It’s really no secret what a fangirl I am of Devon McCormack. So, when I got the chance to read his new YA novel, The Night Screams, I literally jumped at the opportunity. Then I read through other books I had to get done first as fast as my eyeballs could before tackling McCormack’s amazing book. SO worth it!
Cal’s story ripped my heart to SHREDS! Not only the horrific event he successfully escaped from, but his whole freaking life! Dude could not catch a break. He had to look over his shoulder his whole life. Living in fear from not just the outside world, but also from the two people who should have loved him unconditionally. His parents were monsters in their own right. GAH!
The best part about Cal though? Watching him blossom throughout the book. From being a frightened captive, to falling in love, and discovering that the world has at least a few pieces of good in it. And one of those pieces for Cal was Jake.
Jake, oh man, Jake. I really was unimpressed with this guy in the beginning. Yeah, he had his own shit to overcome from the past but seriously? Did ya have to be SUCH a douche to poor Cal in the beginning? Yeah, you really did, otherwise McCormack couldn’t have made my emotions throw up all over the place while reading this.
Jake was the perfect match for Cal. Strong, fairly confident, and of course, drop dead gorgeous. At least in Cal’s eyes. Though he has a humongous chip on his shoulder, Cal seemed to be able to soothe Jake like no one else could.
With two amazing MC’s, not to mention the spectacular supporting cast (like Gary and Luce, BLESS THEM SO HARD!) how could not give this freaking YA novel 5 stars? There’s a bit of everything in there for everyone. There’s some suspense, a bit of action, of course an epic love story, and the feeling of love throughout.
Now, usually Devon McCormack books come with a warning label, if this one gets any kind of warning label the only one I can think of to come up with is, “Caution! Epic amounts of sappy love within these pages!” A refreshing change from all other books written by Mr. McCormack. He better watch out though, his fans may start to side eye him thinking he lost his hardcore edge. (Yes, this is an intentional jab at him to try and get him in gear and write sequels to his other books he seems to have forgotten about.)
Please Note: As this is a YA title, all trigger/content warnings are either shared without much detail in flashbacks/memories or are only eluded to. (Sexual abuse, sexual assault, underage, abuse)
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After Cal escapes a deranged kidnapper who tortured him, he doesn’t even have the clothes on his back. Desperate and afraid, he breaks into a convenience store. But Jake, a clerk at the store, confronts what to him is little more than a petty thief. After a violent tussle, he knocks Cal out.
Jake encourages his Uncle Gary, the owner of the store, to report Cal to the police, but Gary can’t bring himself to report a kid who was just looking to steal food. When Cal wakes, Gary asks him if he’s okay. But Cal’s trauma has left him mute. Instead, he has to write his experiences down, relaying the horrifying events that led him to the store. The police track down the sick man who held Cal captive, and when he confronts them with a gun, he’s shot dead. However, Cal discovers that even with his captor gone, he is far from free of the nightmare he endured.
Gary and his wife welcome Cal into their home, determined to help him heal. Jake doesn’t trust Cal, and he isn’t afraid to say so. But buried beneath Jake’s disapproval might be the person who can help Cal recover from the terrifying experience that continues to haunt him.