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REVIEW! Deck of Omens by Christine Lynn Herman

A huge thank you to Titan books for gifting me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★★

So the blurb (taken from Goodreads) is:
The teenagers of Four Paths must save their home.
Though the Beast is seemingly subdued for now, a new threat looms in Four Paths: a corruption seeping from the Gray into the forest. And with the other Founders preoccupied by their tangled alliances and fraying relationships, only May Hawthorne seems to realize the danger. But saving the town she loves means seeking aid from the person her family despises most–her and Justin’s father.
May’s father isn’t the only newcomer in town–Isaac Sullivan’s older brother has also returned, seeking forgiveness for the role he played in Isaac’s troubled past. But Isaac isn’t ready to let go of his family’s history, especially when that history might hold the key that he and Violet Saunders need to destroy the Gray and the monster within it.
Harper Carlisle isn’t ready to forgive, either. Two devastating betrayals have left her isolated from her family and uncertain who to trust. As the corruption becomes impossible to ignore, Harper must learn to control her newfound powers in order to protect Four Paths. But the only people who can help her do that are the ones who have hurt her the most.
With the veil between the Gray and the town growing ever thinner, all of the Founder descendants must put their grievances with one another aside to stop the corruption and kill the Beast once and for all.
But maybe the monster they truly need to slay has never been the Beast…

I had pretty high expectations for this after how much I enjoyed the first book, The Devouring Gray. I was hoping we would get more from the other characters as the first book was mostly world building, which I did really enjoy but I wanted this to be more character based. Also there’s bisexual rep which is something I always like to see.

As I hoped there was a lot more from the characters. Whereas the first book focuses mostly on Violet, as she has to adapt to losing her sister and moving to her mum’s hometown, and Harper who learns things about herself and her family that she wouldn’t have thought, this book we got to see a lot more from Isaac (which I was very happy about) and May. We learn more about Isaac’s family and what happened to them, as well as someone from his past returning to the town. It was really well done and I liked how there was still a rocky relationship needing work by the end of the book, some books have relationships just resolved at the click of a finger and I like that this didn’t go that way. I don’t feel like May had as much character development as the others, but there was still development and we got to see into her childhood, with her dad leaving and her mum not wanting to mention him so I liked seeing that side.

The actual plot of this book and seeing how the beast fit in to the story, and also the history of how the beast came to be, and the founding families got the powers they did was absolutely brilliantly written. I was completely sucked back into this world and didn’t want to put it down. I would definitely recommend this duology, if you’re seeing this review and haven’t read The a Devouring Gray yet, go read it! It’s definitely worth it.

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