May 30, 2016

ARC Review: The Graces by Laure Eve

Author: Laure Eve
Series: The Graces #1
Publisher: Amulet Books
Number of Pages: 352
Release Date: September 6, 2016
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"In The Graces, the first rule of witchcraft states that if you want something badly enough, you can get it . . . no matter who has to pay.
Everyone loves the Graces. Fenrin, Thalia, and Summer Grace are captivating, wealthy, and glamorous. They’ve managed to cast a spell over not just their high school but also their entire town—and they’re rumored to have powerful connections all over the world. If you’re not in love with one of them, you want to be them. Especially River: the loner, new girl at school. She’s different from her peers, who both revere and fear the Grace family. She wants to be a Grace more than anything. And what the Graces don’t know is that River’s presence in town is no accident.
This fabulously addictive fantasy combines sophisticated and haunting prose with a gut-punching twist that readers will be dying to discuss. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars as well as nostalgic classics like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the 1996 movie The Craft, The Graces marks the beginning of a new wave of teen witches."
I was so excited to read this book, but unfortunately it turned out to be a major disappointment. The synopsis sounded really good and the beginning of the book was really promising. I was a little on the edge on the writing style of the book, but I got used to that as the book went on so that wasn't really a problem. Everything else though...

First, the main character, River, was so freaking annoying. I think the author was going for a character with a lot of angst and despair that teens today would be able to relate to, but she kind of missed the mark. River was relatable in that she was really different from everyone in her school, and she found a group of people she was comfortable in and thus held them really close to her. But, some of the choices she made were so overboard that I wanted to climb inside my kindle and punch her in the face. 

Then there's the plot... My God, it got hella weird. The first half of the book was okay, but then it just went way downhill. I feel like everything was really unnatural and thus annoying. Also, I got REALLY confused especially nearing the end. It all came together in the end, but I almost stopped reading the book because it was so aggravating. I think the author tried to keep the reader in suspense but she ended up just making me confused. 

Overall, I think was so close to being a good book, but it missed the mark and I ended up confused and disappointed. I don't think I will continue with this series, and I wouldn't particularly recommend it either.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

*I recieved a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Oh dang, sad that this one didn’t work for you! Shame too, ‘cause it sounds awesome... :( Oh well–there are better books out there! Great review :D