THE GRACES Coolest witches ever
released OUt NOW! 421 pages | paperback/ebook
Author laure eve Publisher Faber & Faber
The first quarter of The Graces is an angsty, school-set YA-by-numbers. It’s narrated by an outsider teenage girl who has no friends and feels “different”; her mum doesn’t understand her; she’s fascinated by three cool siblings who, so the school rumour-mill has it, might be witches; and she has a monumental crush on one of them. The Grace family even have pretentious names (Summer, Fenrin, Thalia). Our narrator is named River. You could play bingo with the clichés here.
However, once River befriends the Graces, you’ll be happy to discover that the clichés become less important. You get caught up in the mystery: are they really witches? What are they up to? Then, after you’ve been reading for a while, you suddenly realise that these people feel like living, breathing human beings. Author Laure Eve has injected personalities into characters who in less-certain hands would be cyphers; they feel as real as you are, truly and completely three-dimensional. And everything about them is as magnetic as the North Pole, too – they’re so different; you’ll end the book wishing you knew them. Add to this a series of twists that slowly but surely build to a stunning climax and boy, is this a treat. Jayne Nelson
Live near Uxbridge? On 22 October, Eve will be talking all things witches at Young Adult festival YA Shot.