The Lost Coast is a lyrical book that transports you deep into the woods. It’s one of those books you should read on a summer day, and then go outside to appreciate the nature.
Danny didn’t know what she was looking for when she and her mother spread out a map of the United States and Danny put her finger down on Tempest, California. What she finds are the Grays: a group of friends who throw around terms like queer and witch like they’re ordinary and everyday, though they feel like an earthquake to Danny.
But Danny didn’t just find the Grays. They cast a spell that calls her halfway across the country, because she has something they need: she can bring back Imogen, the most powerful of the Grays, missing since the summer night she wandered into the woods alone.
But before Danny can find Imogen, she finds a dead boy with a redwood branch through his heart. Something is very wrong amid the trees and fog of the Lost Coast, and whatever it is, it can kill.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
The Lost Coast enchants you. It’s a gorgeously written book with lines that haunt you. Not to mention that basically everyone in the Grays are diverse (nonbinary, bisexual, fat, queer, lesbian, gray-ace, Black, Fillipino). The main character, Danny, is unlike any other I’ve read at all. She’s a character that has a lot of hidden aspects, from the readers, but also from herself. There’s a quiet mystery, a subtle ominous, that builds as you keep reading until it swirls up and sweeps you off your feet.
It’s a book that has a quiet intensity to the words. And you are pulled along through the tranquil narration, all with a dread rising in the pit of your stomach. There’s a mystery at your feet and The Lost Coast slowly unravels all these moments from the Gray’s past, and even beyond. It’s a story that spans decades, longing, and generations of girls who have had to fight just to exist.
The Lost Coast is a book about girls with magic in the hands and bravery in their hearts. It’s about difficult choices, decisions that sweep us away, and challenges we rise to meet.