The Grey Sisters

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Oct 2019

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Although this book felt slower to get through, I think it was a good book. I don't really believe in giving authors really negative reviews, but more constructive criticism from a reader's perspective. I agreed with some of the other readers that the sibling dynamic could have been executed a little better. As someone with siblings who also writes about siblings, it wasn't quite there for me. However, Treggiari is clearly very good with her words and an excellent writer.
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A plane crash in the Mountains called the Grey Sisters kills everyone but one person. That is how this tale begins. After that you know you are in for a fun ride. After the crash D and Spider who both lost siblings in the crash. What we see is a group of friends who go to the crash sight to get closer. The book is told in the perspective of the girls going to the plane crash site and Ariel’s chapters were my favorite I think they had more grit to them and it made it enjoyable. I have to say I am having a real hard time writing a review for this book without giving it away. There are some unique twists that make this a good read. I would be interested to see if this is a series or if this is the genre that this author stays in with the next book.
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I didn’t love this one and I’m really sad about it. I wanted to be swept up in the emotions and that didn’t happen. I didn’t get the sibling vibes that I wanted and the POV jumps just had me confused most of the time. I can say that the writing was good but I just wasn’t a fan of the actual story.
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This was a very weird read. I don’t even know how to describe it. It was equal parts good, bad, and somewhat confusing.

I did skim through some chapters because the characters in that chapter were very boring. It wasn’t until the last third of the book that I stopped skimming that character’s chapters because there was a lot starting to unfold.

With that said . . . The Grey Sisters started off a little slow. Interesting, and it did keep my attention, but just slow. Then the plot was very thin with little to nothing going on. We follow the girls on a road trip and we go through Ariel’s day to day in the “cult.” I honestly just kept reading to find out what happened after the crash.

It was somewhat predictable early on. I honestly was thinking there was going to be some kind of sci-fi twist but was only partly right — without spoilers . . . something I thought could be going on and was on the right track, just no sci-fi.

The three girls traveling through the mountains really got on my nerves. They’re friends, right? I just didn’t feel any type of connection between them. These girls are leading the story, essentially, and there’s no connection between reader and character, either.

Interesting to read, but I wish there was more to it.
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Penguin Teen and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of The Grey Sisters. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

D and Spider travel with their friend Min on a pilgrimage to the spot where a tragedy affected all of their lives. Will their need for closure lead them all into danger? Will a chance encounter give D and Spider the answers they had been seeking?

The Grey Sisters suffers from an identity crisis. I was expecting a YA survival fiction story, not a survivalist one on top of it all. Not only was there too much going on at once, but the book was completely predictable. The unrealistic way that the events transpired, especially the main one that is not even described fully in the book, took away from the compelling nature of the story. With a little more focus on one event or the other, The Grey Sisters would have been a better read. For these reasons, I would not recommend The Grey Sisters to other readers.
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This book was a gripping thriller!

The story is told from multiple perspectives. D, Min, and Spider all have third person narratives. Ariel is the only girl who tells her story from a first person perspective, and she is the only one from the isolated community. The parts about the community seemed like they could have taken place a hundred years ago because of the isolated way that they lived. Since that was the only narrative that was told in first person, it made it easier to relate to her character.

The two different types of narratives seemed like separate stories for a lot of the book. D, Min, and Spider were going to see the crash site of a plane crash that killed D’s and Spider’s siblings. Ariel happened to live near the crash site. When both narratives came together, I was so shocked. They were connected in a way I never could have predicted. It was an amazing ending!

I loved this book! It’s a great, unpredictable book!

Thank you Penguin Random House Canada for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Well the book cover is lovely but the characters are lacking development and the story did not intrigue my like I hoped it would, it's a miss for me.
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If you enjoy psychological thrillers, this book would be right up your alley. 

We meet two friends who are fighting PTSD from a plane crash that happened a few years earlier. When they think they've spotted evidence from the horrific crash, they decide to visit the site to see if they can discover the secrets. But something happens when they get there, sending them into a spiral for survival. 

It was a gut-wrenching read that took me by surprise. I didn't think that it would captivate me as much as it had, and I could not put it down. 

I gave this one 4 out of 5 stars.
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I didn't like this book as much as I'd hoped. The premise said it was for fans of The Cheerleaders which I am and I love psychological thrillers but this one was lacking. There were a lot of plot holes so it was confusing.
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DNF at 20%
I couldn't get into this book. I didn't like the chunk I read, especially the voice given to the narrators. The premise seems interesting, but it wasn't for me.
I talked about this is a reading vlog that is yet to be posted.
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Such a great read! I always love a good thriller and this one did not disappoint. The characters were very well written.
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A plane crash in the Mountains called the Grey Sisters kills everyone but one person. D and Spider lost siblings on that flight and D needs closer by visiting the crash site. 

This book in set in out West in Canada and written by a Canadian author! I love reading Canadian books (as I am Canadian). The author jumps into the story from Kat's perspective as the plane is in the air and about to have trouble. The rest of the book is written in D, Ariel, and a little of Min's voice. This was a twisted plot where a cult lives high in the mountains.  Reminds me of a good movie storyline.  I honestly think it would make a better movie than a book. I liked Ariel's chapters better as I found it a little more fast paced, twisted and suspenseful. There was more of a plot going on. 

Overall? I did enjoy this book but I don't think I will find myself rereading it any time soon. It is a quick, easy read and worth a read. I give this 3 out of 5 stars. I do think the plot could have been thicker with the 3 friends visiting the crash site or maybe less about them and more about Avalon community in the mountains. I found that to be more interesting and would have loved it if the author went further in depth with that storyline.
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The synopsis made me want to read the book however, I did find certain parts of the book a little flat for my liking. However, I have to say that the book portray grief in a different way compared to other books who take on the theme of grief. Overall, it's an interesting quick read.
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Thanks so much to the author, NetGalley, and Penguin Teen for the advanced copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are entirely my own. All of my full reviews can be found on my blog at and on Instagram @Tackling_TBR. 

When I read the description for this book on NetGalley I knew that I needed to request it, because I was immediately drawn in. A story about young women who are friends and whose siblings had both been in a devastating plane crash, and who then make a journey to the site of the crash. I was intrigued by a story written for young adults that was going to deal with such dark and deep content, and especially one that includes specific lore of the mysterious setting and the people who live there. So when I was approved, I was very excited and prepared to devour this novel. 

All of that being said, this was not my favorite read. Despite it being written for a younger audience than myself, it took me a long while to read. Not necessarily because it was a difficult read, by any means, but because I was having a very difficult time really getting into it. This book just didn't hold my attention, and once I had put it down for any number of reasons, I didn't feel the draw to pick it back up again. There wasn't that feeling that I had to keep reading to see what was going to happen, or that I had to finish this chapter before I left for the store, so there wasn't necessarily anything compelling me to it. 

The characters were interesting enough and well enough written, so my issue was nothing to do with dislikable characters, but in my personal opinion there also wasn't anything particularly spectacular or special about them either. So while I don't think that they contributed to my difficulty finishing the book, they also weren't compelling enough on their own to make up for my other lack of enthusiasm. However, I do love in books when you get various perspectives and points of view, so it was really fun getting to get information on the happenings of the plot from the point of view of all three of the friends as well as one of the young women in the local settlement on the mountain. 

I will also say that, very early on, I predicted the twist ending, so there was really no surprise on that front for me either. That on it's own is very rarely enough to completely ruin a reading experience for me as long as the book is still well written and interesting on the journey to get to that twist. But I do know that it can ruin it for others, so I figured it would be worth mentioning. 

Overall I am grateful to have had a chance to read this book, and it was definitely an interesting story. However since I had so much trouble feeling invested in it, I just overall couldn't feel immersed and fully enjoy the process of reading it. Unfortunately, I am not sure that I would recommend this book to my friends unless it was very specifically the story that they were looking for.
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Received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own

A quick read. It’s a very beautiful cover.  I found this to be an okay read. Nothing exciting but something that kept my attention somewhat. The jumping between POV was weird and confusing,
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I was excited about this book from the description unfortunately it fell a little flat for me. The beginning was slow and it picked up a little. The end was a little anti climatic for me.
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Going in to this novel I was so excited - there was a plane crash and a girl who lived in a commune finally leaving the hills that have always been her home. It sounded like a A+ thriller. Unfortunately, my expectations far exceeded the calibre of the novel.

So, this wasn't 'bad' per se it was just kind of ho hum. The story, while having promise, failed to hit the expected high notes of intrigue and tension that comes with a really good thriller novel. Throughout the majority of the The Grey Sisters it was fairly single note rather than having the highs and lows usually associated with the genre.

I also found myself having an extremely hard time relating to any of the characters. There's a guy who is kind of the centre of the story but is so forgettable that I had to think extremely hard to remember who they were; a female character who was part of the original plane crash but seems to happily revisit ground zero without any issues despite almost dying; a character who is know by a single letter who kind of had a place but also I'm not sure I understand what it was; and lastly a woman who escapes captivity but happily returns only to realise she could probably help the camps captives if she just grew a pair. They could have all had such depth but endeavouring to squish the whole thing into less than 300 pages lead to most of them being very superficial.

I will say however that I quite enjoyed the 'villain' of the piece. He is mean and predictably manipulative, giving the narrative just a little bit of pep and pizazz.

Overall. as I said earlier, it wasnt 'bad' just poorly executed in parts. The punch usually associated with the thriller genre are for the most part missing with it feeling more like a contemporary lacking a degree of emotion. While The Grey Sisters wasn't for me, I feel like it would appeal to those who loved Gone Girl or A Simple Favour.
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The Grey Sisters follows three teens going on a trip to the crash-site of their friends/siblings, where they died two years ago. They do this to get some closure of the horrible accident. We also follow Ariel, who lives in the mountains (near the accident site) and lives and survives in a totally different world then we are used to. What is really going on? What is happening? 

I don’t even know how to write a short synopsis for this one, but it is supposed to be a mystery/thriller novel. The book opens with the plan crash and for some reason, I got a sort of supernatural feeling when it was happening… that feelings quickly spiraled, when I realized what was really going on. There is really dark themes in this book, and I don’t think they are handled very well. I would trigger warn for: violence, drugs, kidnapping, sexual assault (not directly on page, but indicated), trauma, brainwashing. All these horrible things are present in this book, but I just feel like it was never approached and talked about in a proper way. The plot itself is lost to me, and I felt like there was no point to this story. I thought it was going to be a story about siblings, maybe something with the mountain since they talk about it a lot? While it has siblings and a mountain it was not at all what I expected. At some point the book was okay, but then it was nothing in it that I enjoyed in the end. 2/5 stars.
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It is so hard to find books that surround tragedies and I was so happy to find one—some of my students like books that have complex themes and stories like this. But I was very disappointed in the way the book was written and the character development that came with it. The character design in this book is just not up to par in what I expected with a beautiful cover. I enjoyed reading all the descriptions and the history of what happened but I just did not connect to the story/characters. 

I wanted so bad to connect to the characters and feel their pain for who they lost but I didn’t—and that upset me. However, this book definitely has a hi-lo aspect to it (high interest, lower comprehension/writing) so this book would be good for students struggling to read. This can be utilized for many grades and many different groups of people—it would be a great book club book.

The author definitely has a future in writing but needs to take a little bit more time to focus on the world, the characters, and the development that comes with it to make her books even better.
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This book was definitely not what I was expecting going into it. There's a plane crash, and the main characters are siblings of those who died in said crash. There's a cult, and it really didn't add anything to the story for me. I was disjointed by the different POVs in the story. Especially since they switch from third person to first person. It was a struggle to get through this because I didn't feel anything towards the characters.
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