Ahhh when I got the email from NetGalley about the Grace Year being a “Read Now” title for 72 hours, I had to jump on it, and I’m glad I did! Thank you so much to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for giving me the opportunity to read The Grace Year Early!
The Grace Year 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads: 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.
So when I read the description, I wasn’t 100% sure whether or not I wanted to read this book- but then, I saw someone else’s review that said it was short and dystopian and I was like yes. The e-arc for the Grace Year is only 226 pages long, so I knew that I could get it done relatively quickly and since I generally enjoy dystopian ya novels, I figured I could get on board with this book. The book started with a lot of promise and while I got a little bored during the year the Grace Year girls were in their actual Grace Year, the general plot of the book was pretty interesting and generally moved fast enough that I stayed interested throughout. Some of the characters were easy for me to get confused (for some reason, I could never remember which one of Tierney’s sisters were which), but overall, the important people were really easy to remember. I think some of the plot twists that were added in throughout were really interesting, but the one near the end when they get back to town was unnecessary and I was not a fan.
Overall though, I enjoyed the Grace Year and I definitely think that it was worth reading. It comes out on October 8th, so make sure to pick it up around then!