Book Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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BW Blurb

No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad The Grace Year by Kim Liggett.pngwith 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 their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their 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.

BW My Review

The Grace Year is a highly symbolic novel with dark, disturbing, action-packed, and engaging story! This book is definitely one of my best read this year!

The Grace Year started with a dream, which intrigues me immediately. The author provides detailed information, and it helps me in visualizing the story. I felt like I’m watching the characters from their side, but I’m only invisible to them. How the story will go to is unpredictable. I might get some bits of ideas, but it would still surprise me. And the anticipation I get just to know what will happen next is always killing me. As the mysteries around starts to unveil, the small pieces that I get from the beginning start to connect.

The Grace Year also reminded me of The Hunger Games. I saw Tierney struggles to survive this grace year, the same with Katniss trying to stay alive in the hunger games. The only difference is that this is about women and how long they can stay alive. How they will spend their grace year in an encampment and how they will last without being killed by the poachers that lurk near them.

The story also covers some issues that we know still exist until now – the inequalities the women are receiving in society. It has been resolved already by giving us the same rights as men, but we can’t deny that some of us still feel otherwise. This novel also reminds me of the lessons I had in Sociology & Anthropology this last semester about how the women fight for their rights and how it all started.

The story also shows how a person changed in a given situation. Will they still be the same? Will they change? If they will change, is it for the better or for worse? What will they do if envy and fear eat them up?

The characters have distinct traits that set them apart from one another. I like Tierney’s toughness because she handles every situation well, even though some scenes somehow makes her weak. And, I think that is normal as sometimes, in our life, we will come to the point of almost giving up, but we will still fight and walk forward. Even though there was not enough exposure for the other characters, I was still able to know them because of how they were described and talked to by the other characters.

The story ended wonderfully. This novel brought me different emotions that I won’t forget. It pains me and hates to see how they got in those situations. They don’t deserve those but what could they do, that’s how everything works in their county. But, I’m glad that it is slowly changing and this year’s graces made a great impact on it. I still want more, though, to know what that little girl in Tierney’s dream will do, but I am already satisfied with the ending.

This novel is quick-paced, and the readers will immediately get immersed in the story. I am recommending this book the most to my fellow women out there! Please note that this book has disturbing and brutal scenes.

Disclaimer: I got the advance reading copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

BW My Rating

rate 5

BW Book Details

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Publication Date: September 17, 2019

Genre(s): Young Adult

Language: English

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Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a Kim Liggett.jpgcareer 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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24 thoughts on “Book Review: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

  1. Okay, so I read it since I commented last and I LOVED it! Gave it 5 stars, writing the review was hard because I didn’t want to spoil it. I loved Tierney and felt like she was brave. I thought that the writing flowed really well and Tierney held onto hope even in really dark times. It reminded me of The Crucible and The Handmaid’s tale where women are persecuted and treated like property.

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    • Yay! I’m glad to hear that you loved it too! It was said that this is like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ but I didn’t read it yet so I can’t make its connection to that novel (but I added it to my TBR already).

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      • Just in the way that women are treated less than and kind of persecuted. I felt like it was WAY more similar to The Crucible, but kind of in a reverse way. Idk if you read The Crucible, but it’s basically all these girls accusing each other of being witches and it gets pretty nasty with the girls ganging up on one another. As for The Handmaid’s Tale, I love the idea, but PERSONALLY I am not a huge fan of Margaret Atwood’s writing style, but the sequel is coming out soon and I will probably read that anyways. If you have Hulu you could watch the show, but sadly I don’t. 😦

        An upcoming book that sounds kinda like The Grace Year is The Furies, and I am SUPER psyched for that one.

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        • I’m not sure if I’ve read The Crucible during my high school years because I’m familiar with it and the storyline.

          There is a sequel? I think I need to include it on my TBR then. I also don’t have Hulu, so I won’t be able to watch it too.

          And oh yes, I already have a copy of The Furies! I will read it next after finishing the four books I’m still reading lol. I can’t finish them because of too many house chores. 😦

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          • The Sequel is coming out soon.

            I have a physical ARC of The Furies, and I’m pretty excited for it. It sounds quite different from The Grace Year, but looks like it will also have the theme of girls turning on one another.

            Yeah The Handmaid’s Tale came out YEARS ago, but since Hulu came out with the show suddenly they’re publishing a sequel. Pretty late to continue the series like 35 years later, but I still want to read it since The Handmaid’s Tale heavily influenced dystopian novels of today.

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          • I only have the e-ARC haha! I got it from the NetGalley. Having a physical ARC is kind of hard for me to get as I’m an international book blogger.

            I will put The Handmaid’s Tale on my July TBR then.


          • I won it from a Shelf Awareness Pro email sweepstakes, but I have heard that it is quite a struggle to get physical ARCs when you’re international. Thankfully Netgalley and Edelweiss make things so much more accessible.

            I checked and the sequel comes out in September.

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          • I was pretty excited when it showed up. I am excited for it, they compared it to The Craft and I had never seen it, so I watched it with my friend who is a huge movie buff and had a copy. Ever since watching The Craft I’ve been a lot more excited for it.

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  2. This book sounds AMAZING. “Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman” don’t we all. Definitely adding this to my tbr.

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