FREE BOOK Review: The House of Grey - Volume 1 (House of Grey #1) by Collin Earl

Book Blurb

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.

Author’s Note: The House of Grey was originally a serialized audio fiction. Volume 1 begins the written adaptation of that story told in a six part series. Individual volumes do not contain the complete story.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Monson Grey is going to a new school named Coren University.  He is slowly getting his memories back, but he knows he is missing a lot.  He starts remembering the competition for the scholarship to Coren.  As the winner of the scholarship he is the new Horum Vir.  He has been given privileges as well as responsibilities.  He is the first freshman to ever hold that title.
He meets Casey and Arturo the first day and they become fast friends.  Each boy seems to have a story that none are willing to share.  Monson doesn’t remember his at all.  Many know of him and what happened.  In fact some look at him hostilely.  He still doesn’t know what really happened or what is truly going on around him.  The expectations of being the Horum Vir are too new as the year starts off at a run.

This book was a bit slow to start for me.  It is setting the stage for more.  The author gives a view of the world that the school creates.  The students are elite and judgmental.  You know something is going on but you have no idea what.  I was waiting for more clues to be dropped.  Not many seem to be given in this first part.  I like Monson, Casey and Arturo.  They are a marvelous trio as they navigate through.  Manson has a bit of something inside him that the author gives the reader glimpses of.  Monson, nor the reader, have a clue to what is going on.  Then the story moves on.  I was left scratching my head a bit trying to figure out what just happened.  Then the incident with the statue was kind of thrown in too. It left me questioning a lot.  I felt a bit lost in this story.  So far I give it a 3 out of 5.

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