Title: The Devouring Gray
Author: Christine Lynn Herman
Date of Publication: April 2nd, 2019
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?
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while but had been needing to get through a clutter of ARCs! Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed when I finally found my chance!
I liked the multiple POVs, but I would have liked to have more on Isaac! He was my favorite! Harper was interesting and she’s missing part of her arm because of the Gray. Violet is the new kid in town. And Justin I liked but he needed more oomph. But when these characters were all together, they were on fire!
Loved the Founding Fathers’ stuff as well as the magic. I have not read the Raven Boys but this is definitely nothing like Stranger Things, which is a good thing, wouldn’t want a book exactly like a show! My only complaint was the book felt a bit MG at times.
The writing was beautiful and it was fun to dig deeper in the town to uncover its secrets! Need book 2!
Do you like creepy trees?