Mini Reviews ~ Cute Middle Grade & a Dud

Posted June 22, 2019 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Mini Reviews ~ Cute Middle Grade & a Dud

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Genres: YA, Supernatural
on April 2, 2019
Pages: 360
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

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Branches and stones, daggers and bones,They locked the Beast away.
After the death of her sister, seventeen-year-old Violet Saunders finds herself dragged to Four Paths, New York. Violet may be a newcomer, but she soon learns her mother isn't: They belong to one of the revered founding families of the town, where stone bells hang above every doorway and danger lurks in the depths of the woods.
Justin Hawthorne's bloodline has protected Four Paths for generations from the Gray—a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster. After Justin fails to inherit his family's powers, his mother is determined to keep this humiliation a secret. But Justin can't let go of the future he was promised and the town he swore to protect.
Ever since Harper Carlisle lost her hand to an accident that left her stranded in the Gray for days, she has vowed revenge on the person who abandoned her: Justin Hawthorne. There are ripples of dissent in Four Paths, and Harper seizes an opportunity to take down the Hawthornes and change her destiny-to what extent, even she doesn't yet know.
The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When Violet accidentally unleashes the monster, all three must band together with the other Founders to unearth the dark truths behind their families' abilities—before the Gray devours them all.

My Thoughts

I had really high hopes for this one but for me it just fell flat.

It’s about four families who are the founders of Four Paths and how their ancestors a long time ago bound a beast to the gray and now they have powers. Now the newer generations are still keeping the beast at bay which means they can’t leave the town. Though something happened a long time ago allowing the Saunders to leave, but now they are back and Violet has no idea about any of this or her powers till weird things start to happen. It’s up to them to save the town but the town is not on their side as much as they use to be. It seems some have their own agenda and it could be dangerous.

So this one sounded really interesting but to be honest I was bored throughout most of it . It wasn’t till the last twenty minutes that I found it to be interesting. I really struggled finishing it. Things don’t make a lot of sense, like why do these people stay in town, as far as I know they are not bound just the founders, so instead of just staying there and fearing for their lives why not leave??

At least it didn’t leave you with a cliffhanger like a lot of YA series do. It did leave an opening for the next book but it’s not a OMG they left me hanging type of things.

I can’t really recommend it and don’t see the hype but if it sounds good give it a try and judge it on your own.

Mini Reviews ~ Cute Middle Grade & a Dud

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Boy Who Cried Werewolf by J.H. Reynolds
Genres: Middle Grade
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on July 2, 2019
Pages: 176
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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“Fast, funny, frightening—and filled with shocks and surprises. These books are my kind of fun. I want to live on Monsterstreet!” —R.L. Stine, author of the Goosebumps series
The Monsterstreet series kicks off with this chilling tale about a boy who discovers his father was killed by a legendary werewolf.
Max Bloodnight can’t decide what’s more terrifying about his weekend in Wolf County—the fact that he has to stay with grandparents he’s never met before or being stuck on a farm without cell service. If only that was all he had to fear.
Determined to solve the mystery of his father’s death, which occurred years before at the claws of a legendary werewolf, Max must hunt to uncover the truth before the full moon rises . . . and the werewolf strikes again.
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Also by this author: Carnevil

The Monsterstreet eARC contains both book one and two and so I will touch on both as separate books. Monsterstreet is a fun series in the vain of R.L. Stine as it’s MG horror with a touch of spooky without being scary.

Book #1 – The Boy Who Cried Werewolf

Max Bloodnight has never met his grandparents on his father’s side, but all of a sudden his mother is sending him to them for a long weekend. He isn’t sure if he can survive as they have no wifi, or electric for that matter. They are kind of strange but then so are their neighbors. He has been told not to hang out with the neighbors or go into the forest. Of course being a young boy he doesn’t listen.

I thought this was a fun little story about a young boy finding out some interesting things about his father and what happened to him. His mother had always just said he died of an accident but Max soon finds out that isn’t exactly what happened. He also finds out something about himself that he didn’t know.

I liked Max as he seemed like a typical kid who can’t seem to listen when told what not to do. He befriends the neighbor girl and goes into the woods to help her look for her dog…lol. I think young readers would enjoy this series.

Book #2 – Halloweeners

In this book Fisher just wants to fit in and finds a small group of guys who call themselves the Halloweeners. They are about all things Halloween and even have rules to go by. On Halloween day they are out trick or treating and are trying to beat this one older girl and her friends in the contest for the most candy.

They end up going to this old spooky house and see it has a cauldron of candy out and decide to go and get some because they want to win. It says take only one, but when one of the boys eats one he can’t quit and breaks one of the rules of being a Halloweener, only take what it says to take. The other two dive in too and before you know it his new friends are turning into the monsters they are dressed as which is a vegetarian vampire, invisible candy snatcher and a dehydrated swamp creature. Yeah!!

They quickly start wreaking havoc around town and Fisher has to enlist the help of Ava who is the mean older girl. There was a note that said they have to figure out how to turn them back before the sun comes up. So they are racing around town trying to catch them and figure out how to turn them back.

I liked Fisher and Ava (she is really just a kid who wants attention) and they made a pretty good team. The story was fun but maybe a tad bit to long as it seem to drag a little as they chased the monsters around.

This one is maybe a little bit more spooky for some kids, so make sure you know what your kid can handle. The creature spews out a green slime that hurts people, the monsters bite and really harass a lot of people and scare them. So I could see it spooking some maybe so wanted to throw that out there.

Overall, I think it was cute and so far a decent spooky kids series.

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