Gray Wolf Island by Tracey Neithercott

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

  • Allison

    Absolutely beautiful debut! Just...the prose...WOW.

    Anyways, longer review soon.

  • 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.*

  • 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.

  • Sara

    I want to return to Gray Wolf Island. When I got to the last page, I wanted to go back to page one and start again. I was fortunate to be able to read an ARC of this book, one that's been on my radar for a long time.

    The story of the island and its treasure and the people who seek it, whose lives are forever entwined in the island's mystery, will stay with me for a long time. The language is so lyrical and haunting and achingly beautiful - there are just so many passages that I wanted to pull ou

    I want to return to Gray Wolf Island. When I got to the last page, I wanted to go back to page one and start again. I was fortunate to be able to read an ARC of this book, one that's been on my radar for a long time.

    The story of the island and its treasure and the people who seek it, whose lives are forever entwined in the island's mystery, will stay with me for a long time. The language is so lyrical and haunting and achingly beautiful - there are just so many passages that I wanted to pull out and carry with me.

    Bits and pieces reminded me in turn of the Raven Cycle, BONE GAP, and WE WERE LIARS. So, so good.

  • Lindsay Currie

    Holy cow. The Goonies grew up!

    I was lucky enough to read an advance reader copy of GRAY WOLF ISLAND and was absolutely blown away. Mystery, adventure, layered characters and an island setting to die for . . . this is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The writing is gorgeous, flawless and memorable and the characters - Ruby and Elliott - carved a spot in my heart from page one.

    A treasure hunt . . . murder . . . magic . . . secrets. Oh, and complex friendships that stole

    Holy cow. The Goonies grew up!

    I was lucky enough to read an advance reader copy of GRAY WOLF ISLAND and was absolutely blown away. Mystery, adventure, layered characters and an island setting to die for . . . this is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. The writing is gorgeous, flawless and memorable and the characters - Ruby and Elliott - carved a spot in my heart from page one.

    A treasure hunt . . . murder . . . magic . . . secrets. Oh, and complex friendships that stole my heart away. If Gray Wolf Island isn’t on your 2017 TBR, it should be. This book is amazing.

  • 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.

  • Kayla

    I could go on and on and on about this book, but I'm going to err on the side of being vague so I don't spoil a single thing. One non-spoilery thing I will say, though, is that the writing is absolutely

    . I highlighted so many lines—lines I loved, lines that made me laugh, lines that will haunt me for days (in the very best way). The end of the opening chapter left me with chills upon chills—a feeling I felt numerous times throughout—and it also left me undeniably invested in the story.

    I could go on and on and on about this book, but I'm going to err on the side of being vague so I don't spoil a single thing. One non-spoilery thing I will say, though, is that the writing is absolutely

    . I highlighted so many lines—lines I loved, lines that made me laugh, lines that will haunt me for days (in the very best way). The end of the opening chapter left me with chills upon chills—a feeling I felt numerous times throughout—and it also left me undeniably invested in the story.

    was satisfying not only for its plot/mystery aspects, but also for the emotional journeys its characters took. Full of mystery, magic, and secrets—along with a good number of things that broke my heart—I could not read this book fast enough.

  • 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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  • 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.


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