Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

Published: April 28th, 2011
Publisher: Carolrhoda Books
Rating: YA 13+
Format: eGalley
Source: NetGalley
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15 year old Savannah Grey has never felt she's belonged. She keeps her distance, so she's surprised by her attraction to the new boy Reece. Then strange things begin to happen: nature, it seems, is exerting an overpowering force on the world. Birds behave strangely; gusts of wind blow leaves so fiercely they seem to lure people away. And Savannah learns she has supernatural powers. Nature has a purpose for Savannah and her friends. For they are on course to meet the vile and evil Orcrassa, who wants to destroy the world by corrupting nature. And it wants Savannah Grey to help realise its savage intent.

**This Review is based on an ARC (Advanced Reader's Copy). The final text/cover may be different.**

This book was so creepy! I swear, it was like scary from the first chapter onward. The Horror?? I got scared by the name itself. It like then stalks this girl–beyond creepy. And of course, the throat thing! This book was FULL of creepy things...and I loved it. It's so original, and so dark and mysterious. It'll give you plenty of nightmares if you read the book in chunks (like I did) so I strongly suggest reading it in one go. I'm sure the mystery of it all would keep you wanting to find out more, if it isn't the horrifying-ness of it all before that!

I found the characters like-able, and I loved how it all twists around in the end. People aren't what they seem to be...and it completely caught me off-guard. I didn't expect the ending at all! But Savannah is an amazing main character, and I so love how REAL she is. She gets scared and emotional, even though she has like super human strength and the weapon inside her. Every character develops throughout the novel and it's so good to see that.

I love the change in perspectives, shifting between the Horror (the beginning of the novel), Savannah and The Ocrassa (who is, BEYOND creepy). I found the Ocrassa's story boring though (until the end!) and mainly had to rush through those, because the eGalley was due in an hour by the time I was a bit more than half-way through the book. The Horror...creeped me out (definitely gave me nightmares) and of course, Savannah's story was interesting as we found out more on what she can do with her throat and get to know the people surrounding her. *SPOILER ALERT* I have to say, I loved Reece at first, but the ending? It completely blew me away. I was shocked. I LITERALLY had my mouth hanging open at that part. Just so unexpected!

I wish I had gotten more time to read this book, as I could have read it in more depth, but with timing issues, I ended up reading really fast, and only catching the main few bits. Hopefully, I can pick up a copy soon to read and then begin taking it in, with more focus. But I have to say, from what I read, it seems enough to know what happens and goes on in the book.
The ending was absolutely stunning. Perfect conclusion. I wouldn't want this to become a series, because where it ended was just...I can't think of anything to describe it. But it had finality to it and it just concluded so well. That's all I will say without giving away too much!

Overall, Savannah Grey never fails to excite and scare, it'll keep you up at night, horrified at what happened and wishing it would never happen to you. The surprises and twists will keep your jaw-hanging and the action in the story will keep you flipping pages. Frighteningly good!

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1 comment:

  1. OK, the freaky factor is exciting and that it's not a series...Love that. I'm checking this one out!


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