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The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
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really liked it
bookshelves: supernatural-paranormal-etc, ya


I’d heard quite a bit of buzz about this book on Twitter prior to it being published. Happily, it didn’t disappoint. It’s a really atmospheric story of a small town in upstate New York, controlled by four founding families who can each do different types of magic and who protect the town and its inhabitants from a monster in the woods. It focusses on a a teen girl who’s part of one of the families but who was brought up elsewhere. Following her twin sister’s death, she and her distant, workaholic mother return to the town and she starts to learn its secrets.

The setting is probably the best thing about the book. The town and the woods are really vividly depicted and really eerie. The plot is full of magic and secrets and keeps you guessing. There are a lot of blurred lines between good guys and bad guys and plenty of twists and turns. There are some nice friendship-related subplots. It’s worth noting that though there are hints of romance, it’s unusually light on romance for YA fantasy – neither a particularly positive nor a particularly negative thing from my perspective, but worth being aware of it that would affect the book’s appeal to you one way or the other.

Overall, it was a captivating, satisfying read, and I’m looking forward to the sequel.
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Reading Progress

Started Reading
May 1, 2019 – Finished Reading
July 9, 2019 – Shelved
July 9, 2019 – Shelved as: supernatural-paranormal-etc
July 9, 2019 – Shelved as: ya

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