The Devouring Gray
On 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?

The Devouring Gray Details

TitleThe Devouring Gray
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 2nd, 2019
PublisherTitan Books
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT, Paranormal

The Devouring Gray Review

  • kat
    January 1, 1970
    i really hope isaac’s back doesn’t hurt too much from, ya know, carrying this entire book.
  • Emma Giordano
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come! (Listen I know I say this a lot but I have two weeks left in the semester, I promise I'm working on updating all my reviews XD)
  • شيماء ✨
    January 1, 1970
    STRANGER THINGS MEETS THE RAVEN CYCLE.I guess life is just that unimportant thing that’s happening before I get to read this book
  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Four Paths had its charms, if you could ignore the fact that it was also a monster prison she apparently had some ancestral obligation to deal with.” This is a really hard review for me to write, because this book had some of my favorite things of all time; lyrical and beautiful writing that I could nonstop highlight, an atmosphere setting that gives me goosebumps even just thinking about, a mystery all surrounding ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “Four Paths had its charms, if you could ignore the fact that it was also a monster prison she apparently had some ancestral obligation to deal with.” This is a really hard review for me to write, because this book had some of my favorite things of all time; lyrical and beautiful writing that I could nonstop highlight, an atmosphere setting that gives me goosebumps even just thinking about, a mystery all surrounding what hides in the dark depths of the forest, and a very diverse cast of characters. Like, damn. But if this isn’t the first review of The Devouring Gray you’ve read, yes, all the Riverdale and Stranger Things comparisons are all valid. I kind of think The Raven Cycle one is a bit of stretch, but I can kind of see it. But this debut novel really impressed me, and I can’t wait to see what the author does next. But The Devouring Gray follows four teens in upstate New York, all living in a little secluded town called Four Paths. And in this mysterious forest town, four families are held to a higher standard, because their descendants were the reason the town is protected from the Beast who hunts them. And all the descendants are able to harness the powers that should be passed down through their bloodline, but only if they survive a ritual pertaining to their ancestor. But now the town is under attack, and all hope is with four teens who are the descendants that are needed for survival, yet they might not be ready to provide protection for themselves, or anyone else, just yet. “in eighteen forty-seven, a group of settlers seeking a new life in upstate New York decided to end their pilgrimage here. On this day, we celebrate the leaders of that group—Thomas Carlisle, Lydia Saunders, Richard Sullivan, and Hetty Hawthorne.” ➽ Harper Carlisle - Missing one arm from the elbow down after her ritual to harness her powers went wrong, and holding a grudge over someone who used to be her best friend but wanted nothing to do with her after her accident. Also, her father is a predominant figure in the safety of the town. Also, also, a warrior babe who can wield many weapons.➽ Violet Saunders - Bisexual, just moving to Four Paths after the death of her sister and trying to learn to live with an astronomical amount of grief, while also learning that she has a hidden bloodline she never knew about. Also, piano playing goddess. ➽ Isaac Sullivan - Bisexual, living on his own after the rest of his family died in an accident. He is also Justin’s best friend, a broody reader babe, and he has the best and most scary power of them all. Also, he was easily my favorite character. ➽ Justin Hawthorne - The popular boy, who has the most powerful family in town, even though he feels like he must always do what his mother (also the sheriff of the town) wants, even though he is keeping a very big secret from her. Side note, I would die for his sister, May, my tarot card reading baby. “Powers or not, he was still a Hawthorne. He would find a way to keep Four Paths safe.” Yet, even though these are the four main characters, we have so many side characters, too! And this, in addition to the fact that the story jumps points of view a lot, I just feel like I never truly cared about any of the characters, even though I didn’t have a problem with any of them. I mean, it really is a strange feeling, because I can mentally break down that these are the four main characters, but while reading the chapter switching just makes me feel like I’m reading ASOIAF or something else that feels like we are given so many different points of view. I feel like this was the biggest factor that kept me from loving this book; I never truly got to know any of these characters because of the way the story jumps around. Also, if I’m being honest the Beast and the Gray felt too much like Stranger Things to me, but also with not enough explanation. I obviously am here for a good mystery, but I think seeing more of this parallel world, the mysterious creature and its powers, would have really benefited the story by filling in some much-needed gaps and made the situation feel scarier and more high-risk. Like, I was honestly convinced that some type of humans or other beings were going to reside in this world! Or we were going to fully understand the powers and what this thing was capable and not capable of! I don’t know, the concept is just so amazing, but I felt really let down by the biggest risk factor of the story. But I still loved watching all these teens learn how to find their powers and learn how to use their powers. I loved seeing them grow, both apart and together. I loved seeing all the different friendship roots; both brand new and old ones healing. I loved seeing how these four handled grief and trauma all very differently but still all very validly. And I loved to see all of these teens realize they are worth a hell of a lot more than the past mistakes of the ancestors they are forced to live up to. “Something inside Violet had cracked the day Rosie died. There was an abscess in her chest, a gaping hole in the back of her skull. A place for evil things to slip right in.” Overall, I really loved the ownvoices queer rep, and the atmosphere and setting were truly nothing short of amazing. I do want to mention that the main relationships in this are not f/f, but there are lots of hints at side f/f relationships! Also, even though I could never truly connect with the story, I still think there is so much good here. And I think many readers will still really enjoy this one upon release. But that epilogue ending made me audibly gasp that made my cat give me angry eyes for waking her! Is this the start of a series? Because I am totally down with reading whatever Christine Lynn Herman comes up with next, but especially with this setting as a backdrop. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.Content and trigger warnings for loss of a loved one, a lot of talk of death, murder, grief and trauma depictions, violence, abandonment, talk of rituals and self-sacrifice, and assault.
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  • ELLIAS (elliasreads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was hurt it would never understand. This was hurt made from love. And she immersed herself in grief, embraced it, the parts of her that had been so lost and broken, so long her enemy, were now her savior. I devoured this book in one sitting and it has devoured me. I FUCKING LOVED IT. I honestly heard a couple good things surrounding this book; there wasn't much hype to it— there still isn't, too some extent. But what I'm going to tell you is: BELIEVE THAT HYPE. IT'S TRUE AND REAL t h a This was hurt it would never understand. This was hurt made from love. And she immersed herself in grief, embraced it, the parts of her that had been so lost and broken, so long her enemy, were now her savior. I devoured this book in one sitting and it has devoured me. I FUCKING LOVED IT. I honestly heard a couple good things surrounding this book; there wasn't much hype to it— there still isn't, too some extent. But what I'm going to tell you is: BELIEVE THAT HYPE. IT'S TRUE AND REAL t h a n k g o d. I first heard this book pitched as "the raven boys meets stranger things."WTF. How can two godsblessed and just perfect aspects of my favorite series be a thing??Well let me tell you. It fucking can. Granted, nothing can come close to, The Raven Boys, for me but this book comes as a close runner up in third place. In second place is Gray Wolf Island (i fucking love this book so much go read it if you love the TRC like I do.) This book does share similar aspects of TRC and ST but I think it's equally distinctive and unique— standing overtly strong on its own. I don't think I've read anything like it in any book before so that was amazingly refreshing. The characters were the strongest aspect of the book. And most important. I fucking love Violet. Granted my lease favorite character was Justin (annoying) but he grew on me later. The writing in of itself wasn't really anything special but I think its ordinariness elevated the story itself into something better and spectacular. I don't think the blurb does a good job explaining what the story is about but I think that's a good thing. I expected something different and got something better instead. I want the sequel. Now. Honestly I just really love books with little sparks of magic in a place of our world. It's grounding and realistic. Hidden. A fucking gem. Ultimately, this was a story about grief and loss, taking control of your own life and destiny, the heavy ties and core of motherhood, and broken fractured friendships.Another favorite of mine. And also can we just agree that the UK cover is waayy better than the US cover? 5 DEVOURING STARSTwitter | Bookstagram | Youtube |______The Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven BoysThe Raven Boys The Raven Boys meets Stranger Things" ......this almost sounds to good to be true. Anxiously waiting for 2019.
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "Welcome to Four Paths. Nobody would ever stay here if they had a choice."The Devouring Gray is Riverdale turned magical. It’s also less trashy AND everyone is bisexual.I utterly adored the first few chapters of the book. It’s moody and creepy and totally has this sort of Twin Peaks vibe going for it. Every new page smells like secrets and mystery. And a little like returning to Forks for the first time in a decade. Dark forests and grey clouds as far as your eyes can see.The plot was fast-paced "Welcome to Four Paths. Nobody would ever stay here if they had a choice."The Devouring Gray is Riverdale turned magical. It’s also less trashy AND everyone is bisexual.I utterly adored the first few chapters of the book. It’s moody and creepy and totally has this sort of Twin Peaks vibe going for it. Every new page smells like secrets and mystery. And a little like returning to Forks for the first time in a decade. Dark forests and grey clouds as far as your eyes can see.The plot was fast-paced and the characters were fun but for my taste, this novel could easily have had 100 or even 200 pages more. A lot happened in a single book and while it was exciting it was also a little messy. A huge part of the story is actually backstory – scandalous events and equally scandalous relationships in the past. Then there are several POVs and characters who have their own story, family, emotional baggage, etc. There is a lot going on at the same time and for it all to feel realistic would have needed more time, more pages. When it comes to the characters, they all started blending into one person at one point. Sure, they have different names, hair colours, families, but character-wise, there wasn’t much depth. Which doesn’t mean they sucked, but again, more time could have been spent on them. It would have added to their relatability.When I first heard of this book I was super excited because it seemed like it would feature lots of LGBT characters. Then people told me that it was not as gay as I thought. But turns out, the bisexual agenda is strong in this book. I mean, when you find out that your mother had a relationship with your friend’s mother, it’s quite a surprise. We need more representation of queer parents anyway.Totally looking forward to the sequel.Thank you to Titan Books for providing a review copy in return for an honest review.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    Another one that I think would be more of a 3.5 than just a 3. I really enjoyed this! I didn't know what to expect going in, but this read exactly like a season of the Vampire Diaries or Riverdale and I am not mad about it. Also, I just can't help but to love a book with a whimsical setting and (realistic !!) bi rep. Definitely glad that I branched out of my contemporary comfort zone to give this creepy fantastical book a try.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    3.75 STARS"For the first time in his life, there would be a real member of every founding family in Four Paths. He would be a part of that. He would have a chance to change things, to help. Justin believed this. He had to. The Deck of Omens had told him so, and unlike the Hawthornes who used it, the Deck of Omens couldn't lie."My first book of 2019 that's giving me quite the challenge in reviewing it! Hooray! In all seriousness, I've been sitting here for days wondering just how to talk about th 3.75 STARS"For the first time in his life, there would be a real member of every founding family in Four Paths. He would be a part of that. He would have a chance to change things, to help. Justin believed this. He had to. The Deck of Omens had told him so, and unlike the Hawthornes who used it, the Deck of Omens couldn't lie."My first book of 2019 that's giving me quite the challenge in reviewing it! Hooray! In all seriousness, I've been sitting here for days wondering just how to talk about this book, and not even because of spoilers or ruining the plot. Our most anticipated reads can be difficult to wrangle; sometimes trying to rein in our thoughts isn't as simple as "I liked this book" or "I did not like this book." I knew this book sounded like everything I could ever desire on paper, but I haven't read The Raven Boys series yet, and upon finishing this I don't really know that a comparison to Stranger Things is accurate, as the feel here is so different. While reading this one, I kept getting hardcore Sawkill Girls vibes, and if you enjoyed that novel as much as I did, I think you'll enjoy The Devouring Gray as well.There are many POVs shared throughout TDG, and many more side plots as well, but I never felt it was confusing or difficult to follow. We have Violet, who has moved to Four Paths with her mother Juniper, and is part of one of the four founding families, although she has no clue what that means. Justin has recently failed his ritual and is masquerading around town to hide the fact that he has inherited no powers. His mother is the sheriff of the town and his sister has inherited powers, making him the "weak link" in this founding family. Harper is a member of founding family #3, and former best friend of Justin's until an accident during her ritual left her stranded in the gray for 4 days and missing her left arm from the elbow down. Isaac Sullivan is the only remaining member of founding family #4 in the town of Four Paths, and arguably the most fascinating and appealing character in the story (although Harper is a close second for me). We get to see pieces of the story, past and present, from each of these characters, which makes for a well-rounded view of the strange happenings in their tiny town. Here's the deal; I actually struggled for the first 100 pages due to the massive info-dumping amongst the characters and lack of action of any kind. While I wholly respect the world building and characterization that went into the intro, I think it could have used a few flashbacks or suspenseful inserts to keep the reader engaged and stave off the stale feeling inserted. However, once things get going, it's impossible to put the book down. I found myself desperate to find out what was going on, and while my focus was such that I expected the giant lead up to be to the night of the equinox, I was pleased to find out that it was a minor portion and a greater emphasis was placed on things happening beyond that. All said, this was a solid, well written debut, and while at times it felt like a giant prologue to the real start of the series, I'm appreciative of the time and effort put into making this story feel so developed and intriguing. The ending was superb; I'm dying to know what happens now that all the pieces are in play. And that's all I'm gonna say about that. ;)*Thank you Disney Hyperion for providing my review copy.
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    **3.5-stars**Sawkill Girls met Strange Grace. They fell in love and had a baby. They named it, The Devouring Gray.BRANCHES, STONES, DAGGERS, BONES...Welcome to Four Paths, New York -- words Violet Saunders could have done without. Riddled with grief after the loss of her sister, Violet is forced to move to Four Paths and start her life over. Not great.It quickly becomes clear that Violet's mom, Juniper, has a very strong connection to Four Paths. In fact, she is a member of one of the founding f **3.5-stars**Sawkill Girls met Strange Grace. They fell in love and had a baby. They named it, The Devouring Gray.BRANCHES, STONES, DAGGERS, BONES...Welcome to Four Paths, New York -- words Violet Saunders could have done without. Riddled with grief after the loss of her sister, Violet is forced to move to Four Paths and start her life over. Not great.It quickly becomes clear that Violet's mom, Juniper, has a very strong connection to Four Paths. In fact, she is a member of one of the founding families. The founders are treated like royalty in town -- quite literally revered as deities. Why, you may ask?Because they were the ones to capture the monster, trap it in the gray and continue to protect the townsfolk from it. Duh.There are a lot of details that go into this story. The history of the town, the history of the founding families, the rituals, the powers, the secrets, the betrayals. It's a lot.Basically, the monster trapped in 'the gray' is no longer as dormant as he used to be and teens that are each a part of one of the four founding families come together to fight back. There are familial and friendship dramas, secrets and investigations, love gone awry -- all the stuff. It's in here.At times, I felt like I should have been taking notes, which decreased my ability to relax into the story. Additionally, there were a lot of rapid perspective shifts that tended to knock me out of it as well. While the content was quite interesting, the flow seemed a little off for me.It was definitely dark, which is one of my favorite things, and the characters and history of the town were compelling. I loved the ending. It gave me chills and I will definitely read the next book in the duology. I even feel that I could reread this one. It may be easier the second time round as I have a better handle on what is going on.All of this being said, however, for a debut, this is impressive and I hope a lot of readers pick it up!Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group, for providing me with a copy to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity and look forward to hearing what other readers think of this one.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    Mark my word. This will be the fantasy breakthrough of 2019! This is the next Harry Potter. When I grow old, I talk to my grandkids about this book. I'll ask them if they've ever read The Devouring Gray and when the answer of course they have. Who hasn't, I'll show them my rare first edition, ARC. They will be speechless.This book has ruined me for any other fantasy novels. It was so well put together.The book follows Violet, Harper, Justin and Issac who all live in the mysterious town of Four P Mark my word. This will be the fantasy breakthrough of 2019! This is the next Harry Potter. When I grow old, I talk to my grandkids about this book. I'll ask them if they've ever read The Devouring Gray and when the answer of course they have. Who hasn't, I'll show them my rare first edition, ARC. They will be speechless.This book has ruined me for any other fantasy novels. It was so well put together.The book follows Violet, Harper, Justin and Issac who all live in the mysterious town of Four Paths. But Four Paths isn't any old town. It harbors a deep, dark secret. Within the town lies a great evil known as the Gray which holds a great beast. I have to admit that when I read the synopsis I assumed that the Gray would be a discount Upside Down (from Stranger Things). It was and it wasn't. It definitely had its differences and its similarities. I honestly wish that it had been focused on a little more in the book. Even though the title is The Devouring Gray, the Gray didn't get much action which was a bit disappointing. As a long time sci-fi fan, I was ready to sink my teeth into the weird science of a magical realm. While I got enough to leave me semi-satisfied, I left the book wanting more. Hopefully, I'll get that in book two!Violet:For me, reading a book is like making a new friend. And just like making a new friend, you have to spend time with them, get to know them before you truly get comfortable with them. It's that way with book characters for me. It took me a little bit to connect with Violet's character because I was worried that she would just be a "depressed new girl" cliche. Fortunately, she wasn't. Overall, even though she was a bit bland at times, I enjoyed Violet's character.Justin:To be completely honest, I really did not like Justin at first. He was whiny and a bit stuck up. Because of this, I was constantly rolling my eyes every time his POV rolled around. Towards the end I was finally able to forgive him for his annoying-ness.Harper:Harper failed her ritual and hates Justin (I don't blame her.). I was mainly frustrated because it took forever for me to learn why. I hate when books allude to things but don't actually straight up say them. I know that it's a way to keep a reader reading but for me it just annoys. I did enjoy reading Violet and Harper's friendship. It was very heartwarming to see two girls be friends in the midst of chaos. I wish I could do that.Augusta: Oh my god. I hate that b*tch.Everything else:Of all the books I've read (and I have read a lot), only a few do mystery well. Of course, that opinion is obviously subjective for each book. Different books need different styles. The Devouring Gray had a very intersting style of mystery. With a very slow build up for the first 75% but then the last chunk was just plot twist after plot twist. I felt like I was getting slapped in the face. I loved it.I really enjoyed the Beast as a villian. The book didn't delve into what the Beast is or where he came from but I still was fascinated. I'm not sure if it was intended but the beast almost reminded me of my own insecurity. The voice that whispers lies while I'm trying to rest or socialize.All in all, I really great book. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for book two.Bottom Line:4.5 StarsAge Recommendation: 14+Cover: 3/5 ~ Plot 4/5 ~ Characters: 4/5 Buddy read with megs_bookrack!Many thanks to Disney for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review| Goodreads | Blog | Twitch | Pinterest | Buy |
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    I had my reservations going into this book because whenever an upcoming release is compared to something popular—in this case Stranger Things and The Raven Cycle—I feel pushed to have some kind of expectations that, if not met, will be the cause of my downfall.Okay, a bit dramatic and incomprehensible, but all that to say that I didn’t know what this book would turn out to be. Yet it surprised me by being a combination of familiar and original. I definitely understand the Stranger Things compari I had my reservations going into this book because whenever an upcoming release is compared to something popular—in this case Stranger Things and The Raven Cycle—I feel pushed to have some kind of expectations that, if not met, will be the cause of my downfall.Okay, a bit dramatic and incomprehensible, but all that to say that I didn’t know what this book would turn out to be. Yet it surprised me by being a combination of familiar and original. I definitely understand the Stranger Things comparison and completely agree with it. Just like in Stranger Things, there is this alternate dark dimension where something dangerous and terrible breathes.The comparison with The Raven Cycle is, however, weak. I think it resembles The Lynburn Legacy much more, what with the founding families that are both revered and despised in the town and the new girl that tries to unravel the town’s mysteries and the descendants’ too. Regardless, it is captivating and despite being a Disney title, it is pretty mature. Previous Disney-Hyperion titles have disappointed me by being very juvenile, but such was not the case here. Thank God.Did anyone else ship Violet with Harper though? I so shipped them together. Not that I don’t like the author’s pairings—and actually, I like that there’s a very limited amount of romantic anything—but after learning Violet was bi and meeting badass Harper, I kind of wanted them to make out. Oh well. Was that spoiler-ish? The author never says Harper is bi so really this was all in my head.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    It took until the last quarter of the book for it to stop feeling like a lesser combination of a lot of good stories that already exist.
  • Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
    January 1, 1970
    I already want to read The Devouring Gray again<3 The Riverdale comp is completely accurate but it also reminds me of my favorite animated series of all time, Over the Garden Wall! I can't wait to have a finished copy in my hands please and thank you.
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  • Nick
    January 1, 1970
    I just found out that I have an ARC of this book, might read it soon
  • Clemlucian (🏳️‍🌈the brooding villain)
    January 1, 1970
    “In eighteen forty-seven, a group of settlers seeking a new life in upstate New York decided to end their pilgrimage here. On this day, we celebrate the leaders of that group—Thomas Carlisle, Lydia Saunders, Richard Sullivan, and Hetty Hawthorne.” ⭐⭐⭐[the full review is up on my blog ]And from that pilgrimage was born Four Paths, a small town hidden in the woods with a beast at its core. The descendants of the four leaders of the group carry the burden of protecting their small town from the b “In eighteen forty-seven, a group of settlers seeking a new life in upstate New York decided to end their pilgrimage here. On this day, we celebrate the leaders of that group—Thomas Carlisle, Lydia Saunders, Richard Sullivan, and Hetty Hawthorne.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️[the full review is up on my blog ]And from that pilgrimage was born Four Paths, a small town hidden in the woods with a beast at its core. The descendants of the four leaders of the group carry the burden of protecting their small town from the beast, no matter what the cost is. But a century has passed, and the Saunders are almost instinct, their last descendants, come back into town, unaware of their destiny. As the 4 new generations find their way back together, the start to question their role in this curse, which might but their entire town at risk…VIOLET SAUNDERS’S this bisexual musician who’s grieving the recent death of her older sister. She’s alone in the world and looking for a new direction and maybe her newfound ancestors might show her the way.ISAAC SULLIVAN’S the angry punk who likes to read dystopias. He’s rude, pessimistic, angry and in love with his straight best friend. His vanished out of town, leaving him on his own in the empty city-hall.HARPER CARLISLE’S this brave, cunning, heartbroken girl, she’s angry at the world and looking for her revenge against the boy she loved, who dropped her when she lost her forearm.JUSTIN HAWTHORNE’S the jock, the golden boy. Or so everyone thinks. Suffering from the hero syndrome, Justin wants to save everyone, but he might be the weakest in this book… “Being invisible when you used to be seen...it's like being dead, but no one mourns you.” In overall, I thought the Devouring Gray made an entertaining story, the plot is quick, and you probably will read it in 2 or 3 sittings. However, that quickness came with its downsides, and while it might convince some, it didn’t convince me.I found the characters to be charming and entertaining, however, I noticed a tendency to focus too heavily on some specific character traits which, accentuated too much, have turned some of the characters into caricatures of themselves… I wish we could have seen more sides to them, but we haven’t yet. I hope we will in the second book. The writing style was good. I liked how efficient it was, and yet there was a distinct atmosphere created. I found that side of the story remarkable.[the full review is up on my blog ] Rating: 3/5 stars.
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    Small town secrets and power struggles collide when the monster lurking in the shadows is unleashed and four supernaturally powerful families must set aside their differences to protect themselves and those who depend on them. But will the animosities, lies and egos make the truth impossible to see? Can the youngest generation of “founding Families” put aside the past to protect their future? Four Paths, New York has held its people and its secrets for too long, but exposing them now, with the m Small town secrets and power struggles collide when the monster lurking in the shadows is unleashed and four supernaturally powerful families must set aside their differences to protect themselves and those who depend on them. But will the animosities, lies and egos make the truth impossible to see? Can the youngest generation of “founding Families” put aside the past to protect their future? Four Paths, New York has held its people and its secrets for too long, but exposing them now, with the monster growing stronger may be too little, too late.THE DEVOURING GRAY by Christine Lynn Herman is devilishly dark, riddled with secrets and layered in bone-chilling fear as friends become enemies and those you least expect to help are the greatest allies.Christine Lynn Herman has given this tale a depth of atmosphere that hangs over each page in a veil of mystery. Her characters are revealed to have layer upon layer of facets, some good, some dark and spine tingling.A great read that overflows with dark fantasy presented eerily perfect!I received a complimentary ARC edition from Disney-Hyperion!Publisher: Disney Hyperion (April 2, 2019)Publication Date: April 2, 2019Genre: YA Dark Fantasy ThrillerPrint Length: 368 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com
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  • chandler ainsley ♕
    January 1, 1970
    isaac is the only one worth a shit
  • Sophie Elaina
    January 1, 1970
    This book has one of the most eerie but beautiful atmospheres I’ve ever come across while reading. It kind of reminded me of Sawkill Girls and The Raven Boys with a hint of Stranger Things. Oh and the town this is set in and some of the “political” elements gave me Vampire Diaries vibes, it basically reminded me of everything I LOVE but I didn’t love it just because of that. It was a fresh take on those things with its own back bone, I was very surprised by several plot points and I’m not easily This book has one of the most eerie but beautiful atmospheres I’ve ever come across while reading. It kind of reminded me of Sawkill Girls and The Raven Boys with a hint of Stranger Things. Oh and the town this is set in and some of the “political” elements gave me Vampire Diaries vibes, it basically reminded me of everything I LOVE but I didn’t love it just because of that. It was a fresh take on those things with its own back bone, I was very surprised by several plot points and I’m not easily surprised. Every element of the story had so many layers and these characters were realistic even down to their many faults. I loved every messy part of their personalities. And I adored the authors take on grief and heartbreak, (and a few more things that I can’t really mention because they would be spoilers.)The Devouring Gray follows several unique characters and I very much enjoyed the fact that this was truly a gang of people coming together to save each other. This sort of ensemble cast in a book always seems to speak to my soul on some level and this book was no different. They pulled on my heartstrings way too many times to count. However with multiple perspectives there’s often certain characters I prefer and others whose perspectives I don’t care for; but in this case, the authors seamlessly beautiful writing made me fall in love with them all. I actually cared about every single character. Plus the own-voices queer representation made me so happy, and all of the bisexuality was perfection. I was completely immersed in this story and these characters from the first chapter.I also just want to mention that the perspectives weren't separated by chapters and this is also something I often find jarring, however if you don't usually enjoy that kind of storytelling I would urge you to still give this book a chance as I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that I loved every sentence. The intertwining of perspectives in this book was the perfect way to go with telling the story and it really made the plot flow in a superbly fast paced but also well developed way.I couldn’t think about anything else while I was reading this book. I loved the uniqueness of the magical elements and I’m intrigued to see where the author will take the story next. In fact I absolutely cannot wait for more from this series. I would definitely recommend checking it out!Rating: 93%
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  • Lia °booksnpenguins°
    January 1, 1970
    This book has pink-colored pages!! *cries in pink* so pretty!
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    “They weren’t the kings and queens of Four Paths High School - they were its gods.” In retrospect, maybe that quote makes this book sound like some dramatic trope-y high school drama, but it is not. I loved this so so so much. It's delightfully gothic and darkly atmospheric; a small town in the woods haunted by a beast made of nightmares. It also lives up to its comp titles of Stranger Things and slightly lesser so, The Raven Boys - just like in Stranger Things, The Devouring Gray has a beast f “They weren’t the kings and queens of Four Paths High School - they were its gods.” In retrospect, maybe that quote makes this book sound like some dramatic trope-y high school drama, but it is not. I loved this so so so much. It's delightfully gothic and darkly atmospheric; a small town in the woods haunted by a beast made of nightmares. It also lives up to its comp titles of Stranger Things and slightly lesser so, The Raven Boys - just like in Stranger Things, The Devouring Gray has a beast from a parallel world (known as the Gray) that causes trouble. And whilst it is a lot darker than The Raven Boys, it has similar group dynamics and forest settings. (I would also say it's a bit like Claire Legrand's Sawkill Girls and Laure Eve's The Graces.)In addition to the truly awesome setting, the characters were very interesting and thought-out. Violet and Isaac were my favourites (and the development of their friendship), but Harper and Justin were really great too. I loved how different their interactions were, and how their friendships with one person differed to another. > Violet Saunders: the "new girl" in town, but whose family is originally from Four Paths. Is dealing with a lot of grief due to events that happen before the book. Slightly dramatically moody (which I love); probably one of those "edgy kids". Very musical. Bisexual. > Justin Hawthorne: that boy who seems to have everything: the looks, the family, the life and the influence. But a lot of things about him are just a veneer to hide a secret. Has a little sister called May. > Harper Carlisle: Used to be friends/in love with with Justin, but after certain events he and his family shut her out. Can use a sword (!), and has a lot of pent-up aggression over the way she was treated because of a certain event (and rightfully so, I think). Has a residual limb; she is missing her left hand & part of her lower arm. (Might also be bisexual but I can't recall definitely.) > Isaac Sullivan: gives of a cold front, but definitely has a soft heart under it all. Potentially one of the most dangerous characters, because of his powers. His family really sucks and treated him badly - and honestly I just want to protect him. He also loves books and is essentially a modern, tortured, broody Byronic hero. Also bisexual. As you've noticed, there is a lot of diversity in this book! Which is AMAZING. And I really admire how Harper is missing a limb but it did not affect her in any way - also, I haven't really seen much in the way of characters who are missing limbs much in literature and I'm really grateful to see it here. This book is partly what I wished Sawkill Girls could've been, actually. It has many of the same features: queer diversity, group dynamics, a beast that preys on a small, isolated village and a cult, but I just enjoyed The Devouring Gray so much more. For an almost-400 page book, I sped through this quickly. I loved this so much. It has so many things that I just love (bisexual characters, forests, gothic-ness), and I'm so glad that a book I've been excited for for months lived up to my hype! I just know that Christine Lynn Herman is going to become one of my new favourite authors in future (I love her writing style & characterisation) - so I can't wait for book two, and I can't wait to see what she's going to do after that. EDIT: ALSO I CANT BELIEVE I FORGOT THIS but there’s a cat in the book called ORPHEUS which is the coolest name given to a cat ever Also, this UK cover? Incredible. True artistry. Yes it's also so Riverdale (there's even a dinner on the back) but like . . . this is so much better than whatever that show is currently trying to be > 4 stars/4.2 stars Thank you so much to Titan Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review! <3
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  • Sierra Elmore
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT (4/5/19): god i forgot how much this book hurts and heals all at onceI was lucky enough to read an early copy of THE DEVOURING GRAY, and it's magnificent. Christine has woven an atmospheric story centering on four teenagers seeking to defeat a monster in their small town. Her prose is glorious, featuring sentences that sing and make you reconsider all of your life choices (and her characters).And the CHARACTERS. This is such a lovable cast! Each person has their own, rich history, flaws, an EDIT (4/5/19): god i forgot how much this book hurts and heals all at onceI was lucky enough to read an early copy of THE DEVOURING GRAY, and it's magnificent. Christine has woven an atmospheric story centering on four teenagers seeking to defeat a monster in their small town. Her prose is glorious, featuring sentences that sing and make you reconsider all of your life choices (and her characters).And the CHARACTERS. This is such a lovable cast! Each person has their own, rich history, flaws, and strengths that make you feel weak in comparison. In the best way.The setting is a character all by itself, all spook and creep. This is a book that will keep you up at night, then etch itself into your dreams.SO if you like:- Books that are gayer than they first appear- Badass female fencers- Woods that will literally eat you alive- Pianos, cats, and ~family secrets~- Teenagers making mistakes that literally just mess EVERYTHING up but you love them anywayThis book is for youuuuuuuu
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  • Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
    January 1, 1970
    FOR FANS OF THE RAVEN CYCLE AND STRANGER THINGS YOU SAY???? THIS IS HOW YOU HYPE ME UP!!!!!!!!!!!! *all my hopes are depending on this book with a pitch like this do not dissapoint...*
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    DNFI need to stop falling into booktube YA hype - this hooked sounded great in theory but the characters were cookie cutter, the writing mediocre and at points just odd, and there was nothing making me want to continue reading
  • TheYALibrarian
    January 1, 1970
    Rating 3.5 StarsI apologize in advance if this review seems like a whole jumble of words it's because my brain is still not really wrapped around this book. So much happened and so little at the same time and my brain is like:But anyway here goes nothing peeps.Violet Saunders and her mom Juniper move in with Juniper's sister Daria in their hometown after the death of Violet's sister Rosie. She soon discovers that the town has a sinister forest called the Gray where a beast resides and many peopl Rating 3.5 StarsI apologize in advance if this review seems like a whole jumble of words it's because my brain is still not really wrapped around this book. So much happened and so little at the same time and my brain is like:But anyway here goes nothing peeps.Violet Saunders and her mom Juniper move in with Juniper's sister Daria in their hometown after the death of Violet's sister Rosie. She soon discovers that the town has a sinister forest called the Gray where a beast resides and many people have lost their lives. Even more interesting is that she finds out the Saunders name is well known here since one of Violet's ancestors created the town along with three other people from different families. Centuries ago, these four people created the town and bound the beast to the Gray. How they did so? With magic of course. For these four people somehow have special abilities that were passed down through the generations. The Sullivans can control fire, the Hawthornes can wipe a person's memory, the Carlisle's can control earth by transforming their own limbs to rock, and the Saunders can bring back the dead as well as other gifts that some family members possess like May and her gift of accurate reading of tarot cards. With all these gifts of course came consequences with Harper losing her left arm, Isaac not being able to control his fire when angry or afraid, and Daria and Juniper being so dangerous their memories were wiped. The four kids of these families Justin, Isaac, Harpar, and Violet end up working together to figure out why their families locked away the beast and how they can stop it from killing more people. Their is some tension in this with Harper despising Justin for betraying their friendship but they have to ultimately settle their differences to deal with a bigger cause. Chaos insues with Violet briefly losing her memory then being possessed by the beast itself and the bigger more horrible truth of a cult that planned to unleash the beast, being led by Violet's undead uncle who she only knew about through his journals. Of course the beast is banished once again and the cult is dispersed but the ending remains open ended with Isaac's abusive brother returning to Four Paths. After that summary to kind of get my brain into gear since it's been some time since I finished this book I will say there are a lot of holes in this novel. The history of Four Paths is not really brushed upon much. It feels like the author only scratched the surface. How did these four people come to this town with these powers and how did this beast come to really be? We don't really know they were just there and the beast someone exists and the four people gave their lives to bind it to this place called the Gray. That forest in itself really doesn't make sense contextually either. Also the rituals every member of these families have to endure to get their powers under control remains super vague. Justin did not pass his ritual but what that ritual was is unknown. Harper's is vague as well until the end of the book and Isaac's is touched upon but not in enough detail. Violet's is really the only well known one since she had to complete it in order to save the town from the beast. As for characters I liked them enough. Justin was nothing to really praise about just a guy with no powers who's pretty much a coward for not standing up to his mom. Isaac I couldn't help but love with his fiery personality and gentle heart. He gave me super hard Ronan Lynch vibes and I love that cinnamon roll so I can't help but love Isaac too. Violet is as fiery as Isaac and I liked her give no fucks personality a lot. It's something seen in female protagonists but Violet is very unabashed about it and I appreciate that. I really thought her and Isaac made a great couple but it's irritating that it's not clear if Isaac has feelings for her or if he only has feelings for Justin. Harper is someone I admired with her strong will after basically being ostracized after her failed ritual and how mature she was for putting revenge aside to help vanquish the beast. As for other characters didn't like Augusta as I'm sure was the point since she aimed to control the town if anyone threatened her authority their memory was wiped. Juniper was not in the novel enough to feel really anything about her but I feel so bad for Daria for trying to help Violet and being murdered for it. I would count Orpheus as a character even though he is a cat and of course I loved his sass and I'm glad that Violet was able to raise him from the dead since I really don't think I would have dealt with this novel well if there was a dead cat since I can't stand animal deaths. Had to knock off a part of the star for that since the author could have found some other way to reveal Violet's power of necromancy. But besides that the concept of this book was really interesting and some of the characters memorable but the execution and back story could have been better.
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  • alina lak
    January 1, 1970
    I NEED THE SEQUEL NOW
  • Amanda Foody
    January 1, 1970
    The Devouring Gray is an irresistible blend of unforgettable characters and spine-tingling horror. After a sudden tragedy, Violet Saunders moves back to her mother's small hometown in upstate New York, where she uncovers the secret pact the town's founding families--including her own ancestors--made with a terrible monster lurking in the woods. Full of witchy atmosphere; lush, detailed writing; and a trope-breaking, endearing group cast, this book will ensnare you and leave you deliciously haunt The Devouring Gray is an irresistible blend of unforgettable characters and spine-tingling horror. After a sudden tragedy, Violet Saunders moves back to her mother's small hometown in upstate New York, where she uncovers the secret pact the town's founding families--including her own ancestors--made with a terrible monster lurking in the woods. Full of witchy atmosphere; lush, detailed writing; and a trope-breaking, endearing group cast, this book will ensnare you and leave you deliciously haunted. A stunning debut.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    I am so surprised by how much I loved this book?! As a huge fan of both the Raven Cycle series and Stranger Things (it says on the back that it's perfect for fans of both) I must say I felt both of those series in this book and it was everything! Its dark atmosphere and mysterious plot would be better suited for a Halloween read but I had so much fun nonetheless. I need a sequel NOW!
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  • Dylan
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars.OH MY GOD I LOVED THIS SO MUCH.For some reason I wasn't expecting much from this when I started to see the hype starting to build on social media before it's release, but i'm really glad that I started the audiobook.It's magical??? reads like a cw show?? immersive magic systems??? cool powers??? queer??? beautiful writing?? SO FUCKING GOOD.I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait a year for the sequel, but the wait is worth it.
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  • Dannii Elle
    January 1, 1970
    This book is pitched as The Raven Boys meets Stranger Things and they weren't lying!After the death of her sister Rose, Violet Saunders and her mother move back to the Saunders family home, in rural New York. Four Paths is ensconced by woods and seeped in history but small town life proves to be far more hectic than Violet ever anticipated, when she becomes the unknowing catalyst for a resurgence of the malevolent Grey.The Grey is bent on breaking its constraints and Violet must work with the ot This book is pitched as The Raven Boys meets Stranger Things and they weren't lying!After the death of her sister Rose, Violet Saunders and her mother move back to the Saunders family home, in rural New York. Four Paths is ensconced by woods and seeped in history but small town life proves to be far more hectic than Violet ever anticipated, when she becomes the unknowing catalyst for a resurgence of the malevolent Grey.The Grey is bent on breaking its constraints and Violet must work with the other founding families to keep the town, and the wider world, safe from what creeps through the woods when no one is watching...Whilst Violet formed much of the focus for this novel, I also loved learning about the disparate lives of the other heirs to the four founding families. Violet's family dynamics were nuanced but more so, and also of more interest to me, was that of the others. The interplay between the four was endlessly compelling and I was never sure in which direction their individual relationships would take. All were unique in character and given their own distinct voice, which both distinguished them and opened up previously unknown facets about this mysterious, and almost forgotten, town.Each founding family displayed abilities unique to their own kin, and learning of how each was manifested through secret rituals and how all played a distinct part in the protection of the town was of continual fascination. History, legend, and lore was rich and all were interwoven with these abilities until the reader is rendered unable to do anything but to follow along with the unfurling events and believe in the protective force of the founders, with as blind a faith as the other townsfolk.I was especially intrigued by the multiple Gothic elements that haunted the entire length of this novel - creepy houses, foreboding woods, buried secrets, and the ever-presence of the unknown. It's like Herman created this book with many of my bookish buzzwords in mind!Despite the undeniable similarities to both The Raven Boys and Stranger Things, this book is also entirely its own wonderful creation. I'm looking forward to seeing where else this twisted tale will take us, in the future instalments.
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  • Emily A. Duncan
    January 1, 1970
    Y’all are NOT READY for this creepy, atmospheric, gorgeous as hell debut. I love it SO MUCH. Also Isaac is my SON. he’s MINE.
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