NetGalley: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett
Title: The Grace Year
Author: Kim Liggett
Published: Oct. 8, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Review: ebook provided by NetGally and publisher
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 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 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.
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
Have you ever started reading a book and then when you find out something big you find yourself putting your hand over your mouth going OMG? I bet you have at least at some point. This was me as things started coming to light. I kept going OMG no way, are you serious? Not a lot of books do that to me and this book did. Grace Year is where a number of girls go out for one year and have to rid themselves of the magic that is within them. The one that will cause men to fall in love or fall into the bed and the women in the town will be jealous. This Grace Year is horrible and our main character Tierney knows this. She has always been someone who doesn't truly follow rules but knows that she has to be under the radar or she will be punished. At 16 years old as a female you go into the wild which has a barrier and somehow unleash the magic you hold within you, while at the same time you have to worry about the poachers who live out there. The ones who skin and bleed dry the ones who find themselves outside of the barrier. Tierney knows something is up and we see how she deals with the backlash of the other girls, learning how to survive thanks to her dad, to possibly finding love and helping the girls from her Grace Year. Things will soon change it just takes time. The setting to me felt like something in the future or something in the past it is really hard to put my mind about which one. Yet, the setting was good. The plot was steady the characters are believable. To the way they acted and handled situations, to how they handled each other. Tierney as a character was amazing. She used her brain to live and pass on knowledge even when it wasn't wanted. She had a caring soul about her. Tierney's town isn't all happy there are things that are hidden deep and will be uncovered by her, yet she can't tell a soul. Even though where this story ended it was finished and I liked that, I could see there being another story. Will Grace Year continue or will it end completely?
At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City, where she pursued a career in music. Along with lending her voice to hundreds of studio recordings, she was a backup singer for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80's. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year.