really, because I wanted to love this so much! I'd still recommend it for readers who like YA Horror, cute posh boys and (YA) dark academia. 2,5 stars that I can't quite round up. Not a bad book per se but... it didn't convince me? I never really cared? That's a shame, really, because I wanted to love this so much! I'd still recommend it for readers who like YA Horror, cute posh boys and (YA) dark academia.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    I saw that this book had a dark academia theme and knew I needed to read it. I enjoyed a lot of elements of this book. The characters were well developed, the plot was interesting, and I loved the setting. I felt that the story moved too slowly and didn't keep my attention, but not enough to stop reading it. I saw that this book had a dark academia theme and knew I needed to read it. I enjoyed a lot of elements of this book. The characters were well developed, the plot was interesting, and I loved the setting. I felt that the story moved too slowly and didn't keep my attention, but not enough to stop reading it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    rain

    at first i was like "hmm this story is interesting but im not really on board with the romance" but then the audiobook narrator said "im in love with you" in a british accent and suddenly im now the captain of this ship ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ if u like stories with creepy vibes and vivid writing that will haunt you in your dreams, this one's for you. at first i was like "hmm this story is interesting but im not really on board with the romance" but then the audiobook narrator said "im in love with you" in a british accent and suddenly im now the captain of this ship ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ if u like stories with creepy vibes and vivid writing that will haunt you in your dreams, this one's for you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Schizanthus Nerd

    “I think we summoned the devil” One of the most important things I can tell you about this book is that most of it takes place in a library. Sure, there’s a resident devil, but don’t let that put you off. This is a library with seven floors of books, including countless grimoires, and a secret passageway. I’m pretty much ready to move in. I liked Tess’ ability to come up with creative insults and her dedication to her younger sister. I was really looking forward to seeing how her experience wit “I think we summoned the devil” One of the most important things I can tell you about this book is that most of it takes place in a library. Sure, there’s a resident devil, but don’t let that put you off. This is a library with seven floors of books, including countless grimoires, and a secret passageway. I’m pretty much ready to move in. I liked Tess’ ability to come up with creative insults and her dedication to her younger sister. I was really looking forward to seeing how her experience with ghosts, having “grown up under the watchful presence of a host of ghosts that haunted her family’s central Pennsylvania farmhouse”, was going to come into play. Unfortunately, while I definitely saw opportunities for some helpful chats with the recently deceased, this remained firmly in fun fact territory. I also liked Eliot, who made an indelible impression on me when he requested 147 books from the library at once. My kind of bookworm. His love for his mother made me like him even more. It also didn’t hurt that he smells like pages and vanilla. While I liked both Tess and Eliot, I never really connected with either of them. The emotion wasn’t there for me and the one scene that I was expecting would ramp it up happened off page. There is an actual devil in this book but the Big Bad for me was (view spoiler)[Eliot’s father. He’s absolutely detestable (hide spoiler)] . I liked the story and wanted to know what was going to happen but this wasn’t the compulsive read I had expected. Content warnings include (view spoiler)[mention of bullying, emotional abuse, physical abuse and self harm (either unintentional or for blood magic). Readers with emetophobia may have trouble with one scene. (hide spoiler)] Thank you so much to NetGalley and Titan Books for the opportunity to read this book. I’m rounding up from 3.5 stars. Blog - https://schizanthusnerd.com

  12. 5 out of 5

    Toya (the reading chemist)

    I went into this one without reading the synopsis, and I'm so glad that I did. I ended up enjoying this one a lot and it was much darker than I was anticipating. I genuinely think that Tess Matheson and I would be friends. She literally works in a library, wants to play her cello, wants to protect her sister, and wants to be left alone. Everything else is an afterthought. That is until she meets the insufferable Eliot Birch, who unleashes an ancient demon seeking revenge from one of the many for I went into this one without reading the synopsis, and I'm so glad that I did. I ended up enjoying this one a lot and it was much darker than I was anticipating. I genuinely think that Tess Matheson and I would be friends. She literally works in a library, wants to play her cello, wants to protect her sister, and wants to be left alone. Everything else is an afterthought. That is until she meets the insufferable Eliot Birch, who unleashes an ancient demon seeking revenge from one of the many forbidden texts that he requests. Awesome. From the beginning, it was easy to fall in love with Tess as a character. She's jaded, determined, loyal, and sarcastic. I immediately loved her for taking the time to write sticky note insults on each book that Eliot Birch requested from the library, which is a ridiculous amount for the record (douchecanoe might have been my favorite insult). I was a bit apprehensive of the chemistry between Tess and Eliot at first, but the quickly settled in to an agreement and place of respect that I enjoyed. It helps when you have a common enemy. The banter still remained top notch, but I also did enjoy the romantic element as well. What I wasn't expecting from this book was how dark it ends up being when it comes to the witchcraft and accidental demon summoning. I don't want to give anything away, but the author does a fantastic job of writing sharp, biting scenes that really jarr the reader's sense of reality. I'm definitely looking forward to more from this author. Thank you to Recorded Books for providing a review copy. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog

    This was amazing! I love it, it was fast paced with great characters and I liked the story 😍❤️

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (jesonemorepage)

    I had a great time reading this! There’s blood and gore, but also humor and banter. This is dark academia with magic!

  15. 4 out of 5

    nora &#x1fa90;

    a cellist main character?? YES PLEASE

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ayesha {Heir of Bookdom}

    GUYS I GOT APPROVED FOR AN ARC, THIS IS NOT A DRILL

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lyndall Clipstone

    Seductive demons, dark academia vibes, a soft boy/sharp girl romance, and a perfectly spooky atmosphere... THE DEVIL MAKES THREE has everything I've ever wanted in a book. Seductive demons, dark academia vibes, a soft boy/sharp girl romance, and a perfectly spooky atmosphere... THE DEVIL MAKES THREE has everything I've ever wanted in a book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    Wow this was a rollercoaster of a ride. Tess and Elliot were great opposites. They come from different backgrounds but find common ground by the end of the book. It turns out they have a lot more in common than they think which helped build the relationship between them. I enjoyed the banter between the two of them and loved getting to see how sweet Elliot got to be towards Tess. They were a great balance for each other. I loved the setting and the creepy paranormal elements. This book had some Wow this was a rollercoaster of a ride. Tess and Elliot were great opposites. They come from different backgrounds but find common ground by the end of the book. It turns out they have a lot more in common than they think which helped build the relationship between them. I enjoyed the banter between the two of them and loved getting to see how sweet Elliot got to be towards Tess. They were a great balance for each other. I loved the setting and the creepy paranormal elements. This book had some dark moments in it which I really enjoyed and they often made me wonder what was real and what wasn't. The pacing was perfect and I'm glad I read this with friends because I was really able to savor it but by the last hour I just couldn't stop listening. There's a little surprise at the end and even though this is a standalone it leaves you hoping for more. I loved the enemies to lovers trope within this dark YA horror. The audio was well developed and I liked that we got duel POV's with a male and female narrator. Thank you to RB Media and NetGalley for the copy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Four words: haunted library bleeding ink Thank you very much to the Manda Group for the physical ARC! Full review at A Book Shrew Tess Matheson is not looking forward to her summer job at Jessop, the library at her new boarding school, and Eliot Birch doesn't make it any easier by requesting over 100 books at once. But things change when she takes him down into the locked stacks and they uncover a secret passageway that leads them to a strange book. Tess accidentally uncages the demon trapped with Four words: haunted library bleeding ink Thank you very much to the Manda Group for the physical ARC! Full review at A Book Shrew Tess Matheson is not looking forward to her summer job at Jessop, the library at her new boarding school, and Eliot Birch doesn't make it any easier by requesting over 100 books at once. But things change when she takes him down into the locked stacks and they uncover a secret passageway that leads them to a strange book. Tess accidentally uncages the demon trapped within, and it dogs their steps with horrible dreams, promises of greatness in exchange for blood, and ink alive and full of malice. The story is told through two POVs belonging to Tess and Eliot. Both of these characters are perfect for this book. Not only do they each have deep backstories that makes them such rich characters, but they also have great chemistry together as the story progresses. Their development as a pair is great, moving from antagonists to reluctant allies beautifully. Tess is something of a mother hen. After some severe financial issues in her family, she takes matters into her own hands, gets her aunt to pull a few strings, and enrolls herself and her younger sister in a prestigious boarding school in Pittsburgh. She is a gifted cellist player, but above all her sister's wellbeing comes first. Tess is very much an ambitious, but painfully realistic character. She works two jobs to be able to afford their tuition and is willing to put aside her musical dreams if it means that Nat will be okay. I loved that vulnerability. She's been forced to become a parent as a teenager because of her own disappointing parents, but she never once bats an eye, even when it feels impossible to cope. Eliot is the son of Falk's dean, and he couldn't hate it more. Born and bred in England, he is forced to leave his dying mother in the UK at his father's behest. Eliot takes after his mother in being a witch, albeit not a very strong one, and his father has nothing positive to say about it. He firmly believes Eliot will amount to nothing thanks to his mother's influence, and the two butt heads often. I really liked Eliot. Like Tess, he is terribly vulnerable thanks to his family situation, but where she is withdrawn and taciturn, he is somewhat pretentious. Stealing your father's access codes to banned library items won't make you very beloved by the librarian. As you might expect from that fabulous title, this has a lot of horror elements ... and they were incredible. There are a few scenes that are written so vividly, so eerily bone-chilling that I would have given this book five stars based on that alone. They all involve the aforementioned devil, and they are creepy perfection! I should mention that the devil referred to isn't really the devil, but rather an unknown and demonic entity. There are little interludes in 2nd person from the devil's POV and it is so interesting. One thing that didn't click for me in terms of the worldbuilding is the general idea of magic. Eliot is a witch, which is made very clear quite quickly. Not in a wand-waving way but one needing ingredients and spells spoken correctly. His initial quest in the library is to find a cure for his mother's illness, thus why he requests over a hundred books. Almost every single one is a grimoire or spell book, which led me to believe that magic is pretty common place. However, Tess works in a library that houses an impossibly big and questionable collection of literal magic books, but regularly states that she doesn't believe in magic. So I wasn't too sure what to do with that, even though it has no real impact on the story. My jaw dropped at the end. Fair warning, the ending, while a satisfying standalone, will make you question a thing or two. I've been lucky enough to read Tori's sophomore novel already so I can assure you that she is an author with a bright, creepy career ahead of her!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Whitten

    I loved this book VERY MUCH

  21. 4 out of 5

    Svea

    I rarely read young adult horror, so I was actually rather excited to dive into this one. "The Devil Makes Three" mixes paranormal horror with a dark academia-esque setting which I really liked. In the end, it still just wasn't for me. The writing is solid and the characters are complex and well-written, too. Personally, I thought they read a little older than they are supposed to be, especially Elliot, and in general the setting screamed more college than high school to me. I think the book woul I rarely read young adult horror, so I was actually rather excited to dive into this one. "The Devil Makes Three" mixes paranormal horror with a dark academia-esque setting which I really liked. In the end, it still just wasn't for me. The writing is solid and the characters are complex and well-written, too. Personally, I thought they read a little older than they are supposed to be, especially Elliot, and in general the setting screamed more college than high school to me. I think the book would have benefitted from ageing up the characters a little for the whole setting to make more sense, but this is a very minor complaint and I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Also, the whole magic thing felt out of place and weirdly tacked on, like the author was trying to write two different books at the same time. I really didn't need it in this particular novel. The biggest issue I had with the novel was the pacing. I gotta admit that I thought about dnf-ing the book multiple times throughout the first about 30% of it because it was sooooo sloooow and nothing really happened. I was incredibly bored despite the book obviously trying to set up its later action by making me care for the characters, by building context for them, by fleshing them out. But it was just a lot of tell don't show and it dragged on and on and on until finally, things started to get moving once Tess and Elliot find the demonic book. The pacing was still too slow after that but at least there were actual things happening, and some of them were very dark and gruesome which I absolutely enjoyed. The characters themselves were alright. I admire the complexity Bovalino gives them but there were also weird disconnects between the pov chapters that kept creeping up. Elliot would, in his own pov chapter, talk at length about how he would never make a move on Tess for several reasons, then in the next chapter, this time Tess' pov, he immediately asks her out. What the characters tell us in their pov chapters stands sometimes in opposition to what they do in the other character's chapters or at least doesn't always fit. The romance felt at the same time rushed and incredibly slow. The side characters were kind of... there, but really, none of them were particularly fleshed out, which in some cases kept me from emotionally engaging with certain parts of the plot. The final twist is rather typical of the horror genre so I predicted it and I'm sure a lot of readers will too, but I still really liked it and it added to the eerie atmosphere of the second part of the book. The devil itself was really well done and I really enjoyed the ink-angle, but it couldn't save the book for me. I'd still recommend it to fans of the ya horror genre. Many thanks to Titan Books and Netgalley for the arc!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks Thank you to Page Street Kids for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley! 4.5 stars ✨ The Devil Makes Three promised dark academia and demons, and I am more than happy to report that it delivered on that promise! The eerie, atmospheric setting, descriptive writing, and compelling characters all come together to form a very impressive and thrilling read. Tess is spending her summer working as the library assistant at her new boarding school. There she meet THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks Thank you to Page Street Kids for providing me with an ARC through NetGalley! 4.5 stars ✨ The Devil Makes Three promised dark academia and demons, and I am more than happy to report that it delivered on that promise! The eerie, atmospheric setting, descriptive writing, and compelling characters all come together to form a very impressive and thrilling read. Tess is spending her summer working as the library assistant at her new boarding school. There she meets Eliot, a privileged posh student, and circumstances give her no other option than to allow him access to the off-limits grimoires hidden beneath the library. When the two of them accidentally release a demon, they must work together to save themselves and their loved ones. The aesthetic of The Devil Makes Three is absolutely perfect. Tori Bovalino manages to seamlessly blend elements of contemporary, paranormal, and horror together to create a haunting story that can best be described as dark and creepy. The vivid storytelling makes it exceedingly easy to find yourself transported into the story. The Devil Makes Three will give you chills, in all the right ways. This book is perfect for readers who enjoy dark academia, battling demonic powers, and eerie settings.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stacey-Lea

    4.5 stars rounded up Demons? Magic? Body horror? Sign. Me. Up. The Devil Makes Three perfectly aligns pace with atmosphere. The slow build of the creepy, look over your shoulder, spooky atmosphere is placed perfectly within a constant pace of action and scares. It’s unsettling and you never know where our main characters, Tess and Eliot, are going to find themselves next. My only hiccup is this feels a little insta-lovey, because it really didn’t seem like much time had passed, but that’s probabl 4.5 stars rounded up Demons? Magic? Body horror? Sign. Me. Up. The Devil Makes Three perfectly aligns pace with atmosphere. The slow build of the creepy, look over your shoulder, spooky atmosphere is placed perfectly within a constant pace of action and scares. It’s unsettling and you never know where our main characters, Tess and Eliot, are going to find themselves next. My only hiccup is this feels a little insta-lovey, because it really didn’t seem like much time had passed, but that’s probably just me (and well I guess when you go through something so intense with someone that does bond you at least a little). Basically, The Devil Makes Three gives you the devil in disguise with some light gore and body horror alongside a little bit of magic, some romantic enemies to lovers banter and says follow me into the dark, everything will be fine (it won’t but you’ll have fun anyway) ARC provided by the publishers through Net Galley for an honest review

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aly

    This is a book I've been looking forward to for a bit and I'm glad I read it with friends so I could take time to enjoy the story. I love contemporary settings with paranormal elements pieced in, they feel more realistic to me. This is also told from three points of view so we get all the sides of the story. It's creepy and engaging and hard to put down! Tess and Elliot come from different backgrounds but share some important things. Neither wants to be at the school and wishes they could go home This is a book I've been looking forward to for a bit and I'm glad I read it with friends so I could take time to enjoy the story. I love contemporary settings with paranormal elements pieced in, they feel more realistic to me. This is also told from three points of view so we get all the sides of the story. It's creepy and engaging and hard to put down! Tess and Elliot come from different backgrounds but share some important things. Neither wants to be at the school and wishes they could go home, both have issues with their fathers letting them down, and they can be pretty stubborn at times. I liked that Tess stood up to Elliot and did what she had too do for her and her sister's well being. Elliot falls for Tess pretty quickly and had some sweet moments where he sacrificed to save her. The pacing is great and the book flew by. I wasn't quite sure at times if things were really happening or just to Tess and Elliot. The things they were going through felt separate from the outside world most of the time, but the ending helped bring it all together. The third mystery point of view was a fun surprise and I wish there was a sequel to this! The audiobook has two narrators which made me happy. I thought they both did an excellent job and embodied the characters well. I'm glad I was able to listen! I voluntarily read and reviewed this book. Thank you to RB Media and NetGalley for the copy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    ❀ Crystal ✿ - PEACE ☮ LOVE ♥ BOOKS

    ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review I really enjoyed this book and I gotta say the audiobook was extremely well done. The male narrators accent was just icing on an already delicious cake. Told via two POVs and narrators, the story revolves around two young adults who venture into the “restricted” zone of the library, where magic grimoires too dangerous to even be catalogued remain hidden. Like any movie or novel will teach you, when you come across a evil, satanic or cursed book, you ARC provided by NetGalley for an Honest Review I really enjoyed this book and I gotta say the audiobook was extremely well done. The male narrators accent was just icing on an already delicious cake. Told via two POVs and narrators, the story revolves around two young adults who venture into the “restricted” zone of the library, where magic grimoires too dangerous to even be catalogued remain hidden. Like any movie or novel will teach you, when you come across a evil, satanic or cursed book, you never read from the book and you certainly don’t read aloud. Alas, teenagers will always make careless mistakes like lighting black flame candles and reciting words aloud from a book that is almost positively bound in human skin. Thus starts the whole drama in the novel and I think the book played out really well. It was also an excellent book to read at the start of fall aka spooky season. The book was riddled with creepy and eerie vibes which I love as they really set the mood. The almost kinda but not really love triangle was also a nice little twist, even if the possibility came and went in the blink of an eye. Evil is evil and all that. Out of a fierce love for her sister the heroine will have to face countless horrors to return the evil to the book and save her sisters life. I’m still kinda peeved at Elliot because if not for him and his need to find the hidden books, she never would have been dragged into this to begin with. I found The flow of the book to be steady from start to finish and it was far too easy to read this in only an afternoon.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eilidh

    Jessop English library is home to some very dark and dangerous grimoires. When librarian assistant Tess Matheson finds herself with no other option but to grant posh boy Eliot Birch access to the most restricted grimoires, they inadvertently unleash an imprisoned demon who will do anything to remain free, like promise unlimited power and whatever one’s heart desires, otherwise he’ll kill everyone they love and consume their souls. The Devil Makes Three is an extraordinary gothic and demonic debu Jessop English library is home to some very dark and dangerous grimoires. When librarian assistant Tess Matheson finds herself with no other option but to grant posh boy Eliot Birch access to the most restricted grimoires, they inadvertently unleash an imprisoned demon who will do anything to remain free, like promise unlimited power and whatever one’s heart desires, otherwise he’ll kill everyone they love and consume their souls. The Devil Makes Three is an extraordinary gothic and demonic debut casting the perfect blend of the contemporary, horror and fantasy genres. I was immediately drawn in with author’s writing style; it was inviting and easy to read, offering humour, emotional depth and intrigue within the first few chapters, which carried on throughout until the very end. How to describe this absolute triumph? It’s like House of Hollow meets Ninth House. The Mummy meets It Follows. It’s the darker and scarier cousin of Sorcery of Thorns. Put a little of all of those together (a whole lot of awesomeness) and we get The Devil Makes Three. This had terrific characterisation. I really enjoyed alternating between Tess and Eliot’s perspectives, making it easy to empathise with both and to see their differences and similarities too. Tess has sacrificed pursuing a musical career to deliver the best possible future for her little sister, and continues shouldering so much to keep them both in school. She’s had to be strong to survive, and so she struggles to take her armour off, appearing standoffish, but truthfully she’s one tough cookie with a soft heart. Meanwhile Eliot is trying to find a grimoire with a spell capable of preventing death or resurrecting the dead, in a bid to save his dying mother. His heartache and desperation seeped out the pages, made all the worse by his gentle nature, his strained relationship with his father and then the troubles he and Tess get into. For the most part, the story takes place in the school library where Tess works. I thoroughly loved how enveloping the setting was even when the plot turned terrifying. The carts of books and isles upon isles of shelves was so comforting to imagine, then an office full of occult artefacts and volumes and a shadowy moonlight library was equally beguiling. Combine these with creaky doors, dark mysterious tombs, plaguing nightmares and lots of blood… It had me nervous to look over my shoulder in my pitch black bedroom at 2am! I had a cold terror go down my spine and through my stomach toward the climax because it was off the scales creepy! The Devil Makes Three is one of my favourite reads this year. It blew me away and I cannot champion this enough. Well done to Tori Bovalino for an outstanding debut. Incredible, incredible, incredible! I’m excited beyond words for whatever else Bovalino has brewing. If you love dark academia and loved Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson, House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland or House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig, then add this to your TBR and come cheerlead over this delightfully menacing book with me! Thank you kindly to Titan Books and Netgalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for this honest review. Blog | Instagram | Twitter

  27. 5 out of 5

    Brend

    WELL FUCK ME, THIS WAS GREAT

  28. 4 out of 5

    andi

    5 stars because i had the time of my life reading this wow

  29. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: self-harm, abuse As someone who would be the exact opposite of Tess, I enjoyed The Devil Makes Three supremely - even if I had to only read it during the day. Bovalino's debut takes place in one of the most magical settings - a library - and infuses atmosphere, danger, and intrigue in every hidden corner. Reading about both Tess and Eliot grounds us in the ways they are so driv (Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: self-harm, abuse As someone who would be the exact opposite of Tess, I enjoyed The Devil Makes Three supremely - even if I had to only read it during the day. Bovalino's debut takes place in one of the most magical settings - a library - and infuses atmosphere, danger, and intrigue in every hidden corner. Reading about both Tess and Eliot grounds us in the ways they are so driven by their loyalty and love, even as they circle each other with mistrust. The pacing is fantastic, allowing us to get to know Tess and Eliot before dunking them headfirst in danger, ominous whispers, and ink. The Devil Makes Three became a book I couldn't put down. Absolutely absorbed by the action, the intrigue, and the atmosphere. The ways that knowledge can sometimes be a curse. When we have to hide who we are from those who are supposed to love us. All the feelings of loss, of watching the ones you love disappear in front of our eyes. With truly lyrical writing in some places, The Devil Makes Three had me wrapped up in the characters and their quests, their tender love, and their woven ambition. full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Sledge

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review. The Devil Makes Three is a lush, dark tale about messing with forces we do not understand. Tess, a scholarship student to a fancy boarding school, is just trying to keep her and her sister enrolled in hopes of avoiding her parents failed business and financial woes. She works at the school library helping her Aunt with request from students and faculty. When a large request comes in for books about the occu Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an AudioARC in exchange for an honest review. The Devil Makes Three is a lush, dark tale about messing with forces we do not understand. Tess, a scholarship student to a fancy boarding school, is just trying to keep her and her sister enrolled in hopes of avoiding her parents failed business and financial woes. She works at the school library helping her Aunt with request from students and faculty. When a large request comes in for books about the occult and witchcraft, she does her best to find the books requested in the stacks....even those left under lock and key. Eliot, the student who requested these books, is the son of the school headmaster. He is using that fact to request a larger number of books than normally allowed to research into the magic he inherited from his mother. When these two read a book that never should have been read, a sinister force is released. Will they give in to it's whispers? Or will they just be another page in it's book? I truly enjoyed this story! It's a great standalone, the kind you go looking for when you need to break up the series' you have picked out. Each character has motivation for their choices and actions, all which make absolute sense to me as an adult. These aren't lovesick children who want to charm the hottie in math class, Tess and Eliot are mature (almost too mature) semi-adults. The relationship Eliot has with his father is an absolute toxic mess, but it's refreshing to see this kind of relationship in young adult books. Most times the parents are their best friends or have stepped out completely, but Eliot finds himself in a situation where he would have been better off if that had been the case. While this could make some readers uncomfortable, I think it could really help those going through similar situations. Overall, 4 stars from me. The pacing lost it's footing at times, but it didn't make it any less of a fun ride. I recommend this title for those 14+ as it does have some mature content

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