The Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces by Laure Eve
On Sale Date: September 6, 2016
Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy & Magic, Witches
Amulet Books, 352 pages
Source: ARC from Publisher
My Rating: 3 Stars
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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. 

THE GRACES lures readers in with an unreliable narrator, a mysterious family rumored to be witches and an ominous vibe that nothing is as it seems.

Reminiscent of the movie The Craft this is a story of a teenage girl wanting to belong at all costs. It is about the strange connection she feels toward the mercurial Graces and the undeniable longing she has to possess some of their magic and power. Yet, the question remains hovering just beyond the peripheral is that the protagonist River may be more than what she seems. 

THE GRACES is an addicting read with writing that uses the unreliable voice of River to draw the reader into this world lit by the glamour surrounding the Graces. Summer, Fenrin, and Thalia draw River to them like a moth to a flame. Are they really witches? Are the strange occurrences happening the results of their magic or is it just a coincidence? I found myself questioning everything, and trusting no one. 

A large part of the thrill and payoff to this story comes in the form of some unsuspecting twists and reveals. River's willingness to virtually change herself like a chameleon to please the Graces and the need behind it is what drove me to the last pages. River's untrustworthy narration and the ambiguous nature of the Graces' magic leaves the reader with an unsettled feeling despite the closure in the ending which leaves open the possibility for a sequel.

Eerie, captivating writing, and mystery abound in Laure Eve's story THE GRACES. An unreliable narrator and ambiguous magic will have the readers questioning this haunting story.