The Graces

The Graces

Book - 2016
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"A secretive loner discovers her own hidden powers when she's taken under the wings of three glamorous witches"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Amulet Books, 2016.
ISBN: 9781419721236
Characteristics: 339 pages ; 22 cm

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cakenlee
Aug 31, 2020

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This book was a disappointment. Which is sad because there were many interesting aspects of the book, however, the author failed to do much to expand on them and shifted the focus from the main protagonist and her interactions with the siblings to try to learn more about the magic system to some weird love triangle thing. Romance is fine as long as it doesn't distract from the initial goal. The protagonist doesn't reveal their name throughout the book and goes by a nickname instead, which is something I have never read before. The protagonist is rather unlikeable, often making terrible decisions for her gain. She also seems to think self-pity is a personality trait. The only likable character was surprisingly the emo sister, who was very kind and understanding. I enjoyed learning about the magic system and the mysteriousness of the family at the beginning of the book. The second half of the book is where it gets muddy. It's a good read if you are interested in a story about very one-note characters and with magic thrown in. I will admit that the author has a good writing style and I hope she improves the plot of her stories.

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katmz
Dec 18, 2019

I have mixed feelings about this book. I loved the mystery of magic (is it real or not!?) that is woven throughout the story; I found myself constantly searching for herbs, stones, and little wive's tales and rituals which made for a fun hide and seek game as I read. I greatly enjoyed the way the author explored obsession, jealousy, deception, honesty, and power. The fact that the narrator is extremely unreliable really let the author play with those themes and I never quite knew who was telling the whole truth or flat out lying. I will say some parts are a little slow and there is less action than I expected. It's a slow build for a very sudden and eventful last 1/4 of the book. This book really reminds me of Twilight so fans should definitely give this one a shot!

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penelopegomez
Sep 17, 2019

I absolutely adored this book! A huge 5 star read for sure! In this book the main character River is new at school. After her fathers mysterious disappearance River and her mother have moved towns. Much like the rest of the town River quickly becomes obsessed with "The Graces." They are rich, beautiful and mysterious. The rumor around town is that the Graces are secretly witches and River is determined to get their attention by any means necessary! River was just such a relatable character. She of course is a book lover, rather shy and just wants so desperately to be noticed and popular the way the grace children are. I loved the witting style of Laure Eve and I was disappointed to find that she hasn't written too much else. She has a way of really adhering her readers to the characters, you come to understand them and the way they are, and the way they came to be. I was really glued to this book, and I couldn't get through it fast enough. There is a sequel to this novel, that I just can't wait to read. This was the perfect Halloween/ Fall time read. There was a little bit of witch craft and it was a bit of a thriller also. This is a book that I wish other people would read because I would really like to discuss it with someone. I think there is a little something in here for everyone, there is horror/ thriller scenes, romance, witchcraft, a good friendship, etc. It was just overall really enjoyable, never a dull moment.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 28, 2018

What can I say about The Graces… except that it is one of my favourite books to date! It follows the story of young River, who has just moved to a new town. Of course, as it always goes, she is a loner compared to the other girls who surround themselves around the Graces. The Graces are a group of speculated witches, and people are immediately and inexplicably attracted to them, including River. She is especially attracted to Fenrin, but so are all the other girls. It’s rare that one of the Graces accepts someone else outside of their family to hang out with them, but for some reason they do choose River. She hangs out with the Graces for a long time, and they even become good friends. But eventually (spoilers ahead), a boy that their family is very close to dies, and it’s River’s fault. They now shut her out, and she can’t continue seeing them. They even move away… but they return. What’s in store for River, and are they truly witches? @thesoundofcolours of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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heavenne
Jan 31, 2018

There wasn’t a substantial plot with this one. You had an idea on why River was trying to be friends with The Graces and there were hints here and there throughout the story on what River was really wanting to do all this time. You’re pretty much following River as she makes friends and tries to be part of the in crowd with The Graces.

I didn’t really like River that much in the beginning. You knew why she was wanting to befriend them however at the same time she had a great friendship with Summer and you were hoping nothing would spoil it.

The Graces did have a certain charm to them but at the same time there was also something strange. They’re close knit, secretive, and not your average family. They already had their secrets to start with, and of all the three I’d have to like Summer the most. She was the outspoken one and the rule breaker with at least some semblance of sense and logic that her two siblings didn’t have (those that have read the book would know what I’m talking about).

Back to River. Oh darling. You know this could have gone well if you HAD JUST TOLD THEM. Sometimes I hate reading books where the protagonist has this huge secret because they tend to keep it to themselves until they finally realize it wouldn’t help anymore but by that time, it would mess up a lot of things now would it? And all throughout the book you’re screaming JUST. TELL. THEM. Sheesh.

Although I know I said I didn’t really like her in the beginning, she redeemed herself in the last third of the book. I was expecting her to be sniveling, crying and pleading but she suddenly became this beacon of rage and I suddenly pulled a 180 and loved her instantly. She finally realized who she was and what she was capable of. She didn’t need the Graces at all - well maybe she needed them to put her in the right direction but it was nice to see her pick herself up and be strong about it.

Loved the ending! Such a cliffhanger and I want to know what’s going to happen next now that River has found herself. Sequel is coming out this year! So I’ll be looking forward to it!

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HerNameHere
Aug 17, 2017

The main character is a bit too needy and willing to do anything to become a part of something... (not wanting to give away anything here in a review). Barely got through the book. I think we're supposed to cheer for "River" but that's not how I felt at the end of the book.

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