Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Length: 416 pages
Audiobook Length: 11 hours and 42 minutes
First Published: 2019
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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.
Quotes from The Grace year
Your eyes are wide open, but you see nothing.
In the county, there’s nothing more dangerous than a woman who speaks her mind. That’s what happened to Eve, you know, why we were cast out from heaven. We’re dangerous creatures. Full of devil charms. If given the opportunity, we will use our magic to lure men to sin, to evil, to destruction.
About Kim Liggett
Kim Liggett is the author of five novels, including Blood and Salt, The Last Harvest, and The Grace Year. She moved to New York City at age 16 to pursue a career in music, and sang backup for many 80s rock bands. She still lives in New York City. Visit the author’s website →