Celebrating Debutantes 2017: Devils Within by S.F. Henson (Movie Cast + Giveaway)

I am thrilled to have new author S.F Henson here on the blog today as part of Celebrating Debutantes 2017 event. She will be sharing to us her casting pick for her debut contemporary novel, Devils Within. The book promise a haunting, heartbreaking and thought provoking read.

To know more about the author and Devils Within. Check the author’s bio and book’s description that follows after the guest post. There are also links where you can catch up with the author or where to pre-order copies of the book. And if you are from the US or Canada, and would like to take a chance in winning a signed advance readers’ copy of Devils Within, there’s a giveaway at the end of this post. Just enter the rafflecopter form. But before that, here’s Sarah with her casting pick for her debut novel. Enjoy!

Devils Within Movie Cast

Nate Fuller: Tyler Young

The main character, Nate, is tall and thin, but muscular, with a dark side that always simmers beneath the surface, and I think Tyler captures that perfectly.

Brandon Kingsley: Chris O’Neal

Brandon is Nate’s first friend. He’s tall, which helps his basketball game. He’s naturally laid back, but there’s more going on down deep–you just have to earn his trust before he shows that side to you. When I look at Chris, I see those layers that are so important to Brandon’s character.

Dell Clemons: Norman Reedus

Confession: I always had Norman in mind when writing Nate’s uncle, Dell. Dell is a complicated character. He’s closed-off and guarded, but he has a benevolent streak running through him that pops up every now and then. Norman is so good at playing those types of characters. He might also be my celeb crush, haha.

Bev Liu: Liu Wen

Bev is Nate’s uncle’s girlfriend. Liu Wen is a model, not an actor, but soon as I saw her I knew she was Bev. Bev is independent and tough. She doesn’t let many people in, but when she does, she’s fiercely loyal.

Kelsey Sawyer: Katherine Langford

Kelsey is strong and opinionated, and, like Nate, has a dark side. I can totally see Katherine Langford playing her. Not just because she fits the image of Kelsey I had in my head when writing her, but she can look tough too. This picture is the embodiment of Kelsey.

Iria Kingsley: Thandie Newton

Full disclosure: I pictured Debbie Allen when writing Brandon’s mother, but she’s older than Brandon’s mother would be, so if I were casting her in a movie today, I’d go with Thandie Newton. Mrs. Kingsley is a big character. By that I mean her personality fills any room she’s in. She’s warm and loving, and sharp. Not much gets by her. I think Thandie would kill the role.

Dr. James Kingsley: Taye Diggs

Brandon’s dad is a professor who has high expectations for his children. He expects nothing less than their best and pushes them, but it always comes from a place of love. Taye perfectly hits that combination of tough but loving.

Henry Kingsley: Michael B. Jordan

Henry is Brandon’s older brother. Like Brandon, he’s easy-going, but he feels their dad’s pressure more than Brandon does. Michael has that balance of fun-loving but serious that sums up who Henry is.


Dream Director: David Fincher

Fight Club, Gone Girl, Seven. Fincher’s aesthetic would fit the mood of this book SO well.

Dream Film Score: Trent Reznor

Reznor and Fincher have worked together on several movies in the past, and Nine Inch Nails appears on the soundtrack of songs I listened to while writing DEVILS WITHIN. His music would be amazing alongside this story.


S.F. Henson was born and raised in the deep south. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science, which she put to great use by attending law school. Her law degree has gotten some mileage, though, giving her the experience to write about criminals and other dark, nefarious subjects. She lives beside a missile test range in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, dog, two oddly named cats, and, of course, the missiles that frequently shake her house.

Find Sara

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Book Details:

Title: Devils Within
Author: S.F. Henson
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Publication Date: October 17, 2017
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover, eBook

Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is. It’s the after that’s hard to deal with.

Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.

Enrolled in a new school under a false name, so no one from The Fort can find him, he struggles to forge a new life, trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact without enmity. But he can’t stop awful thoughts from popping into his head, or help the way he shivers with a desire to commit violence. He wants to be different—he just doesn’t know where to start.

Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon’s also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate’s worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

Like a teen American History X, S.F. Henson’s Devils Within is gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, no-holds-barred look at the plague of white supremacy in contemporary American culture that may have you examining your own soul.

Book Links

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What’s up for Grab?

  • Signed ARC of Devils Within by S.F. Henson

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The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann (Review & Giveaway)

The Peculiar

Don’t get yourself noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings–Peculiars–and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley–Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.

First he’s noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann’s riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

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Personal Thoughts:

The Peculiar surely lives up to its title, as it is rather a peculiar book, but in a good way. From the writing to the story and characters this book is different from most MG fantasy books I’ve read before. I don’t know how to accurately describe Stefan Bachmann’s writing style, but definitely not the usual type of writing that I’m reading lately. It started a little bit awkward but then after I’m done reading the prologue I get the feel of his writing style and enjoyed it more with his descriptive but straightforward words.

The story centers around Bartholomew Kettle, a changeling or “peculiar” – half faery, half human, who live in a slum city of Bath. He and her sister Hettie were stuck inside their home, ordered to stay hidden for their own safety. Because peculiar like them are considered outcasts by both humans and faeries alike and often killed by superstitious people. When Bartholomew notices a mysterious woman in a plum-colored dress walking down the streets of Bath one day, his curiosity gets the better of him. He silently watch her from a window despite his mother’s instructions to always stay hidden. While watching, he sees the woman disappear in burst of feathers, taking another changeling with her, and soon his presence at the window does not go unnoticed. From then on, his world turned upside down and the only one who may be able to save him is a human government official from London, Mr. Arthur Jelliby. This reluctant hero, who happens to be always at the wrong place at the wrong time decides to take upon himself the mystery of peculiars’ dead bodies floating in Thames.

I haven’t much fae stories quite awhile now, because honestly most of the time they are a missed than hit for me. The last book with faerie characters that I remember enjoying is the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Another middle grade book with faeries but really focus on a genius kid, Artemis Fowl. In this book though, I am surprised to find myself actually enjoying the fae plot. Stefan Bachmann version of faeries were more human-like than I expected them to be.

Alternately told from Bartholomew Kettle and Arthur Jelliby point of view, Stefan Bachmann successfully delivered a unique and compelling voices that can easily drew readers in to the story. Add the intricate world building with its vivid descriptions of surroundings and characters I find myself hooked till the end. This is definitely a charming and dark novel which nailed the mystery part by building tensions and series of questions for readers. I find the shifting of viewpoints effective as it leaves readers suspense at every ends of narrations. The unusual team of Barthy and Arthur in solving the murder mystery is amusing at the most part, and I hope to see more of their worlds collide in the next book.

As a newly debut author, Stefan Bachmann is an impressive writer. The way he crafted The Peculiar is very refined and sophisticated that I got a hard-time convincing myself that he is only sixteen when he made this book. He obviously got a rich imagination and creative mind. Even the name of his characters were creative and distinct. Except for the main character, Barthy, I find the name of Arthur Jelliby, Mr Lickerish, and the Buddelbinsters unique and fun.

Overall, The Peculiar is a highly imaginative book that is packed with suspense, fantasy and mystery. A gripping, dark and elaborate set-up of a new fantasy world by Stefan Bachmann. I can’t wait to read the next book, Whatnot to find out how the story will roll from here.

This review is part of the blog tour for The Peculiar organized by Pinoy Book Tours!

Watche Stefan Bachmman video below and don’t forget to enter the giveaways! Also, there will be a twitter party during the tour and Stefan Bachmann will be there to answers some questions or simply chat to all of us. So watch out for that.

The Giveaways:

Giveaway #1: International!

What’s up for Grabs?

  • 5 SIGNED, HARDCOVER COPIES of The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann courtesy of HarperCollins International
  • And a GRAND PRIZE of a SIGNED COPY AND a SKYPE CHAT with the author himself, Stefan Bachmann

The Rules:

  • Five winners of one copy each of The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
  • One winner can be won by a Filipino reader
  • One winner will win a grand price of a signed copy of The Peculiar and a chance to Skype chat with Stefan Bachmann
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What’s up for Grabs?

* Two copies of The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

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  • Two winners of one copy each of The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann
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