I had massively mixed feelings on this one. The friendships and goals of the main characters actually seem typical of any high schooler desiring power or wanting a place to fit in. The ending is such a twist that I had to appreciate all of the fine storytelling that happened throughout every interaction each character had. I just wasn't sure how to feel about the ACTUAL characters themselves.
River is a new girl who's moved into a coastal town for reasons unbeknownst to everyone but herself and her mother. After struggling to fit in she finds that the Graces, a family of three siblings rumored to be witches, may be her way into a social hierarchy that can protect and nurture her. The aura of witchcraft and the secrecy of the family only add to her desire to be accepted by the sibling clique. Little does she expect how far their family power and manipulation go.
-Some people complained that River came off as too creepy and needy at times, I agree. But if we're honest, a lot of high schoolers have these fears and hopes mixed in with a healthy dose of dread. It's not until the end that we look at everyone's actions a little differently.
-EVERYONE has their own unique voice here. I loved the Graces and their tight knit family group. I also loved to see the struggle between the siblings and how their emotions play against one another. More clarification on the ambiguity of some things would have been nice though.
-The social wars and nastiness were super authentic. I really think this is as close to realistic bullying in YA fiction I've seen in a while.
-We hear everything pretty much through River's voice, so it's hard to get a little bit of the emotional agenda of some of the secondary characters, Fenrin and Wolf especially.
-With the way the story ends, you might need to read it again to pick up on certain things. There are twists and turns that aren't expected and people's actions come to be understood with a brilliant ending plot twist. With a mix of The Craft and Mean Girls this book is definitely worth reading.
*I received a free ARC copy from the Abrams Kids through NetGalley for an honest review*
*****This Book releases September 1st 2016*****
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