Facts and Figures
Published: September 1st 2016, Faber & Faber
Standalone/Series: Book one in the series
Acquired: Kindly sent for review by the publisher
What’s the story?
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?
What did I think?
Well, well, well, if it isn’t one of the most anticipated books of the year. Like everybody else, I was intrigued about The Graces from the beginning and when a mysterious package arrived on my doormat a few months ago – a teaser surrounded by feathers and candles and miniature shells, my interest was well and truly piqued. I need to go behind the scenes for a minute and give a major shoutout to the marketing campaign for The Graces – the entire blogging community was just as intrigued by this family as the protagonist is in the book, so those behind the campaign deserve major props!
But back to the story. It’s interesting that The Graces is narrated by an outsider rather than a family member; it distances the reader from the Graces and makes them even more inaccessible and, naturally, even more enticing as they’re always just that tiny bit out of reach. Laure Eve has a real talent for writing dreamy prose and creating whimsical characters who are compelling rather than cliche. The Graces was packed with twists and turns I didn’t expect and every character was wonderfully multi-faceted, including our narrator, River. The Graces might be the main event but she definitely doesn’t fall by the wayside.
The Graces is a fantastic introduction to what I’m hoping is going to be an exciting, memorable series. There’s a singular story that’s told in this first instalment but there are plenty of threads that can lead into book two and beyond, as well as a giant ruddy cliffhanger that I need answers to, pronto!
Who would I recommend it to?
Readers who have been yearning for The Craft in YA novel form and love whimsical, old soul teenagers who live glamorous lives tinged with a mystery that will draw you in from page one.