The Graces

The Graces

by Laure Eve


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ISBN-13: 9781419721236
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: A Graces Novel
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 441,327
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

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,

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The Graces 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
It can sometimes confuse you, but beside that is pretty good.
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
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!
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
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. Thank you to Amulet Books and NetGalley for a copy of this book.
Lisa-LostInLiterature More than 1 year ago
I haven't read too many witch books, so you could say I was pretty intrigued when I saw The Graces show up at my door. The gorgeous cover doesn't hurt either. What a beauty! River is a hard nut to swallow. She has recently moved to a new town, though the reasons for this move aren't known to us right away. Her desire is to remain under the radar and not stir up any trouble with her new students... but at the same time she's extremely drawn to a group of siblings at her school, The Graces, who are thought to be witches. With all the surrounding rumors of the crazy things that happen when the Graces are involved, it's no wonder that the assumed fact is that magic is involved. River's obsession with the Graces was honestly a bit off-putting and hard to accept at times. I didn't understand her fascination with the family and why she wanted so badly to be a part of their group. I understand being curious when you hear fellow classmates are witches... but the infatuation with all three of them was hard for me to accept. It does make more sense as the story goes on, but in the beginning I did struggle with it a bit. And the Graces desire to befriend River was quite odd to me as well. Why were they so drawn to her? She's a pretty ordinary girl, so what was this weird connection between them all? This story has a few surprises and ends with quite a bang. Though I'm not normally a fan of series and prefer things to be wrapped up in one book, I am curious about what will happen next in this one. Especially since I still have a few questions, including what is River's real name??? She chooses to have the Graces call her by the name River, but her real name is never revealed, and I'm quite curious why that is and what the significance behind that lack of disclosure is. I wish book two was out already since this seems like a good series to binge read. I've seen this compared to Twilight and The Craft, and I can definitely see the similarities to both. I will say this... I'm truly happy I gave this story a try. Though it's not my usual type of read, I was extremely intrigued by the premise and ended up really enjoying it. I'm even considering a re-read after that ending! (Thanks to Amulet Books for the review copy!)
COBauer More than 1 year ago
THE GRACES by Laure Eve is an exciting, quick read—perfect for fans of Cate Tiernan’s SWEEP series. I’m a sucker for books about witches, so I’m not surprised that I loved this book. I read it from cover to cover in a single sitting. River is the new girl in town—shy, quiet, seemingly average. However, she attracts the attention of the Grace family, the town witches. She isn’t quite sure if magic exists, but she’s fascinated by it and believes there’s more to this world. The Grace teens quickly become enamored with her and draw her into their inner circle. I enjoyed watching River’s evolution as a character—from a timid girl to strong young woman. What she discovers about herself and her family isn’t entirely unpredictable, but it’s still satisfying. The story escalates to a thrilling climax and readers are left with a fun cliffhanger. I’m excited to read the next chapter in River’s journey! Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Everyone says that the Graces are witches. Thalia might dress the part with her spangly skirts and scarves, and Fenrin might bewitch all the girls in town with his good looks and charm. But Summer, the youngest Grace, is the only one willing to admit that she is exactly what everyone in town whispers. Everyone wants to get close to the Graces. Everyone knows how much it must hurt to lose their interest. Because everyone, inevitably, loses the Graces' interest. River is new in town and desperate to attach herself to the Graces. She's in love with Fenrin, like everyone, even though it's a cliche. She hopes that seeing into their strange world might understand some of what's been happening to her. But first River has to become one of the Graces. And she's will to do whatever it takes to get their attention in The Graces (2016) by Laure Eve. The Graces is Eve's first novel and the start of a series. Eve builds tension early with a narrator who remains nameless for the first part of the novel. Readers know that River arrived in town under a cloud, forced to move for reasons she will not divulge. River sees herself as different and other--just like the Graces themselves--and her narration is suitably calculating and cold. While The Graces is atmospheric, the beginning remains slow with River carefully circling the Grace siblings as she tries to break into their orbit. The push and pull between what is true and what is not works well with the interplay between magic and reality throughout the novel. Recommended for readers looking for a trippy book with twists reminiscent of Liar and readers who enjoy an unsympathetic main character--whether to root for them or to watch them fail. Possible Pairings: Liar by Justine Larbalestier, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Don't You Trust Me? by Patrice Kindl, Consent by Nancy Ohlin, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, Wink, Poppy, Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
“I wanted real – so real it was painful.” I’ll make this simple – THIS BLEW MY MIND. I didn’t expect this book to be this good or to have that ending and those characters that I fell in love with it, but it did and now I am nothing but Graces trash. I MEAN, THAT ENDING. *DIES* Maybe I should be a bit more coherent? Then again, if I spell this out for you, it loses its charm doesn’t it? “The only way to be what you wanted to be was to pretend that you already were.” I’m a dramatic teenager, and in that spirit, I do have existential crises. Maybe I shouldn’t call them existential crises, but more of whole ton of insecurities. Meaning, for the longest while, and every now and then, I feel like there are other people that are just better than me. And once or twice, I’ve befriended these better people, and I might have succeeded. So let me tell you, I know what River feels like. Sort of. That was one of the first things that drew me into this book. The Graces are those charming people – beautiful without trying, popular without effort, flawless as flawless can be – and River wants to be one of them. More than be one of them, she wants to be like them. Magical. Powerful. But magic is not gifted to everyone, illusions are sometimes all we see and the quest for power can break everything we are. Am I being cryptic? Hell yes. For I’ve tried and I can’t explain the magic this book might or might not contain. I can’t explain the spell it casts over you or why I like it, just that I do and that The Graces has a wonderful kind of magic to be wrapped in. I loved the supposedly flawed characters and the hold they had over everyone. Thalia, Fenrin and Summer Grace and THE MOST PEFECTLY SCREWED-UP characters I’ve ever known. I loved River and her intense need to be different and yet normal. I loved Wolf, with his background personality and Marcus, the boy in love. I loved how everybody was dealing with some different devil, just on different levels. I ADORED how magic was explained, because for the FIRST TIME, it wasn’t about the objects, as Summer Grace said, but about the will behind it; the will to make the things you want happen. Most of all though, I loved that twist ending. The Graces is a different kind of magic, and one you should immerse yourself in. 4 stars!
BiblioStacks More than 1 year ago
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. I received an advanced copy from NetGalley and Amulet Books in exchange for an honest review. When I first read the summary of The Graces, I was intrigued yet unsure about the premise. I am usually not a huge fan of high school drama, which is something I felt would encompass this story. I did not know if this would be a story I would love or one I would loathe, but I decided to give it a try. And after reading The Graces, I know I made the right decision. I absolutely loved the concept of the story and the relationships between River and the Grace family. River is a troubled girl, only wanting to fit in and understand who she truly is. She believes the Grace teens can help her figure out who she is and help her in a way that no one else can. The reader sees her struggle with her inner demons and her outer ones, the ones that refuse to let her move on and live a normal life. River is a captivating character, one that is troubled and hard to understand. She makes sure that she is a closed book so no one can see what she is truly hiding, even the reader. On the outside, she looks like a girl who only wants to fit in. But on the inside, she is one of the most troubled teens I have read about. What I loved: The writing: I loved Laure Eve’s writing and how she captured every scene with enough light and just enough description. I loved how the characters knew secrets that the reader didn’t, at least until they came to light. I found almost every scene unforgettable. Even after a week of finishing the novel, I can still remember the path of the story, the order of all the main scenes. Laure Eve has a beautifully crafted skill and that clearly shows in The Graces. The mystery: The reader has no clue what River and even the Grace family are hiding. Are the Graces really witches? What does River want with the Grace family? What is River hiding? Most of the questions I ended up asking throughout this novel were not answered/relevant until the very end. And I thought that was fantastic because it left the mystery intact and left me wanting more. The mysterious Grace family are what make up the town and when River arrives, she only adds to that mystery with her own dark secrets. The story was breathtakingly captivating and I thought original. The ending: Oh, that ending! I’d have to say it is one of my favorite endings, and I can’t wait to read the next book. Why must it be over a year away?! I thoroughly enjoyed The Graces and cannot wait for the next installment!
Myndia More than 1 year ago
The main character (her name changes at some point in the story, so I’m keeping it basic) is the new girl, having recently moved from “the city” (we never know where exactly) with her mother. Her father is not in the picture (we find out why later), and they have moved for her benefit, for a new start because of some dark reason of which we are not immediately aware. She tries very hard to not stand out, and doesn’t make friends very quickly. Self-identifying as other, she finds herself drawn to a family called the Graces, consisting of three teenagers who attend her school. They are an old family, established in the area, the most powerful and the most mysterious. Rumors about the family abound, and they cycle through “friends” like most of cycle through toilet paper. There is something about them that makes her think they will understand each. When she succeeds in befriending them, things begin to unravel in ways she never expected, and her truth is eventually forced out. The story was well-written and there was plenty of mystery. Are they witches or aren’t they? What did the main character do that was so horrible? Where is her father? And while I suspected that things would not be all well in the end, I didn’t guess specifically what she had done. I don’t know how you could, honestly. It was entertaining and had magic and fair amounts of teenage angst. And a seriously beautiful cover (I’m referring to the gorgeous red one). It was perfectly adequate, and in no way a waste of my reading time. I’m not going to run through the halls recommending it, and I don’t know for certain that I’ll pick up the next in series (I was a little shocked it was part of a series, honestly), but a good read. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I 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 little dull. As the story progresses and things start unfolding, I couldn't read fast enough. There are a few surprises throughout and one hell of an ending. Overall, it did drag in a few places, but I was captivated enough to need to see how it all played out. I'll definitely be reading the next book. **Huge thanks to Amulet for sending me the arc in exchange for an honest review**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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