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  • Writer's pictureAshley Mongrain

The Devouring Gray

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2

"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?"


The Devouring Gray is the first installment in the YA fantasy duology of the same name by Christine Lynn Herman.

This book was buried in my TBR, and I decided to randomly pick this up because I wasn't in the mood to read anything in particular at the time. I ended up finishing this in one night...

I absolutely devoured this book (hehe, pun intended). The elements in this seemed to just work with me. Besides the plot, there were two things I loved about this:

1. I didn't hate the main characters (besides the sheriff cause she needs to get her priorities straight and kind of May because she's a bit too much like her mom). No one was annoying and they didn't do anything stupid.

2. The relationships between the characters. They are not perfect and it was great. There was no insta-love and any romance in this was very subtle. There is a lot of bad blood going on between the families and I liked that some of the characters did not forgive and forget. Like good for Harmony for not cracking and good for Isaac for pulling away.

I am now going to immediately read the next book because this is what I didn't know I needed in my life.

If you want an underrated gem, try this out for size.

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