My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Where do I even begins with this??
In The Graces, River is a girl who moves to a small coastal town in which the Grace family rule supreme. There are the twins, Thalia and Fenrin, and their younger sister Summer, who befriends River, and soon has the latter well-encompassed into the Grace’s lives.
Well, let me start by saying that I find it ridiculous that his book was recommended to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Craft. The Craft was so much more exciting for me, because it was edgy and explored how far a person would go to get what they wanted, and at what price. And Buffy??? Seriously?? Buffy was way more fun, clever, and interesting because of Buffy herself. She had so many dimensions, and her emotions personified so that you felt them as well.
The Graces? This was almost completely about one girl’s obsession with a family, and her continued insistence that she was different, therefore she had every right to be “special” to this family.
River actually starts off as an unnamed MC, but we eventually learn that she has given herself the name of River, because it is her “true name”, and we’re supposed to just accept this ridiculous explanation and move on with the story. Okay…
She’s obviously insanely obsessed with the family and constantly goes on and on about how she’s the only one who gets them, or knows them. That she’s somehow unique in the way she perceives them, making her relationship with them – again – “special”. I also couldn’t tell you how many times she would give a response to someone, or say something in general conversation, and we as readers are supposed to be thinking how “deep” she is with her ramblings…blegh.
Honestly, the only reason I gave this two stars is because I couldn’t stop reading this (horrible as it was) in order to find out what this big secret was that River was supposedly hiding, and to see if her obsession would eventually backfire or not (survey says that if you’re crazy and obsessed, you will be found out. Just saying.).
Anyway, I did not like this book enough to recommend it.
I recieved this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.