Title: The Graces
Author: Laure Eve
Rating: 2/5 seashells
Release date: September 1st 2016
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.
Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?
This book had so, so much potential. From the synopsis, I gathered a paranormal love story involving witches and secrets. Well, what a disappointment this book was. I really enjoyed the first part of the book and the last part of the book. That was it. I had no care for anything else in between. I had to actually push myself to get to the very end.
I couldn’t stand the characters one bit. They were awfully flat and boring. River could have stand out to me as a relatable protagonist from the start because of how she was first introduced. She was an independent, observant and reserved girl who’s just trying to fit in, but not exactly ‘stand out’, that is until she met The Graces. She completely changed into a lovestruck fourteen year old girl and it was painful having to read about how desperate she was to befriend and eventually be a part of them. I really did not like how River chose to ‘play safe’ throughout the whole book either, like being a part of the Graces is her ultimate goal in life and that she is actually willing to submit herself to them. There was no development, and by the end of the book, the Graces still did not appeal to me and River was just angsty and stiff as ever.
Also, nothing about this book was realistic. Yes it was about witches but everything literally revolved around The Graces and River. It was tedious. It was more like a sad journal of a teenage girl who continued to put up with the most eccentric people with the expectation of them being able to somehow change her life completely. Some parts teased you with a bit of tension and a plot twist but nothing happened until the very last part of the book. It was pointless. I wish the story started with the ending and then went on from there. Maybe then I would have liked it better. Otherwise, there was nothing exciting about it.
The book was basically all about River trying to fit in with the Graces. It was like she had so much spare time in her hands. You know almost nothing about the protagonist except she is somehow ‘broken’ and not ‘normal’. She moves into a new town, befriends supposed witches, gets popular all of a sudden, talks about how she and her mother don’t get along very well, and then continues her daily life of being the Graces’ sidekick. If you can’t even understand the main protagonist and her intentions, how would you make sense of the whole story?
All I can say is that I hope the sequel is better. The ending gave me a little bit of idea for what’s to come in the second book so I’m expecting better things.
Thank you SO much to Allen & Unwin for sending this book over in exchange for an honest review!