Review of The Graces by Laure Eve

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By: Laure Eve
Release Date: September 6th 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

My Rating:

In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.

Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.

My Thoughts:
Wow, this is going to be a difficult review to write because I’m not totally certain of how I feel about this book. Upon first starting it I got a very strong Twilight vibe- girl in new school enthralled with a family of beautiful, mysterious siblings that everyone admires and fears. It all felt a bit familiar but it was pretty clear from the start that the main character was no Bella.

Our MC had malicious intent…or so I felt from the start. I never once trusted her narrative or felt any semblance of positive regard for her. For some reason her thoughts and motivations seemed so ick to me. She seemed only out to befriend the Graces to help further her own self interests along. I typically prefer to enjoy and connect to the main character. I understand that not every book has this and I don’t count (or try not to) it against the book or my reading experience. But, I’ll admit, it does make the getting into the book a tad harder.

A little ways in though I became captivated by watching this train wreck of a book. I could feel things building up and I couldn’t imagine the outcome would be pretty. There were moments of friendship and lighthearted movie nights but always underneath I felt trepidation as to what was around the next page.

The further I read the more and more certain I became that there wouldn’t be a happy ending. I had some suspicions and was pretty pleased with myself that I called it all fairly accurately. This book was very readable to me and I had no problems breezing through it in a day. Though it was a fast read there were some sluggish moments and overall it was not a feel good read. I felt the book cast a pall over me- my mood somewhat changed and a bit clouded over.

I’ll give it to the author- her writing was obviously strong to be able to have an emotional impact on my mood. As far as the story went-things were not overly predictable and I felt that it moved at a steady pace though the very ending was a tad disappointing. I can’t go deeper into it due to spoilers but one character didn’t really get what, I thought, they deserved…but I think we’ll get more in the sequel.


Final Thoughts:
The Graces played on some typical young adult tropes but the author put her own original spin on things and I felt overall this was a unique read. I found it to be captivating though it wasn’t a feel good read and not one I’ll be rereading any time soon. The way things left off there will be a sequel and I will be curious as to how the story will continue.

Thank you Jon at Bookish Antics for the lovely conversation we had after I finished reading this one. That is one of my favorite aspects of reading a book- discussing it after with a friend.


  1. says

    Aww no. I’ve been looking forward to this one. Now I’m nervous since I’m supposed to be getting it in the mail any day now 🙁 But even if I don’t enjoy it, I would still keep the book because that cover is so gorgeous for bookstagram xD

    I’m not too keen when I dislike main characters -_- But I’m glad to hear the writing wasn’t terrible 😮

  2. says

    I’ve seen this book quite a lot on bookstagram! Such a beautiful cover!
    Great review, I still don’t know if I should read it or not but it was really an insightful review, thank you!

  3. Leah says

    Hi Kristen,

    Wow. It seems like a lot of reviewers are either giving this one an average rating or straight up DNFing it. Such a shame because this one looked really cool. I think I’ll check this out from the library when it’a available to see what it’s like. Thanks for the review!

  4. says

    I love when an author draws on classic tropes and all but puts their own twist to it! It makes for an enjoyable story that doesn’t feel like every other YA book you’ve read!

  5. says

    Other than the cover this book never really appealed to me so needless to say I’m doubtful I’ll ever read it. Books on witches just don’t jump out at me for some reason, unless it’s fantasy lol. . Sorry it was a bit of a disappointment but also glad you had someone to chat with afterwards with. Sometimes it helps us hash out our feelings with what we liked or disliked. Great review!

  6. says

    I’ve seen this book around but never actually read the synopsis, so I’m pretty surprised that this book is a contemporary instead of fantasy! (the cover looks like magic..) I think it would be something that I would love to read, it seems like a kind of book that could keep me guessing what happened next and just sounds interesting!

  7. says

    Oh that’s such a pity that it cast a cloud over your mood. Although I personally like books that don’t have a happy ending, especially when it’s so hard to wrangle, I don’t think I like books that get me down.

  8. says

    That cover is heavenly! I’m sorry you didn’t like it more. It definitely sounds like a book that will not be for everyone and is very hit or miss on a lot of topics. I am thinking I’ll be checking this out based on your review and testing the waters to see for myself. Excellent review! Loved reading your thoughts on it.

  9. says

    The cover of The Graces is fantastic! I’m very intrigued by the story too, but I’ll totally take what you’ve said in your thoughts to heart as well. I’m not sure anymore what to expect, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

  10. says

    I had a lot of similar feels when I finished this one! I do want to read the sequel despite my issues with it…really interested how she will take these characters forward…

  11. says

    Awesome review Kristen 😀 I’m glad you liked this one. <3 But aw. So sorry you were disappointed :\ And that the ending wasn't all that good. Hmph. I have an ARC of this one. Now I'm getting a bit nervous about reading it, haha 🙂 But glad you didn't hate it at least 😀


  1. […] Moving on to books I haven’t read (yet), the first book that jumps to mind as a fall story is The Graces by Laure Eve. It actually seems fairly similar to How to Hang a Witch, with a new loner girl in town becoming intrigued by the mysterious group or students who are rumoured to have magical powers.  The big difference being that the protagonist here is desperate to get herself into the world of The Graces, while Sam Mather just wanted The Descendants to leave her alone.  So far this seems to have been a very polarizing book.  Jess Hearts Books gives it a perfect five stars, while the Such a Novel Idea blog criticized the pacing and the characters, though admitting the story had a strong ending.  The My Friends are Fiction blog wasn’t entirely sure what to make of the book. […]

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