Thank you to Wednesday Books for gifting me an advanced copy of the Grace Year by Kim Liggett.
“Survive the year.
No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.
In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.
Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for a chance to grab one of the girls to make a fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.
With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.”
When I first read the synopsis for THE GRACE YEAR, I knew I needed to go into it open-minded. I was interested in the storyline but hesitant to pick it because it is so different from the type of book that I normally choose to read.
You all, I am SO happy that I read this book; I loved every single page of it.
THE GRACE YEAR is a masterfully told story that kept my attention for the entire book. I couldn’t put it down. I found that I was sitting on the edge of my seat or fidgeting because I was incredibly anxious and needed to know what was going to happen to Tierney James.
Speaking of Tierney James, what a fantastic character. I would love to have a speck of her tenacity and courage. She was not afraid to be different and to go against what her society was forcing her to be. I couldn’t get enough of her character and I am crossing my fingers that Kim Liggett will write another book with another powerhouse character (or maybe a sequel to THE GRACE YEAR?).
Do not let the fact that this is a Young Adult novel deter you from stopping by your bookstore and picking this book up when it’s published on September 17th. You won’t be disappointed with this one!
I extend my sincere thanks to Wednesday Books for gifting me a copy of this book to read before it’s publication date. Also, thank you to Kim Liggett for writing this book! I can’t wait to read what you write next.