I purchased The Graces by Laure Eve what feels like forever ago, because it was about witches and it’s cover is gorgeous. Let me tell you something: that was a mistake. This book was a hot mess. Normally when I open a book and dislike it from page 1, I don’t finish it. With The Graces, there was something so deliciously awful, that I had to see it through to the end. Now feast your eyes on my part GIF, part rant review.
The Graces by Laure Eve
Series: The Graces
Published by Amulet Books on January 1st 1970
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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.
Thoughts I had while reading Part 1 of this book:
1. This dialogue is absolutely absurd. No one would ever act like this with people they’d just met. I started to tag pages so that I could quote them in this review, but when I realized I was tagging every other page I gave up.
2. Why is our main character obsessed with the Grace family? And why are all their names so cliche?
3. Oh LAWD she has decided to forgo her birth name and call herself River?! This is ridic.
4. I keep reading this and thinking, this sounds like something I would have written back when I was in the 6th grade and passed the time by writing a bunch of ludicrous stories.
Thoughts I had while reading Part 2 of this book:
1. These plot twists are OMG SO ABSURD.
2. WHAT FAMILY REFERS TO THEIR FAMILY UNIT BY THEIR LAST NAME?! Never once in my life have I done this when talking to someone else.
3. This is the ending? THIS is the ending?! OMG, what?!
This book is not fit for a reader above the age of 12 (hmm, maybe even 10). I feel as though older readers will see right through everything that is ridiculous about this story (…and there is so much that is ridiculous) and also dislike it.
If I could choose a GIF to summarize how I felt about it:
Did you read this one? If not, have you ever read something so awful you just had to see it through to the end to convince yourself that yes, it really is that bad?