Book Talk…6/21/19: Christine Lyn Herman’s The Devouring Gray
The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman. Disney-Hyperion. Apr. 2, 2019. YA Fantasy-Horror.
Amazon Blurb: “Fans of The Raven Boys and Stranger Things rejoice: This is your new obsession.”-Claire Legrand, New York Times best-selling author of Furyborn
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.
My Review: When Violet and her mother move back to her mother’s hometown, strange things begin to happen. She finds herself encased in the gray and is rescued by a local guy, Justin Hawthorne, who is supposed to be the savior of the town from the beast imprisoned in the gray. But appearances are deceiving and after what he did to another founder’s daughter, Harper Carlisle, he might not even be an ally. Isaac is Justin’s friend but may be a bigger threat to the town than realized. Can the four come together to defeat the beast and correct the founder’s mistakes?
LOVED this book! The characters are sassy and upbeat and together they shine! Looking forward to the future books!