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  1. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    Happy Pub Day!!!

    I have to remind myself -the dresses, the red ribbons, the veils, the ceremonies- they're all just distractions to keep our minds off the real issue at hand. The grace year.

    My chin begins to quiver when I think of the year ahead, the unknown, but I plaster on a vacant smile, as if I'm happy to play my part, so I might return and marry and breed and die. But not all of us will make it home...not in one piece.

    Hello, good evening, and let me introduce you to my favorite book of 2019, The Grace Year. I know it sounds ridiculous to be picking a favorite book when half of the year hasn't even passed us by, but that's how sure I am that nothing else will even come close to measuring against what this book did to me-how it made me feel-and for how it will affect my thoughts and behavior long term. This book was horrifying and beautiful, weighty yet buoyant, and I will never be the same again after experiencing what was written in these pages. I finished the story last night, but I couldn't shake what I'd read, even in my dreaming state, and I don't think I'll be able to get a good night's sleep again until I work through this review, so here goes nothing.

    As the gate closes on the guards troubled faces, it's clear they truly believe we're loathsome creatures that need to be hidden away for safekeeping, for our own good, to exorcise the demons lurking inside of us, but even in this cursed place, anger, fear, and resentment boiling inside of me, I still don't feel magical. I still don't feel powerful. I feel forsaken.

    While the county that The Grace Year takes place in is a dystopian type setting, it is certainly brought to life in a way that makes it feel real. If you've read the synopsis to this book, then you know the basic gist of the story, and the early readers stating that this has The Handmaid's Tale meets Lord of the Flies vibes are spot on. The entire story is written to the extreme, and yet every moment, down to the most minute detail, is an allegory for experiences that most (dare I say all?) females have encountered at some point and time by their sixteenth birthday.

    The writing is atmospheric, breathtakingly beautiful, and evokes the most basic and raw emotion from the reader. Perhaps I had too many preconceived notions going in, but I was also surprised by quite a few of the little twists and turns that Liggett throws at us, and I utterly adore that she did not cut any corners or take any easy outs with this story. There are some really hard, horrifying, things that happen in this book, and even to the very last page, no one is guaranteed a happily ever after, and yet I've never felt more hopeful, secure, and proud to be a woman as I was when I turned the final page of The Grace Year. I know I haven't given much in terms of plot detail, but I truly believe each and every reader should go into this one with an open mind, and open heart, and a need for compulsive page turning, because that's exactly what this book will provide.

    I cannot recommend this story highly enough and there aren't enough stars on the entirety of Goodreads to express how emphatically I want you to add this book to your TBR. In some ways, I think females will appreciate this book the most, solely for the feminist thematic elements and encouragement, but I also believe that many men would enjoy and benefit from reading this book as well. Beyond the priceless message it provides, The Grace Year is a highly entertaining read that I wish had been around when I was a teenager. The ending provides the type of female camaraderie that I wished for my predecessors, hope to see for myself and my generation, and feel arising in both of my daughters' generation. Well done, and I cannot wait for this story to be out in the world so that everyone else can read it and discuss.

    The things we do to girls. Whether we put them on pedestals only to tear them down, or use them for parts and holes, we're all complicit in this. But everything touches everything else and I have to believe that some good will come out of all this destruction. The men will never end the grace year. But maybe we can.

    *Uncorrected Bound Manuscript provided via the publisher.

  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Four somebody hold the door please, because I’m volunteer to get this bloody, scary, mind twisting and shouting, terrifying, not nail biter but whole arm biter, making you addict to the anxiety pills but you’re going to need to taste your boundaries stars!

    Two cups of “ Handmaid’s Tale”
    One table spoon of “Hunger Games”
    Two pinches of “Beach” and “Annihilation”
    And one cup of “ Lord of the flies”

    Mixed them with anger, frustration, witchy spells, pure magic, violence. And finally add some survival and combat skills, harshness, vulgarism, mercilessness and as soon as it gets cold, please serve it with feminism, equality, women friendship, liberation ( For the French version it will be served with fraternite, egalite, liberte)!

    It can be better pair with thriller, apocalyptic , dark, violent, nightmarish book fans!

    Don’t let pink cover fool you! If you expect a soft chic lit about women’s journey, please drop it before it gets glued to your hands! If you’re not ready for this book, as soon as you’re gonna want to finish it and you’re gonna start dreaming but I can assure you are not going to see a little girl in your dreams as like as our heroine did.

    My minority report for the characters:

    Tierney James: Mashup of Katniss Everdeen , German TV series Dark’s parallel universe Martha( the girl we saw at the last scene), Michonne from `”The Walking Dead”. Tough, survivor, problem solver, smart, pure feminist, idealist, skillful fighter.

    Ryker: Avenger’s Clint Barton( Jeremy Renner’s archer character) meets Caprio’s Revenant character, Hugh Glass ( at least Ryker doesn’t raw liver) ! Protector, loyal, real good fighter, healer. He’s mysterious, wounded, man of his word but he’s also romantic guy who is ready to sacrifice himself for his love of his life, Tierney.

    Michael: Noble, decent guy is about to start his prestigious job, reminds us of Mr. Darcy. Maybe it’s not fair to talk about him at the third place. Because we don’t much see him on the book ( we see him at the beginning and the ending but he makes life changing moves and changes Tierney’s life completely so I have to mention him.)

    WRITING: Smart, fast paced, surprising, gripping.

    CHARACTERS: All those girls could give you nightmares! They’re acting like incarnated Betty Davis and Joan Crawford ! They’re pure evil, batshit crazy, violent and ruthless! Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest could be considered as a Disney princess if I have to compare those girls with her!

    ENDING: A good one, at least there is no total massacre or elimination. It was bloodless, bullet-less , wound-less ! Gives us hope and soothes our anxiety!

    WHY I CUT THE ONE STAR: It was chaotic, fast pacing thriller but as soon as I reach at the middle of the book, romance parts didn’t suit so well but the horrifying and severe parts of the book !

    And I’m so pissed off that one of the worst villanelles didn’t get what she deserved!

    The love triangle was not necessary for me ! ( It doesn’t count as triangle because two men never meet or cross with each other) This book might have stayed as manifesto of women’s uprising to decide their own destinies!

    But still it is a good try, well crafted, capturing story and I enjoyed it!

    Special thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for sending me ARC COPY exchange of my honest review!

  3. Emily May Emily May says:

    “Look around,” Kiersten says as she stares me dead in the eyes. “We are the only Gods here.”

    4 1/2 stars. Wow. This book was hard to put down! And the ending made me really emotional.

    The Grace Year is such an exciting mix of horror, survival and the best of YA dystopias from 5-10 years back. It really is like a darker, more feminist version of The Hunger Games. I had a really busy week, but I looked for every opportunity possible to sit down with this book and get sucked back into this ugly patriarchal world. Nothing gets my blood pumping and the pages turning like a heavy dose of infuriating unfairness.

    This is one of those rare novels where I think the fictional world actually benefits from some vague world-building. There is something very sinister and claustrophobic about the tiny oppressive world of Garner County, a feeling of wrongness about it, a feeling that you never know quite what is lurking beyond its edges.

    In the county, girls are banished to the wilds during their sixteenth year - their Grace Year - in order to purge themselves of their dangerous magic. This magic is said to be an ability to seduce men, lure them to sin and all manner of unsavory things. Once out in the wild, the girls need to survive the elements, evade the poachers who are looking to harvest their body parts, and just not kill each other. All are easier said than done, of course, and especially the latter.
    “They can call it magic.
    I can call it madness.
    But one thing is certain.
    There is no grace here.”

    You can compare this to many other works - The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies being the most obvious - but it has a unique flavour that's all it's own.

    It's dark and gory. It's very much a tale of survival against the odds. But what is so odd about The Grace Year is that it’s about women going wild, being jealous, viciously hurting each other, and yet it somehow manages to be a celebration of women and the ties between them. Mothers and daughters. Sisters. Friends. It's quite incredible how Liggett takes these women to their very worst so that we can eventually appreciate them at their best.

    I loved the whole eating/cannibalism metaphor, too. How patriarchy works because it forces women into a position where they are enemies, and they have to devour one another to get ahead. Powerful, horrible, and all too true.

    The only downside is how the characters all seem to default to white. The only girls whose physical appearances are described are pale and prone to blushing. It's a shame in a book which is otherwise so pro-woman and could easily have been remedied by describing characters with different skin colours.

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  4. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    3.5 stars

    The Grace Year refused to dissipate and hung like a poisonous vapor long after I finished it, pervading every corner of my room like a simmering toxin. The feeling was a violent plunge encompassing revulsion and sorrow far beyond the personal: a sick, scorching nausea at humanity's violence against itself since the dawn of time. And though the ending was more hopeful than grim, I felt my anger still brimming and unspent.

    So what’s this book about?

    They call it the Grace Year—using so innocuous a word to obscure so hideous a truth. And no one talks about what happens during the Grace Year. About the girls who return with blunt, brutal looks, a residue of old violence about them. Their youth curdled into something ragged and despairing, as though life had been leached out of them in aspects impossible to repair.

    Tierney James had defined herself as a rebel all her life. Had rejected the choices, the limits the world gave her. But in Garner County, women’s lives run straight as planks, however they try to twist. There where women and girls are believed to harbor devilish magical powers that allow them to reach into men’s minds and sway them, to bend their wills like smiths bend hot iron. And because the rumors fell from men’s lips, the town had good reason to lend it credence.

    When Tierney turns sixteen, it is her turn to embark on the Grace Year. Banished to an isolated compound, the Grace Year Girls have to live on the sharp edge of starvation, half-mad with their own circling, heartsick with the sameness of their days. But worse than that—even worse than the poachers prowling the edges of their prison, smelling their fear like sharks smell blood, ready to pounce and devour—was a darkness creeping evilly upon the girls’ senses. The fortunate ones don a veil, as red as the sins they’re supposed to expunge, symbolizing a promise for marriage once the Grace Year is over. The less fortunate ones have only a life of labor—or worse—waiting for them.

    If indeed any of them had even a single day to look forward to.

    Maybe the reason no one speaks of the grace year is because of us. How could the men live among us, lie with us, let us care for their children, knowing the horrors we inflict upon one another . . . alone . . . in the wilderness . . . in the dark?

    This is the premise that dramatically sets the stage for The Grace Year, and it’s the stuff of nightmares.

    The beginning of this book held my eyes rooted to the page. The novel, however, soon changes gear and, for a while, is primarily involved with the dislocation of Tierney’s life during the Grace Year—both physical and emotional. So submerged and embattled with fatigue and desperation and unable to shake off the sense of being watched, of being measured by eyes none of them could see, there rose a sensation that Tierney was undoing herself, unwinding herself thread by thread, rags and tatters falling away from her. That’s when her narrative voice becomes detached, sort of grayish and dullish and faraway-seeming.

    This is echoed multitudinously by the prose-rich passages of hallucinogenic accounts, and it makes for an uneasy read sometimes. For a while, every turn of the page felt—at least to me—like pressing forward through an endless briar patch. Fortunately, the author doesn't overextend herself awfully much, and tackling a few extra pages of such lavishly descriptive prose as filtered through Tierney’s evocative voice is a meager price to pay for a such a bold, affecting read.

    There are plenty of enjoyable set pieces here, and I'm genuinely in awe of how the author craftily spins moldy, malignant straw into warm and shimmering gold.

    Misogyny is, of course, the narrative’s destructive force (both deeply antiquated and too immediate to dismiss). The story emphasizes the brittleness of a male-dominated society that wears fear and ignorance the way most men wear their clothes and strives, relentlessly, to stiffen female individuality into silence. It also underscores how corrosive to the soul it is grow up as a young woman saddled with generations of toxic, abusive patriarchal demons. Kim is so skilled an author and the case she makes is so dramatically compelling—and so horrifyingly substantiated—that the book never seems overbearingly didactic.

    The author also makes no bones about the fact that the real monsters are not the women who are cruel to one another in order to fit into a male space, it’s the men who use women to their benefit, pitting them into competition, turning them against each other—with a bright, horrible relish—to fight for a token role. Internalized misogyny is an idea that runs deep in the veins of the novel and the author confronts it with brilliance and verve.

    “We hurt each other because it’s the only way we’re permitted to show our anger. When our choices are taken from us, the fire builds within. Sometimes I feel like we might burn down the world to cindery bits, with our love, our rage, and everything in between.”

    If I had to point out a few other quibbles, it would be that the emerging love story is not only handled unevenly overall in the book but I’m not sure it’s altogether convincing. In fact, it winds up being more window dressing than anything else, and the novel could have done without. The unwieldy list of characters also doesn’t meld well with the frenetic style; there is not really enough time to spend with each of them and their characterization is so flimsy that they easily disappear into the cracks of the story.

    That said, The Grace Year is a pretty solid read—so specific, and yet so universal.


  5. Lala BooksandLala Lala BooksandLala says:

    This had a lot going for it, but the pace threw me off and it had one of my most hated a middle of the road 3 star is where we land. It's smart; conventional enough of a plot that it's easy to sink right into the story, but unique enough that it didn't feel like another paint-by-number dystopian. I might have quite enjoyed this as a teen.

  6. Hannah Greendale Hannah Greendale says:

    The Grace Year opens like a mix of The Hunger Games and The Handmaid's Tale, then shifts to a retelling of Lord of the Flies. It's poised to be a feminist tale of sisterhood and equality, but the protagonist - who's a complete bonehead - starts her journey with only male friendship and later isolates herself with another male companion. The way she professes her love to him is by willingly sacrificing her dream of freedom and sleeping with him. Not only is this a book whose themes miss the mark, there are so many technical issues with the writing that it's impossible to enjoy.

    For a feminist retelling of Lord of the Flies that proves to be everything this book could have been, check out Wilder Girls by Rory Power.

  7. Felicia Felicia says:

    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.

  8. jessica jessica says:

    another feminist dystopia, another underwhelmed jessica. seems pretty on brand for me at the moment, unfortunately.

    this review is probably going to be all over the place because i cant really articulate why this didnt quite work for me. it wasnt a horrible reading experience - in fact, the story is so fast paced that it makes for a quick read. maybe i just wasnt in the right mood for this? because all i could keep thinking whilst reading is 'why? what is the purpose of this?'

    and what it keeps coming back to is the world building. there just isnt enough of it to sustain my interest in the dystopian aspect of the story. i have soooo many questions and im not sure if everything is kept vague because the aim of the story is to be mysterious, or the world building is just seriously lacking and underdeveloped. im leaning more towards the latter at this point.

    and maybe this was a ‘wrong book at the wrong time’ kind of situation for me. i need to learn, that when this happens, to set the book aside and come back to it, rather than push though and give it a mediocre rating/review. not really fair.

    regardless, im happy to see that this is getting so much hype and praise from others!

    ↠ 2.5 stars

  9. Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️ Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️ says:

    Intelligent, haunting & mesmerizing emotional thriller.

    I loved this book so much. I wanted to stop at a few points and discuss with someone but I didn’t have anyone reading it with me or a book club to discuss it with. There is just so much worth talking about. I am feeling so much and out this book right now. I just saw that it is being made into a movie and I already can’t wait. I was totally engrossed throughout the entire book and it surprised me more often than not. Almost every time I thought something was going to happen, I got hit with something completely unexpected instead.

    It starts out with the main character Tierney who is about to enter her Grace Year. The county is set up with extremely misogynistic laws. They say that girls have magic in their sixteenth year and that they are dangerous so they send all the girls away to a separate colony in the woods for a year, and the girls from the previous year return on the same day as the new girls leave.

    Before leaving they have a ceremony where the eligible men and 16 year old boys choose from the girls who they want to marry and they give veils to the fathers of their choice, each father brings the veil home to his daughter. At the ceremony the boy lifts the veil and the girl sees the boy whom she will marry. The girls not chosen will either be sent to the fields or put to service for the remainder of their lives. Tierney isn’t like other girls, she doesn’t long to get a vail and get married, she actually wants to work in the fields. She feels being married is tantamount to being owned.

    One strange part of the story is the girls that go away, they are at a colony-like place surrounded by walls and woods and there are poachers outside the walls. So if any of the girls stray from the path on the way there, try to escape while they are there or get banished by the rest of the girls for some reason, are almost immediately caught by the poachers. They skin the girls alive and put all of their organs and parts into jars to be sold on the black market. The poachers won’t come into the colony for fear of being cursed by the magic.

    The poachers are men from the outskirts of the county. They are generally the sons of prostitutes. People (women or girls) from the county can get banned to the outskirts as punishment. Young girls are punished if their sisters go missing during their Grace year and their bodies are not accounted for by the poachers. Punishments are harsh, obviously and doled out by the council.

    In fact, the only time magic comes up is when it’s convenient for them. Like when Mrs. Pinter’s husband died, Mr. Coffey suddenly accused his wife of twenty-five years of secretly harboring her magic and levitating in her sleep. Mrs. Coffey was as meek and mild as they come—hardly the levitating sort—but she was cast out. No questions asked. And surprise, surprise, Mr. Coffey married Mrs. Pinter the following day.
    But if I ever made such an accusation, or if I came back from my grace year unbroken, I would be sent to the outskirts to live among the prostitutes.

    What happens during Tierney’s Grace Year is quite a revelation. I couldn’t figure out for the longest time if the magic was real or not. Also we know that in certain ways Tierney was more prepared for the year than many of her female counterparts, because she was a tomboy and worked with her father as well as spent a lot of time in the woods with Michael, but she had so much going against her. Kiersten was the leader of the girls and she makes an awesome villain. She was evil from the beginning when she teased Tierney saying she would “pray for her to get a vail”.

    During the this time, I think I felt everything Tierney was feeling. The book was so well written. The characters all came alive, I could see the camp, the well, the cots, the tree it was all so vivid. I really can’t wait for it to be brought to life in movie form. I don’t like to give away any spoilers past the beginning 10-20% of the book, so I won’t go into more, but to say that Tierney finds a lot of truth about herself, her family, and her society as she is out there. It is a true physical and emotional journey and it’s awesome!

    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  10. Cristina Monica Cristina Monica says:

    Do not be fooled by the excessively pink cover, this is not a sweet story and the characters do not care to be likeable and cherished by the reader. It’s a wild, wild world and so are the girls in it. I have not read a YA dystopian in over a year, but this one reminded me why I used to actively seek out these types of stories. Because they are messy and ugly and dramatic and despite all that, or maybe because of it, I am fascinated.

    In Tierney’s dystopian society, teenage girls are believed to have powers that are a danger to the men. Every year, girls are either claimed by men to become wives or unclaimed and left to find work. But before their status officially changes, they are sent as a group into the forest for a year to squash their unnatural powers. Some of them return, others don’t. This is what happens to Tierney.

    This is a story of survival. You’d think it would be about women surviving men or the wild mainly, but actually, in this particular case, women need to survive one another. Indeed, in a society where women are not allowed to be mad at men, the only people they can turn their anger against are other women. It’s a sad and disturbing thought. But to make it more disturbing, women are such possessions that there are poachers who kill power-wielding girls in order to sell their parts to consumers who believe consuming these young girls will improve their health. Cannibalism, ladies and gents.

    I’m not surprised Kim Liggett has written horror stories in the past after finishing in this book, and I’m sure more are to come, because this was terrifying. It’s unrealistic and yet very realistic at the same time. I couldn’t imagine this happening in our society, but I had no trouble visualizing everything the author described. This is a story that I will not soon forget.

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The Grace Year ❰Reading❯ ➸ The Grace Year Author Kim Liggett – 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 ve No one speaks of the grace year It’s forbiddenIn 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 The Grace PDF or 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 aliveSixteenyearold 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 otherWith 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 inbetween.