The Grace Year by Kim Liggett Book Review & Blog Tour

Title: The Grace Year
By: Kim Liggett
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
Pages: 416

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, what a book!

I absolutely loved this book!  The story line was fast paced and suspenseful which made it hard to put down. 

The book is based around a young girl named Tierney James who lives in a small town where boys are sacred and girls are only made for two things, marriage and to work in the fields. You would think one would be happy getting married but Tierney, being a tomboy, would choose those fields in a heartbeat. 

Once the girls in the town turn 16 years of age they enter what is called their “Grace Year”. The girls are pranced around their town so potential suitors can choose their bride before they are sent away for their “Grace Year” which is basically 12 months of living on their own. The catch is they are sent away to live with all the other girls also in their “Grace Year”. It becomes a game of survival. Friends become enemies and they learn what they thought was real may not be the truth after all.

I would definitely recommend this book. This story gave me The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Game vibes and since I loved both of those, I knew I'd love this book too. It was very well written and I didn’t feel it lack substance. The cover of the book was bright and eye catching, but don't let the cover fool you, this story is anything but sweet, it gets ugly and messy and it leaves you feeling all the emotions at the end. It's a story that I would want my fifteen year old daughter and her friends to read and I'm hoping she will now that I'm done reading it.

If you are looking for a strong feminine vibe, story this is the book for you, happy reading!

I'm so pumped to be apart of The Grace Year's Blog Tour hosted by Raincoast. I am one of two stops for this tour today, once you're done reading this review, please be sure to head over to Two Dogs and a Book to read Guylaine's review and thoughts on this story!


BUSTLE exclusively reveals the stunning cover and first look at THE GRACE YEAR!

THE GRACE YEAR was 2019 BookExpo Buzz Pick!

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received The Grace Year t at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


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