Holy Moly. I thought I knew what I was getting into before I started reading this book. I thought it would simply be about witches, there would be lots of amazing magic, oh and some romance. But oh no, I was so wrong. And I am so glad that I was! Continue on for a spellbinding, spoiler-free review!
Published September 1st, 2016 by Faber & Faber.
Paperback 415 pages
The Graces live in a small, seashore town and everyone are obsessed by them. They are beautiful, wealthy, glamorous, everyone adores them but also scared at the same time. But there is more to them than just that. Yes, supposedly they are witches. “River” our main character, wants to be a Grace. In fact, she will do just about anything to become a part of this witchly family. She willing allows herself to be sucked into this world, becoming completely obsessed about the Graces. But is there more than meets the eye? Are we really seeing everything?
Firstly, let me say how much I loved this book. I LOVED IT LOTS. Laure Eve has such a seductive writing style that really draws you in. You are spoon fed information bit after a bit, but it’s never enough. You need to know more, you need to be there, experiencing it for yourself. If anything I found this book enchanting, I really couldn’t get enough of it. This was a book that I could not put down!!
“River” is by far on my top 5 of most interesting characters that I have read this year. She’s complex, masking her true self, trying to reinvent herself for the Graces so much I feel that we, the readers, don’t actually know much about her. She is also as mysterious as the Graces. Her real name is never revealed. AND I LIKE THAT. I like that I am left pondering what her “normal” name could be. Now, I wouldn’t say I’d liked River that much, in fact, I am kinda on the fence about it. One minute I was rooting for her and then I wanted to give her a big slap to bring her back to reality. But I felt that this was the intention. To make me feel unsure about her. For a first-person narrative, is she reliable? I’m honestly still not sure and I don’t mind that. In fact, it’s one of the reasons that I really loved reading this book.
Now the Graces. How does one begin to review the fascinating beings that they are? I could imagine them now, beautiful, charming smiles, slaying it. Walking down the corridor of their school, all eyes on them. They know it but honestly, they don’t really care. When first meeting the Graces, they took my breath away. They are a mystery as much as River is. We already know some things about them and that’s through rumors we read from other students. Just like River, I found myself worshiping them, adoring them, even wanting to become a Grace myself. But then something changed. As the story got deeper, I felt I began to see the true nature of the Graces. I was unsure whether or not I was rooting for them or could even trust them.
Laure Eve has created such a powerful book. Her words had me wrapped up in a spell that I could not even try to break free. I was lucky enough to win a copy of this beautiful book via Twitter from Sarah’s Chapter !
READ THIS BOOK. You will love it, I am sure! The Curses the sequel to Laure Eve’s The Graces will be released next year!!