THURSDAY HUGS, BOOKIES—
QOTD: When do you do most of your reading?
Usually, I do most of mine in the evenings and over weekends. At the moment, though, (with my mountain of a TBR) I’m reading every chance I get; while eating, audio-booking while cooking and cleaning, over lunch. If there’s a spare moment, you’ll find me with a book in hand. It’s a bit frantic but also exhilarating. The year is almost up, and there are so many books I still intend to get to. Like THE GRACE YEAR (#gifted @penguinbookssouthafrica ), which has been raking in the five-star reviews and is next up on my TBR.
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.
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