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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
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Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Titan Books
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The Girls Read Not exactly. There are LGBTQ characters, and mentions of f/f and m/m relationships, but there's not really a lot of romance in the book at all.…moreNot exactly. There are LGBTQ characters, and mentions of f/f and m/m relationships, but there's not really a lot of romance in the book at all. Definitely a slow build of some potential relationships, the main two both being m/f. (less)
Claire Violet and Justin each do have love interests, but they're not each other! So no worries. And yes, things are nice and slow burn ;)
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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)
Chaima ✨ شيماء
STRANGER THINGS MEETS THE RAVEN CYCLE.

I guess life is just that unimportant thing that’s happening before I get to read this book
Melanie

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
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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 FUCKING LOVED IT.

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
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Kai
Mar 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, queer
"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
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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.
Tucker


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
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megs_bookrack
**3.5-stars**

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

BRANCHES, STONES, DAGGERS, BONES...



Welcome to Four Paths, New York.

Riddled with grief after the loss of her sister, Violet Saunders is forced to move to Four Paths and start her life over. Not ideal.



Violet's mom, Juniper, has a strong connection to the town. In fact, she is a member of one of the founding families and the founders are treated like royalty there;
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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
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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
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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.
Lola
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
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Heather
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
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Nick
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
I just found out that I have an ARC of this book, might read it soon
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.
chan ☆
Apr 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq, ya-fantasy, 2019
isaac is the only one worth a shit
☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
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
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Lia
May 02, 2019 marked it as to-read
Those pink colored pages were calling my name and I couldn't not answer.
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*cries in pink* so pretty!
Clemlucian (&#x1f3f3;️‍&#x1f308;the villain's quest)
“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
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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
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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: https://youtu.be/MO_nYYfB9Es
Dianne
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 ...more
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May 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, lgbt
askdjaksd this is what happens when a white author tries to be fake woke
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,
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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
Kate
Apr 14, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
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
TheYALibrarian
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Katie Gallagher
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
For this review and others, check out my blog!

The Devouring Gray was on my top ten TBR list for 2019, as I’m sure it was for many others. The marketing campaign for this book was pretty intense, and I was fully on the bandwagon. A small town setting with a Stranger Things comp? Sign me up, please.

Can you hear the “but” coming? I’m going to cut to the chase: The Devouring Gray was really disappointing to me. As has been the case with some other YA books I’ve read lately, this book could have
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Lily ☁️
“Welcome to Four Paths,” he said. “Nobody would ever stay here if they had a choice.”


[sighs the longest sigh in the history of sighs]—would it be too mean of me to say ... I would not have stayed, either, were I not the kind of person who abhors abandoning books.

Thank you so much to the publisher for sending me a finished copy (plus character cards!) of this gorgeous book, I especially adore the sprayed edges.

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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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