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The Deck of Omens

(The Devouring Gray #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,583 ratings  ·  408 reviews
The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid fro
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 21st 2020 by Disney-Hyperion
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Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-read
**4.5-stars rounded up**

After the events of The Devouring Gray, the Beast is seemingly under control once again and May, Justin, Harper, Violet and Isaac, are left to lick their wounds.

Even after all they have overcome, old anxieties remain and as the teens move forward, they find themselves continuing to flounder as the town at large feels hostile, especially for Justin.

Unfortunately for them, things are far from over. A mysterious corruption beings to seep from the Gray, infecting those citize
Chelsea Humphrey
Returning to Four Paths was a breath of fresh air; I really enjoyed the eery, atmospheric buildup that was provided in The Devouring Gray, which left me prepared to find out more regarding The Beast and Gray in The Deck of Omens. What started out as backstory in book one has bled into determining a plan to defeat the evil entity encompassing the founding family's beloved home, while also dealing with personal struggles pertaining to each character individually. This sequel was again, very atmosp ...more
excuse me but why is this not in my gay hands
Kristin Hackett (Merrily Kristin)
I am incredibly satisfied by this conclusion!!!
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Mar 17, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult


I just finished the Devouring Gray. I swear, this book cannot come soon enough!

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Can we please normalize killing off main characters (when there are more)?
I just want some death that will actually affect me.
Everybody can't survive all the time.
Just kill them.

Not these two, tho.

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Charlotte May
The Devouring Gray was great so I’ve ordered this one immediately. 💜
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)

I went into this still struggling with the lingering effects of a reading slump, so the first 100 pages were quite an effort for me. I felt The Deck of Omens took a little while to develop, but once I was securely halfway, I streamed through this book. And I'm so glad about that, because I loved The Devouring Gray, and if I hadn't enjoyed the sequel, I would have been devastated.

Once again, Christine Lynn Herman displays her talent at writing ensemble
Angela Staudt
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Ah, Four Paths.” Violet sighed. “Always finding new ways to ruin our lives.”

First off, I really enjoyed The Devouring Gray and absolutely loved the eerie atmosphere, and the depth to all the characters. So of course, I was super excited to dive back into Four Paths in The Deck of Omens. I really loved how much action was in this book and we actually got to see new perspectives from characters in the first book. I really enjoyed how there really wasn’t a slow burn to the action, it was definitel
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Eliza ☽
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal
The writing in this is so pedestrian BUT MY SHIP SAILED SO DO I GIVE A FUCK? NO BITCH NO
Trina (Between Chapters)
3.5 stars
Heavy on the Cabeswater vibes. A good continuation and conclusion of everything set up in the first book.
The Nerd Daily
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Maša Tome

“And it’s as true as most stories are, which is to say that it is and it isn’t.”

As I am sitting here, trying hard to write a coherent review and make some sense out of the jumbled mess in my mind, I am realising that this might be hard to do. Why? Simply because I loved this book so much! I picked up The Devouring Gray last year soon after it came out and I was dying for the sequel as soon as I finished it.

The Deck of Omens is the concl
Comparing this series and The Raven Cycle was a more apt comparison than anyone realized: by the end, both series fell in the same "great potential, shoddy execution" pitfall, except TRC did, at least, the one thing I wanted it to do: delve deep into the characters.

I said this in one of my updates for the book but here it comes again: I had read 70% of this book and felt like I had read absolutely nothing, both character-wise and plot-wise. The plot was kickstarted a little at the end (more on t
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! Definitely more spooky than the first one which made it so good!
Zoë ☆
*4.5 stars!

This book was SO GOOOD! I started reading it immediately when I got sent an e-arc (thank you so much Titan Books!!) and I instantly got sucked back into the story. The story picks up pretty much where the Devouring Gray left off, so there was immediately some action going on. In this book we get further pulled into the secrets of the Gray and the mysterious past of Four Paths. We discover along with the characters if and how they can banish the Gray from the town once and for all (we
Jun 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

I liked but didn't love Deck of Omens. I was a fan of The Devouring Gray for its atmospheric prose, interesting characters, and twisty plot. The followup was still fairly atmospheric and added in some creepy elements, but it felt like everything was getting a little too neatly and quickly tied up. Which, for me, made the characters feel a little flat and the plot a tad predictable. There were some cool moments, and opportunities for characters to talk through important is
Becca (Horners_book_corner)
Nice second book - I really like this series. Has Raven Boys vibes but is way grosser in descriptions 😅 A shame the LGBT romance elements both resulted in M/F pairings.
Adah Udechukwu
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Deck of Omens was spectacular. The novel has got that movie feeling.
EDIT: Forced myself to read a bit more (again, for the sake of how I liked the 1st one) only to dnf at pg 210

And yeah, it felt like forcing myself to care again for the story - I didn't- and the characters - did I really liked them? I don't seem to be able to now...- so I just stopped. You are supposed to enjoy your reading, not to force your way thru the pages.

And yes, it's a pity because I thought I would enjoy this 2nd part.

DNF'ed at pag 192 or so after been skipping some parts of it

I just di
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally, when I read the second book in a YA fantasy series, I don't like it as much as the first but I'm very pleased to say, that I enjoyed this one just as much as the first.

Obviously, I can't say too much on the plot of this one as it's a sequel but if you like stranger things, the raven cycle etc. I think you will really like this series, which starts with the devouring Gray.

There is just something about the writing of these books. It's so addictive and easy to read.

I can't lie, its bee
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an exciting conclusion to The Devouring Gray duology and I enjoyed returning to Four Paths and especially to these characters. The Gray and the woods are as creepy and atmospheric as ever and if you thought everything was back to normal after the end of the first book, you’re in for a surprise. Things are just getting started.

Absolutely my favorite parts are that we get to spend so much time with Isaac (love him) and that May plays a much larger role in this book than she did in the fi
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great and very satisfying conclusion to The Devouring Gray.

Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This has been one of my favorite reads in 2020 and I am so happy but also sad it's over.

Full RTC
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book to be a great conclusion of the duology, both from the plot and characters' point of view. It was more action-packed than the first book but still spent enough time dwelling on motivations and feelings of the protagonists. I especially enjoyed how pretty much all the romantic relationships were handled realistically and respectfully.

Overall, I quite enjoyed this novel and I'm ready for future Christine Lynn Herman's books!
Gabriela Pop
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
∞/ 5
full review to come closer to release date, but for now I will say this is a stunning conclusion to this story about a gang of broken teens trying to piece themselves back together and survive in a world set out to destroy them; a fabulous study of growth, grief, hope, forgiveness, accountability and corruption. Could not recommend any more highly.
Jul 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i need Justin and Isaac to be together!!!
Umairah | Sereadipity
4 stars
This was great! A solid plot, good character development, nuanced portayals of different relationships and a satisfying ending!
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this so much RTC
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
This is the sequel to The Devouring Gray, which means there might be some unintentional spoilers for that book in this review.

After somehow managing to survive the events in The Devouring Gray, the four children of the founding families have splintered into separate factions. Too many betrayals have left them wondering who- if anyone- they can trust. But then May realizes that something is seriously, life- threateningly wrong with the Gray, and suddenly the teens are given a choice: die alone o
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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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