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The Grace Year: Book Review

The Grace Year: Book Review

The Grace Year

by Kim Liggett

Expected publication: October 8th 2019

RATING: ★★★★

4 out of 5 stars


A speculative thriller in the vein of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power. Optioned by Universal and Elizabeth Banks to be a major motion picture!

“A visceral, darkly haunting fever dream of a novel and an absolute page-turner. Liggett’s deeply suspenseful book brilliantly explores the high cost of a misogynistic world that denies women power and does it with a heart-in-your-throat, action-driven story that’s equal parts horror-laden fairy tale, survival story, romance, and resistance manifesto. I couldn’t stop reading.” – Libba Bray, New York Times bestselling author

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 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.


Pages: 416

Publisher:Wednesday Books

Series? I believe it is a standalone.

MY REVIEW OF The Grace Year:

I received an e-ARC of this book through Netgalley. Receiving a copy of this book did not sway my review in any way. All opinions are my own. 

Young Adult – Fantasy – Science Fiction – Dystopian – Adventure/Survival

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This book had it all in terms of themes covered. There was a great sense of survival and adventure, romance, it had the feel of a dystopian novel and yet written with the feel of the something in the past.

This book was intense. If time allowed – I would’ve consumed it in one sitting.

It was dark, descriptive, gruesome at times, but also beautiful with rays of hope throughout it all.

The writing is breathtakingly beautiful, it is fast paced and gripping and will literally make you never want to put this book down, even when real-life is calling your name and your responsibilities are shouting at you from afar.

If you’re up for a gripping tale, one that speaks of hope, friendship and believing in the beauty of the future, that doesn’t shy away from gore and doesn’t ignore the ugly bits, then this book is 100% for you. If you enjoyed the Hunger Games, you will be sure to enjoy this novel that has a very dystopian feel.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this book review.


Sarah June


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