I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Abrams on September, 1st 2016
Genres: Family, Friendship, Romance, Witches, Young Adult
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.
This is when I get into trouble..By requesting to read a book solely because of the beautiful cover. And this one had it. It caught my eye and I immediately requested it. I’m sad to report that I didn’t enjoy this one. It had the potential to be a good novel, but it just fell flat for me. One, not a whole lot happens. There’s literally no plot. I had trouble getting through it because I was bored, but I kept pushing because the writing sucks you in. But that’s it. Because the characters, the story and the pacing were just flat.
New girl comes to a small town. Meets the cool popular crowd. There’s something off about them, something magical maybe? New girl wants in the crowd and will stop at nothing to do it. It sounded a little familiar to Twilight’s beginning.. and well Twilight had at least a romance that would get you from page to page. This didn’t even feel like Beautiful Creatures because again that had the paranormal romance down. This one didn’t. You’re supposed to feel for River and champion for her. But I had no idea why she wanted to be with them. She wanted power and prestige so she had to be with the right people. And the thing is, these people were downright terrible. Even River! It’s so hard to like or even focus on a book when the characters are so unlikeable. She is literally attracted them because they’re shallow and have no substance. And what’s worst is how they believe they are arrogant elitist snobs. I kid you not. These characters would use people for their own means, not caring who they hurt. And they hurt a lot of people. I don’t even know what the appeal was about them. Just because of their wealth and good looks? Who cares?! Summer did have her kind moments that is until she _________ her friend. I mean what the heck was that?!
There was a neat little twist at the end, but by that time I just wanted the book to be over. I didn’t even guess this would be the ending, because well nothing really happens. Just River being obsessed with this family and trying to impress them. The magical bits were interesting but nothing came from that either. I wanted an explanation as to what happened in the end, but I guess it’s open to interpretation.
Beautiful eye-catching cover will not always produce a quality plot-heavy story. But at least I gave it a shot. I hope others will have better luck with this one than I did.