The Graces by Laure EveThe Graces by Laure Eve

The Graces

byLaure Eve

Hardcover | September 6, 2016

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When a glamorous family of teenage witches brings a mysterious new girl into their fold, they unwittingly nurture a powerful black magic that could destroy them all. This paranormal YA fantasy features intrigue, spells, and a devastating twist. 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. But 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.
Laure Eve was born in Paris and currently lives in London, where she works in book publishing. She is also the author of Fearsome Dreamer and The Illusionists. You can find her ultra-witty, real-life musings on Twitter @LaureEve and on her website, http://www.laureeve.co.uk/.
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Title:The GracesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1 inPublished:September 6, 2016Publisher:Amulet BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1419721232

ISBN - 13:9781419721236

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not much of a plot, but the ending was good. 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!
Date published: 2018-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very enjoyable Good book, liked the magic, kind of creepy in a good way.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing Read I was interested in this book largely because I thought the cover was cool and it seemed to have a Practical Magic vibe which is one of my favourite movies. However, I was kind of disappointed. In terms of the characters, I couldn't get behind any of them. I was looking forward to being entranced by the Graces but they turned out to be very fake, unrealistic, and almost uninteresting. The main character River was insufferable. She believes that she is deeper than everyone else and I couldn't stand the disdainful way she talked about other girls. I'm not for books that involve girl-hate. Girls supporting girls is always the way to go. In fact, the only way I could get through the book was by pretending that I was intended to dislike River. The writing and dialogue was filled with cliches and boring "philosophical" conversations that tried hard to be deep but became irritating. I also understand that the author was going for a dark and mystical atmosphere but honestly, the whole thing fell very flat. This story had a lot of potential, but neither the characters nor the writing supported it.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing novel! The Graces by Laure Eve is a young adult novel about River and her obsession with the family called The Graces. River (the name she gave herself) and her mother just moved to town. Her mother thought they needed a new start after the dad took off (well, actually he just disappeared). At her new school there are three students that intrigued her. Summer, Thalia, and Fen Grace. People call them witches and River is instantly intrigued. She wants proof and would also like to date Fen. She finds a way to get noticed and get invited into the inner circle. Will it be all she hoped for? What happens when it all goes away? The Graces reads more like River’s diary. We get subjected to River’s thoughts and feelings (normal teenage angst). It is the typical drivel of a teenager attracted to a boy and who wants to be with the in people. I found it to be very boring and hard to read. This blurb made this book sound like a thriller (not even a hint of thrill). Instead I am trying to keep my eyes open and finish it (this is where my speed reading skills come in handy). I give The Graces 2 out of 5 stars. It had potential, but it was not fulfilled.
Date published: 2016-10-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review from Giselle at Book Nerd Canada This is when I get into trouble..By requesting to read a book solely because of the beautiful cover. And this one had it. It caught my eye and I immediately requested it. I'm sad to report that I didn't enjoy this one. It had the potential to be a good novel, but it just fell flat for me. One, not a whole lot happens. There's literally no plot. I had trouble getting through it because I was bored, but I kept pushing because the writing sucks you in. But that's it. Because the characters, the story and the pacing were just flat. New girl comes to a small town. Meets the cool popular crowd. There's something off about them, something magical maybe? New girl wants in the crowd and will stop at nothing to do it. It sounded a little familiar to Twilight's beginning.. and well Twilight had at least a romance that would get you from page to page. This didn't even feel like Beautiful Creatures because again that had the paranormal romance down. This one didn't. You're supposed to feel for River and champion for her. But I had no idea why she wanted to be with them. She wanted power and prestige so she had to be with the right people. And the thing is, these people were downright terrible. Even River! It's so hard to like or even focus on a book when the characters are so unlikeable. She is literally attracted them because they're shallow and have no substance. And what's worst is how they believe they are arrogant elitist snobs. I kid you not. These characters would use people for their own means, not caring who they hurt. And they hurt a lot of people. I don't even know what the appeal was about them. Just because of their wealth and good looks? Who cares?! Summer did have her kind moments that is until she _________ her friend. I mean what the heck was that?! There was a neat little twist at the end, but by that time I just wanted the book to be over. I didn't even guess this would be the ending, because well nothing really happens. Just River being obsessed with this family and trying to impress them. The magical bits were interesting but nothing came from that either. I wanted an explanation as to what happened in the end, but I guess it's open to interpretation. Beautiful eye-catching cover will not always produce a quality plot-heavy story. But at least I gave it a shot. I hope others will have better luck with this one than I did.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A dark, twisty, and witchy teen fantasy Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Graces by Laure Eve is a dark teen fantasy read that will appeal to teens who like witches, twists and turns, and unclear character motivation (at least until the climax). I give it 3.5 stars. The story is told from the POV of its protagonist, Alice, who has recently moved to a small town. The setting is the book-typical background of high school, complete with bullies and mean girls, in a small town in England. There were echoes of Twilight in that she (Alice) immediately becomes obsessed with a family at the school, the Graces. The Graces are impossibly beautiful, stylish, and if rumour is to be believed, involved in witchcraft. Alice is obsessed because she believes if she becomes friends with them she can 1) right a wrong she committed; 2) make Fenrin Grace fall in love with her; and 3) understand some of the deeper mysteries of her life. I thought this book was going pretty standard – girl tries to fit in – girl is accepted and then taught magic – girl helps to defeat an evil presence. Instead, the book was more about fighting the demons within rather than any external ones. I don’t want to give anything away, but I will warn you that the story takes some very dark turns, has some completely out-of-left-field moments, and if you’re like me, you may not end up liking the choices or motivations of any of its main characters. The end of the story is wide-open and leaves room for what I assume is going to be a series. I would recommend it for older teens who like teen fantasy and last-minute twists and turns.
Date published: 2016-07-04

Editorial Reviews

"A realistic but dark take on magic. It draws readers into its unsettling narrative."