Review: Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan

Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Pages: 304
Format: ARC
Source: Jamie @ Fic Fare via LBBA Program
Series: N/A
Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Paranormal
Synopsis from Goodreads:

A pacy, chilling ghost story from the creator of the internationally acclaimed Moorehawke Trilogy.
I think the fire changed us – me and Dom. I think that’s how the boy was able to see us. Though he’d been there for every summer of our childhood, we’d only been stupid boys until then. Stupid, happy, ignorant boys. And what in hell would he have had in common with two stupid boys? But after the fire we were different. We were maybe a little bit like him. And so he saw us, at last, and he thought he’d found a home…

Special thanks to Jamie @ Fic Fare and the Little Blogger Big Ambitions program for providing me with an advance copy of this book for review!

The only words I can think to describe Into the Grey are strange and odd, which at first I was unsure as to whether that was a good or a bad thing. I like weird, eerie, and unique books, but Into the Grey was a little too far-fetched and different for my liking.

The idea for this book was so intriguing, but unfortunately instead of being the “heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story,” or a “taut psychological thriller,” that the book description on the ARC says it is, I found it was quite the opposite. I was really bored, throughout the entire book, not just certain parts. I lost pretty much complete interest when I hit the 3/4 mark. I found myself skimming longer passages to dialogue.

Not only was the pacing slow and completely unexciting, I thought the characters were extremely immature for their age. The two boys, Pat and Dom are 15 going on 16, but still play games that involve “swordfighting” with found sticks against each other and making false gunshot noises in “war games.” Sorry, but no matter how immature the boys at my school are, they don’t do that. At least I’m not aware that they do. So I think 11 or 12 would have been a more suitable age for the boys, but that was one small probably that really got to me for some reason.

One thing that I did enjoy was the relationship between Francis and Pat. I liked how the two of them came to the realization that they were in similar situations and should work together to get their brothers back. There were also flashback scenes to the set of characters from Francis’ lifetime, which I liked. It made the story come full circle when some information was revealed toward the end of the book.

But overall, the bad outweighed the good in my opinion. Into the Grey had the potential to be what the description describes it as, a fast paced and exciting ghost story that chills readers. Unfortunately, the execution of the story and the fact that it was written in a boring manner left me very disappointed. Into the Grey disappointed me, and for that reason I’d pass on it.

Week in Review: August 17th

Week in Review

Week in Review is a weekly post in which I wrap up what’s happening in my life, in books, and in blogging (inspired by Anna @ Anna Reads)!

What I Did:

This is more book-related not life-related but, I placed my first ever order on Book Outlet! My birthday is coming up at the end of the month, and on a whim I decided to visit the site, and I saw too many books that I wanted. So, I placed a huge order that I told my mom to distribute to family members for my birthday. The main reason why I placed the order was because they’re having $20 off a purchase of $60+ (which isn’t as hard as you think to make) until August 18th! *Hint* You guys should go and buy all the books! 😉 I hope that they come in good condition because I inspect every inch of a book before I buy it in stores. I talked to a couple people and as long as you don’t order a used book they’re really good about replacing them if they come damaged. So, fingers crossed! I’ll probably have a whole separate haul post after my birthday because there’s a LOT of books, guys. I went crazy! :O

Links I Loved:

  • Kiera Cass, author of The Selection series had some REALLY exciting news to share with fans of the series! She asked us to Tweet and Instagram using #MoreSelection to unlock some early and extra content which you can check out HERE. But, oh wait! There’s more! Hear it from Kiera herself in her special announcement video!

*squeals with excitement*
Add book #4 and #5 to your Goodreads shelves!

  • Kristen @ My Friends are Fiction discusses book covers and when they scare you. Personally, I steer clear of the creepy covers, but every now and then I’ll pick one up for a change of pace. Shutter, one that she mentioned in her post, totally creeps me out, but I added it to my TBR right away!
  • Sandra @ Tea Between Books talks about illustrations in books, and her feelings regarding them. I’m a girl who’s a sucker for a book with a map, that’s for sure!
  • Ashley @ Nose Graze put up a very informative post for those of you who are still unsure about the right time to start requesting ARCs. Ashley’s posts are always wonderful and very informative for all your blogging and book blogging needs. If you’re not already following her, you must!
  • Nikki @ The Paper Sea puts both the US and the UK covers of The Jewel by Amy Ewing up against each other in her wonderful feature, Civil Wars!
  • Danielle @ Love at First Page discusses the anxiety felt when starting a currently unfinished series. I’m right there with her on every one I’ve read so far!

Books I Added to My Shelves:

Unlike last week’s no book week, this week I got a few books!

Downloaded FREE on iBooks:

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter – I don’t really read on iBooks at all, but it was free so I thought “Hey, why not!” I may read it on my iPad sometime if I’m in the mood and I can’t find a physical or eReader copy before then.

For Review:


The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter – Have heard nothing about this one but I saw it up on First to Read and I just had to grab it! Between the cover and the synopsis I knew it sounded up my alley. It’s adult, but I think you guys may like it too!

Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan – This looks like such a unique ghost story book, and I’m just starting it now! Thanks so much to Jamie @ Fic Fare and Cuddlebuggery’s Little Blogger Big Ambitions program for this ARC!

Recently Finished and Currently Reading:

My most recent read was Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini, which I’ll be reviewing on the blog tomorrow, so be sure to watch out for that! Hint: I liked it a lot! Witches are awesome, guys. I haven’t read a great witch book in such a long time so this was a much-needed, exciting read for me.

As I mentioned above, I just started reading Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan. I’m only a few chapters in and I’m really intrigued so far… Not sure what to expect of this one. We shall see…

On My Blog:

I hope you had a wonderful week! Let me know all about it in the comments!

xo, emily