Gray Wolf Island

Gray Wolf Island

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 de...

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Gray Wolf Island Reviews

  • Katy Upperman

    This book is so mind-blowingly good it gave me chills, even on my second read. Author Tracey Neithercott's prose is gorgeously lyrical, her plot (a treasure hunt involving an atmospheric island and a host of tragic secrets) is full of surprises, and her cast will burrow into your heart -- particularly sad-but-strong main character, Ruby, and enigmatic, sensitive Elliot. Gray Wolf Island is like a darker, swoonier version of The Goonies, and is absolutely one of my newest favorites. You'll love i

    This book is so mind-blowingly good it gave me chills, even on my second read. Author Tracey Neithercott's prose is gorgeously lyrical, her plot (a treasure hunt involving an atmospheric island and a host of tragic secrets) is full of surprises, and her cast will burrow into your heart -- particularly sad-but-strong main character, Ruby, and enigmatic, sensitive Elliot. Gray Wolf Island is like a darker, swoonier version of The Goonies, and is absolutely one of my newest favorites. You'll love it, too, if you enjoy books with unique settings, evocative writing, and authentic friendships, as seen in books by Maggie Stiefvater and Nova Ren Sum and Laura Ruby.

  • Lola Sharp

    Y'all, I am very blessed to have read an early manuscript of this GORGEOUS book. And, yes, I am friends with Tracey, BUT, I think most of you know how blunt and brutally honest I am and that I do NOT hand out 5 stars often. (usually I don't even put stars up) I don't rave willy-nilly. I'm also rather fussy about prose quality. THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUS, atmospheric, with hauntingly beautiful prose, interesting layered characters and a unique premise. If you like Maggie Steifvater or Laini Taylor, et

    Y'all, I am very blessed to have read an early manuscript of this GORGEOUS book. And, yes, I am friends with Tracey, BUT, I think most of you know how blunt and brutally honest I am and that I do NOT hand out 5 stars often. (usually I don't even put stars up) I don't rave willy-nilly. I'm also rather fussy about prose quality. THIS BOOK IS GORGEOUS, atmospheric, with hauntingly beautiful prose, interesting layered characters and a unique premise. If you like Maggie Steifvater or Laini Taylor, etc. books, you will love Tracey's.

  • bran (brandonthebookaddict)

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    MY FIRST FIVE STAR READ OF THE YEAR, I DON'T THINK I CAN PROPERLY THINK LET ALONE WRITE A REVIEW, BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I WANT

    .

    But most importantly, my heart and soul is singing and I'm ready to live out my

    .

    MY FIRST FIVE STAR READ OF THE YEAR, I DON'T THINK I CAN PROPERLY THINK LET ALONE WRITE A REVIEW, BUT THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE I WANT

    .

    But most importantly, my heart and soul is singing and I'm ready to live out my life and go on an adventure.

    is somewhat of a hidden and beautiful thing-- something lost, something there, and something new; and by god am I gloriously happy that this book exists.

    I didn’t go searching for this book. I didn’t even know it existed. I never heard of it in fact, nor, did I hear anyone ever talk about it.

    And then, by some strange miracle (Amazon.com), I found it.

    I think for me the best part of this book were the characters and their relationships-- the friendships between them all is a living breath of fresh air. I care for them so

    much. I haven't felt this way about a lot of characters in a long time, ever since reading,

    and

    .

    It was so beautiful.

    This book made me

    things. It made me feel complete. It made me feel whole. It finished me. And it brought me back to life. This is the kind of book I live for-- the beautiful sense of an adventure and the strange love of five people buzzing underneath my skin; it was worth alone, the all-nighter on a cold starless Sunday night.

    This book isn't just a story about a treasure hunt. It's a story about impractical love, seldom acceptances, and the act of forgiveness. It's a book about truths and secrets, and the fulfillment and emptiness that comes from them.

    I can also say that if you love

    like I do, then you will absolutely fall in love with

    . There are some certain elements that parallel each other but both stand strongly and well apart.

    the ending did leave me wanting more. So. Much. More.

    my strange and whimsical friends. I hope everything is ok. I hope everyone is ok. However I do know that whatever happens next, to whatever end our characters have to face,

    This I know.

    To leave it off, I'll leave a quote from the book down below that held me down and resonated within me; a truth that felt full of bursting and singing. A great and wanting need.

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  • Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    This book was so utterly beautiful and heartbreaking. A story of love and friendship. A tale of adventure and self-discovery. A journey toward forgiveness and understanding what truly matters in life.

    The prose is exquisitely lyrical and the overall atmosphere is qu

    This book was so utterly beautiful and heartbreaking. A story of love and friendship. A tale of adventure and self-discovery. A journey toward forgiveness and understanding what truly matters in life.

    The prose is exquisitely lyrical and the overall atmosphere is quite reminiscent of the Raven Boys. It certainly occupies a similar place in the realm of magical realism. So I'd definitely recommend it to fans of the Raven Cycle.

    , a quiet and guarded girl, trying move on from the passing of her sister. And trying desperately to find her place in a world where her sister Sadie does not exist and where she no longer exists in her sister's shadow.

    , a brilliant boy with a mind for the mysterious and puzzling. For as long as he can remember, he has been on a quest to find the treasure on Gray Wolf Island. But as he and the rest of the gang get closer and closer to the truth, he also discovers a truth he's long forgotten.

    , a demon, an angel, an unnatural, all of these terms have been used to describe Gabe throughout his years. And all of them have left their mark on him. Despite his charming facade, he, as with the rest of his friends, is more than meets the eye.

    , the boy destined to die, or so people say. He has an undeniable thirst for adventure. As a child, he always feared dying, but as he grew older he no longer feared dying, but rather he feared he'd die before he ever really lived. And now that is all he does, constantly living, as he waits to die.

    , the girl that never sleeps. Dubbed weird by those around her, she has never had friends before. So when she gets invited on a hunt by a ragtag team of treasure hunters, Anne jumps at the chance for adventure and perhaps making friends along the way.

    Normally, I'd break down the key relationships. But in this book, all the relationships/friendships are quite relevant and it would take far too long to discuss each and its nuance. So I shall leave with a few of my favorite quotes instead.

    “I give him the kind of smile only shared between two people who desperately hate something and thoroughly enjoy hating it together.”

    “You'd haunt me, Ruby. Even if you faded to nothing and everyone forgot.”

    “Nah, Anna Banana, you're my platonic soulmate. So Ruby can be my best girl friend.”

    When I went into this book I never imagined the journey it would take me on, or how much it would move me. I am happy to say, all the time spent on this journey was worth it. And I will continue to remember it fondly.

    *I received a free ARC copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*

  • Korrina  (OwlCrate)

    This book was very good. Nothing will ever beat The Raven Boys for me, but this definitely had similar vibes and I appreciated it for that. It had so many elements I enjoyed...the mystery, the friendship, the slight magical realism. And it also had so much humour, which I wasn't expecting. I came to love these characters so very much. I hope they're all okay now.

  • Dannii Elle

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.

    Upon the death of her twin sister, Sadie, Ruby finds herself fading even more into the background of village life. Without the bolstering support of her out-going duplicate and still lamenting the loss of the one she loved the most, Sadie loses more and more of herself every day. But she is also haunted by a promise and a crime. And both were made on her sister's deathbed.

    Eager to rectify and escape the past, Ruby finds herself undertaking the task of discovering the trea

    Actual rating 4.5 stars.

    Upon the death of her twin sister, Sadie, Ruby finds herself fading even more into the background of village life. Without the bolstering support of her out-going duplicate and still lamenting the loss of the one she loved the most, Sadie loses more and more of herself every day. But she is also haunted by a promise and a crime. And both were made on her sister's deathbed.

    Eager to rectify and escape the past, Ruby finds herself undertaking the task of discovering the treasure hidden on neighbouring Grey Wolf Island. The much-sought loot was Sadie's dream and so, in her stead, it is now up to the remaining sister to fulfil it. But she won't be as alone in this engagement as she wished. Instead she now must explore with her village peers, who she never paid any attention to before. The unlikely band of adventurers set off hoping for treasure but return holding something of considerable less weight but considerable more value.

    This felt like

    for an older audience. I was expecting this to be nothing more than a fun, adventure quest; a quick-paced, passive read that wouldn't test the reader too much. Instead this delivered a poignant tale that dealt with issues such a grief and loss, knowing ones' self and the crisis of identity, societal-held beliefs and superstitions, and how those we come into contact with can shape the journey of our lives. This was a seamless amalgamation of a multitude of genres and used facets of each one to deliver a harrowing and unforgettable tale.

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Tracey Neithercott, and the publisher, Knopf Books for Young Readers, for this opportunity.

  • Carrie

    Ruby and Sadie are twins, Sadie is the outgoing more popular twin while Ruby has spent her life simply being Sadie's sister. When Sadie get ill however Ruby would give anything to keep her sister in her life but when things take a turn for the worse instead Ruby helps end her sister's misery. Right before she dies Sadie makes Ruby promise to finish off her hunt for the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

    A year passes with Ruby mourning the loss of her other half before she finds a sign that reminds he

    Ruby and Sadie are twins, Sadie is the outgoing more popular twin while Ruby has spent her life simply being Sadie's sister. When Sadie get ill however Ruby would give anything to keep her sister in her life but when things take a turn for the worse instead Ruby helps end her sister's misery. Right before she dies Sadie makes Ruby promise to finish off her hunt for the treasure on Gray Wolf Island.

    A year passes with Ruby mourning the loss of her other half before she finds a sign that reminds her of her promise to her sister. Happening to cross upon the book Treasure Island Ruby finds a poem in the book that seems to be a map to the treasure that her sister was so obsessed with while she was alive. As Ruby sets off to do some more research on the island she ends up finding herself teamed up with a group of other teens that also want to find the treasure and off to the island the group goes.

    Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott ended up not quite the book that I was expecting it to be when I picked it up. A young adult fantasy I thought that this one was going to be full of adventure and action but it really turned into a much slower story than I prefer myself. With Ruby spending a good portion of the story struggling with her inner turmoil over her sister's death and the others in her group also sharing their own secrets it was a bit more of a sorrowful read than adventure.

    I also think that this was bit more on the wordier side than I would like which also seemed to slow down on the pacing to me. None of this made it a bad read but just not what I had expected so that led to a bit of disappointment. In the end I'd say to me this one is about a 3 star Ok read but I'm sure other's will probably love this book just the way it is.

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

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  • Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)

    (Whoops, I went there)

    Before I start, I’m not screaming 'plagiarism' or anything like that. These books just have

    • Story revolves around a girl with a color name (Blue vs Ruby)

    • Story starts when girl joins a group of 3 boys looking for something magical (Glendower vs Treasure)

    • Ft boy predicted to die (not really a spoiler since like 2nd chapter info for both)

    (Whoops, I went there)

    Before I start, I’m not screaming 'plagiarism' or anything like that. These books just have

    • Story revolves around a girl with a color name (Blue vs Ruby)

    • Story starts when girl joins a group of 3 boys looking for something magical (Glendower vs Treasure)

    • Ft boy predicted to die (not really a spoiler since like 2nd chapter info for both) (Gansey vs Charlie)

    • Ft friend with magic sleeping abilities (Spoiler vs Anne)

    • Ft poor friend with Daddy issues and self-worth issues (Adam vs Gabe)

    • Ft magical place with lots of trees and riddles and disappearing items (Cabeswater vs Gray Wolf Island)

    • Romance starts with girl disliking boy because of his prominent family name.

    • Girl falls for boy once seeing his dedication to magical thing and his friends.

    • Girl has ill-fated romantic moment(s) with one of the other boys before actual romance.

    • “He’s dead but what a noble sacrifice” (spoilery)

    • “Maybe the real dead-Welsh-King/treasure is the friends we make along the way”

    • “Maybe your lips/kiss are venomous/cursed”

    These two books really exist in the same sort of magical-realism-almost-absurd-quest-thing, and share similar friend dynamics. While that’s not necessarily

    this book ended up falling really flat for me. (In ways that weren’t just related to living under the Stiefvater shadow)

    First off,

    Ruby’s twin sister recently passed away, but Ruby still defines herself through their relationship. She’s constantly saying she is “shy” and that her sister was “the nice twin” “the fun twin” “the outgoing twin.” Ruby constantly reiterated that she "doesn’t know who she is" without her sister.

    Seeing a character grieve and grow after such a longstanding co-dependent relationship is fascinating.

    The whole book Ruby has absolutely no personality except reminding us she doesn’t have a personality. There’s one scene at the end where she jumps into a pond and has fun and… that’s it? That’s her character progression?

    I know nothing about her character and she still doesn’t seem interested in finding out.

    Ruby’s twin sister dies in the prologue, in a sad and gritty scene. Usually prologues give you some sort of idea what’s in store… but nope?

    After such an emotional beginning this switched over to !lighthearted! and !friendship! before switching back to “uh-oh the island wants us to reveal our darkest secrets and one of us is a murderer.” (Literally) Ruby’s parents are caricatures who only call every so often to interject the story with “make friends!” and “DO YOU HAVE CLEAN UNDIES?” which is bad enough... but made worse because it interrupted all the serious-treasure-hunting and dark-secret sharing?

    One of the aforementioned secrets is reveals one of the boys sexually assaulted a girl at a party. Certainly a bold choice, and not one that sat very well with me. First off, I don’t love

    But I will say this was handled fairly sensitively. The character doesn’t excuse his actions, does not blame the victim, and feels horrified with himself. His friends don’t excuse the actions, either, and feel properly shocked and upset. This had the potential for an excellent discussion on toxic masculinity (the character says he just “wanted to feel like a man”) and how close to home assault strikes.

    I don’t want to be completely negative of this review, as

    The whole atmosphere was deliciously magical and mysterious, and there were several plot twists handled

    But the whole cast was introduced quickly, and never firmly established. There were several interesting character arcs or points for discussion, but

    was done with them. As this was a debut, I'm interested to see how Neithercott progresses as an author.

    Definitely ‘Raven Boys’ vibes. But without fully-formed characters and with rapidly switching tone.

    I received an ARC of this book through Netgalley in exchange for a review, thanks to Knopf Books for the opportunity! (That’s why no quotes used)

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

    Upon first reading this book, I was comfortable with a 3.5, rounded down. It wasn't anything particularly special, but it was a fun read, I felt like it went by rather quickly, and there were a few topics that I thought it handled pretty well (such as loss of a loved one, and sexual assault). That said, this review has taken me forever to write because I feel so "meh" about it, and after thinking back on the story as well as reading

    Upon first reading this book, I was comfortable with a 3.5, rounded down. It wasn't anything particularly special, but it was a fun read, I felt like it went by rather quickly, and there were a few topics that I thought it handled pretty well (such as loss of a loved one, and sexual assault). That said, this review has taken me forever to write because I feel so "meh" about it, and after thinking back on the story as well as reading

    , I think I'll lower this to 2.5, rounded down.

    I was planning on writing a thorough review for this book, but honestly, it's not that I don't want to - it's that I

    Sure, it's been a little while since I read it, but that typically doesn't stop me from writing long, in-depth reviews. (I mean, just look at my TRC reviews, each of which took me about 2 months to write, but are pages upon pages of details and gushing.)

    Honestly,

    is simply not a memorable read. Before glancing at friends' reviews and the synopsis earlier today, I could not have possibly told you the name of a single character, or much of anything about the plot. I had forgotten everything except the treasure hunt, and the death of the protagonist's sister, and I almost never forget important details in books like this. That's just how outright forgettable this story is.

    It's not a

    book, by any means at all. If you're looking for a fun YA mystery that's a breeze to get through and will keep you guessing at a few details along the way, I'd honestly 100% recommend picking this up! That said, if you're looking for a story that packs a bigger punch and will stay with you, this probably isn't the read for you - and if you're a TRC fan who, like me, takes issue with other books being blaring copies of that beloved series, I'd probably pass this one by.

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