The Devouring Gray – Christine Lynn Herman Mini Review

Rating: 3.9/5

Title: The Devouring Gray

Author: Christine Lynn Herman

Genre: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy, LGBTQ+

Pages: 400

Format: UK paperback

Source: Titan Books

Publisher: Titan books

Publishing Date: April 2nd 2019

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.

*This book was sent to me to read and review by the publisher but in no way does that affect my opinion of this book*

Picking up The Devouring Gray, I was super excited as I’ve been seeing it all over social media and I gotta say, it deserves its hype. But, the reason I’m rating it 3.9 is that I feel like there wasn’t enough! And I need more!

Reading this book, I found that it was quite slow paced, but, it worked since it eased you into all the drama going on in Four Paths.  And. there. is. just. so. much. of. it. I really couldn’t put it down.

I really enjoyed getting to know these characters. Violet, Harper and Justin (I NEED MORE ISSAC POV PLEASE!) seemed to be the main POV’s in the book but, even though they were the main POV’s, I still don’t know enough about them. But, I also enjoyed it because there was a really nice balance of personalities throughout the characters which was nice.

One thing I found that they all had in common was the familial relationships between the characters and their families. They were all broken in some way which makes sense because of the whole magical thing and that not all families are perfect.

I loved Harper’s headstrong way of getting through life. It was really inspiring knowing that no matter what happens or who tries to mess with you, you can always get through it and that you can always get back up. Seeing strong female characters become one with themselves and working together to bring each other up is just the nicest thing to see IRL and in fiction.

Overall, I loved the eeriness. I loved the characters and their growth as a friend group and I also loved the bi rep. I really loved the whole twists and turns throughout this book and how im an actual mess. But, what I don’t love is that I have to wait for the next book!

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