Grey (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 1)

Grey (The Romany Outcasts Series, Book 1)

by Christi J. Whitney

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Can you still love with a heart of stone?Sebastian Grey always thought he was a fairly normal teenager – good friends, decent grades and a pretty sweet job in his foster brother’s tattoo shop.But when Romany gypsies arrive in town, Sebastian discovers that his world is not what it seems. There is an age-old feud between his family and the gypsies – and this isn’t the only secret his brother has been keeping from him. His life is not his own. The girl he’s been dreaming about has just turned up at school, and he feels compelled to protect her at all costs.Even if that means life might never be normal again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780008113582
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/30/2015
Series: The Romany Outcasts Series , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 45,470
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Christi J. Whitney is the author of The Romany Outcasts Series. She's a former high school theatre director with a love for the dramatic. Christi lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband and two sons.

When not spending time with them or taking a ridiculous number of trips to Disney World, she is usually directing plays, geeking out over Doctor Who, making costumes for sci-fi/fantasy conventions, watching superhero movies, or pretending she's a tad bit British.

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Grey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great book! It grabbed my attention immediately and I didn't want to stop reading because I had to know what was going to happen next!
BOOKSOMEREADS More than 1 year ago
The story is told through Sebastian's perspective. He undergoes some pretty rough changes throughout the book and we get to see how it starts to affect his relationship with his friends and his family. The author did a good job with character growth. I adored the interactions between Sebastian and his foster brother, Hugo, as well as his friendship with Katie. They were the ones that I really took a liking to and I'm glad that there was enough focus on them. Sebastian's love interest, Josephine is a character that I didn't really find myself connecting with at the start. The fact that he felt compelled to protect her at all costs was something I understood (all things considering), but I just couldn't buy into his insta-attraction to her. I would have liked it if they had been friends first or if he had gotten to know her a little better, especially because of what was happening to him. But I can't say more without revealing too much, and that's really the only issue I have with this book. I've never read anything featuring gypsy characters before so that's something I really enjoyed. There was enough explanations regarding the lifestyles and history of the different gypsy clans and how they've survived in secret, and how they continue to do so in this day and age, but I do hope we'll be able to find out more about them as the series develops. Fair warning: this book has a pretty slow build up, but the storyline is interesting, and it just keeps getting better and better. So stick with it. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing this series because the ending to this was a good one. I'm also somewhat invested in the main character and would really like to see how he fares in the next book. RATING Characters - ★★★☆☆ Setting - ★★★☆☆ Writing - ★★★☆☆ Plot - ★★★☆☆ Overall - ★★★☆☆ ________________________ Received a copy of this in e-book format in exchange for an honest review. ________________________ Review posted at
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
When I read the information about this author, I just knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy her book! No, nothing to do with her high school theatre director work but more to do with her fandoms, especially Doctor Who - yes, I'm a Whovian, too! Now, whilst this novel isn't science fiction, it is a brilliant fantasy with the main character, eighteen year old Sebastian Grey, having weird dreams about a dancing Romany girl, strange pains and much more than normal teenage growing up difficulties. I really don't want to reveal any spoilers here, so will refrain from giving more details about the very different and totally engaging plot! The characters are well developed and their interactions emotively portrayed. I particularly liked how the relationship between Sebastian and Hugh, his older foster brother and carer, were depicted. The struggles Sebastian has uncovering information make him understandably anxious and testy. As the Romany girl from his dreams actually joins his school and his protective instincts to her develops but it is all just the start of other strange events that will help keep readers turning pages, enthralled in the unfolding saga. This is a well crafted paranormal mystery that takes readers on a journey into the society of the travellers, their outcasts, rules and myths. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading of alternative societies, paranormal abilities and chivalrous behaviour - I thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to read the other books in this trilogy soon! Thank you to the author, publishers and Bewitching Book Tours for gifting me a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review.
BetwixtthePages More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.75/5 Penguins Quick Reasons: awesome characters; unique world-building; intriguing, complex plot; engaging story-telling; fantastical, magical characters; I haven't read anything quite like this; CIRCUS! (because you all know the circus holds a special place in my heart); insta-love...but for a reason; I did not see that ending coming Huge thanks to Christi J. Whitney, Harper Voyager Publishing, and Xpresso Book Tours for sending me an egalley of this title in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book. Penguins, this book is fantastic! No, really—I can't even right now. Christi J. Whitney pulled on Roma culture and folk lore to weave a beautiful, captivating tale—and create some unique, awe-inspiring characters at the same time. I have never read anything quite like this—it enthralled and ensnared, it crept across my skin like mist and stuck there like glue... This book, for lack of a better word, was magical for me. And that? That doesn't happen very often. The plot is fast-paced and unique. I had NO IDEA where this story were headed, when I stepped into this read—and I'm going to leave it that way for you all, as well. The less you know about this book, the better. Trust me. There aren't plot twists, necessarily...but there's no way to know what's coming next. This book took the path NEVER traveled by, and leads readers into wild and unknown territory. Christi J. Whitney started this book with huge secrets, and reveals them just a little at a time. No, scratch that—she dangles readers on a hook of mystery and bewilderment, and only reels them in enough to keep them tantilized. I was enticed throughout...and am now drooling to dive into book two. It's a good thing I have a copy of it waiting for me. There IS insta-love. There are TWO special snowflake characters. But. BUT. These tropes are so warped and twisted to fit this story, I think you'll forgive their use. The insta-love? Has a much deeper, farther-reaching momentum...and doesn't lead quite the place you'll expect it to. And the special snowflakes? Well...this book IS magical, and part of the magic is that this trope is muted. Watered-down. I'm sure book two will at least help to clear a few things up, in regards to this specific trope. I just...GAAAAH! I will be immediately jumping into book two—I can't wait to see what the future has waiting these awesome characters! I definitely recommend this to lovers of fantasy/magical realism, unique and engaging story-telling, and well-written literary tropes. This book reeled me in like a penguin on a hook; maybe you should bite, too!
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EmilieG More than 1 year ago
"Grey" is a spectacular read and I am definitely looking forward to other books in this series!  I usually like to pride myself in knowing the direction a story is going and predicting the ending, but Christi was able to keep me on my toes throughout the entire story!!!   The book is full of great twists and turns, and I would recommend it for fantasy fans of all ages!  This is a book that deserves big attention!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago