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Club 1117 Review Crew

by Gabi S.

The Grace Year follows a girl living in a village that, each year, sends all the sixteen year old girls to an isolated island for a year. They do this is because they believe all women have magic. They send them to the island to get rid of their magic so they can come back purified. Not all the girls make it back to the village by the end of the year and none come back the same as they left.  

The book has a ton of chapters that end on cliffhangers (which I liked) and kept me guessing. It wasn't predictable at all, which I loved. Though it did have some romance, the book wasn't focused around it, which I surprisingly enjoyed. I laughed several times and, though I never actually cried, there were times when I felt like I was going to. It was a little bit scary at times, but once things started getting explained, it wasn't as scary because I knew what was really happening. I didn't love the ending, but that was because something happened in the book that I didn't like. But we can't always have the book go exactly how we want it, can we?  

If I look past what happened though, I did like the ending. There wasn't really anything I disliked except for the scary parts, but they weren't that bad. I would recommend this book for people sixteen and up because it is a bit scary and there is some off the page sex. My friend read this book as well and didn't even realize it until it was mentioned later in the book. So it doesn't describe anything, but it's implied. People who are into thrillers or dystopian fiction would love this book. I'm not usually into those types of books and I loved it. It's kind of like Wilder Girls by Rory Power. 

Click here to read The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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