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Not exactly my cup of tea.The premise of an underclass, oppressed essentially enslaved for their own good interested me Add in an underground movement and I was intrigued And while there were these great ideas, they never really coalesced The heavy dependence on religious doctrine to espouse the intolerance for the cursed was a double edged sword that hurt itthan helped Yes, there s automatic understanding of the sides relative positions, but because it wasn t expanded upon it felt underdeveloped.The end well that was like some summer blockbuster action film and didn t work at all There were too many half formed concepts for me to really get into this, which is a shame because I really liked Luke s character Overall, a crude amalgamation of the Salem Witch trials and Bladerunner.Favorite quote How can we show you we aren t a threat when we re constantly fighting, not to hurt you, but to defend ourselves As dark as this story was, I really liked it Heck I d even be happy to read a sequel. 4.5 StarsThose who know me well know that I am a big fan of dark stories Sure, I read a lot of romance but my real love falls with books that are a bit on the darker side Hideous is dark There s quite a bit of language and the violence at times is a bit graphic.With that being said Luke witnessed the murders of his family at the hands of his father who was possessed by a demon Luke may have survived the attack, but he was by no means left unscathed He lost a hand and an eye and was left along with other survivors of these attacks with a mark on his body marking him as cursed Those who are cursed are labeled as dangerous by society, and while they may have some freedoms, they are by no means free They are kept in low paying jobs and treated as the dregs of society It is believed that the mark left on their bodies is a portal of sorts for them to possibly be possessed themselves Because of this, they are monitored closely by the state run UCIS Luke is stuck working at St Augustine, a prestigious high school His pay is lower than the other cursed, and because of his appearance, he s treated even worse than the others You see, Luke is hideous That s Luke s thinking, not mine He is convinced that he looks like a monster and is unworthy of what others have He s a sad sixteen year old who only wants to have a normal life But what is normal He s been practically enslaved for eight years and why would anyone want someone who looks like him Or who is cursed like him Then he meets Zack.Zack is part of as the blurb states an underground community that tries to help those like Luke The first meeting between Luke and Zack isn t exactly ideal, but there s something about Zack that pulls at Luke Knowing a guy like Zack would never want someone as hideous as him, Luke pulls away That is, until something happens and Luke knows there is nowhere else to turn He rushes to Zack This is where Hideous really takes off Don t get me wrong, other things happen that lead to this point but I m not detailing it all That s for other readers to find out for themselves.There other characters who are important to the story There s Tom, for one Tom goes to the school where Luke works I wasn t sure what to make of Tom early on but everything became clear soon enough There s Wahrmer, Luke s boss, who is an absolute ass with a major power trip You ever want to slap a fictional character That s Wahrmer Total jerk Wahrmer was anything but subtle He was an asshole The first thing he d said to me was, This is fucked What kind of useless cursed are you gonna be And we have to pay you the same as others They didn t pay me the same They paid me a lot less Being a laborer with one hand is about as useful as being a sperm donor with one nut.There are other characters, of course, but these stood out.I adored Luke Absolutely adored him I am a total softy when it comes to broken characters and I found myself really drawn to this one He really broke my heart From his not wanting to see his reflection to him being sad over not being able to do what normal teens do like going to the high school dance He s hideous, remember I didn t see him as hideous in any way I saw him as a very strong character who was dealt a lot of bad things in his short life and who is just trying to get by He has his emotional and feeling sorry for himself moments, but who wouldn t His family was ripped away from him right before his eyes in a very violent manner He is a slave to the government and treated worse than the lowest form of scum He has what he calls a damaged appearance But yet he keeps on You know why Because he has to He has no choice He has no family, no friends He only has himself and it is either run and risk execution or keep going as he has for eight years If there was a God, I imagined he planted those school dance signs on the windows so he could juxtapose them next to my image, reminding me that I wouldn t and couldn t ever enjoy something as simple as a school dance. It s just a stupid dance, I kept reminding myself.But I d never gotten to go to a dance I d never even gotten to go on a date Dates were out of the question Who the fuck would ever go on a date with me A cursed The sign was a twisted reminder that not only could I not go to a dance, I couldn t expect to ever participate in the sort of playful, romantic love that regulars not only wanted, but expected.Then we get to Zack Zack is sort of an enigma While the reader is privy to a little about Zack, I can tell there isto him than meets the eye He had an air of mystery that drew me in He doesn t see Luke as damaged He sees him as beautiful At one point, Zack does something so sweet that it brought me to tears You can t not love the guy What did he see The one eyed monster The freak Did I haunt his thoughts the way I haunted others The way I haunted myself His thumb massaged my cheek His lips touched mine They were soft As he opened his mouth slightly, I felt the warm saliva across the lower lip.Come on, you know that s sweet grin I could sit here and typeandabout this book but I could never convey the entire story and I don t want to give too much away You would have to read it There is quite a bit of violence in it as mentioned above so if you are going to, be prepared I love when an author writes teens as real teens Teens curse Teens have sex and they talk about sex Every time I read a book where these things are brushed to the side or never alluded to, I getthan a bit frustrated I have three sons one who is coincidentally named Zack I know how teenagers are in the real world The teenagers in Hideous are written realistically I applaud the author highly for that.There is a bit of a romance but that s not center The center is the demon who killed Luke s family and who injured him This demon makes himself known again, and when this happens, it can mean the difference between life and death for Luke and others This ends with a HFN ending for Luke and Zack They are both teenagers so that is to be expected.Overall, this is a great book I am all about books that take me away from the norm Hideous did that in spades I am hoping really hoping that this is the first in a series I would love to see where these guys go from here.I love the cover.Check out Kazza K s review of Hideous at and Josh s at The official blurb gives you a very good outline of the book Here are some of my thoughts Hideous does not sugar coat violence, now, or what happened to Luke and the other curseds he encounters they all have quite horrible and graphic tales and Devon McCormack lets them tell you You also get a feel for the power that feeds the demon The book has a dark tone, it has good world building, a look at what it is like to be an outsider and feel alone What it s also like to have a handicap, and if you judge a book by its cover you can be sorely disappointed It also contains a sweet romance.The protagonists are good I liked Luke a great deal He is the primary voice throughout the book He s been dealt a rough blow by life yet he is a gentle soul at heart and highly principled He also, understandably, has self image issues I thought Zack was fantastic, he does what he has to to survive, and he is nothing if not interesting the scene where he turns up in a ratty tux, but a tux nonetheless, was so very sweet.True to the age of the characters it is not an adult MM Hideous ends in a satisfying HFN, but I would not complain if I got to seeWe have a sister site to On Top Down Under, one that is expressly for LGBT YA NA books Based on my experience with this genre, I REALLY want to say this there are not enough YA NA books written by young gay males Devon McCormack is a young gay man It is something that shows in the writing, which is excellent for males aged fourteen up these guys actually speak and act like teenagers I want to see young gay guys engaged by characters they can relate to, and with Hideous the author has succeeded I m not saying that every gay male is going to like it, or that it won t be enjoyed by the major demographic reading in this genre females I am way, way past my teenage years, and a female, and I was engaged from beginning to end A very good YA NA and beyond read 5 stars.For a full review, Received from NetGalley for review.I d learned a long time ago that no one comes That I was alone And the darkness was free to do whatever it wanted It s quite possible that I read far too deeply into this book as a great metaphor for social injustices still prevalent in our society, but that is neither here nor there I really enjoyed this book, possible social injustice metaphor and all it was nice to read something that followed through with its fantastic sounding synopsis and delivered a really interesting read I wanted to love it and I did, it sucked me in and kept me wanting , so ten points to Gryffindor or Ravenclaw, or Hufflepuff, or Slytherin, whatever floats your boat, y know for Devon McCormack Hideous tells the story of Luke, lovely, lonely Luke, a cursed, someone who was marked by the demon who possessed his father and slaughtered his family, taking his hand and eye in the process He lives his life worrying that the demon will come back for him, ashamed of how he looks and just trying to get by and be left alone by the cruel kids at the school where he works The cursed are the lowest of the low in society, thought to besusceptible to possession themselves and kept as slaves by the government, supposedly for their own good and the good of the general public They re offered some protection but are still treated like shit and Luke can barely stand to look at himself, with his eye patch and stump Cursed who refuse to lead this life are known as deviants and are executed in public, on a stake, charming, eh That s where Zack comes in, an adorable and crazy haired deviant, he and Luke develop an unlikely friendship when they both help each other in difficult situations Luke never thought he could befriend someone who put themselves at risk of possession or execution, just as Zack never thought he could stand someone who would choose using that word very loosely to be a slave for society I absolutely loved the characters of Luke and Zack and their relationship and interactions, it seemed so genuine and they were both such sweethearts and essentially really good people Luke s story and the things he went through really made me feel for him as I just couldn t understand how a society could be full of such vicious, hateful people it s worrying how easy people are to corrupt and convince that certain people are dangerous and McCormack doesn t hold back when describing the hardships the cursed are facing Zack brought a further interesting element to the story as he works against the UCIS, the people fighting against cursed who have gone deviant, helping other cursed and showing Luke that the government isn t actually all that it seems We see some really nice character development within Luke, bearing in mind that he is only sixteen, and I really just wanted to give him a massive cuddle and kiss his mangled eye and stump a beautiful soul is always going to win me overthan a beautiful face There were a few cringe worthy moments in the book and a couple of the lines made me go what the fuck , but on the whole this was a brilliant story that managed to question a lot of things that are still wrong in this world I couldn t help but draw comparisons between the cursed and the many groups of people who aren t being treated right in this world I don t know whether anyone else would get this from it, but I guess that s just my own interpretation and whether McCormack did it intentionally or not, I think it worked and was well executed. Received from Harmony Ink PressReceived Via NetGalley.comEight years ago, Luke witnessed the murder of his mother and sister at the hands of his demon possessed father Enslaved by the state run UCIS Luke has a mediocre life until he meets Zack then his life becomesexciting anddangerous I loved this book It was a page turner indeed First of all when I requested this book from Netgallery I did not know it was a LGBT YA Not that i m saying that s a bad thing the complete opposite actually My only complaint was there was not enough boy on boy action as perverted as that may sound Anyway onto the characters, I had mixed feelings about Luke Of course his life sucked but the poor me attitude got irritating after awhile Also his need to cry at every little thing made me face palm with that said he was a interesting character I also really liked Zack or what what we got to see of Zack Hideous neededZack Tom well, I didn t like Tom very much and after you read this you ll know why I really liked how this was written I don t recall many YA novels with swear words which in Hideous you saw a lot of which was refreshing, because sorry to say that s how teenagers talk these days All in all this was a great read which I recommend to anybody looking for a supernatural LGBT YA or just a fast paced read. Mr McCormack Clipped seems to find it impossible to disappoint his incursion into the young adult genre is as compelling and powerful as expected And so another page turner is delivered in the form of a paranormal fantasy that must be read in one sitting.Luke Retter, a cursed who witnessed the terrible murder of his sister and mother in the hands of his possessed father, has survived and carries the consequences in the form of a missing eye and hand and the mark of a cursed The UCIS, a state run organization that monitors and enslaves the cursed, believes that the cursed are at risk of becoming possessed.The demon that possessed his father is back and has possessed him, and so he turns to Zack, a deviant cursed that created an underground community for runaway curseds. Continue reading Hideous by Devon McCormack *Kindle ⇟ Hideous ↡ Eight Years Ago, Luke Retter Witnessed The Brutal Murder Of His Mother And Sister At The Hands Of His Demon Possessed Father He Survived But Lost A Hand And An Eye The Demon Also Burned Its Emblem Into His Skin, Marking Him As A Cursed Those Who Bear This Mark Are At Risk Of Becoming Possessed Themselves, So They Are Monitored And Enslaved By The State Run UCIS Working As A Slave Is Hard, But Luke Prefers It To The Possibility Of Being Controlled By A Demon One Night, Luke Wakes To Find His Worst Nightmare Coming True His Father S Demon Has Returned In A Panic, He Runs To The Only Person Who Might Be Able To Help Zack, A Cursed Who Ran Away From The State And Created An Underground Community To Protect Other Fugitive Curseds Zack Helps Him Suppress The Demon But The City S Become A Time Bomb, And Luke S Demon Itches To Escape With The UCIS Closing In On Zack S Underground Operation And Luke S Demon Crafting Its Own, Nefarious Plot, Luke Realizes That He Must Take A Standtp Dreamspinnerpress Stor Do want Lots and lots Looks right up my alley.