Series: The Graces #1
Published by Amulet Books on September 6, 2016
Genres: Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Sexual Content: Kissing, references to sex
Reviewed by: Kate
Everyone loves the Graces.
Fenrin Grace is larger than life, almost mythical. He’s the school Pan, seducing girls without really meaning to. He’s biding his time until someone special comes along. Someone different, who will make him wonder how he got along all this time without her. Someone like me.
Fenrin’s twin, Thalia, is a willowy beauty with rippling, honey-colored hair. Wherever she goes, Thalia leaves behind a band of followers who want to emulate her. She casts spells over everyone she encounters, just like Fenrin—even if they both deny it.
Then there’s Summer. She’s the youngest Grace, and the only one who admits she’s really a witch. Summer is dark on the outside—with jet-black hair and kohl-rimmed eyes—and on the inside. It was inevitable that she’d find me, the new girl—a loner with secrets lurking under the surface.
I am River. I am not a Grace. But I’ll do anything to become one.
THE GRACES pulled me in with its intriguing description and lovely cover, but ultimately didn't deliver. Though the writing was lovely, the plot wasn't as good as it could have been and the ending was, to me, a complete let down.
One thing THE GRACES has going for it was that it was a compelling read. I had a hard time putting the book down. Unfortunately, the ending didn't live up to the rest of the book. The last quarter or so was frustrating and a little confusing. Part of this is due to the fact that River is an unreliable narrator, in that she clearly isn't always telling the truth, or the whole truth. Sometimes that works, and sometimes that doesn't. In this case, I don't feel it worked very well.
Though compelling, for a large portion of the book, I didn't feel like lots happened. It flowed well, and was easy to read quickly, but the events of the book didn't inspire many feelings in me. Mostly, I just wanted to know what was going on. I was mainly curious to find out what the ending was, because I wanted to know how the author was going to tie everything up. Part of the reason is that I never felt like I was fully immersed in the world, more like I was watching everything going from afar. I think this was because River was never completely divulging all the information the reader would need to make sense of some things, always leaving the reader wanting.
Though THE GRACES might work for another reader, for me I just felt "meh" after I finished it. I was disappointed by the ending and I don't think I would pick up the next book in this series.Series Titles:
- The Graces
- For another story with an unreliable narrator, try Liar by Justine Larbalestier.