The Devouring Grey by Christine Lynn Herman
Published by Disney-Hyperion on April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, fantasy,
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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.
Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
They locked the Beast away.
After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn’t: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
Justin Hawthorne’s bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray-a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family’s powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can’t let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn’t yet know.
The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities… before the Gray devours them all.
This book was such a atmospheric read. I thought it was the prefect mix between stranger things and also darkest minds. I really enjoyed how we got into so many different characters heads and how romance was really not the focus of this novel. It did had hints of romance but it was not the focus. I really enjoyed the world building and the dynamics between the characters! I think the world building was the highlight of the novel. I def will be checking out book 2! I know this book comes out in april, but I think it would be the prefect fall read!
My Extended Thoughts:
World Building: This book was such a engaging read and reading during a con, I kept coming back to it. It was such a engaging read. I was super compelling and I really found the world to be so well done. It def had elements off strangers things but def was unique enough to keep me turning the pages.
Lack of Romance: I def want romance in future books but the low key hints of romance in this book worked super well. I really thought it worked well and I actually liked it. I def became invested in all the characters this way. I am curious to see where this book goes!
Characters: I really did like all the characters and loved all the various POV that we did get, I really loved them all. I thought the “normal” roles was tuned so on its head and I really loved that. I also like the hints of diversity as well. It was easy to like these characters.
Plot: I really did like the slow burn plot and even though the ending could have been less rushed. I found it to be another book highlight!
later book lovers!!