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The Deck of Omens (AAW, Book Review)


The Deck of Omens is officially out in the world! YAYAYAY! I’m so excited that this book is finally available for all to read! I’m very sad that this series has come to a close, but I will always reread this series.

My review is going to be a quick review today, because I read the book a few weeks ago and I just have’t been in the right head space to write a full review and I don’t want to give a half assed review. Sorry! The Deck of Omens (The Devouring Gray (2 ...

The Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman, published April 21st, 2020 by Disney-Hyperion. Recommended reading age is 12+

Official Synopsis:

The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.

Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.

May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.

Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.

With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.

But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…

Born in New York City but raised around the world, Christine Lynn Herman subscribes to the firm philosophy that home is where her books are. She returned to the United States to study at the University of Rochester, where she received an Honors English degree. Currently, Christine and her books reside in Cambridge, MA, along with her partner and their extremely spoiled cat. 

Her debut YA novel, THE DEVOURING GRAY, was an Indies Introduce and Indie Next Top Ten Pick. Her sequel, THE DECK OF OMENS, releases April 21, 2020 in the US & UK. She is represented by Kelly Sonnack of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

4 words- I Loved This Book. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the first one as well, but this one had so much going on and I loved all of it!

Getting to know May and Issac better was my favorite part. I adore Issac, and he had some great character development and heart wrenching scenes. I loved Violet, Justin and Harper’s character development as well. They’re such good characters.

I had a few favorite scenes. I shall list them for you now.

  1. Justin’s birthday party
  2. When Issac and Co. went to find the secret basement at his house
  3. When Violet and her mom were at the Founder’s Circle
  4. When Issac and Violet were talking in his apartment
  5. When Violet played the piano towards the end of the book.
  6. Any kiss that took place

That’s just a short list, lol. There is a lot I loved about this book. I cannot tell you enough how much I loved this book and subsequently, this series. I’m so glad I got to be a part of this street team.

I know my review isn’t a lot, but I still don’t have the words to describe this book. It was written really well, and, just ugh. Please go read this book.


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