PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books
PUBLICATION DATE: October 8th, 2019
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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on this exciting blog tour for The Grace Year by Kim Liggett. Thank you to Raincoast Books for inviting me to be a part of this tour and for sending me a beautiful paperback copy of this book to read for the tour. Can we take a moment or two to admire this stunning cover…. Wow I am loving it!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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.
Wow! This book was simply amazing! An addictive, edge of your seat, nail-biting, page-turning novel that will leave you wanting more. I was so deeply immersed in this storyline that I found it very difficult to put this book down as I had to know what was going to happen next.
Imagine being 16 years old and knowing your grace year is upon you, and you will have to leave your family and friends for the next year, not knowing if you will make it out alive and return to your home in a year… How would you feel? Would you be able to handle it? Knowing that not everyone that leaves Garner County makes it out of the grace year alive. What happens during the grace year? No one is permitted to talk about it, so how can you prepare for the unknown? How can you ensure you are not only safe from the poachers in the woods who are determined to capture you, but also from one another; the very girls you are banished with. Who can you trust?
I loved the plot in this novel, and the character development. I really loved reading about Tierney’s character. It was enjoyable to read about her growth she made in the novel, and I enjoyed her personality. She was witty, friendly, determined to fight for what she believed in, and she was as tough as they come. She was a bad ass lead character that I loved reading about. She knew what she wanted, and stayed firm to her values and beliefs.
Reading about what actually happens during the grace year was shocking, entertaining, disturbing, dark and twisty. In short – I loved it!! It made for sure a great addictive read and by the end of the book I was wanting more. You will be left thinking about this book long after you’ve finished reading it.
I loved how it gave me vibes of part Hunger Games, part Lord of the Flies, both stories which I absolutely loved!
All the stars for this book! I loved it! If you haven’t had your eyes set on this book be sure to keep an eye out for when it releases on it’s publication date – available October 8th, 2019!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars
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