The Grey Sisters

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 08 Oct 2019

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2.5 stars.

I read the author's last book, Blood Will Out and I wasn't a fan, but The Grey Sister's sounded fairly interesting so I figured I would give it a try. I have to say first off, that when character's have very strange names like Spider, that in itself kind of turns me off before I even start reading. The premise of this story sounded very interesting to me and I was expecting some sort of epic survival story, which is not at all what this book was. I didn't really feel a connection with the characters and I never really found myself invested in the actual story. I also just wasn't a big fan of the way the plot went or the way the book ended. The author's writing is pretty good, I just don't seem to be a fan of this particular story. But as always, I encourage readers to read the book and come to their own conclusions.

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me an ARC of this book.
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The first couple chapter were amazing to me. It caught my attention and than it got weird. You read the beginning and you forget it’s a suspense book. I think the author should have wrote a fiction novel the emotional aspects appealed to me more writing style wise than the suspense.
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The general premise of this book is what drew me in, however the story was lacking in a lot of places. It was difficult to keep my attention, and I found myself putting the book down several times, which is not like me.
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Fantastic YA book that has culty feels. Really digging the storyline and the way the author wrote it. Found myself getting confused by the main protagonist's names, but it was worth reading on and finding out what happens!
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Good not great. I feel like I was expecting a little more but overall it was a solid book. I did find it to be a little confusing that it switched between characters but most were in the same location. This wouldn't be a problem normally but I didn't feel like they were different enough in voice to keep them easily separated.
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I enjoyed the book and really liked it. Waiting to hear more from the author. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the arc.
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I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

I was intrigued by the mysterious cover as well as the premise. 

However, this book was a miss for me. 

I had trouble getting into the book and it took me a week to read it. 

I had trouble deciphering what character was narrating and the alternating POV's were quite confusing to follow.  

For me, the biggest problem was the execution of the plot, because the premise is interesting, but the characters aren't well developed, the revelations weren't that surprising, and the plot simply didn't grasp me.  

Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me but maybe it just wasn't for me. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Thank you to NetGalley for this eARC! I requested it on a whim, falling for the gorgeous cover and the promise of a mystery following a devastating tragedy. It delivered on this pact and gave me even more than I could have imagined!

The book starts out with a pretty literal bang as we see Kat and Jonathan’s last moments on the airplane that is the catalyst for this novel. We then flash forward two years as their siblings, D and Spider, respectively, are gearing up to visit the crash site with their friend Min in tow to get some closure. 

The trip is perilous; filled with car trouble and the constant feeling of being watched. Only we know that they are indeed being surveilled by a group of mountain dwellers that are led by a Jim Jones type known as Big Daddy. We are given insight into this compound through Ariel, who has grown up within its teachings. When she encounters an accident of her own, she begins to seek help and is driven into D and Spider’s lives desperately.

What unfolds in this book is a beautiful battle for that last spark of hope that keeps us all going, even in our darkest hour. These characters are tried, tested, and come out on the other side stronger for it. The determination and will of these women is a force to be reckoned with, and it has the most satisfying happy ending. I’m not saying it’s all puppies and rainbows; this narrative drips with trauma. However, in spite of this, life finds a way. I loved how this just completely surprised me and ended up being so perfectly up my alley!
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This was a miss for me. I was really intrigued by the premise of the story, but when I started to read it I found myself having trouble actually getting into the book. Also, maybe it's just me, but the peculiar names of like half of the MCs were kind of distracting because they were really weird names. I also found the alternating POVs between the characters to be confusing, especially since only one (Ariel) was somewhere else, giving the audience a newer and more interesting perspective. 

For me, the biggest problem for this book would probably be how the author decided to execute the plot of the story. As I mentioned before, it has an interesting premise, yet it still wasn't that good. The characters weren't that interesting, the revelations didn't carry much of an impact, the POVs made it kind of messy, and the plot doesn't really keep a strong grasp on you. Despite the promising premise, I, unfortunately, did not end up enjoying this book, but maybe it just wasn't for me.
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The premise of this book intrigued me, but I found a few parts of it lacking, slightly. I did like the writing, though I would have enjoyed more exploration of memories of the event that happened, and some survivalist behaviors, and I did not get that as much as I'd hoped. This book certainly still has potential, it just did not draw me in quite as much as the premise seemed to promise.

But for some, this book with be perfect I am certain!

Thank you to Penguin Teen and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book!
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***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary coup of THE GREY SISTERS by Jo Treggiari in exchange for my honest review.***

An airplane crash kills D’s and Spider’s siblings. Now they’re ready to visit the crash site. What they encounter on that mountain changes their understandings of the accident. 

I love the premise of the story, but had a difficult time getting into THE GREY SISTERS. The alternating points of view helped move the story along although I became confused when the same character told the POV from first and then third person and back again. I much prefer the method of narration for each individual character be consistent.

Perhaps Jo Treggiari isn’t a writer for me. While I didn’t enjoy the voice, I’ll bet other readers might. The characters were my favorite part of THE GREY SISTERS.
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Honestly, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel about this. After reading One of Us is Lying, I've been wanting to give more contemporaries and thrillers a shot. They used to be a genre I enjoyed when put together, so my flame was reignited for those types of books. 

I felt like this was a bit of a let down for me. I mean, it was ok. It just wasn't what I was expecting. i was hoping for some epic survival strategies, some sneaking around the enemies, and digging into more of their memories of the plane crash. I didn't get much of that, but just some teen angst and weird dialogue and descriptions.

There was a ton of dialogue between the characters, with new characters being added in too. I felt like I was being told everything I needed to know instead of being drawn in by the suspense of their situation in the mountains. The writing itself was great though when it wasn't just dialogue I didn't need to read. There's even a point where they know they shouldn't trust someone, then just a few pages later they trust said person to help them out. When I reached that point I wasn't invested anymore and just reading to finish. I also did not enjoy the ending at all. I get the meaning of it. but it just didn't sit with me personally. 

I just don't see myself picking this up again to see if I like it. This will probably be a hit or miss book for a lot of people, and I'm definitely a miss.
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