The Graces

The Graces is Book Every girl with eyes loved Fenrin But I was not like those prattling chattering things with their careful head tosses and thick cloying lip gloss Inside buried down deep where

The Graces is Book Every girl with eyes loved Fenrin. But I was not like those prattling, chattering things with their careful head tosses and thick, cloying lip gloss. Inside, buried down deep where no one could see it, was the core of me, burning endlessly, coal black and coal bright.Oh sweet Jesus, get over yourself. Did that quote really come from a narrator we're supposed to take seriously? Of all the things I expected from this book, a super emo, extremely slow, Twilight-esque story was not one of them. I'm not just throwing the word "Twilight" around. For most of this novel, the obsession with the ethereal Graces reminded me of the obsession with the Cullens. The story is about the female narrator being the new kid in town and attending a school where everyone is obsessed with the gorgeous, weird Graces - Rosalie, Edward and Alice Thalia, Fenrin and Summer. For some reason, they allow River into their tight-knit little circle and invite her to meet their equally stunning and strange parents. Turns out they might be witches.Okay, well firstly, it's boring. There is literally no plot for the vast majority of the novel and it all builds toward what I guess was supposed to be a twist... um, well, I saw that coming a mile away. The first 250-ish pages are made up of River going on and on about the Graces, especially her love for Fenrin and shallow friendship with Summer. There's also some chanting and "spellwork" that may or may not be real. Oooh.You see, that's the real problem with this book and Anna already said it: there's no atmosphere. It tries to be so deep and meaningful with all the emo dialogue like:“I can stop pretending when I’m alone.”"The thing is, " he said softly, "we're all going to die." "Yes." "But the first time you really realize it... how do you get over that?"But I just can't take it seriously. None of these characters, none of the plot, is deep and mysterious enough to warrant those conversations. It just made me roll my eyes. The author clearly wanted to write a dark, deep novel about three mysterious teenagers, but we've been left with a silly, predictable high school drama about a goth, a hippie and a hipster.I neither liked nor was interested in River. Her disdain for other girls in the novel - she even refers to them as "things" - made my blood boil at times. It's all part of the package that is her character - someone who believes they're just so much deeper than everyone else. This is how she describes another girl:She wore big, fake, gold hoop earrings and tiny skirts, and her voice had a rattling screech to it, like a magpie’s.I foresee the "twist" being used to explain away a lot of things, but I'm not playing. Even forgetting how obvious it was, it didn't make up for the slowness and the annoying cast of characters. The novel gives very little up in an attempt to be mysterious so that the author can pull back the curtain to reveal... Muahaha. But the "suspense" is so forced that I was cringing.Personally, this kind of book with flat, cliched characters, "oh, what is this universe?" dialogue and little-to-no plot does not work for me. But according to my arc, I'm in the minority, because this emo mush has already been translated into at least five other languages. Maybe girl-on-girl hate sounds classier in French? Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store. 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 tEveryone 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 dangerous than they let on This beautifully written thriller will grip you from its very first page.. The best Ebook The Graces i'm just realizing this about myself, but i am a person who tends to round two-star books up into three-star territory. my name is karen, and i'm an uprounder. part of it is a readers' advisory training that unconsciously steers me towards back-seating (NLGM) my personal reactions, part of it is residual catholic guilt, and part of it is just always wanting to like a book i have chosen to read - to identify at least one thing that made reading it not a waste of my time.this book is a fast read, so it didn't waste much of my time, and there's at least one thing i liked about it, but let's be perfectly clear, this is a very low three-star book. i think it's more enjoyable if you realize right from the get-go that the narrator is problematic a dick. and that this book is Twilight with witches.the Twilight comment isn't just me being problematic a dick. i thought Twilight was a fine book, but i don't need to read it again. and yeah, there are plenty of books in which an everyman is absorbed into a glamorous or mysterious family or lifestyle and is swept away by the romance of it all - Twilight didn't invent that - and this one does differ from Twilight in that the protagonist goes in clear-eyed and calculating, knowing the family's reputation and single-mindedly ingratiating herself into their lives because she covets their magic, but the setup is pretty similar: river moves to a new town with her mother after her father takes off (so, single-parented and barely monitored, like whazzername), and finds herself in a small town where one wealthy and powerful family - the graces - are the center of everyone's admiration/fear/fascination, around whom rumors and lore about witchy powers swirl. and the parents are oh-so-elegant and cultured and mysterious and the children are so beautiful and sophisticated and charismatic: minor celebrities with mystery wrapped around them like fur stoles, an ethereal air to their presence that whispered tantalizingly of magic. the siblings are very close to each other and somewhat set apart from the "ordinary" kids because they are all "family first"and of course our heroine, this self-proclaimed "not exceptionally pretty" girl goes and falls for super-handsome and casual-lothario fenrin grace, becoming besties with his sister summer, and barreling into the ranks of the grace family intent on smooching fenrin and becoming an honorary grace with all the magical powers that come with that role. for reasons.but river isn't an endearingly clumsy and likable character (plus, she names herself "river page," which is as cheesy as it gets). the story is told entirely through her perspective, and her unreliable narrator status is twofold: a combination of her having limited information and her being deliberately misleading. for reasons. she spends a great deal of time emphasizing the importance of truth and honesty in the presence of the graces, with a pseudo-intellectual profundity that's irritating to read (but is not inaccurate to the teenage bombast i recall from the wayback), while lying and hiding her motives and other seeecrets, frequently alluding to this suppression to the reader, if not to the graces:- It was a compliment, of sorts. A testament to how good I was at hiding my true self.-His face was open. It bothered him, but he didn't try to hide it. That was brave. I hid everything I could.it's also emo as hell."…why do you enjoy being alone?"…"I can stop pretending when I'm alone."apart from all that eyerollery stuff (and it is gratifying when another character calls her a "pretentious bitch"), she's just … unpleasant, so you're not really invested in seeing her succeed in her goals. she's jealous and petty - talking shit about other girls who are interested in fenrin simply because they want what she wants, and she's an uneven mixture of timid; where she never says anything without planning and examining it in her head first, and delusionally confident that she's the most special gal ever, deserving of holding fenrin's interest:Every girl with eyes loved Fenrin. But I was not like those prattling, chattering things with their careful head tosses and thick, cloying lip gloss. Inside, buried down deep where no one could see it, was the core of me, burning endlessly, coal black and coal bright…No one had real details of their personal lives - except for whoever Fenrin was sleeping with in any given week, as he never hid it. He'd tour the girl around school for however long it lasted, one arm slung over her shoulders in a lazy fashion, and she would drip off him, giggling madly. They were nothing, just distractions. He was waiting for someone special, someone different who would catch his attention so suddenly and so completely, he'd wonder how he had survived all this time without them.because none of the other girls he kisses for a week have ever thought they would be the one to tame him.river spends so much time weighing what she's going to say and how she's going to present herself to win over the graces, but she's inconsistent in what actually comes out, and when she's not spouting oh-so-heavy things like: That doesn't mean we shouldn't want to see the truth. It's just that maybe we have to see it in stages to be able to understand it," it looks more like this:"I was kind of seeing him," Summer said, as if we had been talking about it already. "Jase. He may be hot, but my god he's dull. It's a 'smoke weed and surf a lot' kind of life. I mean, there is literally nothing else that interests him. Plus, he's bad in bed. He's all loud groaning, like a crap zombie."I disliked these kinds of conversations. There wasn't an obvious response. I didn't know him, so I couldn't exactly agree."Oh right," I tried.yeah, not super-impressive. there's so much of that monosyllabic grunting from her, one wonders why the graces want anything to do with her.more reasons to dislike her - she claims to not like bullies, after stepping up (in view of fenrin) to defend a girl from being picked on, but she does a fair bit of bullying herself, and she's quick to judge people by reputation, especially people the graces have problems with. so - lame philosophy, manipulation of truth to get what she wants, using magic to punish other girls, obsessing over some dude who smells like "manly vanilla," bald desire to be special and included, and although she denies it, using summer to get closer to fenrin and to get closer to magic of her own.all dick moves.not that one needs to relate to or like a book's narrator, but you gotta like at least one of the characters, and they're all kind of clichéd.the only character i "liked" was summer, and only when her vulnerability came to the surface. i thought that dimension of her character was well-written, once her cookie-cutter 'tough-as-nails goth chick' stuff was dispensed with.i think this book would have been stronger if there had been 20% less cullen grace infatuation weighing down the front half, and if the reveal had been shifted to the 3/4 mark, so there could have been a bit more time spent exploring (and defining) what it means. (view spoiler)[because it's unclear what river is. she seems to be something more elemental than a witch, something more powerful and ancient, and i think exploring this idea of the hierarchy of magical powers would be interesting in the first book of whatever this series is going to be - to give a sense of the scope of what is to come. (hide spoiler)]and the names: fenrin, thalia, summer, gwydion - ugh. there's also a character named "wolf," just to add another layer to the Twilight cake, even though he's not a working-class werewolf or anything.moral of the story - sometimes netgalley knows best.many thanks to anmiryam for sending it to me, though!************************************damn you, netgalley!!! why you so mean??["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

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  1. A French British hybrid who grew up in Cornwall, a place saturated with myth and fantasy Being a child of two cultures taught her everything she needed to know about trying to fit in at the same time as trying to stand out She speaks English and French, and can hold a vague conversation, usually about food, in Greek.A random selection of favourite things Terry Pratchett quotes, characters with questionable morals, Jean Claude Van Damme, H agen Dazs cookie dough ice cream, anything Trent Reznor is remotely involved in even if it only extends to he once touched this artist s arm , bad 90s dance music and anything a bit weird see Davids Lynch and Cronenberg.

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  1. Every girl with eyes loved Fenrin But I was not like those prattling, chattering things with their careful head tosses and thick, cloying lip gloss Inside, buried down deep where no one could see it, was the core of me, burning endlessly, coal black and coal bright.Oh sweet Jesus, get over yourself Did that quote really come from a narrator we re supposed to take seriously Of all the things I expected from this book, a super emo, extremely slow, Twilight esque story was not one of them I m not j [...]


  2. i m just realizing this about myself, but i am a person who tends to round two star books up into three star territory my name is karen, and i m an uprounder part of it is a readers advisory training that unconsciously steers me towards back seating NLGM my personal reactions, part of it is residual catholic guilt, and part of it is just always wanting to like a book i have chosen to read to identify at least one thing that made reading it not a waste of my timeis book is a fast read, so it didn [...]


  3. I can see how The Graces could be appealing for some readers Kirkus, for one The patient kind, who can get past a ridiculous, unbelievable plot and flat characters for the sake of a twist I am not that reader I believe that there s such a thing as too little, too late, too bad Also, I totally saw it coming Honestly, I don t even have it in me to write an organized or ranty review, but I only want to forget the hours I spent reading it Can I have my time back, please I just need a Forgetfulness P [...]


  4. Excuse me but I ACCIDENTALLY COMPLETELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK Okay hear me out I was a skeptic going in For reasons that include A I d read a lot of very low starred reviews, and B I mean, that cover, mate The hardcover is gorgeous but this looks like a box of those seashell soaps Not a fan However it came abundantly clear to me, after the first few chapters, that I was doomed to be utterly swallowed by this book It reminded me of The Cresswell Plot meets Holly Black meets Rocks Fall, Ever [...]



  5. 1.5 stars It s like Twilight except not as well done There s something I never thought I d say.River moves to a small coastal town where she learns a family of super hot teens are rud to be witches There s a boy everyone is in love with who has an arrogant lazy smile and smells like a thicker, manlier kind of vanilla , his gorgeous twin sister, and then a younger sister who befriends River This super wealthy Grace family has two parents who aren t really parents and blah blah Twilight scenario T [...]


  6. Oh hi I wrote this book Here s a bit about it.Short there may or may not be witches There s a girl who lies to you about what she really wants There s obsession, desire, desperation, glamour, and what I hope is a pretty damn surprising ending.Long The Graces explores the endless pull between the Other fantasy, imagination, belief, of spirits and gods and ghosts and the colder everyday of the real, the real that we are very afraid is all there is.As a child, you believe that magic is real, if yo [...]



  7. Maaaaan, guys That wasfucked This is a book about a sad, strange, loathsome asshole who makes terrible decisions, and it s all so bloody entertaining I m not surprised that this book got middling reviews it s a Marmite thing, probably a very, very acquired taste that not everyone will enjoy But I loved it I would have given it five stars, but there was an unnerving air of internalized misogyny that really bothered me, and was completely unnecessary River is an asshole, but she didn t need to be [...]


  8. Mini review I received this E ARC via Netgalley and ABRAMS Kids in exchange for an honest review DNFI heard about this book through Twitter After I read the synopsis I was sold I love reading about witches Unfortunately this book was a disappointment River was so obsessed with the Graces that it came off as disturbing She wanted to prove to them that she was the person they were looking for First of all where did she get this assumption Yes she s the new girl and the Graces didn t know her But h [...]


  9. The most disappointing thing about The Graces was that it had such huge potential When I read the summary I was immediately hooked An entire town worships a rich, secretive family and rumors circulate that they are magical a family of witches The plot sounded so cool and I couldn t wait to pick it up.I was expecting a mysterious look at a closely entwined family, but you know what I got instead Beautiful Creatures 2.0.Meet River, our lonely normal main character who is obsessed with the Grace fa [...]


  10. The Graces is a Twilight cult classic gone wrong.This book gives the Twilight vibes I am not saying that to be condescending, or because I have zero knowledge of YA, but simply, because it is true A simplistic girl moves into an elusive town where there s a popular unreachable clan They are very selective of who they associate themselves with Somehow, the new girl finds herself bewitched with the mystery clouding around these people She ll do anything to entangle herself with them The plot is no [...]


  11. Okay Confession time A couple of weeks ago, I happened to be in a discussion on Twitter about YA, where Laure Eve s THE GRACES was mentioned I expressed lively enthusiasm for the title, then realized a little too late that I hadn t actually read it at all, but was thinking of THE GRACEKEEPERS, by Kirsty Logan, instead So shoot me I never could remember names And so I read THE GRACES out of guilt, initially but I am reviewing it out of pleasure It s a deceptively clever book, full of subtleties t [...]


  12. 2.5 5 s edit I just wanted to put a warning out that this isn t really very witchy, the focus isn t heavy spells or magic, it s about the promise of some characters maybe being witches This book is sitting somewhere between two and three stars, and I can t come to settle on a single rating It was a book that I floated through without ever feeling particularly entranced or interested in the characters of the plot line, a clinical kind of interest was the most I could muster up It wasn t so much [...]


  13. I know this sounds ridiculous, but the only way I can describe the effect this book had on me is to say that, when I finished it, I felt high like I had been slightly thrown off my axis, and was a little bit disconnected from the world The Graces requires patience, yes, but the payoff really is that good The story and the relationships depicted therein build slowly and in fits and starts, in a way that feels true to what is being portrayed and made me think of nothing so much as Megan Abbott in [...]


  14. This is when I get into troubleBy 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 [...]


  15. 3.5 starsI love love love witches, so I was super excited to get this gorgeous thing in my hands.River is an interesting character She s wants to win the attention of the Graces so much, that she s willing to do anything and change herself for it Her inner monologue was a little drab here and there, but for the most part I was interested in her journey The most dynamic scenes are when River and all 3 of the Graces are together Those sections shone so brightly, it made the rest of the book seem a [...]



  16. What did she believe in What made her happy BLURB 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 dangerous than they let on Whilst reading, I was pretty sure I was not going to continue on with this series Thankfully though, halfway through the book the story and plot actually picked up and I found myself really wanting to read it The first half of the story was ext [...]


  17. I have a lot to say about this one, so look out for a video review going up soon on Heart Full Of Books Briefly though, I found the main character, River, quite dislikable and hard to understand, I felt the Graces themselves remained an enigma for the whole book and overall, I m still confused about whether magic really exists or not in this world Marcus Jonathan Byers in another life is the most interesting character, so he gets a star on his own.The sexual tension gets 1 star because it was mo [...]


  18. I contemplated powering through and hate reading this but at just 5% I can t bring myself to do it.This has bad Twilight knock off I made it to the Bella River staring longingly at the Cullens Graces lunch table scene and lost all will to go on written all over it, and I just don t have time for that Thank you Netgalley for providing me a copy forew.


  19. Technically 3 and 1 2 stars It s been a while since I read a book about witches Unfortunately, I felt it hit most of the major tropes instead of exploring something new Also, I disliked River A lot But I liked the Graces, especially Summer I ll probably read the sequel but my hopes aren t high.




  20. I almost bought this recently but because of the price I decided to just check it out at the library and oh boy am I glad I did I only managed to get through 14 pages before this book nearly killed me I ve never said this before, but the writing was atrocious I ve never read anything so terrible It was cheesy, horribly cliche, and honestly nausea inducing By the end of page 14 I felt like I needed a shower I forced myself to look straight into his eyes I can stop pretending when I m alone He smi [...]


  21. Actual rating 2.5 stars Honestly, I m not sure what to make of The Graces It wasodd and not quite what I was expecting I wanted witchy x10 but the whole magic system was very obscure and I m still not entirely sure if the characters have magic to just pretend to I liked the unreliable narrator though in terms of the device, not actually River herself the only problem was I was 100% aware that she was unreliable I questioned everything she said because she seemed to always be contradicting hersel [...]


  22. You follow the story of River later called that way in the book who meets the Graces family And they are quite weird after a period of weird crazy fun stuff shit is about to go down And all crazy things happen.For me this book wasn t so good, I saw the plots comming miles before the plot actually came and also the characters in the book were not quite special Only that the Graces were a bit strange In the last chapters it all turns around so quickly and I literally thought what the fuck Tha Grac [...]


  23. Actual rating 1.5 starsI received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thanks so much to the publisher and the website for granting me the opportunity to read an ARC of this.River has an obsession to be a part of this strange, fascinating group of people in her school The Graces are siblings Summer Grace dresses like a goth and it seems like she has a shield around her Thalia Grace is the golden girl beautiful and untouchable And Fenrin Fenrin Grace is the most attractive guy [...]


  24. Full review in my book blog Huge thanks to the publisher and author for letting me read this book for free in exchange for an honest book review It feels like The Craft meets We Were Liars While this book had good writing, the pacing is extremely slow.First we have The Graces Everyone wants to be them They treat people like crap, but when you re in their inner circle, they make you feel valued But here s the thing, there s a rumor spreading around their small town that they re not normal They re [...]


  25. I bought this book based 100% on the cover and I regret paying full price for this book Right away this book reminded me of Twilight Which, to some people, won t be a big deal But I hate Twilight so that was a deal breaker I couldn t stop comparing The Graces to Twilight and it killed me I wanted to look past that but the plot was so similar New kid discovers strange siblings in school that are than they seem New kid befriends said strange siblings Boring plot ensues.I didn t like the character [...]


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