[Review] Gray Wolf Island

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Title: Gray Wolf Island

Author: Tracey Neithercott

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery

Published: October 10, 2017

Source: Copy provided by NetGalley

Quicklinks: Amazon | Goodreads

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. 
"Like waves washing away the footprints on the sand, Ember Island gives everyone a clean slate. Ember Island reveals the true you." -- Avatar: The Last Airbender
Gray Wolf Island is a mesmerizing story following Ruby, our main character. Riddled with mystery and new beginnings, the story itself as it moved forward began reminding me of the beach episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Ember Island. 

I have to say while the characters were basically faceless people for me, it wasn't hard to feel for them during their moments searching for treasure and trying to keep the truth from coming out. The subject of love interest is a frequent thing I tend to harp on if it's not well done, but much like the characters being faceless, the topic of love was sudden but not all that surprising. It made me feel nothing in particular. However, it also didn't make me hate the book at all. It's weird that these major points in creating a wonderful book can be slightly ignored and create a good story that kept me reading all night. Seriously. It's 12:21 AM and I started reading this several hours ago. I didn't expect to finish this book as quickly as I did. 

The mystery filling the pages of this book is what really kept me reading. While I knew that at some point, one of the characters had to die (because what kind of book would it be if no one died?), the reveal of who it was really had me taken aback. The author has a way of keeping you in the dark even when you have a basic understanding of what lies ahead. I can honestly say that I didn't expect the book to go where it did when I first decided to pick it up and that's a really good thing in my opinion. I hate predictable books! 

While I feel like more detail would have helped me enjoy the story more than I did, the fact that it came out more than what I originally expected says a lot. I had a blast reading this and the ending was especially satisfying. It didn't leave you wanting more nor did it end on a cliffhanger. It felt like a proper ending for a great read! I totally recommend giving this book a try. I don't normally read mysteries like this, but I can say that because of this book, I might have to take on future mystery stories. 
"The voice. The island. I don't know. I think it wants the truth from us, Ruby."
"What truth?"
"All of it."

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