Title – The Devouring Gray
Author – Christine Lynn Herman
Publisher/Published – Titan Books / April 2019
Genre – Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, LGBT
Pages – 400
Summary from Goodreads.
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.
I was initially drawn to this book because of the cover and then I read the blurb and I knew I just had to read it. Also the actual copy of the book was stunning, with pink sprayed edges.
I adored this book, it had me hooked from page one. It was so well written, things happened at a great pace and kept you wanting to read more. Each character adds to the story and you can’t help but connect with them and become interested in what happens to them. I’m not going to give anything away but I adored the fantasy/paranormal elements, it is what helped alongside the characters to make for and exciting plot. I also must say I Loved the Bi-sexual representation in this story, very well done.
All in all, this was a tense, spooky, well thought out. It had a great plot and the characters were relatable. I would highly recommend this book and I am so excited to read book 2.
Thank you to Titan Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.