If you looked at the books I’ve finished lately you would swear it was October.
But here we are in March and the only books that I seem to gravitate towards are of the paranormal nature.
Today’s book is no different as it tells the story of a small town, a mysterious family, and a girl just wanting to fit in.
Interested to see if The Graces by Laure Eve left me with all the witchy feelings? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve
Publisher: Amulet Books (September 6, 2016)
Print Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Narrator: Claire Calverley
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?
The Graces is an unusual addition to the paranormal genre, chalk full of captivating mysteries, unreliable characters, and more twists than you could shake a stick at.
Eve sure has a way of slowly developing the mystery of The Graces. So much so that the book did suffer a bit, but not so much that I didn’t enjoy the read. One of the mysteries lies in whether or not anyone in the book is actually magical. It was engrossing to try and figure out if the characters were all frauds, witches, or some other paranormal creature. My one hope for The Graces sequel, The Curses, after this particular plot twist was revealed, is that Eve will include more passages that reflect her choice. Another mystery, or at least for me, is why the main character chooses to call herself River and what her real name is. While I don’t think this will have any sway on the plot, it would be nice to have just that little reveal, especially after what the character goes through in this first novel.
If you are a reader who finds it irritating being inundated with unlikable characters, then this may not be the best book to pick up. The Graces protagonist, ‘River’, is incredibly unreliable, which was probably why I was so charmed by her in the end. All she wanted to was to be accepted by the abnormal Graces, and while in certain passages she may have taken her need a bit too far I cannot wait to see what is in store for her now that she has embraced her individuality. The Graces, on the other hand, left me wondering why River wanted to be their friend in the first place. At the beginning of The Graces, Thalia, Fenrin, and Summer were kind and accepting of River. But by the end they were transformed in monstrously selfish characters, which is interesting considering River started the novel this way, only to revert by the end.
While I did had some issues while reading The Graces, I am invested enough in the tale of River, Thalia, Fenrin, and Summer to pick up The Curses when it is published on September 4, 2018.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on The Graces (The Graces #1) by Laure Eve. Have any witchtastic recommendations? Leave your recommendation below and help my TBR grow.