I’m so thrilled to be on the blog tour for GRAY WOLF ISLAND. Here’s a bit about the book!
Length: 336 pages
Right before Sadie died, she begged her sister, Ruby, to do the one thing she could never do herself: Find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.
With just a mysterious treasure map as a guide, Ruby reluctantly allows some friends to join her on the hunt, each of whom is touched by magic: a boy allegedly born to a virgin, a girl who never sleeps, a boy who can foresee his own death, and a boy with deep ties to the island. Each of them is also keeping a secret—something they’ll have to reveal in order to reach the treasure.
As the secrets come to light, Ruby will have to decide: Can she make peace with her friends’ troubled pasts and continue to trust them? Can she forgive herself for doing the unspeakable? Deep in the wilderness of Gray Wolf Island, Ruby’s choices will determine if they make it out with the treasure—or merely with their lives.
From debut author Tracey Neithercott comes a darkly compelling tale of profound friendship, adventure, and finding the strength to tell the truth.
GRAY WOLF ISLAND intrigued me with its stellar cover and intriguing premise. To say the least, this debut novel is enigmatic, atmospheric, and perfect for fans of mysteries with a hint of humor.
GRAY WOLF ISLAND follows Ruby, as she is sent by her late sister, Sadie, to go to Gray Wolf Island to find treasure. Along the way, she is accompanied by four other characters, each with their own secretive pasts – Anne, Elliot, Charlie, and Gabe. Written in a dual point of view, one from Ruby, and one from another mysterious character, this novel unravels the puzzle of the Island. I thought this plot was incredibly unique and I enjoyed the action that came with the riddle / map.
The characters were all very likable, and they all had an undeniable chemistry. Incorporated with fun banter and occasional humor, these characters are unforgettable – especially in terms of the revealing of their secrets and dark pasts. There is some romance, but not too much to overshadow the plot of the novel; I’m not too upset about the lack of overwhelming romance, since the mystery is sure to capture your attention. My only reservations are that I found that the solutions to the clues came too easily to the group; I would much have preferred more Nancy Drew-ing and a more flushed-out ending.
Overall, GRAY WOLF ISLAND is a solid debut, perfect for fans of mysteries and riddles. If you like solving puzzles and a hint of romance and humor, be sure to pick this one up. I’m definitely looking forward to Neithercott’s next works.
Thank you to Knopf for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
My first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by my mother. Now, I write YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which I illustrate—you’re welcome.) I live in Massachusetts with my husband, who suggests improving my novels by adding Star Wars characters.
I’m the author of Gray Wolf Island, a YA novel about the truth, a treasure, and five teens searching for both. Coming fall 2017 from Knopf/Random House.
2 winners will receive a finished copy of GRAY WOLF ISLAND, US Only.
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Alice is an 18 year old college student who loves the oxford comma, television shows, and the company of dogs. She finds writing in the third person odd yet enjoyable. You can find her scrolling through Twitter, Instagram, and forever organizing her shelves on Goodreads.