Hello Humans! As you may recall from my Dry readalong, the next book chosen by my TBR Tea-Cup was The Graces by Laure Eve. This was one of the books I was given for Christmas so it’s nice to actually be reading it before the end of January. I have to credit Asha for the recommendation of this book which promised small-town drama and also witches (so if I don’t like it I can blame her!).
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?
This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.
Chapter 1 – Chapter 10
Ok, so far I like this. My problem with toxic friendship books tends to be that I don’t believe that a character wouldn’t just call the police. Since, so far, there has been no cause to do so, I haven’t been bothered by it. River is certainly a character you feel for, I’m interested to see whether she gets annoying or more interesting (it’s touch and go at this stage). I don’t quite know what to expect from this from here on out, the plot plot hasn’t quite got started yet so there’s still everything to play for. Now I’ve got to get to work!
Chapter 11 – Chapter 20
Ok, my lunch break was some successful reading time. I will say that at 240 pages I’m not sure that I’ve got to the crux of the plot yet, but perhaps all will become clear in the next couple of chapters. Violet is growing on me, though I’m dubious about her taste in men, and actually, the other two Graces (Thalia and Summer) have grown on me as well. I’m currently enjoying the ‘is it magic or not’ feeling that normally I find annoying so that’s also a great sign. That being said, something has to shift in the next few chapters or I think I might get frustrated with the pacing.
Chapter 21 – 30
To hit part two at page 268/415 is certainly interesting. Certainly much more goes down in this ten-chapter chunk, the plot is starting to happen in much greater quantities – but it has taken around half the book to get there which is interesting. I wrote my review of The Furies today, a book with similar ‘don’t fall in with the wrong crowd’ tracks and I must say I like this book a lot more, River’s fall from grace (pun intended) feels a lot more believable and I’m loving the ambiguity of magic. On the home stretch now, I know that there is a second book in this series so I’m interested to see how everything ends…
Chapter 31 – End
THERE WE GO. THERE WAS THE PLOT. THERE WAS THE REVEAL. THERE WAS EVERYTHING I WAS WAITING FOR. Such a good ending, very reminiscent of The Wicked Deep in that I didn’t exactly see it coming. Yes yes yes to all of this. But in all seriousness, I do think that ending was worth all of the build-up.
This is a slow burn, there’s a lot to set up and a lot of character development that has to be set in motion before the plot gets going. At first, I thought I wouldn’t like the pacing, that it was too slow to start. Having read the ending I changed my mind, I think this fast-paced reveal of an ending is made even more powerful in contrast to that slow build-up. I loved this book, it was compelling and interesting and simultaneously a great fantasy and also a believable story about teen friendships in a small town. I will absolutely be getting a copy of The Curses as soon as possible and devouring it with much the same gusto as I would a large slice of chocolate cake. My overall rating is five stars, because sometimes you have to go with your gut and my gut loved this.
Now I want cake!
The Tbr Tea-Cup has spoken and my next owned TBR read shall be Blanca Y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – stay tuned for that readalong soon!
What did you think if The Graces? Is it on your ‘to read’ list or will you be giving it a miss? Let me know in the comments below!