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