ARC Review: The Devouring Gray

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THE DEVOURING GRAY
CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN
SERIES: The Devouring Gray, #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: YA paranormal
REPRESENTATION: Bisexual Protagonist, Bisexual MC

★★★★

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For fans of: Stranger Things, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

 

The Devouring GrayOn the edge of town a beast haunts the woods, trapped in the Gray, its bonds loosening…

Uprooted from the city, Violet Saunders doesn’t have much hope of fitting in at her new school in Four Paths, a town almost buried in the woodlands of rural New York. The fact that she’s descended from one of the town’s founders doesn’t help much, either—her new neighbours treat her with distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

A copy of this was provided free of charge from the publisher in return for an honest review.

 

The Devouring Gray is a wonderfully atmospheric and creepy read.

devouring gray 2.pngChristine Lynn Herman certainly knows how to write a cliffhanger, because almost every chapter ended with a mystery or revelation that had me turning over to read the next one. The plot as a whole was fast-paced, moving quickly and full of action. There were a couple of different mysterious secrets in the town and families which were gradually unravelled and came together really well.

I loved the four founding families and the way they each had there own separate powers and sigils. There’s something very Hogwarts houses or Game of Thrones families about Bones, Branches, Daggers and Stones. There’s got to be an online quiz for this by now, right?

I really loved all five kids. I found Justin a little hard to connect to at points, mostly due to the way he’d treated Harper and the ‘Popular King of the School’ thing he had going but he did grow on me over the course of the story. We got to know Violet really well and I thought there was a really good exploration of grief, mourning and difficult family relationships. I would have loved to see more of Harper, May and Issac (I love Harper. Love. I love that she’s unforgiving and does’t back down). I thought they were all really interesting powers and personalities (a bit more so the Justin) but we didn’t get to see enough of them. I want to know more! I really liked that although there were little moments of romantic longings, it was far from being the focus of the story and we got to know the kids for themselves instead.

I only a couple of very minor issues with the book. One, that the beginning was a little too slow for my taste and a little difficult to get into. And two, that some of the POVs were definitely weaker than others. This is Violet’s book and it shows. Hopefully, we’ll get to know the other kids a bit more in future books, but I’d have liked either more development or fewer POVs.

I really enjoyed The Devouring Gray and I’m really excited to see what happens next in Four Paths.

 

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8 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Devouring Gray

  1. The Devouring Gray is one of those books that I keep seeing around, but if you asked me, I couldn’t tell you what it’s about. Honestly, even after reading this, I’m not sure 😀 But I’m glad you enjoyed it and I’m definitely intrigued.

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