Savannah Grey

Savannah Grey

by Cliff McNish

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Overview

Savannah Grey needs to keep moving. She doesn't know why, but she can't let herself get tied down by too many people. It's almost like she's being chased by something. And now something strange is happening with her neck—with her throat.

Savannah Grey never thought she'd meet someone like Reece—a guy who seems to understand her. He even knows about her neck. The same thing is happening to him. It's as if their voices are becoming weapons, warming up for some kind of attack.

Savannah Grey has no idea what might be chasing her or why her voice suddenly feels like the most powerful weapon on the planet, but she's about to find out.

Nature is preparing for battle with the universe's ultimate monster. The time to fight is almost here. The weapon is Savannah Grey.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940154549827
Publisher: Cliff McNish
Publication date: 09/13/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 704 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Written when he was almost forty, Cliff McNish's Doomspell Trilogy won him an instant and avid readership and has been published in 19 languages around the world. Since then, he has continued to write fiction, including The Silver Sequence, Breathe, and Angel, and has been hailed as a "great new voice in writing for children" (The Bookseller). Mr. McNish was born in northeastern England. He enjoys playing golf, walking up mountains, and eating as much hot and spicy food as possible. He is married and has a teenage daughter, whose demand for a scary story led to the idea for his first book.

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Savannah Grey 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
frannypatter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a brilliant book!Horror, but essentially about love. Love of nature, love of each other.Cliff McNish has captured the horror genre perfectly for children. Gruesome but light.There are some flaws - tighter editing perhaps would have smoothed these out.The relationship between The Nyktomorph & The Horror is beautifully represented on p220-221 and the character that is The Horror is wonderful. Don't want to say too much but I implore you to read it. A refreshing change of genre.China Mieville was right.
nlsobon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Savannah Grey has something in her throat, a weapon of some sort which she believes must be used to destory a monster. I must admit, going into this book I was excited because it's incredibly different from what is out there (Young Adult wise), but the first half of the book seemed rushed. Thankfully, once you hit the middle it begins to pick up. The relationship with Reece and Savannah, though, again, rushed, is a strong one - they share the same problem, or so she thinks. The strongest part of this book would have to be the ending, its one that will have the reader sitting in shock. I didn't love the book, but I wouldn't go as far as to say it's terrible. It is definitely an interesting read.
booktwirps on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey likes to keep moving. She has moved between foster homes frequently ever since her parents died years ago. Lately, she has been having problems with her throat, and her latest foster mother tells her she can hear her making clicking noises at night as she sleeps. What Savannah doesn¿t know is that there is something in her throat that has been laying dormant. This something is the only weapon capable of fighting the Ocrassa, an ancient evil (a monster if you will) that loves to kill more than anything.Savannah¿s friend, Nina, introduces her to Reece, a boy she is instantly smitten with. Mainly because of the scar across his neck which is a result of a childhood accident. Savannah and Reece realize that similar things have been happening to them, with their throats, and they have both been seeing things late at night; something that is stalking them outside their homes. As the novel progresses, Savannah learns that the scratch in her throat is something very powerful, and together with Reece she soon learns that she holds the key to destroying the evil that is stalking them. What she doesn¿t know is that the monster is waiting, and it has a plan of it¿s own on how to stop her.This book was enjoyable, and the author does a great job of painting pictures. The plot moved along quickly, though, at times, I found myself thinking that maybe it was moving a little too quickly. The story is mainly told from Savannah¿s point of view, but occasionally shifts to third person as we learn about how the Ocrassa came to be. At times I felt these explanations of how the monster evolved were a bit much and took away from the pace of the story. I was less interested in how the monster came to be and more interested in Savannah and Reece¿s story. All in all I enjoyed the book, but it wasn¿t something I would rave about. I will say that there is a twist to the story that I never saw coming, and this twist was what bumped my rating up by a star. I liked the action and the characters, and I especially liked the uniqueness of having a throat weapon ¿ you don¿t see that every day ¿ but the sci-fi parts kind of put me off. I do have a few friends that would eat this one up and I will definitely recommend it to them. For me, however, the book was just ok. The author gets high points for writing style and an interesting story, but my review is lowered because there were just parts of it I couldn¿t get in to, and I doubt I would want to read it again.
meags222 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first books I ever requested from NetGalley and I was excited to be approved for it because I definitely love a good monster story. I really enjoyed the way McNish narrated his story not only in the point of view of Savannah but also in the point of view of his monster the Orcassa. I really found the parts about the Orcassa the most interesting parts of the novel. I have read many monster stories and I found that McNish was able to find a new and interesting way to write his own monster story. I don't think I've ever before seen a story with a protagonist who has a whole defense mechanism against the monster stored in her throat. I have to admit that I did guess the plot twist in the end but I am constantly reading mystery novels so I most often guess the plot twists. The only thing that I would have changed about this story is the ending. I felt that the ending was a bit rushed and doesn't really tie up all the loose ends. I don't feel like there was a detailed enough explanation was given for the thing in Savannah's throat. Also, what happens now? I found the book just kind of ends and I was left with a feeling of wanting more. Overall I give this book 3.5 stars out of 5. If you like monster stories then you'll like this one.
the1stdaughter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Savannah Grey isn¿t your typical teen, though she¿s probably not that abnormal either. Moving from foster home to foster home she¿s finally settled on a place that may last throughout the end of her high school years. Only problem? She¿s starting to feel suffocated. Not only that, but her throat is making odd sounds at inopportune times. Of course odd sounds don¿t always bode well for a new romance. Will Savannah make the difficult decision to repair her throat by whatever means possible and will it be enough to secure her future with an illusive new boy? Or is it possible the universe has something entirely different in store for her?So, generally speaking, I¿m just not the type of girl that picks up science fiction reads. It¿s just not my thing. Normally. Well, after being completely drawn in first by the cover of Savannah Grey and then by the synopsis I couldn¿t help but want to devour the pages as quickly as possible. I¿m so glad I did. Funny thing about that is that I actually read this book nearly three months ago and have waited posting my review because I couldn¿t logically put into words exactly what I thought. I¿m certain I¿m no better now than I was three months ago, but I can honestly say this is a book that won¿t let you go; I¿ve been thinking about it since I finished it.Cliff McNish has come up with an incredibly unique story line and I think that¿s what really grabbed me about the story. Not often do you find a young adult novel about evolution and science fiction that is so accessible. Savannah Grey alternates narrators between the character Savannah Grey and the alien life form that opposes her, which is rather interesting to read. The concept of an alien life form that has basically evolved from a single cell into a formidable adversary was something I¿d really never read before. Couple that with the weapon that Savannah has unknowingly concealed inside her throat, also another evolutionary trick against this foe, and you have a positively gripping read.Now, as for the ¿non-scientific¿ aspects of the story, specifically her romantic interest as well as her home and friends, it was sometimes touch and go. I loved that the lead character was female and a powerful leading lady at that. I also loved the conflict that arose within herself regarding the weapon in her throat. What confused me at times was her sudden enthrallment with Reece. Still, even this was only a fleeting feeling because as the story progressed you were able to discover more and more why she would in fact be drawn to him. I¿ll tell you this, it has nothing to do with his charming nature or good looks, be prepared to be surprised. With those feelings resolved by the end of the book the other aspects of her life, such as her friendships and foster care situation made her more real and much easier to connect with.What if life wasn¿t as simple as yes, I¿m normal or no, I¿m abnormal? And what if your options leaned more toward the, ¿I could possibly be a monster¿ side of things. For Savannah Grey her nightmares are only just beginning and though her sudden new companionship brings her comfort it also raises many questions. Will Savannah make the right choice? Discover a fantastic new science fiction young adult novel and be prepared to be surprised as well as possibly discover an entire new genre to look into. Cliff McNish has created a cast of characters and a story that will not easily be forgotten; one I will definitely be recommending for some time to come.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seemed like Savannah went through foster parents as fast as guys could chow down on hot dogs in a hot dog eating contest. Annette Coombs was one of her "all-time favorite replacement mums" and they got along really well. It seemed kind of strange when she asked Savannah if she knew if she'd been "making unusual noises" in her sleep. Not very likely if she was out like a light, but her throat had been really sore and for some reason she had "been bizarrely protective of her throat recently." Squeaks and clicks. Weird. Nina Savoy, her best friend, called to check up on her and tell her that there would be a party at Tori's and insisted she was going. Savannah really didn't feel like going, but there was no getting out of the invite. Savannah's attraction to Reece Gandolfo at the party was totally unexpected. He had an "easy manner about him, an understated self-assurance" that was unusual. He also had something else unusual about him and that was a "vivid white scar on his neck." He was the boy of her dreams, but there was something else that was haunting her dreams and that was the Horror. Savannah didn't know it, but he'd been coming to her house to visit her when she was asleep. Squeak, squeak, click, click. The Horror was the child of Nyktomorph, the creation of Ocrassa. They wanted her, but why? Things were not as they seemed and her unease slipped into her waking hours. Reece made her feel comfortable and later he confessed, "The truth is that I've been thinking about you for a long time, Savannah Grey." Reece told her they were destined to meet and she believed him wholeheartedly. He had problems with his throat too and every now and then sounded kind of wonky. Nina was worried about Sav's problem and escorted her to King's Hospital. No, no one was going to go near Savannah's throat. Dr. Olly and Carol Edilman were going to do the examination, but she wasn't going to allow them to touch her. When Carol took a peek she saw "some kind of . . . honey-colored, striped bands"and some "dark mounds" near her larynx. It only took the touch of a tongue depressor to whirl Savannah into action, striking out and breaking Carol's jaw. Whatever was there was protecting her and she had to protect it. Reece's throat was the same only weaker. The monsters were coming for them. "Pas pas! Pas de bourée!" The Horror was coming for Savannah. There was something that was keeping her from becoming close to Reece, but would it keep him from helping her defeat the monsters? Was there something about their throats that would help protect them or kill them in the end? This eerie, monstrous tale of how Savannah and Reece face the Horror was totally freaky. This was one of those nightmarish tales that didn't seem to come together until the end. The storyline flipped back and forth from Savannah's world to that of Ocrassa, Nykotomorph's, and the Horror's as it went along. The pages were black with white lettering as we drifted into the strange history of the monster's, a feature that gave it an interesting visual format. The buildup of the tale was slow and steady like a crescendo in music. At that point everything suddenly came together with a strange twist. If you like your horror to be startling and fast, you may not care for Savannah's story, but if you like to be tortured slowly you'll love it. A few times I was thinking to myself, "Hey, where's
Truly_Bookish More than 1 year ago
Savannah Grey is one of the most unique stories I have ever read. The main character, Savannah, has paranormal abilities unlike anything I have come across in other YA novels and I found it refreshing. This is a very quick read and Savannah is only briefly introduced before the action starts. She is a foster child who never feels comfortable being in one place too long so she changes families frequently but she is well behaved, smart and gets good grades. She knows there is something different about her but not what it is. Savannah is a strong, likable character who is faithful to her foster family and friends. When she is fully realizes what nature has been preparing her for, she handles the situation with a lot of courage, but not with the most well thought out plans. Reece is Savannah's love interest and the first boy that Savannah has ever been interested in. Her feelings for him develop quickly, but everything happens very fast in this story. In addition to her emotions, her abilities develop rapidly and instinctively, she always knows exactly what is going on with her body and the situations around her. I would have liked for a bit more story development there and for the action to be shown more than told. On the bright side, there is a great plot twist in the story that I did not see coming. I also thought he villains, the Orcrassa and its minions, were very interesting and the portions of the book told from their perspective to be quite fascinating. The book ends rather abruptly and while there is a resolution, I would have liked another chapter or an epilogue to really be satisfied. Content: Some violence
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I found myself really excited to read this book. For one the synopsis really captured me. I really wanted to like this book, but alas I could not. I found that plot did not capture me at all. While the characters were great, the story was lacking. Savannah though she was normal when all of sudden she made weird noises at night. She found herself wondering around, think she was dreaming but she was actually doing something else. She discovers something different or wrong with her throat. There is something in there that doesn't look right. And the Orcrassa wants her dead because of it. First off, what gripe me about this book was how slow it took the plot to thicken. While I enjoyed meeting Savannah and learning about her, it took a while to see what is going on. Also it need a lot more explaining. I had a hard time grasping the plot and found myself re-reading parts just to understand. Finally after a good amount a pages in, I understood but I was still somewhat confused as to how Savannah got that way in the first place. The love interest was surprisingly good. I like seeing Savannah have someone to lean on after what she found out. Reece is just like her. I like how the reader got to see them explore their findings as to what is going on. They were their for each other and didn't push each other into anything. I like seeing how easy it was to be with each other.
OtotheD More than 1 year ago
Fifteen-year-old Savannah Grey likes to keep moving. She has moved between foster homes frequently ever since her parents died years ago. Lately, she has been having problems with her throat, and her latest foster mother tells her she can hear her making clicking noises at night as she sleeps. What Savannah doesn't know is that there is something in her throat that has been laying dormant. This something is the only weapon capable of fighting the Ocrassa, an ancient evil (a monster if you will) that loves to kill more than anything. Savannah's friend, Nina, introduces her to Reece, a boy she is instantly smitten with. Mainly because of the scar across his neck which is a result of a childhood accident. Savannah and Reece realize that similar things have been happening to them, with their throats, and they have both been seeing things late at night; something that is stalking them outside their homes. As the novel progresses, Savannah learns that the scratch in her throat is something very powerful, and together with Reece she soon learns that she holds the key to destroying the evil that is stalking them. What she doesn't know is that the monster is waiting, and it has a plan of it's own on how to stop her. This book was enjoyable, and the author does a great job of painting pictures. The plot moved along quickly, though, at times, I found myself thinking that maybe it was moving a little too quickly. The story is mainly told from Savannah's point of view, but occasionally shifts to third person as we learn about how the Ocrassa came to be. At times I felt these explanations of how the monster evolved were a bit much and took away from the pace of the story. I was less interested in how the monster came to be and more interested in Savannah and Reece's story. All in all I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't something I would rave about. I will say that there is a twist to the story that I never saw coming, and this twist was what bumped my rating up by a star. I liked the action and the characters, and I especially liked the uniqueness of having a throat weapon - you don't see that every day - but the sci-fi parts kind of put me off. I do have a few friends that would eat this one up and I will definitely recommend it to them. For me, however, the book was just ok. The author gets high points for writing style and an interesting story, but my review is lowered because there were just parts of it I couldn't get in to, and I doubt I would want to read it again.
jordanlee More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down. Wow. Savannah was an awesome heroine, and the relationship she builds with Reece felt completely real. The back stories between the chapters added a glimpse into the monster's mind, and I kept reading on and on. The story was brilliant, very original and interesting. The twist at the end was a complete shocker that I never saw coming!!! My only regrets are that it ended to soon for me. Loved it. Hopefully there will be a sequel!!!!!