GRAY WOLF ISLAND Review and Giveaway!

Gray Wolf Island

Gray Wolf Island is a wonderful adventure of a novel, and I’m thrilled to participate in the blog tour today! Be sure to check out my review below and enter the giveaway!

About the Book

29906023Title: Gray Wolf Island

Author: Tracey Neithercott

Pub. Date: October 10, 2017

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pages: 336

Pre-order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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.


My Review


With its atmospheric setting, dynamic cast of characters, and wonderful spirit of adventure, GRAY WOLF ISLAND is one 2017 debut novel that is simply not to be missed.

This book takes readers on a quest to uncover a hidden treasure, and the journey there brims with action, danger, and high-stakes mystery that will keep readers glued to the pages. This book had me absolutely hooked from the very first chapter, and I only became only more captivated by it as the story progressed. The catalyst that sends Ruby on this adventure was heart-wrenching yet believable and really sets the tone well for the rest of the novel. And while there are some moments were the plot moves a little more slowly, overall the balance between the high action and world/character development is well executed and creates a highly addictive story.

The cast of characters is wonderfully crafted. They all had such distinct and fascinating personalities, and they were truly a pleasure to read about. The dialogue throughout this book is so well done and really serves to breathe life into these incredible characters. Their banter was witty and added a wonderful bit of levity to an otherwise very intense story.

I love when the setting of a book truly feels like a character in and of itself, and Neithercott has certainly achieved that in GRAY WOLF ISLAND. This book is deliciously atmospheric with incredible attention to detail. The island itself is lush and fascinating, yet at the same time, it has this dark and threatening presence that is always lurking on the edges of the reader’s consciousness.

The romance in this story is also very well done. It manages to be swoony and heart-pounding without overpowering the other elements of the plot. Elliott Thorne is sure to be a favorite amongst readers.

Neithercott also did a fantastic job of weaving the POVs together in a way that added to the suspense and mystery of the story.

2017 has been a year of incredible debut novels, and this is certainly one of the best that I’ve read so far. I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and I’ll be eagerly waiting to see what Neithercott has in store for us next!

About the Author



Tracey Neithercott’s first book was written by hand and illustrated with some really fancy colored pencils. It was highly acclaimed by her mother. Now, she writes YA stories of friendship, love, murder, and magic. (None of which she illustrates—you’re welcome.) She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, who suggests improving her novels by adding Star Wars characters.

Enter the Giveaway!

Pre-order of Gray Wolf Island open internationally where The Book Depository ships!


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16 thoughts on “GRAY WOLF ISLAND Review and Giveaway!

  1. Flavia says:

    I’ve seen this book around, but never actually decided to read the synopsis. You gave it 5 stars though….so now I kind of HAVE to ;P Hehe. Great post!

  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    Oh I’ve heard wonderful things about this one and was really looking forward to reading it! After reading your 5-star review and knowing about the awesomely crafted characters, balanced story and the great romance that doesn’t overpower the plot (my favorite kind!) I can safely say I will be trying this one out soon 🙂
    Excellent review, Krysti!

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Woohoo! I hope you get a chance to read this one. I absolutely loved it! Let me know if you do pick it up. I’d love to chat about it! ❤️

  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    Ooooh I was super intrigued about this one, but also a bit hesitant since I never saw any reviews on it. I’m super excited for it after reading your review about it. Swoony, fantastic cast, and adventure? I’m so in! Wonderful review, Krysti! 😀

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