Publisher: Amulet Books (September 6, 2016)
Format: E-Arc via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal-ish, Fantasy-ish
Rating: YOU TRIED IT
*Spoiler in this review
In the famous words of Tyra Banks—“I was rooting for you. We were all rooting for you. HOW DARE YOU! LEARN SOMETHING FROM THIS!”
You have the audacity to compare yourself to one of my all-time favorite movies. The Craft. Blasphemous. You ain’t nothing but a two-bit knock off all the other mediocre YA books before. Seriously, the title of this book shouldn’t have been called The Graces but Twilight of Beautiful Creatures: The Secret Circle of Pretty Little Liars.
Long title but that pretty much sums up my feelings for this boring and predictable book. Yeah, I figured out the twist 15 pages into the books. I mean it’s glaringly obvious. Other than that, the characters come off as clichés and one-dimensional.
So we have River aka Bella Swan, the main character who is obviously suffering from so sort of undiagnosed mental illness. It’s rather disturbing how obsessed she is with the Graces. I mean stalker-creepy. To the point that she is willing to do anything to make the Graces fit her story line of who they are supposed to be.
Here’s the thing. The Graces are rumored to be witches. The reason why, is that something always and mysteriously goes wrong in their present. Whether it’s at a party or simply a BB-Q in the backyard. Well at least that’s what the rumors say.
Anyways, River is desperate for this scenario/fantasy to be true. She’s desperate to be friends with the mysterious Graces. Especially the handsome Fenrin, who our protags has a major crush on. Too bad he’s trapped in the closet. My bad did I just ruined that for you?
Well this book ruined my life and wasted my precious time with this downright pretentious and over prosed writing. Sometimes you need to just write the flowers are red and violets are blue and move the fuck on.
Seriously, the potential for this book to be great was there. Too bad the execution failed miserably and the writing was over done. If the characters weren’t so generic I think I would have enjoyed this a bit more. I could get past the fact that plot and storyline is one of many I’ve read before. So if you’re looking for a been there read that type of book, by all means rush out and buy a copy. On the other hand, if The Craft is one of your favorite movies, stay far, far away.
*Received an advanced copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.