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The Devouring Gray

(The Devouring Gray #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  7,274 ratings  ·  1,966 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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Mara YA Mood Reader Yes it appears that it will be. I saw that the author states this in the acknowledgments :)
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Emma Giordano
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Review to come! (Listen I know I say this a lot but I have two weeks left in the semester, I promise I'm working on updating all my reviews XD) ...more

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 surr
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 R
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**3.5-stars rounded up**

One day Sawkill Girls met a lovely, lesser known book, Strange Grace. They fell in love and had a baby. They named it, The Devouring Gray.


Welcome to Four Paths, New York.

Riddled with grief after the loss of her sister, Violet Saunders is forced to move to Four Paths with her Mom. Admittedly, they need a fresh start, but Violet's not crazy about it.

Violet's mom, Juniper, has a strong connection to the town. In fact, she is a member of
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
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. ...more
Aug 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW: some body horror; possession; lots of death (death of a parent, sibling, etc)

This is the story of the teenage members of the founding families in a small town where the founding families have powers to keep a monster in the forest in line.

This was just the right combination of friendship, history, dark powers, and spookiness. Also nearly every main character is a canon bisexual trying their best.

It weaves together themes of grief and loss, power, loyalty, family ties, and growing up. I hig
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
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
4.5 Stars- I still love this one just as much as the first time I read it! The last chapter gave me chills and I am so excited to be able to read Deck of Omens soon!

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.
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.
Trina (Between Chapters)
I was a bit confused at the beginning because you are thrown into the middle of things without much explanation. But as the story went on, I thought the reveal of information was well paced. The end had a few surprises and left me invested and wanting more! I love these characters, how they interact, and the small town lore. Their powers are unique. Would recommend to readers who enjoy a mix of real world and paranormal.

Audiobook review: 2 stars. The best thing this audiobook does is that the na
chan ☆
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy, 2019, lgbtq
isaac is the only one worth a shit
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Buddy Read this with Aimee from @aimeereads & Trina from @betweenchapters

Really enjoyed this eerie, magical book. If your a fan of Riverdale, Vampire Diaries or Stranger Things this book is right up your alley.
Also The CW needs to make this into a show, STAT.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Look at this beautiful damn pink sprayed edge copy!! I love freaking pink and needless to say, I didn’t like the book and it’s going in the trade in pile!! I give up!!

And for some reason, I thought this was going to be a horror story!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
I just found out that I have an ARC of this book, might read it soon
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Those pink colored pages were calling my name and I couldn't not answer.
*cries in pink* so pretty!
Charlotte May
“Stay out of the woods, little bone...I can see those branches reaching for you.”

Damn! This was great 😊
I ‘devoured’ this!! Pahahaha!!!

In all seriousness though this was an immersive tale with a great collection of characters and interesting magic system.

The town of Four Paths was discovered by 4 founding families. The Hawthorne’s, Carlisle’s, Sullivan’s and Saunder’s.

The Hawthorne’s have run the town for years, Justin and May’s mother Augusta is the town Sherrif and in charge of keeping th
Tan Markovic
DEVOURED this in one day.
All the stars I love this story so much ❤️


Easiest way to make me love a book: write some blossoming friendships in the middle of the characters fighting for their lives.
Mara YA Mood Reader
2/12/2020 3 stars. I was excited in the beginning but my excitement soon fizzled out to only mild intrigue.

I was hoping for a character-driven book. Especially with this one being compared to or for fans of The Raven Boys and Stranger Things......

There were a lot of characters and the author did well smoothly transitioning between them in 3rd person mulitiple. But I didn’t find the magic blossoming here between the characters in a way like with The Raven Boys where basically I could care le
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Violet Sanders is the new kid in town. Her father had passed years before, and now her sister Rosie has died in a terrible accident, so it's just her and her mom. But Violet doesn't let the pain in her life take the best of her, and she manages to start a new life in the Four Paths, her mother's hometown. But very soon, she will realize that her family's past is linked with horrible mysteries concerning the apparently peaceful town, and the gloomy woods that surround it.

I was skeptical when I p
Angela Staudt
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
“I think our ancestors went looking for a monster. And I don’t think they realized what the cost would be once they found it.”

Wow, I had my doubts about this book because of all the mixed reviews, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the small town vibe and the chilling, atmospheric writing. I wish this book would have been a bit longer, I felt as though it was rushed and I could have used more information. I thought this was a fast paced read, because I had to know what was happening n
May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: lgbt
askdjaksd this is what happens when a white author tries to be fake woke
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
unknown pokemon
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia
“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
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
oh. my god.
♠ Tabi⁷₈⁷ ♠
Update: this author seems to be mixed up in the problems surrounding other, predominately white authors who bullied & harassed BIPOC authors so I will no longer be supporting them nor their works. It's easy to not be problematic . . . and yet they weren't and that disgusts and saddens me beyond words. Just be a fkn nice person it's not that complicated.

review below written before the above knowledge was revealed

Kevin (Irish Reader)
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book! I did a reading vlog where I read this book, so you check that out if you want to know more of my thoughts:
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
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
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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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“Sinners who were led astray,
Wandered through the woods one day,
Stumbled right into the Gray,
Never to return.
Hear the lies our gods will tell,
The prison the Four wove so well,
But listen to us when we say,
Branches and stones, daggers and bones,
Will meet their judgement day.”
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