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Book Review: The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman (Plus #BeachBlanketBookClub Wrap-Up!)

This post is a combination of things. I will be reviewing The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman and recapping my Beach Blanket Book Club posts I did in collaboration with Girls Life Magazine!

I am super thankful to Girls Life for reaching out to me and wanting to send me their seven YA summer picks. Over on my Instagram, I posted a few posts, did a spotlight post on The Devouring Gray, and highlighted the seven books I received on my stories (which are now saved in a highlight called Girls Life #BBBC).

Stick around until the end because I am hosting a giveaway for a FC of The Devouring Gray!

Girls Life sent me a box of seven different books! Here’s what they sent me, and if you want to learn more about each book, check my Instagram highlight for the synopsis on each book!

#1. The Bullybuster by Clay Cormany

#2. Archie of Outlandish by Lynnette Kraft

#3. The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

#4. Keeper of The Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

#5. Ask Me Anything by Molly E. Lee

#6. Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Gargia and Illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

#7. TBH, IDK What’s Next by Lisa Greenwald

I was so happy to participate among so many other fantastic bookstagrammers and bloggers, and I loved taking all of the different pictures and putting together the Instagram story slides. I may do a giveaway later for some of these books in the future, I haven’t decided yet.

Thank you so much to Girls Life for sending me these books and working with me to publish these posts! I’ve had a great time and gotten valuable experience and I hope to work with Girls Life again in the future.

The Devouring Gray

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman, published April 2nd, 2019 by Titan Books. Recommended reading age is 12+

Official Synopsis:

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?

Christine Lynn Herman

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 and their extremely spoiled cat.

Her debut novel, THE DEVOURING GRAY, will be released by Disney Hyperion on April 2, 2019, with a sequel to come the following year.

Wow, I loved this book. It had been on my radar for months before I finally got my hands on a copy of this book, and I read it in one sitting. This is one of the best books I’ve read this year (so far) and I don’t see it changing any time soon.

This book starts off by alluding to something tragic that happened to Violet’s sister and how cold her mother has been ever since. They are in the car on their way to Four Paths, where the story is set. It soon comes to light that Violet’s family was one of the four original founding families that kept the town protected, only Violet is the only one who doesn’t know it. Something is off with her mom, and her new peers seem to be keeping something from her.

I love Violet in this book. And Issac. It would seem I have an ongoing thing for the emo/angsty characters who have savior complexes and warped senses of humor. The ones who think there’s no hope for them but have secrets building up under the surface.

Another great thing about this book is all of the representation. It has LGBT+ and Disability rep, and it is all done really well! It flows naturally and doesn’t seem forced at all. Violet, the MC, is Bisexual (whoot whoot!), Harper, one of the four founding families’ daughter, is missing part of her arm (but can still kick ass with a sword), Issac is Bi as well, and some of the parents were together in the past.

One cool thing from this book that I wasn’t expecting was the “cult”. I did not see that coming.

Let’s talk favorite scenes, shall we?

Some of my favorite parts were when Violet and Issac had any interaction. I ship them hard. I would love if they became friends because I believe they are kindred spirits, but I also would not mind them getting together. I also really loved whenever Violet played the piano. I have a thing for musicians in books for some reason; probably because it’s the closest to playing an instrument as I’ll ever get, just by living vicariously through the MC describing how it feels to play an instrument.

I loved how Issac stood up for himself at the end of the book. I won’t say to who or why, but I was proud of him. #selfcare. AND THEN CHRISTINE LYNN HERMAN WROTE THAT EPILOGUE. And I need the sequel NOW.

This book had not a single thing I didn’t enjoy. The Devouring Gray is one of my rarer star reads (and I now have a tab on my blog that tells you was my star rating system means! #selfpromo) I really loved reading this book. It reminded me very much of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle in terms of setting, magic, and character banter.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a contemporary fantasy with kick ass characters who are emo and meme-y, with magical powers. In fact, just writing this review has made me want to read the book again so as soon as I finish it I’m going to go pick it up again. NO REGRETS.

I got a second copy of The Devouring Gray in my Beach Blanket Book Club box, and I want one of you to have it! Click the link below and Good Luck!


  • Must live in the USA
  • Must be 18+ or have a parents permission to send me your address
  • Starts 6/11/19
  • Ends 6/17/19

Just a heads up: this is my first time using Raffle Copter and I have not a clue as to how it works! Hopefully it’ll pick a winner for me!

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