Thursday, April 4, 2013

Book Review: The House of Grey Vol. 3

The House of Grey Volume 3

By:  Collin Earl

Published By:  SilverStone Books

Publish Date:  May 2, 2012

Format:  eNovella, 150pgs

Genre:  YA Modern Fantasy Thriller

Series:  3rd in series of The House of Grey; 1st Volume, 2nd Volume

Recommendation:  Yep! If you've come this far in this magical tale, you'll want to keep going.  You're curious just as much as me about what happened on that bridge.  You start to get that information here.

Book Synopsis:
Fantasy, friendship, and fate await you in Collin Earl's The House of Grey, based on the popular audio fiction by the same name.

14-year-old Monson Grey faces the same challenges that any freshman high school kid would: difficult classes, weird teachers, food fights...girls.  Except, Monson Grey is not Monson Grey.  At least, when he looks at himself in the mirror, the scarred face staring back is not someone he recognizes.

Now he finds himself attending an extraordinary school, the recipient of an incredible scholarship, among ridiculously rich classmates, all with no memory of how he got there or what to expect.

All he has from his former life are the flashes of haunting images that plague his dreams and the echoing voices that he hears, but cannot see.

Luckily, Monson finds fast friendship in two of his classmates, Casey and Artorius.  Little does Monson know, they too carry their own skeletons.  Yet, as bizarre events start to unfold around them, Monson wonders what secrets lay buried in his mind or if he will ever be able to share his true fears with his newfound friends.

Join our three heroes as they roam the halls of the most prestigious high school in the country, finding love, mystery, and answers to their algebra homework - all while peeling away the layers of Monson's shadowy past.

First Sentence:
The locker room was alive with energy.

Purchase At:
*Note: You can start this series with the first book as it's free in all formats:  Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, and Smashwords

My Thoughts and Summary:
The above synopsis is a wonderful overview of the whole serialized series.  In this volume we touch on the man in the mirror, looking back at Monson.  We see of what happened at the Bridge accident and how relates to his haunting images.  Monson starts to wonder if what's buried in his mind could be something someone doesn't want out.  But what is it?

The homecoming football game is a hit!  They won and Monson found himself, unexpectedly, with a catch and touchdown that wins the game.  Monson doesn't play football, yet magically he played like he had for years.  When leaving the stadium Monson is saved by one of his best friends, Arturious, who takes his place.  Monson has lived through another 'near-death' moment, making him wonder if someone is after him.  However, there is another who doesn't make it.  Monson then takes on title of cursed...  Monson remembers nothing of his past, let alone that dreadful day that he solely survived and left him scarred, but pieces about and videos are starting to surface, showing parts of what did happen.

This volume felt as the story was slower at the beginning as Monson is learning things with action packed happenings, making him wonder about himself.  Along with making you curious too.  In the end, it picks up steam and brings all you've learned together.

Monson is seriously starting to wonder what he knows of that sad day that stole his memories and so much more.  Could there be something there that some one would kill him for, to keep him quiet?  However, he remembers nothing.  But can there be someone out there not willing to take a chance of his memory returning?

These are questions posed and make me wonder as well.  Poor Monson feels he's going crazy with these thoughts and those of a mirror Monson that appears to be evil.  Monson's inner self seems ready to surface and have Monson question who he was before the bridge accident.

We start to learn pieces of what happened on the bridge and in the world around what the bridge meant.

There is one thing with this volume that I want to warn you about.  There are editing errors present with words and punctuation.  They might be fixed now, maybe some of it is from formatting, I don't know.  But in all I still loved the story told and the boys.  They make me relax with their humor.

I have to say I continue to enjoy Monson, Cassius, and Arturious.  They are a great crew and make me smile.  I do enjoyed their good humor and jokes with each other.  We've even added a few girls visiting more.  Who add to the banter splendidly.  We start to see the deeper connections all these kids have in the adult world as well.  However, Monson still seems to be a blank, like his memory.

So many new hints dropped here.  More mystery and questions.  Yet as the end comes Collin feeds us a few answers.  I'm looking forward to learning about Monson as things unfold in the last three books.  And I'm glad they are all out and available now.

*I read this volume for an honest review from the author.


Carole Rae said...

ooooooh. Sounds rather good for a YA.
The cover is slightly creepy.

Melliane said...

I'm glad it's still good, you're wonderful to make me discover many new books.

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

This sounds very exciting and I never even noticed it before. I hope those editing issues were fixed because otherwise it sounds like a great story.
Lovely review!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I do have the first one b/c of you and so need to get on that. What is nice about the kindle book is when it gets updated, you also get an updated format of the book when those punctuation probs are fixed. Sounds like a good addition to the story tho!

Unknown said...

Your reviews for House of Grey just get me more excited to start the first vol

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer said...

Monson sounds interesting, so glad you are enjoying this series.

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

I actually really like the sound of his one. Happy to hear it's good.

JezzebellJC said...

Great review! I read a lot of self-published books so while I do see all the errors while reading I personally tend not to care as much because I realize that the process of editing just isn't as complex. This sounds like a very interesting read with a lot of questions. Thank you so much for sharing :D Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

Christine said...

I haven't heard of this series, so I have no idea what is going on by the third book, but based on the synopsis it sounds really good!! I'll have to go pick up the first book in the series and start it :) I couldn't imagine what it would be like to not remember something happening in the past. I also couldn't imagine what it would be like to see some sort of evil self in the mirror. This is so intriguing, I'm glad you posted a review!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Carole Rae, the cover has a creepy feel to it, but all the covers spot light one of the characters this way. Kind of neat. And I really enjoyed the world this is set it. Have a magical feel to it. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh thank you Melliane. :) So glad to share new books with everyone. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) Cool! Hope you get a chance to try the free first serialized volume. There are six, which make one large book but Collin broke them down so they are in readable formats. :) Thank you.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) oh, I didn't know Kindle books did that. That is great to know. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Rivie Bleu, oh I do hope you enjoy it when you get to reading it. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Kimba, I really enjoy Monson, but his buddies are really neat too! :D

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Jennifer Bielman, that's great to hear. :) It's from a boys pov, but I'm really enjoying it and the world. :) The characters are just do darn cute. lol.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh Jaclyn Canada, I forgive a lot of editing errors too. I focus more on the story. But I know there are people who don't so I wanted to mention it so they aren't surprised and upset by it. :) Thank you!!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Christine P, that's okay. :D And glad you enjoyed the review. Do hope you get a chance to read the first book. :) It really caught my eye when I read it. :) Thank you!