The Grey Sisters

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Oct 2019

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The premise of this novel was good! I was definitely intrigued about the idea of a plane crash and all of the characters playing a different role in how to affected them. Sadie was such an amazing book (I haven't read The Cheerleaders, another book it was compared to) so I couldn't wait to have another book that gave me the same feelings that one did. I thought this book would be creepy but also maybe have some grief resolution. But... there wasn't any.

These are always the reviews that I don't like to write. But... I just really didn't like this book at all. There need to be content warnings for animal abuse, kidnapping, cultist elements, sexual assault... yeah, that's a little too many content warnings for me. The book was "fine" until we met Ariel and that who storyline came into play. It was a weird story and it just didn't make sense. They didn't need to be there, it could've been something completely different without "Big Daddy" and the "Uncles" and all that weird stuff. I probably would've liked it more if it followed the original plot, which was the group of teens going to visit the crash site to get some closure. I had to sit for a second after I finished this and be like.... what did I just read? because it was confusing and I felt strange after finishing it. I would've DNFed it but it was so short I felt I needed to see it through. The only way this is like Sadie is the creepy old men factor.
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This book did have many good parts. From very early on in the book, I had an inkling as to the outcome. I was correct so I wouldn’t say it was a “shocking” ending or a book with twists and turns.
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At first, I had trouble getting into it because it was rapidly changing PoVs. When I got a hang of it, I found myself very interested. Some characters lacked depth and others were fantastic.
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The cult aspect drew me in for sure, the several perspectives in books is something I'm not a fan of in books but if written well I can live with it.. Overall it was an interesting story just maybe not my cup of tea. 

*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
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There were many parts of this book that I enjoyed.  I felt the author did a great job writing from the different characters point of view.  In fact, when Ariel first is introduced her voice was so different I felt like it was a completly different story.  This was a negative for me as a reader.  I found myself going back to the blurb and trying to understand where this person fit in the story.  The book kept my attention, but I had trouble with the ending.  I don't want to include spoilers, so I will just say I felt like the ending was rushed with certain story threads left unfinished.  If I had the option, I'd give this book 2.5 stars.  The quality of the writing makes it more than a two, but the overall book and the frustration I felt as a reader makes it impossible for me to give a 3.  

Thanks to #NetGalley, the author and Penguin Random House Canada for a copy in exchange for a review.
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I devoured this book in one afternoon. It is well written and captivating. The different perspectives of each girl added layers and depth to the story and highlighted the humanity at the core of each of their different experiences. Ariel was a fascinating character- she represented the struggle between family and history and the reality of the horrors that these can inflicted on yourself and others. She starts the novel loyal to her family and her character arc was emotional and satisfying to read. I could read an entire novel about her and the history of the Pembrooke family and cult. I particularly liked the agency Treggiari gave to her female characters. Even when they were not in positions of power, we heard their voices and lived their experiences. This put them at the centre of their stories, when too often I think we see these types of female characters stories being told through the eyes of a savior like a cop or boyfriend. 

Thanks to #NetGalley, the author and Penguin Random House Canada for a copy in exchange for a review.
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I enjoyed this one and would definitely recommend it to my students. I can think of several who would really like it. The premise was very interesting and I liked the alternating perspectives. This will definitely be on my recommendation list for our school librarian.
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I’m not sure why this is getting such low ratings?!?! I thought it was quite good. 

It’s told from several viewpoints and each had a very distinct voice. Ariel’s sections were the most fascinating as they talked of the cult mindset and what happened there. 

The girls will all connect and there is more to this than a chance meeting. The real meat to this story doesn’t happen for a while but once it does it gets pretty crazy. Really my only complaint was that I wanted more of what happened after the conclusion. I easily could have read more about these characters! I will definitely check out more by this author. 

Thanks to NetGalley, the author and Penguin Random House Canada for a copy in exchange for a review.
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The Grey Sister’s intrigued me from the very first chapter and I found myself desperate to figure out the mystery and what was going to happen next.

I loved the different POV’s. Sometimes if not done properly, it’s easy to become confused and caught up trying to remember whose who and what’s going on. It was great to experience the story unfold through the different characters and to see their own unique voice and personalities coming through. 

My favourite character was Ariel - she was fascinating. My mind would be ticking over about who she is and what part she played in the story. It really gave me something to think about. 

The Grey Sister’s was shouldered in mystery. It was exciting to unravel the secrets and piece together what really happeneed when the plane went down.

I didn’t want this book to end and I especially didn’t want to let go of the characters. An emotional, exciting read with twist after twist that will be sure to keep you on your toes.
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D and Spider spot a stuffed animal in a photo of the sole survivor of the plane crash that took their siblings two years prior. The toy belonged to D's twin sister Kat, a loss D has not been able to put behind her. Together, with their friend Min, they travel to the crash site, a forest that outskirts the Grey Sister Mountains, in hopes of finally getting closure...what they discover will change their lives forever. 
Ariel lives in a survivalist mountain community called Avalon. In a constant struggle to survive the elements, disease, and starvation that reduce their numbers they continue to prepare for a war they are told will come. An animal attack that leaves one of her team severely injured results in her traveling outside the safety of her community...an event that will result in consequences for both parties. 

The Grey Sisters is an action packed YA fiction novel with a survivalist element. Although some of the names chosen for the characters were a bit strange the plot itself was fairly entertaining. This novel provides two parallel stories involving young girls (16-ish) who become linked with life changing revelations for both parties. There are elements of the novel that may not suit all readers primarily revolving around the mountain community run by "Big Daddy". It implies sexual acts involving young girls (both consensual and nonconsensual) however; it doesn't get graphic in the details. That being said I'm not exactly sure how I feel about this one. The beginning of the novel kicks off with a plane crash, but then the book lags a bit while we get to know the characters back stories. The story picks back up again and ends with a bang...quite literally. Overall entertaining and action packed but probably not for the younger spectrum of YA genre.
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The Grey Sisters focuses on the journey of friends D and Spider to the crash site of the plane that killed their siblings, as well as the experiences of teenage cult member Ariel. 

I loved the premise of this novel, but I will admit that what I was expecting from reading the blurb and what it turned out to be were very different. Initially, I was anticipating a novel primarily focused upon D and Spider's shared experiences of grief. I was less keen from the description on Ariel's story, as the very powerful first chapter had made me excited to learn more about the plane crash and what had happened to their siblings.

Even by the end of the novel, I didn't feel that the plane crash had been delved into as much as it possibly could have been. The events that were so central to the experience of these characters aren't given the depth of discussion I was expecting.

It was Ariel's emotional journey that was most fascinating to me, rather than that of D, Spider and Min. In honesty, at times I struggled to distinguish between the three friends and felt a little confused about their backstories. On the other hand, I had a very strong sense of who Ariel was and what she wanted. She starts the novel as a loyal cult member, with her emotional arc very satisfying to read about.

Despite my reservations about some aspects of the novel, I've given The Grey Sisters 3.5 stars (rounded to 4), because the way that the dual narratives of the plane crash and the cult in the mountains were eventually tied together was very impressive. As the story progressed I found myself more and more engrossed in the story and read the entire book in a single evening.

The Grey Sisters brings a very unusual story to life!

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin House Canada for the opportunity to read in exchange for my honest review.
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I tried really hard, but it is the writing or story, maybe both, Nothing succeeded to catch my attendance. So, I decided to DNF it.
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I thought the premise sounded interesting, but for some reason, I never got into the story. With thrillers, I need to be drawn in immediately, otherwise, I easily lose interest. The main characters didn't stand out, and why was one POV in the 3rd person and the other in the 1st? The cult aspect of the story could've been interesting but unfortunately, it was a miss for me. I think there's too much action, a lot of dialogues, but the book lacks depth. And the characters deserve to be explored more if you're writing a psychological thriller. 
I skimmed through the pages to know how the story ended, and there was something that might have been quite surprising if I got into the story.
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I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.  
Thanks NetGalley!

Jo Treggiari is a talented author to say the least.       The book is told through alternating views.
The cult aspect drew me in for sure, as i think it will for others as well. 

my only complaint is that the ending didn't answer  some questions, and i hope there will be a second in the series perhaps?
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Okay so I really liked this book, but a few things. I wish we had more to the ending, the alternating views confused me at times, and I ended up giving the main characters different names lol. D, Spider, and Min just had me lose my focus. I would like to see how everyone moved forward and and what happened to everyone from the mountain. I also think I had a little trouble with the POV because in the arc they were not spaced out and and some letters were CaPitalized 
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4/5 ⭐️ 
This was a really interesting read. Plain crashes are like a thing I’m always scared of when I fly, so it was cool to read about the aftermath. Also the tribe/cult aspect was really really interesting.
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Thank you to Netgalley and Jo Treggiari for the E Arc of ‘The Grey Sisters’. I was initially a bit worried as I haven’t enjoyed many YA thrillers recently but this book had me hooked. It follows the journey of D and Spider two young women as they revisit the scene of the airplane crash that killed their siblings. Little do they know who is living in the woods surrounding the crash site.
I enjoyed so many things in this book but in particular the depth of these young characters personalities. I’m anticipating this book being a big hit when it’s published.
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I did DNF this book around the 30% mark. I just wasnt intrigued enough to keep going and the story was just going too slow and i was losing interest. I didn't like some of the characters and their POV. I think if I had started reading this when i was younger i would have liked it but for where i am now, it just didnt mesh with me. The first part of the book woth the POV of both sisters was done well but after that i stared to get bored and wasnt invested enough to continue. If the author writes another book I'll give it a go, but sadly this book just wasnt for me. If i had to rate it from what i had read it would be a 2.5/3
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(4.5) This book was really hard to put down; i ended up reading it in one setting, just because I couldn't stop thinking about it even during bathroom breaks. The culty vibes might not be every readers cup of tea, but there's most definitely an excitable market for this.
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I loved this book so much!! I don’t understand why it’s getting so many bad reviews on Goodreads. I was taken away from page 1 and couldn’t put the book down. 
This book is about a Mountain family /Cult and 3 teenage girls taking a trip up the mountain, to visit a place where a tragedy happened. When the unmentionable happens and something goes wrong. This book will have you on the edge of your seat, until the very end. Put it on your TBR list.
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