When I started reading The Graces by Laure Eve, I braced myself after the experience of the rather superficial Sortilege Falls since both involve popular teens who pretty much run the school–but I guess that’s what happens in high school anyway. Fortunately The Graces is something else altogether.
The new girl in school who renames herself “River” has a crush on Fenrin, the beautiful male Grace, but quickly becomes enamored with all of the Grace family. The Grace family is both beloved and hated in the village. River and the youngest Grace, Summer, become friends. Summer shares with River the possibility that the family is cursed. The curse affects members of the family who become involved with non-magicals and then one or the other ends up mad. Because River is obsessed with Fenrin, she wants to help the entire family by participating in a spell that might end the curse.
The Graces was a fairly quick and engrossing read. I was intrigued by the story which kept me constantly guessing as to what was really happening. Also, I found the conclusion satisfying since enough clues had been provided that I didn’t feel at all as if I had been duped.
As far as characterization, River’s character was not readily likable since she seemed to be molding herself into someone The Grace family would love so that she could gain access to them. The Grace family seemed like victims to me, people haunted by their history, but they never came across as particularly realized.
Readers who enjoy YA supernatural stories would enjoy the The Graces, which is set for publication on September 6, 2016.
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: The Graces