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The Devouring Gray

(The Devouring Gray #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  735 ratings  ·  370 reviews
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
Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Titan Books
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I guess life is just that unimportant thing that’s happening before I get to read this book

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

“Four Paths had its charms, if you could ignore the fact that it was also a monster prison she apparently had some ancestral obligation to deal with.”

This is a really hard review for me to write, because this book had some of my favorite things of all time; lyrical and beautiful writing that I could nonstop highlight, an atmosphere setting that gives me goosebumps even just thinking about, a mystery all surrounding
Apr 11, 2019 added it
i really hope isaac’s back doesn’t hurt too much from, ya know, carrying this entire book.
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
This was hurt it would never understand. This was hurt made from love. And she immersed herself in grief, embraced it, the parts of her that had been so lost and broken, so long her enemy, were now her savior.

I devoured this book in one sitting and it has devoured me.


I honestly heard a couple good things surrounding this book; there wasn't much hype to it— there still isn't, too some extent. But what I'm going to tell you is: BELIEVE THAT HYPE. IT'S TRUE AND REAL t h a
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Another one that I think would be more of a 3.5 than just a 3. I really enjoyed this! I didn't know what to expect going in, but this read exactly like a season of the Vampire Diaries or Riverdale and I am not mad about it. Also, I just can't help but to love a book with a whimsical setting and (realistic !!) bi rep. Definitely glad that I branched out of my contemporary comfort zone to give this creepy fantastical book a try.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: glbt, owned
"Welcome to Four Paths. Nobody would ever stay here if they had a choice."

The Devouring Gray is Riverdale turned magical. It’s also less trashy AND everyone is bisexual.

I utterly adored the first few chapters of the book. It’s moody and creepy and totally has this sort of Twin Peaks vibe going for it. Every new page smells like secrets and mystery. And a little like returning to Forks for the first time in a decade. Dark forests and grey clouds as far as your eyes can see.

The plot was fast-paced
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Shelves: from-publisher
3.75 STARS

"For the first time in his life, there would be a real member of every founding family in Four Paths. He would be a part of that. He would have a chance to change things, to help. Justin believed this. He had to. The Deck of Omens had told him so, and unlike the Hawthornes who used it, the Deck of Omens couldn't lie."

My first book of 2019 that's giving me quite the challenge in reviewing it! Hooray! In all seriousness, I've been sitting here for days wondering just how to talk about th
Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

Mark my word. This will be the fantasy breakthrough of 2019! This is the next Harry Potter. When I grow old, I talk to my grandkids about this book. I'll ask them if they've ever read The Devouring Gray and when the answer of course they have. Who hasn't, I'll show them my rare first edition, ARC. They will be speechless.

This book has ruined me for any other fantasy novels. It was so well put together.

The book follows Violet, Harper, Justin and Issac who all live in the mysterious town of Four P

Sawkill Girls meets Strange Grace...


Welcome to Four Paths, New York -- words Violet Saunders could have done without. Riddled with grief after the loss of her sister, Violet is forced to move to Four Paths and start her life over. Not great.

It quickly becomes clear that Violet's mom, Juniper, has a very strong connection to Four Paths. In fact, she is a member of one of the founding families. The founders are treated like royalty in town -- quite
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Lynburn Legacy and Stranger Things
I had my reservations going into this book because whenever an upcoming release is compared to something popular—in this case Stranger Things and The Raven Cycle—I feel pushed to have some kind of expectations that, if not met, will be the cause of my downfall.

Okay, a bit dramatic and incomprehensible, but all that to say that I didn’t know what this book would turn out to be. Yet it surprised me by being a combination of familiar and original. I definitely understand the Stranger Things compari
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
It took until the last quarter of the book for it to stop feeling like a lesser combination of a lot of good stories that already exist.
Kristin Hackett (SuperSpaceChick)
I already want to read The Devouring Gray again<3 The Riverdale comp is completely accurate but it also reminds me of my favorite animated series of all time, Over the Garden Wall! I can't wait to have a finished copy in my hands please and thank you.
Clemlucian (&#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;the brooding villain)
“In eighteen forty-seven, a group of settlers seeking a new life in upstate New York decided to end their pilgrimage here. On this day, we celebrate the leaders of that group—Thomas Carlisle, Lydia Saunders, Richard Sullivan, and Hetty Hawthorne.”


[the full review is up on my blog ]

And from that pilgrimage was born Four Paths, a small town hidden in the woods with a beast at its core. The descendants of the four leaders of the group carry the burden of protecting their small town from the b
Small town secrets and power struggles collide when the monster lurking in the shadows is unleashed and four supernaturally powerful families must set aside their differences to protect themselves and those who depend on them. But will the animosities, lies and egos make the truth impossible to see? Can the youngest generation of “founding Families” put aside the past to protect their future? Four Paths, New York has held its people and its secrets for too long, but exposing them now, with the m ...more
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
“They weren’t the kings and queens of Four Paths High School - they were its gods.”

In retrospect, maybe that quote makes this book sound like some dramatic trope-y high school drama, but it is not. I loved this so so so much. It's delightfully gothic and darkly atmospheric; a small town in the woods haunted by a beast made of nightmares. It also lives up to its comp titles of Stranger Things and slightly lesser so, The Raven Boys - just like in Stranger Things, The Devouring Gray has a beast f
Sierra Elmore
EDIT (4/5/19): god i forgot how much this book hurts and heals all at once

I was lucky enough to read an early copy of THE DEVOURING GRAY, and it's magnificent. Christine has woven an atmospheric story centering on four teenagers seeking to defeat a monster in their small town. Her prose is glorious, featuring sentences that sing and make you reconsider all of your life choices (and her characters).

And the CHARACTERS. This is such a lovable cast! Each person has their own, rich history, flaws, an
Maggie ☘ (Wonderland-Reader)
Dec 01, 2018 marked it as tbr-highly-interested

*all my hopes are depending on this book with a pitch like this do not dissapoint...*
alina lak
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Amanda Foody
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cult, favorites
The Devouring Gray is an irresistible blend of unforgettable characters and spine-tingling horror. After a sudden tragedy, Violet Saunders moves back to her mother's small hometown in upstate New York, where she uncovers the secret pact the town's founding families--including her own ancestors--made with a terrible monster lurking in the woods. Full of witchy atmosphere; lush, detailed writing; and a trope-breaking, endearing group cast, this book will ensnare you and leave you deliciously haunt ...more
5 stars.


For some reason I wasn't expecting much from this when I started to see the hype starting to build on social media before it's release, but i'm really glad that I started the audiobook.

It's magical??? reads like a cw show?? immersive magic systems??? cool powers??? queer??? beautiful writing?? SO FUCKING GOOD.

I don't know how I'm going to be able to wait a year for the sequel, but the wait is worth it.
Apr 14, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf

I need to stop falling into booktube YA hype - this hooked sounded great in theory but the characters were cookie cutter, the writing mediocre and at points just odd, and there was nothing making me want to continue reading
 Codie's Book Corner
Mar 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 :) kindly sent to me by Titan books for review. Magic, friendships and mystery- loved this!! Raven cycle meets Sawkill girls, so much fun!
Wing-yee (bibliomeds)
the 3 words I need to hear right now:

Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
DNF @ 50%

Y'know, if this book had good characters to back up everything else happening, I probably would have finished it.

The setting is an interesting backdrop, but this book didn't really do anything new for me despite the intriguing blurb and book design. It unfortunately read more like an amalgamation of better books.

The story revolves around a group of teens who are each part of the small town of Four Paths's founding families. Together, they must team up to defeat a dark force killing peop
Emily A. Duncan
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Y’all are NOT READY for this creepy, atmospheric, gorgeous as hell debut.
I love it SO MUCH.

Also Isaac is my SON. he’s MINE.
Sophie Elaina
This book has one of the most eerie but beautiful atmospheres I’ve ever come across while reading. It kind of reminded me of Sawkill Girls and The Raven Boys with a hint of Stranger Things. Oh and the town this is set in and some of the “political” elements gave me Vampire Diaries vibes, it basically reminded me of everything I LOVE but I didn’t love it just because of that. It was a fresh take on those things with its own back bone, I was very surprised by several plot points and I’m not easily ...more
Ashlee » Library In The Country
Absolutely fantastic debut novel! Loved this!
2.5 stars | full review now on my blog

I'm going to be honest: I was only motivated to finish this because my cat was asleep on my lap and my phone was in the other room, so I couldn't move. 3 stars is definitely too generous for a book I didn't really enjoy at all, but I'm happy we got bisexual representation from a bisexual author.


Review to come soon!
Dannii Elle
This book is pitched as The Raven Boys meets Stranger Things and they weren't lying!

After the death of her sister Rose, Violet Saunders and her mother move back to the Saunders family home, in rural New York. Four Paths is ensconced by woods and seeped in history but small town life proves to be far more hectic than Violet ever anticipated, when she becomes the unknowing catalyst for a resurgence of the malevolent Grey.

The Grey is bent on breaking its constraints and Violet must work with the ot
Skye ~ A Court of Binge Reading
*** Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for sending me this ARC in exchange for an honest review***

This book was a complete and utter delight. I couldn’t stop turning the pages. Everything about this book hooked me in. At first, I wasn’t sure if this book would be for me because the beginning was just alright. However, once you get past the first 10-15% of the book, then you will absolutely be hooked.

I don’t want to say much about the plot of this book because it’s much more fun to go in
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Born in New York City but raised in Japan and Hong Kong, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. She returned to the United States for college, where she traded out a subtropical climate for harsh, snowy winters and an Honors English degree at the University of Rochester. Currently, Christine and her books reside in Brooklyn, along with her partner ...more

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