114. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Synopsis (as taken from Amazon) is as follows:

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 distant respect, and something very like fear. When she meets Justin, May, Isaac, and Harper, all children of founder families, and sees the otherworldly destruction they can wreak, she starts to wonder if the townsfolk are right to be afraid.

When bodies start to appear in the woods, the locals become downright hostile. Can the teenagers solve the mystery of Four Paths, and their own part in it, before another calamity strikes?

Ability to Read – I found this super easy to read which was such a relief as I found myself surrounded by wordy books, unable to connect but from the first page of this, I was totally hooked on it and devoured the book in a single sitting.

Characterisation – Violet’s broken character was real and raw and completely easy to love. I found her character compelling and it was easy to get behind her as a character. I thought that her actions stayed in line with her character and that they didn’t seem forced or confusing. Justin was an interesting character to see develop because he spent so much of the book at war with himself and his actions, it was intriguing to watch him grow and find new ground to stand on. Issac and Harper, were both characters with a lot of depths but I don’t think I got to know them as well as I did the other two. I can tell that there is much more to offer from both these characters and it will be interesting to see how the book twists and turns in the next installment.

Visualisation – It was easy to visualise this, the scenes were limited to a few places and it became easy to visualise the surroundings and the characters interacting with each other.

Enjoyment – I really enjoyed this, I thought the plot was original and the characters were both defined and complex. I got to know the characters very well but still see that there is room for them to grow and I am investing in knowing where the story will go.

Star Rating – ★★★★

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