Title: The Graces
Author: Laura Eve
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Source: Received in Illumicrate box
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?
Most of the books I have reviewed thus far have mostly been in the range of 3 to 5 star ratings. This book was different. I really cannot even to describe to you the disappointment I felt when reading this book. This will be a shortish review as I really just did not enjoy this that much. It almost seemed a bit like a pointless story to me. I understand that some people have actually enjoyed this book, however, I am on the opposite end of the spectrum. I did give this book 2 stars when I first read it which I hesitant to give, however, I have now given this book 1 star.
This review does have spoilers in it, so proceed at your own risk!
This book is set on the coast in the U.K.. The main character, River, moves to a new town and is basically obsessed with the Graces siblings. There is a rumour that the Graces are witches, probably because they’re strange in comparison to the rest of the kids at school, yet everyone is taken with these apparently higher, gorgeous beings. River takes an automatic liking to them, although it is a bit more than like and an obsessive love, want and desire to be part of their group.
Now don’t get me wrong, I was looking forward to this book because I haven’t read a lot of books involving witches and so I was eager to see what this would be about, but as I’ve said before, the main bulk of this book is River and her obsessiveness over the Graces. It’s like her whole life revolves around the siblings and how she can get them to like her. There is virtually no plot to this book. We essentially plod through it just following River and her relationship with Summer and the others. It’s made out by River, the narrator, that she’s achieved something so big about being friends with a Graces and this makes her slightly more insufferable because it seems to me like she’s all ‘look at me, I’m better than all of you because I did something none of you could’. There is some ‘magic’ in this book, but that is literally about it when it comes to witchcraft.
I’m not usually one to put books down, but I was so close to not even finishing this. It was only because my Kindle said I had half an hour left that I pushed through. Was it worth it? The simple answer is no. It did not add anything to my overall experience. There was no huge twist that made me think ‘wow, this has really turned the book around for me’. Instead, I was met with an attempt at a huge plot twist but by this point, I just wasn’t interested. It was almost as if the author had realised the book was coming to an end and quickly had to shove a twist in there. The twist was pretty predictable from the start and I was not surprised at all.
In all honesty, this book just was not for me. I have seen other ratings on Goodreads following my read of this book and I am glad to see that I am not alone in my feelings towards this ‘story’. I think the only thing I actually like about this book is the cover.
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