The Grace Year

The Grace Year

by Kim Liggett


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ISBN-13: 9781250145444
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 861
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kim Liggett, originally from the rural Midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg-white cocktail.

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The Grace Year 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
thegeekishbrunette 10 hours ago
I hadn't heard/read much about this book before diving in so I didn't even know what to expect. Let me tell you, The Grace Years is intense, dark, shocking, and yet there are so many underlying issues that we can take from it and see in our own society. I don't know how I am going to put my feelings into words but I am going to do my best. One thing I did know about this book was that it was dark. I didn't know how dark it was until reading it myself. It's one of those reads that will stick with you because of it and I'm sure that is what the author intended. I felt that there was a lot of correlation between the poachers and the girls which are where the darkest parts of the stories come from. They each have their reasoning for the madness but they don't realize how it divides them and conquers them which then brings on more death. There are more issues that this book brings up, but the one that spoke to me the most was how terrible girls can be to each other. It goes with the whole divide and conquer I mentioned above. Reading about these girls and how cruel they could be to one another reminded me of a couple horrible experiences I had in school, both elementary and high school. I think that's why it was so easy for me to connect with the characters. The plot is intense and shocking. It was hard not to put it down and I found myself devouring it faster than any other book. It was a bit slow at first but once the grace year starts, there is no turning back. There is couple relationships that stick out that involve Tierney. Both boys are completely different and yet they both want what is best for her. Don't worry it's not a love triangle. I don't want to say anymore because I don't want to spoil it but, have some tissues readily available. Tierney James just wants a better place for girls and women. She wants them all to get along and she realizes during the grace year it isn't that simple. And yet, she never gives up even when they want her dead. I loved her character and this book had me crying by the end. The ending is definitely one that will stick with me for many years. earc provided by publisher through NetGalley
Anonymous 11 hours ago
In the vein of The Handmaid's Tale, The Grace Year is a feminism, dystopian thriller that I could not put down! A very interesting concept, but I felt like the execution of the plot fell just a little bit short. Thank you to St. Martin's Press and Netgalley for this ARC!
Persephonereads 21 hours ago
5 out of 5 stars "White ribbons for the young girls, red for the grace year girls, and black for the wives. Innocence. Blood. Death." The sixteenth year of Tierney James life as she prepares to go on her Grace Year she dreams of a better life. A more promising life away from the county, in the outskirts working in labor as she would rather do that if she survives. You see, in the county each Autumn every sixteen year old girl is given the chance to receive a veil from a male in the county. Those who do not get picked are sent out to become laborers or become prostitutes to service the men from the county. After the veiling ceremony the girls are sent out to spend a year far from the county to fend for themselves and to find their magic and get rid of it. You see, all the men in the county believe that girls and woman are the source of evil. Eve was the first woman and she tainted all woman that came after her. She carried with her a terrible magic and the only way that the men of the county can feel safe is to send the girls off. Not every girl makes it back. There are poachers that will happily capture the girls and skin them alive to collect their "magical" blood to sell to the county. Plus they want the bounty. The girls that make it back are never allowed to even discuss the Grace Year. When I read the premise of this book I was very excited to read this but as I started reading it took me a bit to get into this. I must say that after a little bit I was completely hooked. There is more to it than that though. There is something really special about this book. Even though this is a dystopian mystery in the climate that we are living now this is a very important novel. When I read The Hand Maid's Tale I remember thinking that could never happen, even in the distant future. Now, not so much. I can see this happening sometime. This is more than a cautionary tale. It is gruesome, bloody,bold and sometimes very hard to read but in the best way.
Caroldaz 1 days ago
Wow! This story packed a punch! A story of a misogynistic world causing severe abuse to women, pitting women against each other and yet with a tender love story. Girls are told that they have magical powers in them which are dangerous to men and so they are banished for their sixteenth year to rid themselves of the magic and become purified. After that year, called the Grace Year, some girls will become wives and others not chosen will become workers in the fields or servants. In any case, even being a wife is not something to be desired. Tierney is a strong girl and wants more from life, both for herself and others. During her Grace Year, the girls fight against each other, believing they have magic powers, but fighting for survival, just to survive that year. What follows is an amazing story of survival, belief, strength and love. It will make a stunning movie! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
MartyPT 1 days ago
Interesting dystopian novel. A community that separates itself from whatever else is outside their gates. The men have very strict rules for females, Eve created sin and ruined the world so that all women must be regulated. Unable to cut their hair, a color tie is placed in their hair to show their purity, it changes when they first get their period until their 16 th year then it goes to red and they must serve their "Grace year" and rid themselves of their magic. Before the serving it is decided if a man wants to marry a girl or she will be in the workhouse, then off they go. It is forbidden to discuss what happens during that year. Some never return, some mutilated, most so severely traumatized and starving they don't speak and even the men see they need a month after the return to recuperate. The main character is more tomboy that fancy girl, her father is the doctor and he takes her with him making calls, but also teaches her about survival skills in the forest. My opinion this is a very sad tale of men so afraid of women, they make up all kinds of craziness about them to have ultimate control. At times I wasn't real thrilled about her attitude toward others, she sees things negatively, ultimately she grows up and matures to see maybe her parents and Michael aren't so awful after all, and I have to remember she's only 16. The truely scary thing I can see this happening in a remote area, we see it in reality with dictatorships.
Mikalynm 1 days ago
This was such a good book, and I think it's an important read in this day and age as well. Tierney, the main character, is a strong representation for women, and I enjoyed her character arc. I would say this along the lines of The Handmaid's Tale, but a YA version with other aspects rolled in there as well.
Anonymous 1 days ago
The Grace Year is a good entry for the YA Dystopian genre. In the beginning it did remind me of a Lord of the Flies with girls. The difference is Lord of the Flies is a study of human nature, The Grace Year isn't. There is a reason behind what the County does as well as why the girls act as they do, and it is more than just human nature. I know others have likened it to The Handmaid's Tale, but I can't respond to that comparison. I received an ARC from Netgalley for my honest review of the book. I hope by the actual publication there are some changes to the formatting. Since it is about a year in the life of these girls, having it broken into seasons makes sense. However, there should be some kind of page break or indication that time has passed, or the scene has changed, instead of just continuing on paragraph after paragraph within those seasons. An extra line space between these paragraphs would be helpful when there is a change. Upon opening the book the author has you jumping into the middle of a whole new "world" and it takes several pages until the reader becomes comfortable that they actually understand what is going on. Stick with it, it is a moving tale. #TheGraceYear #NetGalley
Anonymous 1 days ago
The Grace Year is a mash-up of The Handmaid's Tale, Lord of The Flies, and The Crucible and I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting and was riveted for the majority of the story. Is it on par with the classic novels it is reminiscent of? No, probably not. But it's a 5 star from me because it sucked me in and wouldn't let go. My only complaint is the romance. I feel it takes away from the point this book should be making. In the beginning the protagonist is confident in her decision thar she doesn't want to be married and it was really a bit disappointing to see her throw that out the window for the "right guy." The Grace Year is an enthralling read and I can absolutely see it being a hit with Young Adult readers.
Bonnie Franks 1 days ago
I really wasn't so sure that I wanted to read a book that was set in a place I couldn't really relate to, but I started to read it, and, wow. I could leave this review at that one word and most would understand that I loved it, couldn't read it quickly enough, didn't want it to end, had to know what happened, didn't want to know what happened, and was glued to the pages. All of those things are true of this book. I needed this read. It is relatable on many levels, and I know some of the characters. I certainly know some of the feelings, the relationships, the disappointments along the way. We all do. The story line is great, the writing is great, I loved every minute of this read and I want to thank the author for my thrill packed vacation in these pages! My copy of this book was provided by and the publisher, for which I thank them.
bamcooks 1 days ago
I finished this dystopian novel a bit teary-eyed. Yes, I'd come to love the fiercely brave Tierney James from whose perspective the story is told. I'm sure you've heard that this one is being compared to other well-known dystopias with strong female protagonists, such as The Hunger Games, The Handmaid's Tale, etc., and the comparisons are pretty apt. The story is set in a county where men rule with an iron hand. At the age of 16, girls come into a certain magic, which the men feel is a dangerous thing. They are sent away to a compound on an island for a year, the grace year, during which time they are expected to expel this magic and, if they survive, come home docile, ready to marry the man who has chosen them as wife by giving them a veil. And survival is not certain, not at all...because men called 'poachers' hunt them down if they set one foot outside the compound. They have to fend for themselves with only their basic needs met and carefully ration the food they brought with them. But perhaps the greatest threat will be found in the other girls, they realize, as they stand beneath the Punishment tree, and see bloody ears and fingers hanging from its branches. At first, the girls in Tierney's group split up into typical teenage cliques: the popular girls who were given a veil and the ones who weren't, who are destined to be the worker drones when they return home. But Tierney bucks that trend and tries to organize the girls to find practical ways to live and survive, but soon realizes she has a powerful enemy in the charismatic leader of the 'Mean Girls' group. Things get desperate and nearly deadly--but a savior comes from an unexpected place and Tierney will have to decide what path her life should take. I was pleased to see Tierney really grow as a person, caring for others, drawing on practical lessons learned from her father, trying to make wise choices. By the end, she's not just the spoiled tomboy she once was. And yes, there's a love story involved as always, but I thought it was beautifully done. But I liked this story very much, and I highly recommend it if you enjoy this genre. It's YA but interesting enough for the adult reader.
whatthebook 3 days ago
I received an advanced reader copy of The Grace Year from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley, in return for my honest opinion. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett is a dystopian story about surviving and learning to thrive within the boundaries placed upon us by society. All the females that live in Garner County are sent away for 13 moons when they’re 16- this time is known as their grace year. During the grace year, the girls are exiled to a remote area of the county, to rid themselves of their magic, with the intent that they will return as docile, dutiful women. Tierney James isn’t like the other girls her age- she believes in individuality and the right to make her own choices. Tierney doesn’t have a lot of friends, so spending a year away from her family is daunting. Tierney and the other girls will learn to survive- the elements and each other, while also remaining vigilant on the whereabouts of the poachers. The poachers are people who have been banished from the county and now hunt the grace year girls. Tierney will come to realize that not everyone is who they appear to be- she may come home with more than she left with. This was a captivating take on women’s oppression in a male dominated world. The pace of this book was a bit inconsistent, but overall it kept my interest.
jdowell 3 days ago
Fast-paced thriller which really did remind me of The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games rolled up togethert. I really enjoyed the story and loved the pace which kept it moving quite quickly. Tierney, the main character, is a strong, courageous heroine and, as I read, I just wanted her to stay safe and be able to make her own choices in life. Tierney faces danger from among the Grace Year girls from Kiersten, who seems determined to destroy Tierney. Then there are the poachers who want to capture one of the Grace Year girls, skin them alive, and sell their body parts back to their family and friends. Tierney faces fear constantly. I'm wondering if there may be a sequel to this one. I could certainly see this happening. Thanks to Kim Liggett and St. Martin's Press through Netgalley for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
GodsDanceralway 4 days ago
When I was growing up I would tell my parents EVERYTHING about the book I was currently reading. This one was like that for me. My fiance heard ALL about it. I devoured The Grace Year (St. Martin's Press, Wednesday Books), by Kim Liggett after a book blogger I follow on Goodreads said it was her favorite book of the year IN JUNE and tipped her followers off to the fact is was available on Netgalley (thanks Netgalley!) The Grace Year is a YA dystopian novel marketed to lovers of The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games (I know, I know...aren't they ALL!) And while there is truth to that this novel was so different to me. In this novel all girls are banished from their community for their 16th year of life so they can release the "magic" they would otherwise hold onto that would tempt men. (*insert eye roll here*) This 16th year, better known as "The Grace Year" looms as a terrifying unknown as no one is allowed to speak of what happens during The Grace Year. What's known is that these 16 year olds are branded with their father's crest on the bottom of their foot. All 16 year old women are escorted to exile where they not only have to survive the elements, but they also have to survive each other (think about how catty high school girls to be and AH...this makes sense), as well as poachers that are hunting them to kill and sell their parts on the black market. Escape is not an option. The only options are survival or death. If they do not return by life or my mutilated body parts their younger siblings will then be taken to the outskirts of the community to serve as "women of the night." This book is un-put-downable. I've seen many reviewers saying that it's all about feminism and I vehemently disagree. While there are undertones of feminism (it is largely a book about how women do or do not work together/support one another) I took SO much more away about how society as a whole treats one another by how these girls interacted. We can be groomed as a society to act a certain way, but when It really comes down to it we make the choice. I believe that's what Liggett's message was. I read this book four months ago and it still haunts me. I've been telling everyone I think would remotely enjoy this to put the release date on their calendars since June! (It came out this past Tuesday, October 8th by the way so go get it NOW! And then tell me what you think?) What story have you read that you got something totally different than everyone else seemed to? Tell me about it in the comments! A copy of this book was provided to me for review by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Donatelli 4 days ago
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett was my surprise book of 2019. I read the blurb on Goodreads, and it did intrigue me somewhat, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It was slightly reminiscent of Lord of the Flies, which I read probably over forty-five years ago. Ms. Liggett puts a modern-day twist on the dystopian genre showing us that women are not necessarily the fairer, weaker sex. The Grace Year is not an easy book to read. It is gritty, disturbing, and dark but also uplifting and hopeful at the same time. This book will keep you thinking long after you have finished reading. The book is both beautifully and harshly written. That may seem contradictory, but it’s the only way I can explain how I felt while reading it. Harshly because of how all the women are treated in the country of this dystopian setting. The monstrous, nefarious acts the grace year girls inflict upon each other while in exile. Beautiful, at times, because amid the horrors these grace year girls endure some of them find joy in womanhood and friendship. The mental images the author paints with her words seize your heart and soul from the first to the last page. I loved the way the author incorporates flowers throughout the book as a way of communication; it showed pure ingenuity. The book grabbed me from the first sentence; “No one speaks of the grace year.” The Grace Year tells the story of a dystopian society where women are perceived to have magical powers that can control and lead men astray. When the women of the county turn sixteen, they are sent away as a group, to spend the year releasing their magic into the wild. Only after they release their magic and are deemed pure can they return to civilization to be wives or work in the fields. I would love to tell you more of the story, but there are many twists and turns that I don’t want to reveal. “White ribbons for the young girls, red for the grace year girls, and black for the wives. Innocence. Blood. Death.” Tierney James, our main character, wants a better life for herself and the women in the country. Tierney is an easy character to relate to, she is strong and resilient, but she also is plagued by self-doubt. There are many other supporting characters, all of which the author does an excellent job of developing. My favorite was Ryker, and I loved the way he saw through Tierney’s hard exterior and saw her for the beautiful person she was. “The men will never end the grace year. But maybe we can.” Although this book is a work of fiction, the author’s writing is so vivid and realistic; I had no trouble visualizing the entire story. I would love to tell you more of the story, but there are many twists and turns that I don’t want to reveal. I highly recommend this book. ** Please note the quotes in my review are subject to change once the book is published** *** I kindly received this galley by way of NetGalley/publisher/author. I was not contacted, asked, or required to leave a review. I received no compensation, financial or otherwise. I have voluntarily read this book, and this is my honest opinion.
Felicia_Medina 4 days ago
The How do you review a book that you enjoyed reading immensely yet it has glaringly poor execution? The plot is sooo good. Welcome to a world where girls are banished to an isolated camp for their sixteenth year of life (The Grace Year) to vanquish the "magic", or power, they hold over men, only to be married off or assigned duties as an indentured worker upon their return. "White ribbons for the young girls, red for the grace year girls, and black for the wives. Innocence. Blood. Death." This camp sounds like a great setup for some serious nightmarish drama, huh? Well, we'll never know because very little of the storyline revolves around the day to day inner workings of the camp. I found it difficult to get on board from the beginning because there is no background, no history to tell the reader how we got to this point in time. Little to no character development. The pacing is so off. Months pass by with the turn of a page. Months that I wanted to hear about. The MC had so much potential. She is painted to be a strongwillled forward thinking girl in a backwards world. Yet at the camp she allows herself to be mercilessly bullied to the point of near death with no attempts at defending herself. In the end she does little to advance the plight of the women. I don't think I'm giving anything away here when I ask why does EVERY YA book feature a romance? There's no room for it in this storyline. It's another eye rolling insta-love that does not fit the girl power theme. This book has been compared to a marrying of Lord of the Flies and The Handmaid's Tale and I think that's a fair assessment in as far as the plot goes. However, The Grace Year doesn't quite reach the level of tension and abject horror found in those stories. This book lands flatly in the YA genre and teen girls are going to eat it up, thus I suspect it will be an instant bestseller upon release. 5 Stars for entertainment 3 Stars for execution You do the math. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 days ago
This book has an amazing beginning and a great ending, but loses itself in the big middle. For me, this was one of those stories that was all potential with only moderate levels of realization. I love the strong feminist undertones, but the main character and the men in her life are underdeveloped, making it hard to invest in the story. It has been called Lord of the Flies meets The Handmaid's Tale, but it does not rise to that echelon of storytelling, which is a shame since it had all the potential in the world! Readers looking for a strong heroine, moderately engaging action and who don't mind instalove might give this novel a look.
ktlc1113 4 days ago
Upon coming of age, all the girls in Garner County are sent into the woods for a year to rid themselves of their dark powers and may only return if they are deemed safe to rejoin society. Not all the girls come back, and those that do are scarred and subdued. Speaking of the grace year is forbidden, so 16-year-old Tierney James has only whispered rumors to prepare her. What she discovers is that there's nothing more frightening than a group of young women pitted against each other for survival. Once you start, be prepared to stay up late to finish reading Kim Liggett's THE GRACE YEAR. It's fierce in its examination of a patriarchal society and what it does to girls and women, and men and boys alike. It's ruthless in building a world where young women face dire choices. Amid it all is the fight and heart of Tierney James, a young woman who refuses to simply survive and challenges the status quo. This story is subversive and immersive, and simply unforgettable.
Karen_Benson 5 days ago
I think this book had one of the most satisfying endings I’ve read this year and, yes, there may have been tears. In this The Handsmaid’s Tale meets The Hunger Games meets Lord of the Flies dystopian, the world is one in which women are pretty much nothing more than wombs to bear children. The husbands rule the family and the women raise the children and run the household. They are not allowed to speak with other wives or have friends. At the age of 16, it is believed that girls acquire magical powers in which they can bewitch a man, so they are sent away for one year, the grace year, to burn their magic out. Only then can they come back as wives, to then bear and raise children for their own husbands. What happens beyond the borders of their county during the grace year, stays beyond the borders of their county. I read this book in one day. I couldn’t put it down for more than a few minutes at a time. It was haunting, disturbing, and at times, beautiful. *Thank you so much to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the advance copy!*
Anonymous 5 days ago
When I first saw this book, I was intrigued. This book sounded like maybe, just maybe, it could finally be a breath of fresh air in the YA book world. Imagine my excitement when I received an ARC and could finally dig into the story. From the first few pages, I was enchanted by the story and the author’s writing. However, I made the mistake of reading it on my lunch break at work and was itchy and annoyed until I could go home and crack open the book again. Fortunately for me, it was a Friday that I started this book. Unfortunately, it was an extremely rare occurrence that I had to work the next morning. I did not want to put this book down. Ok, let’s be honest. I couldn’t put this book down. It was that good. Finally, I told myself that as much as I needed to finish this book for my own sanity, I had to get up in the morning. That was one of the longest shifts I think I have ever had at work. Eventually it was time to go home. I finished that book like a crazed bookworm. Tierney James’s Grace Year has arrived. Her two older sisters have both survived, but it’s different when it’s your turn, knowing that you could walk away to your unknown destination and never return... well, never return alive or in one piece. Tierney struggles with her want for change; for things to be better for the women of her county. They are seen as nothing more than property for their husbands, and if they do not receive a veil, a promise of marriage, before they leave for their grace year, they will return to be used as laborers. The most unfortunate ones, the girl’s whose sisters do not come back alive or dead, are casted out to the borders to a life of prostitution. Sounds horrible, right? But there is hope. Where there is life, there will always be hope. Before the girls arrive at the destination for their grace year, a leader is already forming. This leader believes only in herself and will lead the girls down a dark, dangerous path that nothing can prepare them for. There is blood, death, a loss of hope for some, and let us not forget about the poachers. If you are unfortunate enough to be caught, well, let’s hope you have a good pain tolerance because they do not give you the mercy you cry out for. This is a dark book, but oh so beautifully written. This is the kind of book all girls need to read. I wish this book was around when I was sixteen. The women hold all the power. After all, isn’t their magic the reason that they are cast out for a year at sixteen years of age? They hold the power and yet the men suppress them. Fortunately for Tierney, there is love of many forms that she will find and learn to cherish. Tierney was the perfect main character for this story. I bonded with the goodbye with her at the end of the book was bittersweet. This is a book I feel honored for receiving. The publishers entrust us reviewers to read their books and spread the word about them, to give them feedback on our read experience. This book though...this book I need, not want, need a physical copy of. I need to hold it in my hands, put it on my bookshelf and read over and over again. Thank you Netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
SkyeWright 5 days ago
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** (Tw: death (so much death), talk of torture, severe injuries) The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Wow. This was a hard read for me to put down, I had so many questions and wanted to know what was going to happen next so bad. At sixteen years of age the girls of Tierney’s village are banished from home for a year to burn out “the dangerous magic” that resides in them. Not all the girls return at the end of the year known as The Grace Year and no one talks about it. They’re not allowed to. When the girls come back though it’s like they’re different people. What goes on out there? Tierney is about to find out. Is the magic real? What is the greatest danger they face during their banishment? The poachers that will kill them if they leave the barrier they’re confided to? The wildlife? Nature? Or is it the girls themselves? The story is a tough read, awful things happen to the girls. Lots of death. But it’s an interesting, provocative read. And very much a thriller. There is a part where the story slows for a bit but once the story moves out of that bit it moves a long quite fast again. I feel like this is one I’ll have to read again at a later date to savor more of the detail in the story because this time I raced through it because I needed to know where the author was going to take us. (On a ride, Kim Liggett is taking you on a ride.)
Amanda_BetweentheShelves 6 days ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Wednesday books for sending me an early copy to review! Since young adult dystopian fiction is one of my favorite things, I couldn't wait to get to this book. It sounds like a mash-up of The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games, and I couldn't have been more excited. The story, the concept, and the atmosphere all worked, but the execution lacked a bit for me. For the most part, this book is being marketed as a Handmaid's Tale equivalent for the YA genre, which I would agree with for the most part. Tierney lives in a highly conservative society, where women are blamed for all the wrongs of men. So, they're made to be submissive, but Tierney doesn't want that. I loved this concept, and Tierney's development throughout the book was believable. Her eyes are open to the actual goings on of her society, and we learn more about it through her eyes. What turned me off about this book was the way the story was executed. For most of the book, I was more reminded of The Lord of the Flies than anything else, with the girls turning against each other as they're trapped in the wilderness. Which is a fantastic story concept! I just wish we were given more insight into this society and some of the other characters. Besides Tierney, most of the side characters fell flat for me. Outside of their direct interactions with Tierney, we don't get much characterization, even for her love interest. I wanted to know more about them and see more vulnerability there. Basically, I loved this concept, I just wish it was structured a bit differently, with a stronger sense of the world overall. The creepy vibes, though, will make it a perfect October release! 3.5/5 stars
smweston 6 days ago
The Grace Year is described as a female Lord of the Flies by the author and it's dark and disturbing from the very beginning. Even though this book has a lot of hype, I did find that I enjoyed it, but I didn't quite love it. The plot is interesting and kept me turning the pages because I wanted to find out what happened to Tierney, but the pacing of the book was uneven with some events being drawn out while other times months passed in the blink of an eye. I personally wasn't a fan of how purposely vague this novel was about some things, but can understand why that works for others. I would've liked more background on Garner County and how their traditions came to be. I also felt that some of Tierney's actions were inconsistent with her character. This isn't my usual genre, but if you enjoy YA/dystopian novels with rebellious female leads I think you'll enjoy this one. Thanks to St Martin's Press, Wednesday Books, Netgalley, Macmillan Audio,and Libro.FM for my ARC and ALC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Audio: Liked the narrator. Includes an interview with the author.
CrystalKL 6 days ago
Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advance readers copy of The Grace Year in return for my honest review. First off I loved loved loved this book. The Grace Year is not in the genres I normally read or I have I ever read a book like this. Kim Liggett had a way of describing things in the book without using a bunch of descriptions. I could picture everything that was happening as could I "see" the landscape. I hate when I read a book and the author spends so much time describing things that I find myself skipping over some of the story. This was not the case with this book! I could feel what every character was going through and couldn't stop reading to see what was next. Although I wish there was more time spent with Ryker. :)
Christine_QueenofBooks 6 days ago
The Grace Year: fairly fast-paced; both feminist and not... Thank you to Wednesday Books, NetGalley, and for a free e-ARC and ALC of this title for review. The Grace Year is a fairly fast-paced YA speculative fiction. It's both feminist and not, which provides a great discussion opportunity for any book clubs that choose to pick it up. We follow Tierney, who's 16 and thus about to head off for her grace year - a year in which girls are banished to the woods for fear that the men in the community will fall victim to their power. The understanding is that they possess magic, and must release it while in the woods so as to return pure and ready for marriage. But, of course, not all the girls return - and what really happens during the grace year is kept a mystery. I liked The Grace Year, but I didn't love it. The pacing didn't always work for me - sometimes things felt too drawn out, and other times months passed by in a blink (when I think their inclusion would have added to the story). Some elements of the plot felt too convenient, or like they ran contrary to what had previously been developed. The ending was written in a much subtler way than the rest of the book, and because of that several friends missed what I think actually happened. (Initially, I thought it was a purposely ambiguous ending, but upon a reread, I think there's only one conclusion that makes sense based on the details presented.) While reading, I couldn't help but think of the parts of the world in which menstruating girls are isolated. Liggett mentioned in an interview that she was "blown away by the things that we do to teen girls" and, while I think the Grace Year does leave something to be desired, I appreciate her motivation.
StephieBe 6 days ago
No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden. Grace Year is one part Lord of the Flies, one part Hunger Games, and one part Handmaid's Tale. I think that sums it up perfectly. Garner County believes that girls possess a magic that lures men. It is believed that this magic heightens during their 16th year. So when they turn 16 they are sent to the woods to rid themselves of the magic that men accuse them of possessing. Before they leave those who are chosen by a boy (or man) are veiled (picked for marriage) and those who are not will be sent to work in labor houses. The twist is not all of them make it home alive. Tierney James, our main character, wants a different life. She doesn't want to be veiled she just wants to survive her grace year and go to work in the fields. It doesn't exactly work out this way and we are taken on an adventure of survival from the elements, the poachers in the woods who hunt them, and most of all from each other. This book was wild ride and I need to know what happens after the ending! Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review.