Sunday, October 30, 2016

Book Review: The Graces

The Graces (The Graces, #1)Author: Laure Eve
Publication Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Amulet Books
Series: The Graces # 1

Everyone loves the Graces.

Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.

Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.

Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.

I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one.

She had power. Of course she used it.

Magic didn’t seem to make things easier.

They haven’t seen a fucking thing yet. (Last sentence of the book!)

This book felt somewhat creepy and eerie all the way through and the ending took me by surprise, I must say. I wanted something huge and tragic to happen about midway through – and I didn’t get that until towards the end of the book. River, our protagonist, has a very convincing and edgy voice. I was hanging on every word she said, especially when it came to the Graces. The Graces are a group of three siblings that allegedly have “powers” and everyone at school both fears them and wants to be one of them at the same time. They are mysterious and wild and anyone who gets too close to them for too long ends up going stir crazy. River makes it her ultimate mission to be a part of their “group” and find a way into their inner circle. I loved learning the history of the Graces the most and trying to understand the stigma that followed their family name.

The book does have a creepy feel that makes you question what outlandish thing will happen next. Each of the Grace siblings has such a different personality and it is nice to see their stories unravel. You learn small secrets about each of them as the story progresses – books like this are always my favorite. By the end of the book, we are left with a cliffhanger where I must say that I am unsure if River will be evil or good by the time the series is over? I feel like she wants revenge and I am so stoked for the next book in the series. I have such high hopes for the next book. Such a perfect book for Halloween!

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Agree with you re: this being a Halloween read and the atmosphere. Something did feel off for me, though -- I am curious about the series continuing and where it will lead!