The Graces: Do Yourself a Favor & Don’t Read It

Release Date: November 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Page Count: 432
Format: AUS Paperback
Genre: Fantasy
RRP: $19.99
Source: Review Copy from Allen & Unwin


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.

How does one form words after such a twisted book? How can one move on?? The writing is so unique, I couldn’t put my finger on it. I cannot describe how it reads, its just pulls you in and never lets you go. I don’t know if it’s because of it’s terrible writing or if it’s just me wanting to really critique the book in full.

  • UNTRUSTWORTHY MAIN CHARACTER. I love protagonists like River (like River, I didn’t like her). You don’t know whether to trust her or not. You don’t know how her story aligns with things she shares with you. You don’t even know how she feels and is thinking most of the time. It’s like she only tells you things on a need to know basis. Nothing less and nothing more.
  • BISEXUALITY IS IN THE BOOK! As mentioned before, I always assume that characters in books are bisexual. Turns out I was right for this one!
  • SIBLINGS OF DOOM. Okay not really, well kinda, but… okay, the siblings had a complex relationship. It was confusing on how they interacted with eachother and I loved that. It was mysterious and baiting me to never put the book down. The siblings shared everything with eachother, secrets, information and even friends. 
  • SUMMER was so precious. You could tell she never had real friends. So having River in her life was great for her
  • MY LIFE IS A LIE! I was lied to throughout the book. I feel like ‘The Graces’ cheated on me. Like, how did you keep all these secrets without me catching on? I thought someone was becoming powerful but I was lied to. The lies shook me to my core. In a good way. I was satisfied with the lies. I didn’t see the plot twist coming. So basically authors, write books that lie to me… in a good way.

    • I’m writing this review a week after finishing the book to collect my thoughts and well NOTHING REALLY HAPPENED IN THE BOOK. But, that could also mean the book was written so well that nothing happening in the book didn’t really matter. Or that it was written terribly throughout that I just thought it was okay? Maybe it was just mediocre? I don’t know, I walked away thinking it was great, but remembering back to what I actually read, it wasn’t that great. So was it actually a good book like I said it was? Nope.
    • The book is qwhite white. 
    • The ‘drama’ happened in the last pages. This is not a dislike nor a like, just an observation really. Well that was a lie, this is definitely a dislike. So honestly, you read The Graces AND NOTHING HAPPENEDS. Who is River? What was their real name? What kind of cop out ending was that? Why were they Biphobic??? You literally have no right to ‘claim’ someone. What kind of possessive nonsense is this?
    • Biphobia is in here. Sure there is bisexual rep, but it’s met with biphobia.
    • A point that I missed was that The Graces uses the G*psy slur and is very ableist. 

    The Graces were a trip. It was honestly the best thing that happened to me during the week 
     I was reading it (so my week wasn’t that great). After time and consideration, I have given The Graces 2.5 stars. It was an amazing book at the time I was reading it but afterward eh. Plus the biphobia and everyone being white wasn’t something I appreciated (Just note that there’s only one PoC in the book and they’re treated terribly). 

    Thank you Allen & Unwin for sending The Aus. Library a review copy

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