- Page Count: 432
- Release Date: September 1, 2016
- My Rating: 1.5 stars
Goodreads book description:
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?
It’s like Twilight except not as well done? (There’s something I don’t often say).
River moves to a small coastal town where she learns a family of super hot teens are rumored to be witches. There’s a boy everyone is in love with (who has an arrogant & lazy smile and smells “like a thicker, manlier kind of vanilla”), his gorgeous twin sister, and then their younger sister who befriends River. This super-wealthy Grace family has two parents who aren’t really parents and blah blah Twilight scenario. The Graces have a superstition that if one of them has a relationship with someone “normal,” then something bad will happen.
Main things to know about River: she gave herself the “secret name” of River and is completely in love with the Grace guy. She comes off as pretty immature, not very smart, and just… unrealistic? I don’t even know how to explain but it was really irritating to see the world through her eyes. Like everything she says or does is calculated to get the attention of Fenrin (the Grace guy) and it’s just weird.
A good portion of the dialogue in this story is utterly cringeworthy and super odd. Almost all of it feels very unrealistic and forced… like everyone seems more like a caricature than an actual person. And they’re ALL super, super annoying. Their flirty banter and “deep” convos were actually painful to get through.
At first I was cracking up at how bad the story was because the writing wasn’t horrible. Sometimes it’s just entertaining to read silly train wreck stories — kind of how you’d watch a bad movie for a laugh. But it quickly lost all comedic factor and just became impossible to sit through.
At least Twilight had like actual cause and effect scenarios and… a plot? Like I cannot believe I’m pointing out the MERITS OF TWILIGHT right now to illustrate how bad this book is, but yes it has come to that. These characters make Bella and Edward look like well-rounded people…
DNF at 50%.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!