Release Date: September 6, 2016
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 beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.
***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley and ABRAMS Kids/Amulet Books
The Graces wasn’t at all what I expected. It was a little Practical Magic meets The Accident Season. The story centers on a notorious family whose reputation as witches makes them local celebrities. Everyone wants a taste of the Graces and in the eyes of their peers, they’re almost god-like, untouchable. This whole atmosphere of belief carries throughout the book, this almost whimsical uncertainty. Are they witches? Is magic possible? Regardless, is the act of simply believing enough to make the impossible true?
The blurb classifies this as a thriller. I wouldn’t go that far. More like a search for acceptance and coming of age story. River targets them from the get-go, she wants that ethereal, immortal vibe that the Graces evoke when they enter the room. She wants nothing more than to be part of something bigger than herself. Throughout the story, it seems that her motives are pure, but as the story progresses, things get a bit hazy and you’ll start to question.
There are several mysteries that propel the story forward and will have you flipping pages until dawn. Are the Graces really magical? Does their love curse exist? Is River’s father alive? What did River do that was so bad she had to switch schools? There’s layer upon layer of unanswered questions that will keep you gunning for more.
At the same time, the story plot-wise is kind of mundane. River makes friends, walks on eggshells to keep them, falls in lust, others don’t like how quickly she gained a coveted spot among the Graces, has no other friends, etc. Up until way into the story, it’s this pattern of relatively trivial everyday interactions with a hint of magic that may or may not work.
AND THEN THE PLOT TWIST. Wow. Just wow. Suddenly everything makes sense and you’ll want to slap yourself for being so blind because the clues are there, but Laure Eve is one crazy master of misdirection.
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