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The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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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 own 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 in order 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.

 

Condition: New

Hardcover, Published October 8, 2019 by Wednesday Books

ISBN: 9781250145444

 

3 reviews for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

  1. Gillian (@Beachbubblesbooks)

    Lord of the flies meets The Handmaid’s Tale in Garner County, where girls are banished into the woods at sixteen to rid themselves of their ‘magic’, the lucky few returning a year later to become wives and mothers.

    The reader joins Tierney as she embarks on her Grace Year, a tomboy amongst her peers, who has no desire to be a wife, nor to subscribe to the notion of magic. Tierney is everything a young girl should aspire to be, courageous, self-sufficient, resourceful and kind, yet these qualities are shunned as the intimidating Kiersten stakes her claim on the camp and its occupants, coercion and threat as her modus operandi.

    What follows is a story of mixed emotions, despair, hope, love and salvation; the echo of Tierney’s mother’s adage “Your eyes are wide open, but you see nothing” perfectly framing the moral of the tale.

    I wavered over my rating for this one, primarily as I felt it could have been a little shorter and borrowed heavily from writings which had gone before. That said, I appreciate the appeal and greater relevance of this story to a present day audience and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it on that basis to younger readers and others who are enchanted by dystopian tales.

    As a Thriller Book Lover Reviewer, I receive a small compensation for the time it takes me to provide my honest reviews on the Thriller Book Lover website. Although I receive compensation for this role, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My ratings have not been influenced in any way by the compensation that I receive. The book review I have provided here is the same rating I would provide if I were to rate it on other book reviewing sites.

  2. Brittany Woodworth (verified owner)

    Author : Kim Liggett
    Published by Wednesday Books
    October 8th ,2019
    Genre :YA / Thriller
    Trigger Warnings: dirty old and young men , Gore, physical violence , starvation

    Synopsis: 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 own 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 in order 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
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    My Thoughts: This book is the first book I have ever read from this author. I was very impressed . I went in blind not knowing what to expect . The. Author delivers a great and fast paced narration told in character. Lead characters are strong and interesting . Amazing character development is shown in the book . This is a book that will give a reader all the feels . You’ll feel angry with some characters and scenes. You’ll cry , you’ll be lost but lost in a moving and powerful story .

    Only regret I did not get the book sooner ! Thank you Olivia for my complementary copy i enjoyed the haunting chilling impactful story

  3. Chandra

    Ah, it’s been a minute since I’ve read a YA Dystopian novel. I do miss these types of reads so this was perfect for the mood that I was in yesterday and got to finish this morning. I’ve seen cursory reviews that say this is like The Hunger Games. Let me be the first (or not) to tell you that it isn’t. These teens aren’t sent to some game place to kill each other off for one lone survivor. OK.. got that? Good. (don’t let the braids fool you)

    What we have is a place where the girls are sent at the age of 16 for a YEAR. A year to survive… to burn the magic that is so evil within so they can come back, pure. Come back… to the men who have *claimed* them for their wives upon their return (for the *lucky* ones). Men, who can proclaim some type of magic towards a woman who defies them and ultimately sending them to their death so they can then get a new wife. Um. What. Not only do these girls have to survive this year, they have to do so among their own mean girls peers. They are forced to lay, legs apart, eyes towards god, in marriages they may be so *lucky* to have as they are veiled by men/boys staking their claim.

    This year they are gone are reminiscent to Lord of the Flies – all survival. Someone taking the lead. Dealing with the elements – only they know, if they survive, they’ll be heading home. Unless the poachers get them first. Is it better to get skinned alive and bottled up for parts? WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE.

    I love the concept of this novel. I adored Tierney and everything she stood for. The little things peppered within the read that you realize as Tierney does. Brilliant. (I could’ve done without the instalove but hey, it’s YA so it was BOUND to happen! *wink*). Now I’m curious about what’s happening in the rest of the world – or is it just the outer area as they proclaim it to be? Is Garner County, The Grace Year’s Gilead?

    A fantastic read. I’m not quite sure what happened there at the ending completely. Not *quite* but I can say that I loved the entire concept around this book and how the author brings us into this world. The crazy that ensues and how everything manifests within this crazy stew of a read. While there are things I could probably nit pick on, over all, I don’t care. And I want more. Hey Kim… is there more??
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