YA Book Review “The Arcane” by Andrew S. French


The Arcane

Orphaned science nerd and maths prodigy Alice Valentine wants to ace her studies. She’s spent all her life struggling to make friends, passed between foster families and care homes, isolated and lonely. Losing herself in academia from an early age, she becomes the first sixteen-year-old at her local university. Her whole world changes, but nothing can prepare Alice for the night she’s attacked by a werewolf.

But even that isn’t as strange as discovering she has an identical twin sister, Cassie.

And Cassie kills werewolves. And all the other monsters Alice didn’t believe existed.

Alice and Cassie set off to discover what happened to their parents, a journey that takes them from northern England to the edge of the apocalypse, unsure if they will save the world or destroy it.


I am going to start this review with, beware what lurks in the shadows, its scary out there. This YA (Young Adult) supernatural spook fest took me right back to my younger self when I devoured this genre as if I were a vampire sucking the life out of it’s victim. The ability of the writer Andrew French to be able to take me back to my love of the supernatural and being scared silly was just great. I’m going to be honest and admit I really sure if the adult me still enjoyed this style of book, OH Yes I certainly do. It is a superbly written novel with fantastic characters who actually have a story. Its not just full of werewolves, vampires and all things of the night leaping out and snacking on a passing stranger although there is plenty of that as well. The descriptive mode for the creepy creatures when they ae attacking Alice and Cassie is expertly done and you get a really clear picture in your minds eye that almost makes you physically back away just in case they spring out of the pages.

Alice has to fight with her scientific brain that is telling her constantly that werewolves and demons do not exist, there has to be an answer, an explanation for these weird things she is encountering with Cassie, who seems to have appeared out of nowhere but looks just like her. Alice is completely outside her comfort zone. Mind you wouldn’t we all be? A total stranger turns up, stops a very hairy boy from attacking you and then tells you he was a werewolf and you’re coming on a demon hunt with me, ok? yep that sounds great, which way?

Cassie is a totally different kettle of fish. She knows that she hunts the supernatural, she’s happy with that She will do her utmost to rid the world of these vile creatures and shows no mercy.

A feisty, creepy supernatural tale that is full of shock moments, unbelievable creatures that make you think, “are these really out there”? You question your sanity a bit and I absolutely now know that yes I do still love this genre. A great great read if you feel the need to be scared and relieved that Alice and Cassie are on the case. Brilliant.


Purchase Links

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Arcane-1-Andrew-S-French/dp/1914308077

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/Arcane-1-Andrew-S-French/dp/1914308077

About the author.

Andrew French is a man of no wealth and little taste. He lives amongst faded seaside glamour on the North East coast of England. He likes gin and cats but not together, new music and old movies, curry and ice cream. Slow bike rides and long walks to the pub are his usual exercise, as well as flicking through the pages of good books and the memoirs of bad people.

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With Thanks for the advance copy for this #BLOGTOUR to ….

Rachel Gilby https://www.rachelsrandomresources.com

Andrew French AUTHOR

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