Title: The Devouring Gray
Author: Christine Lynn Herman
Series: The Devouring Gray #1
Pages: 368 pages
My Rating: 3
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 first thing about this book that grabbed my attention was the cover. I mean look at it, it is stunning. After that I started hearing everyone talking about it which made me want to read it even more. I was able to get the audiobook on Scribd so I joined the Bookish Bash readalong for this book in June.
This is Christine’s debut novel and I didn’t even realize that until after I read it. For it being a debut I thought it was a pretty good start for a series. I did have a couple issues with it though. Like I mentioned I was listening to the audiobook and at first I thought that was why I was having trouble but someone who was actually reading the book said she was struggling as well.
I immediately struggled to keep up with who was who. After a while I got used to it and it wasn’t such a struggle but there for a while I couldn’t keep up. Also the writing style was making it difficult as well. I couldn’t keep up with the perspective changes. She literally jumped from multiple perspectives in the same chapter and it was abrupt. Also I could have used a little more explanation on the “monster” I don’t feel like I understand it after finishing the book.
Other than that I enjoyed the plot and I can’t wait to read the next book especially after that ending. Y’all know I am not a fan of cliffhangers but I loved how this one ended. I found myself chuckling while listening to it and saying you go girl.