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The House of Grey - Volume 1

(House of Grey #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  59 reviews
14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would. Difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights...girls. Except Monson Grey is not Monson Grey. At least, when he looks at himself in the mirror, the scarred face staring back is not someone he recognizes. Now he finds himself attending an extraordinary school, the recipient of an inc ...more
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Published (first published March 8th 2012)
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Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Amber Eidson
Feb 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent book, this was the first podcast novel that I encountered and it got me hooked on the genre. Try listening to an episode on the way to work and you will look forward to your daily commute. Nice world building, at first I was not sure if was going to be a mystery or a fantasy and you will enjoy finding out more with the main character. I like the author's character development and really became emotionally invested in the characters while listening. I was mad at part of the ending becau ...more
Melissa Hayden
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, ya-fantasy, ebook
I'm taken by the Arthurian twist to this magical school. I'm curious for more.

Monson Grey comes to his new home, Coren University - in a valley in the middle of the only temperate rain forest in the world. Monson doesn't remember much of his past or how he got accepted to this school. Monson finds a few fast loyal friends, a girl he has his eye on along with another girl who seems to be trouble for him, in an elite school known for it's prestige. Yet Monson has no idea what's ex
This is far from Harry Potter. There's not much literal magic in it to do so. Those who go to Hogwarts know it's a school of magic, and those who doesn't very soon finds out the moment they get accepted into it. In this book, Coren University is described as an exclusive, prestigious school. It is where the rich and famous, and everyone else who matters, want to go or send their children to. This is public information, not a fact shrouded by magic to keep its secrecy. There is no admission wheth ...more
Marie Clarisse
I found this book really intriguing. Everything was just so mysterious—it felt like the whole plot itself was shrouded by a thick cloud of mist. The world-building was also really cool. I found this particular school setting to be really dark, gothic and very fascinating. The characters theirselves were also funny and amusing despite the fact that this book had a pretty gloomy feel to it. The contrast balanced the book just well.

Unfortunately though, I have to be honest. The whole idea of having
Dec 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
I'm going to sound like a name snob but the character names were so distracting from the story that there was no chance of my getting involved in the plot. Monson, Artorius, Cassius, Taris, Indigo, Ignacio, Markin...really?!?

The story was a series of dialogue and a description of a school for the wealthy. There is no explanation of the bridge incident or his scars. The Hero role is mentioned every page but never detailed. The book ends randomly with no closure.

Not only will I not read book 2, I
Steven Burke
Jul 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bloody brilliant! This book had me from the very start. I really cannot say that about too many books. This is truly a fun, interesting, and altogether must read for anyone with a pulse. My apologies to the zombies...I doubt that you can even read anymore.

This is good for kids around 10 years and up. The best part is that it also keeps the interest of adults. I must read the rest of this question about it.

To be clear, I have not been paid or otherwise bribed to write this review. This
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Reading this with my son...ok got a little ahead of him. It's shaping up to be a little darker than Harry Potter. Earl has an interesting way of writing and keeping the suspense. There's a number of time periods that are infused into a futuristic, although very comparable, modern day. At the same time, the author is spinning a story that shows the reader they need to think a little more than what's in black or white....remember his audience is pre-teens. I definitely recommend it to those of you ...more
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I downloaded this book free off of Amazon to try a different genre than I usually read....this book doesn't really have an ending, and doesn't tell you anything really that has happened to the boy other than he is at an elite school....No idea about his past and the book ends abruptly I am still undecided on whether or not I am going to even read the second book to see what happens, if the second one is the same as the first one, it will be a waste of time to read it, since there is apparently 6 ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Quite a mystery. At first I thought it was yet another Harry Potter copycat but am glad that (so far), I'm wrong. A great trio of boys, main character is slowly developing. Language is quite sophisticated for supposed high-school freshman. My only gripe is that it was too short, but luckily I already had Volume 2 and will probably end up with 3. I suspect I'll be finishing that one quite quickly so the writer had better get going on Volume 4 and the rest of them because I'm dying to discover the ...more
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it
this is OK, but the initial serialized creation led to sloppy, fragmented plotting, blind alleys and red herrings galore, and plot twists that are totally out of left field, even for a fantasy novel. You'll also end up spending more money buying these installments than you would spend on a decent novel.
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i am absolutely addicted to this series!!!! i wasn't sure if it would be able to keep my attention. the first few pages squashed any doubts i had about that :P .... i just found these books 2 days ago and i'm almost finished with the 3rd volume!! i can't wait to start on Harmonics... absolutely brilliant <3
Liz Finney
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love the characters!
Shannon Benjamin-Boote
The House of Grey Volumes 1-6 by Collin Earl – Let me start by saying this series volumes 1-4 would have gotten all 4 stars from me and the last two books volumes 5-6 would have gotten 5 stars if it hadn’t been for the dreadful editing job, one of the worst I have seen. It was because of that poor editing that I had to give it 3 stars for volumes 1-4 and 4 stars for volumes 5-6. Normally that would have been enough to keep me from going forward with the other books, but there is a reason I consu ...more
Stacy Sabala
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, suspense
Book Review- The House of Grey Vol. 1 by Collin Earl

Monson Grey is going to a new school named Coren University. He is slowly getting his memories back, but he knows he is missing a lot. He starts remembering the competition for the scholarship to Coren. As the winner of the scholarship he is the new Horum Vir. He has been given privileges as well as responsibilities. He is the first freshman to ever hold that title.
He meets Casey and Arturo the first day and they become fast friends. Each boy s
Jan 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
A few bits of the story are good but too much emphasis was laid on teen romance, much to my distaste. However, overall, the author had managed to keep the reader curious about the past of Grey. I will certainly read the second book out of curiosity.
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book. On par with Harry Potter.
Amber Thompson
Not bad

This book is intriguing and makes me want to read more. But volume 1 started out pretty slow. Hopefully 2 has some more to offer. Giving it a chance.
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The reluctant new hero, or Horum Vir, of Coren University has no memory of anything much about himself. He woke up in a hospital after something happened on a bridge where he was the only survivor. Apparently no one really knows what happened. And he can't remember anything. All he knows is that he is Monson Grey and he won a scholarship to this famous school where all of the important and rich people go, the high society. Monson's face is a mess of scars that make people tend to shy away from h ...more
Jan 30, 2013 is currently reading it
The House of Grey by Collin Earl is about 14 year old Monson Grey. Like every other teen he is trying to makes his way through high school. He is faced with hard classes, food fights and girls. Monson has had a history where everyone seems to know who he is better than he knows himself. As far as he knows he was the only one to survive a freak accident that had happened at a bridge leaving him with fuzzy memory and a face full of scars. Being a poor boy living in a rich kid’s world, He attends o ...more
Heather Wiese
I think this could be a very interesting series, but not a whole lot happens in this first book. There's a lot of just regular kind of high school stuff (trying to find classrooms, meeting teachers, classes, students).

It starts with some sort of academic decathlon with two boys against each other, the defending champ and a freshman. The freshman wins. There is some sort of magician watching from the back of the room.

Moves forward in time and Monson Grey is on his way to a prestigious private hig
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The House of Grey started off as a Podcast, and the early chapters definitely feel like it. The prologue's writing sounded more like a Podcast than a book, which was a bit disconcerting - what works audibly doesn't necessarily translate well to the written word. It's why movies or video games being made into books usually require a separate writer. They're two very different mediums. The editing smoothed out as the book went on, but the first few chapters were almost painful to read.

The story is
May 30, 2012 rated it liked it
I haven't quite finished this book yet, I still have about 5 hours left to go, but I'm going to review it now anyway.

It's taken me well over a year to read this book (possibly closer to two). I'm interested in the story, and it opens with an excellent and captivating intro, the characters are all interesting, there's a lot of suspense...but there's so much going on and it takes FOREVER to figure out what is going on. Even now, I really don't know what's going on, and I'm almost done. It's like
Dec 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Picked this up on a whim when BookBub let me know it was free for the kindle last week. My main complaint is more about structure than content. Apparently this is adapted from an audioplay, and then published as a six-book series. If the other five are set up like this one, I'm guessing it should have actually been a two or three book series: it's way too short, nothing happens, and the ending is so abrupt and out of nowhere that I checked to make sure nothing was wrong with the kindle app befor ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
For Kindle Fire users this novel is broken down into 6 digital books. From the 1st book I was hooked. While this is obviously geared for teens, the writing has a depth that will captivate a reader of any age. The journey of Monson Grey is wildly engaging and filled with you typical teen angst and frustrations but at the same time has an air of maturity to it. By the time you finish one book you're desparately downloading the next as you're completely drawn into Monson's life. I'm about to start ...more
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was confused in the beginning as to where the book was going to go, and then it flashed forward to a young man in the backseat of a car with a lady driving him to a new school that sounded much like a university to me but turns out to be a highly prestigious private high school. Needless to say I was baffled as to how this boy fit into the story that was being told in the beginning, only to realize that he was the winner of the competition.
The story meanders through the typical privileged hig
Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book starts off at an academic competition, where a little girl witnesses a strange man doing "magic". Flash forward a year later and Monson Grey has been accepted to a prestigious private school on a scholarship. Unfortunately, due to a tragedy that left him scarred and without memory, he has no clue why he was chosen.

When he gets to school, it gets weirder. Someone (or something) tries to kill him by pushing a stone gargoyle on him, a cloaked and hooded man seems to be stalking him, a stat
Cheryl Krhovjak
Very mysterious at first, but the comradery between the main character and his two best friends added a fun, playful twist. At times the story was over descriptive and repetitive. The author clearly loves to use alliteration, this alone made me laugh out loud. The buildup is slow and then fascinatingly, furiously fast at the end (how’s that for alliteration?) Unfortunately the ending of the series is a cliff-hanger and currently there is no indication that Collin Earl is going to finish the stor ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story isn't bad, however it doesn't go into much detail about what really happens. The interaction between the characters is well written, and the story is fast paced and catchy enough to get your attention. I liked it, and am curious about what happens and what has happened, as this first volume didn't get much into that. I'm truly hoping the second book goes more into why.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
AMAZING series! Think Harry Potter meets...FABULOUS! I couldn't get enough of this book, I eagerly bought #2 and borrowed #3...I'll be working my way through this awesome series.
When a boy wakes from a supposed car crash, a rigged bee for a scholalship, a magician, and a new school all combine you get an awesome YA series for ALL to enjoy! Join me!
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