Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish

Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish
Publisher: Orion Children's Books
Format: eGalley (courtesy of Netgalley)
Genre: Science Fiction, Horror/Thriller, Young Adult
Publication Date: 2.4.2010
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.

Then she meets Reece—a guy who seems to understand her needs. 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.

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

Talk about an enticing read! I can honestly say that Savannah Grey is unlike any other book out there. Combine a completely unique, and slightly disturbing, set of powers, with a completely unique, and slightly disturbing storyline, and you have Savannah Grey.

When I originally requested this book, it had a different cover. I'm glad it did, because I'm not sure I would have requested it if it had had this current cover. I'm not a fan of horror, and--as I said in another review--I am much too chicken to read anything that looks even remotely scary. But I read this.

What Cliff McNish does with the story kept me reading page after page, even as I cringed through some parts. He uses a different writing style than I am used to, telling the story from different points of view, but I quickly got used to it.

McNish created a heroine who you can connect with, who has a different set of skills from the norm, and goes outside the normal cliches to create a unique and haunting storyline. As someone who reads a lot of YA fiction, it was a relief to be handed something so new. Even the villains in the book were new, interesting, knowledgeable, and had a depth to them that could only be fully appreciated after revelations towards the end.

My only complaint is where the book ends. It ties up loose ends, while leaving some very much open. My mind can't handle that; it needs to know more!

Those who are looking for a something out of the norm will definitely like this book. It is a quick read, that will keep you up all night wondering what will come next. And believe me--as much as you try to guess, you will not see the end coming.

Read this if:
...you are tired of reading the same old stuff, you want a new villain to face, and you don't mind staring down another person's throat. ;)

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
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{Some violence involved, and a few scary monsters, which may hide under your bed.}


  1. This sounds awesome!! I've seen it on netgalley but I didn't request it cause I've still got so many books from there to read. But thanks for your review!

  2. Oh my gosh, this sounds like such an amazing read! What's happening with her throat? I need to know! This is the first time I've heard anything about this book, but I'm completely won over :) Thanks so much for the review, Penelope! This is going on my TBR.

  3. Cait: I hear ya! I'm up to my ears in Netgalley books! Glad you liked my review though, and hope you get to read it sometime.

    Lilly: I really hope you read it! It was very good. I'm torn between telling you what's going on with her throat, and letting you wait in suspense...I'm going to go with the latter. That was half the fun of the book! :)


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