The spellbinding tale of six queer witches forging their own paths, shrouded in the mist, magic, and secrets of the ancient California redwoods. Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny. But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone. But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill. Lush, eerie, and imaginative, Amy Rose Capetta’s tale overflows with the perils and power of discovery — and what it means to find your home, yourself, and your way forward.
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Each brief chapter follows different perspectives, including those of the ravens and the trees. Despite having so many points-of-view and jumping through time, the book is easy to follow and completely enthralling. To understand what happened to Imogen, we must understand the Grays and Danny, and this is complex and beautiful.
What I loved: The feel of the book is absolutely enchanting and as foggy as the redwood forests. The tone and windy paths were absolutely enthralling, and I loved the whole read. The book is so consuming, and it’s easy to get lost in time as you trace the many paths that flow through the story. The diversity here is incredible, and the whole cast is so perfectly written.
Final thoughts: This surreal and magical story is hauntingly delightful and completely absorbing. I highly recommend for fans of Stiefvater’s Raven Boys series. Although the beginning is slow, the book will soon wrap you up in the enchanting surreal story of the Grays. This book is mystery combined with magical realism and a lyrical narration that will absolutely captive YA readers.