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The Grey Sisters

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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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Thank you NetGalley for gifting me this book!

The Grey Sisters is the a very captivating thriller. I’ve been on a bit of a book funk and Jo Treggiari pulled me right out! The first chapter was absolutely intense and drew me right into this thriller. She has a way of making you care about a lot of the characters as well as keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole book.

The book opens with the two siblings, Kat and Jonathan, during their terrifying plane crash. Then, we are sent two years into the future, where we learn how D and Spider are dealing with the loss of their siblings. When Min shows D and Spider a photo of the only survivor with Kat’s stuffed animal, they decide to go to the crash site for closure. On a different timeline, we are getting to know Ariel, a young girl growing up in a cult, where some of the girls are made into soldiers. Her Big Daddy is the leader and is preparing them for a war he “knows” is coming. Ariel is the perfect soldier. She only cares about her mission and the boy she likes, Aaron. These two timelines eventually cross which makes characters change, make choices and fight to survive.

My favorite characters are Min and Ariel. Min has such a calming personality and is the glue that keeps the trio together. Ariel is such a strong girl who also cares so much and has the ability to learn, adapt and change. This book does leaves some questions unanswered. I know some readers don’t like this. For me, I found it was fun to discuss and guess what the answers are.

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I wanted to read this from the blurb, because I loved  reading The Cheerleaders, but this just fell flat for me. I wasn't able to connect with any of the characters enough to really be invested so I didn't feel that necessary tension. Thanks anyway.
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I was so excited about this book because it sounded like something I would just love but unfortunately I just couldn't get into this story because I got a bit confused because parts of the story were jumpy.  

This book and the author's writing just isn't for me.
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I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I had a really hard time getting into it.  The premise was great but the delivery didn't work for me.
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I'm so sad I didn't enjoy this book, especially since I usually love plots that involve relationships between siblings, but this time it didn't work for me, at all. I liked the beginning but every time it gets more and more confusing and I had to confess that was kind of hard to finish it. The jumps between the POVs are very weird and make the reading flow confusing, especially due to changes from first to third person. I couldn't connect with the characters and the story itself ended up taking a direction I didn't expect and didn't enjoy. Maybe I could give the author another chance in the future because there's potential in her writing style
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While I am fond of cult stories and think grief stories are important, I don't know that I cared for the two combined. Part of the problem is that the two plots are really too big to share space. Coping with the complexities of grief can carry a plot all on it's own. Finding your way out of a toxic living environment, especially a controlling cult, certainly is enough to fill a novel.By mashing the two together, neither story really gets enough space to fully explore character. This results in overly convenient plot points, underdeveloped characters, and an unsatisfying and frankly incomplete finale.
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Actual rating 3.5 stars

I was pretty skeptical about this one because of the low rating on Goodreads. It turned out pretty good though!

I felt like the characters were well rounded and three dimensional, with the exception of Johnathan. I wish we could have learned a little bit more about him. My favorite was probably D, but I also really enjoyed reading from Ariel's POV.

I think it portrays the different ways of grief really well with D and Spider.

The only thing that I didn't super love was how each chapter jumped to a different point of view. This was a little confusing.

I liked the ending, though I wish we could have gotten just a little bit more of everyone's recovery. Especially Min's, I feel like we didn't get to see anything of her after the huge ordeal.

Overall I would say this is a quick and interesting read, though it's not completely memorable.
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Cult? Plane crash? This book had so many fascinating aspects. I just felt like it lacked fully pulling me in. Some stuff were definitely predictable but that part didn’t bother me as much. It’s told in different perspectives so we get to see what everyone is thinking. 

Overall, this was interesting but don’t go in it thinking you’ll be shocked with the events in the book. If you’re ok with that then I think you will find yourself enjoying this book.

Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for my review copy.
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This was the first book I read by this author. This book is geared towards middle school age and up. 

The premise of this book was both subtly shocking and quietly entertaining. For me, it started off a bit slow but garnered steam close to the halfway point. The writing was linear, with a clear beginning, middle and end. At times, I was a little lost on which chapter belonged to which character. I would have preferred real names, as it got a bit confusing in certain parts. 

Overall, I think this book would make a great edition to any preteen/teenagers library.
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Kat and Jonathan died in a horrible plane crash.  Their siblings D and Spider are still mourning them two years later and in an effort to heal, decide, along with their friend Min, to visit the crash site.  The last thing they expect is to stumble into a nightmare of another's making.  Ariel who lives within the cult has escaped and she needs they get.  Told from multiple viewpoints, this YA novel has a little more bite than I expected.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  It's a good read.
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