Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1) by Christi J. Whitney

Grey (The Romany Outcasts #1)

 Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

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Can you still love with a heart of stone?

Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.

But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems. There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies – and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own. The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.

Even if that means life might never be normal again.

*Received from the author in exchange for an honest review*

So going into this book I thought it would be a typical boy transforms into a werewolf thing, he finds the transformation difficult etc. however this is not what this book is about at all. Yes the main character Sebastian is transforming however it is not into a werewolf.

I liked this book, I didn’t realise how hooked I was until I realised I’d finished the entire book in two days. At the start of the book Sebastian is having recurring dreams about a gypsy girl dancing however he shrugs it off thinking it’s nothing however the girl then walks into his class and everything changes for Sebastian.

The characters in this book were so interesting, I liked that we were told just enough to know what is happening but still being kept in the dark so you had to keep reading to find out what happened. I think the information was given out at the right moments because after all Sebastian is still at school therefore if you told a child they were transforming into a monster they probably wouldn’t take it too well so his older brother feeds him (and the reader) titbits of information and I think the author does this really well.

Books with the topic of gypsies and the other mystical beings in this book are quite rare and it completely threw me off as I figured it was going to become another werewolf or vampire story, this instead was pretty good. It is also rare to see the main character have such a bond with their older sibling, normally it is just about the other children their age or their parents, I liked that Hugo had decided to take him in and the bond clearly shows throughout the story even though sometimes he does things that Sebastian doesn’t think is in his best interest.

The book has an interesting build up and I can definitely see myself getting into this series and finding out where the story is going next, the sequel has so much potential. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of the paranormal genre, or for those who have had enough reading the same old story, this is a different take on a story with a different kind of monster and at the end of the book you will definitely want to read more about the adventures of Sebastian.

Rating: 4/5

Summing up: Interesting take on a new kind of monster

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