Gray Wolf Island – ARC Review

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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.

 

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Well, color me surprised. This book was not what I expected. Even now, I am not sure what to make of it but turned out to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would be.

I expected a standard mystery novel about a group of friends on a mysterious island and a search of an ancient treasure. And yes, it is technically about that, but it’s also so much more!

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As the book does revolve largely around the mystery of the island and the treasure that it holds, I will not be discussing much of the plot, and will instead focus on all of the other little things that made this book wonderful. Starting, of course with the wonderful cast of characters.

While I admit, I was not a huge fan of the main character and narrator, Ruby, I absolutely loved everyone else. They were each so alive and real and magical.

You’ve got Gabe, a virgin-born boy, who feels the need to prove his masculinity to all who question how he got his Y chromosome. There is Charlie, a boy who knows his own death and is determined to live as much as possible before his time comes to an end. Then there is also Elliot, a genius bad boy who has devoted his life to the treasure. Lastly, there is Anne, whose family prayed for more time in her day and thus was cursed with never being able to sleep.

Together, with the help of a mysterious map, and an even more mysterious poem full of riddles, these charters embark on a trip to find a treasure that no one in over two hundred years has been able to locate.

Along the way dark secrets are revealed, relationships bloom, and friendships are tested, and yet, our heroes find a way to overcome it all.

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As for the treasure, I must say that I truly enjoyed the hunt. I loved the riddles and clues and the suspense that hung over every action they took. I honestly did not know what to expect next, and the mystery of it all kept me guessing until the last page.

In the end, it was a great debut, from a fantastic new author whose work I greatly look forward to in the future.

If you like mystery, magical realism, and treasure hunts, I greatly suggest picking up a copy of this book. I highly recommend!

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**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

{Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott was published by Knopf Books for Young Readers on October 10th, 2017}


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