The Graces by Laure Eve
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: September 1, 2016
Everyone said the Graces were witches.They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different. All I had to do was show them that person was me.
Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?
With the worlds of Twilight and Harry Potter long over, it was only a matter of time before YA was introduced to a new world of magic. The Graces explores a realm that is different to vampires and wizards; this book centres on three witch siblings: Thalia, Fenrin and Summer.
Although this book was, at times, very similar to Twilight – new girl in town; family of mysterious, popular siblings; the heroine automatically being welcomed into the tight-knit family – it held a lot of originality too.
The opening conveyed a lot of mystery surrounding River, the heroine of this story. She is a character who does not like being the centre of attention, so it is difficult at times, to figure her out. Nevertheless, it is obvious there is something enthralling about her, something sinister even but the author gives nothing away. Unfortunately, the story takes off slowly and the middle is very drawn out. Even though there are some spells – that may or may not have effects – the middle really consists of dialogue between River, Fenrin, Summer and sometimes Thalia. Although, towards the end of the book things turn very interesting. Everything becomes more of a mystery, confusing even, and there is a series of haunting events. It may seem a little obvious before the big mystery reveal but that does not make it any less spine shuddering.
The idea for this book is what YA needed – a little more magic and witches were the perfect solution. The beginning and ending were gripping, fearsome and a little dark, everything that makes for a great YA novel. However, the middle took away a lot of this books glory, it even fell flat at times. There was too much dialogue and not enough suspense or spells. Overall, this book was good and worth a read but there are definitely better stories out there at present.
Laure Eve is a writer I plan on keeping my eye on. I expect she will have other books that will – hopefully – follow in magic and mystery. I think the age for this YA novel is 13+; although, I do believe this is a book that will appeal to an older audience also.