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Strange Grace

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,151 ratings  ·  661 reviews
Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of th
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“I fell in love with the forest. And the forest loved me back. And so we traded hearts. Mine is here, larger and stronger than it could have been in the small cavern of my body”

I’ve read over one-hundred books so far in 2018, and Strange Grace is easily my absolute favorite. And I anticipate that it will be my favorite book of 2018 come December 31st, too. What a masterpiece in every sense of the word. Liter
Elle (ellexamines)
“This valley is made on love, little bird. Find love. Seek it, always. That is where our power resides.”

In the town of Three Graces, no one is ever injured or killed. To achieve this, the town must sacrifice a boy every seven years — but this year, the sacrifice comes early. Following an angry boy, a saint, and a witch, this book is a weird and magical journey.

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I memed in this

First of all, god, you guys, the body horror. The tone that feels like a blend of 1300s wi
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I have a lot of feelings about this book. Strange Grace has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases all year—I love these dark, witchy fantasy stories, and as soon as I saw Tessa mention it on her twitter back at the start of the year, I wanted to pre-order it right then and there. All the build-up leading to finally reading this twisted little story is precisely why this review is so difficult for me to write.

They made this bargain with the devil: Every seven years their best boy is se
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Admittedly, I am bewildered by this book.

There is so much to think about. Trust me, it's a lot to unpack.

The story itself, although beautifully written, is very dense and heavy. I feel like I am still struggling to get out from under it and gather my thoughts.

I even annotated, thinking that would help. Looking back over portions I flagged, I do like a lot of what was going on.

A few itemized thoughts:

1. The exploration of friendship and the different levels and types of
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 with a higher rounding. A enjoyable October read if you are feeling something more atmospheric. The book has a definite autumnal scent to it, however if I wouldn't recommend it if you don't like flowier, more descriptive and abstract books. It stays true to the genre of magical realism with longer descriptions and a slower pace. It definitely lost my attention at certain parts, or left me confused at others, but to be completely honest that might have partially been my fault, because I was a ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Actual Rating: 2.5 stars

“The old god and the youngest Grace witch. The story says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?”

🌟 I didn’t like and didn’t hate this book but I think it could have been better for sure.
I read this because I like the synopsis very much! I thought that I have read something similar before -And it obviously isn’t new but still good- and I found out that it has the same synop
chan ☆
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
dark and delicious
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
While I did like a lot of things about this, I just could not for the life of me wrap my poor, contemporary loving brain around all of the fantastical elements in this enough to really enjoy it. Womp :(

(Side-note: I definitely think that if you at all enjoy fantasy even just a little bit more than I do, you will LOVE this. It was just way more heavy on the fantasy than I was expecting and I couldn’t immerse myself as much as I was hoping I would)
Helena of Eretz ✰
If you’re feeling for a spooky book, but have already read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I’d recommend reading this to satisfy your craving.

It has a creepy forest, a tricky devil, bird women, blood magic, and a MFM polyamorous relationship.

While it is admittedly rather slow-paced, it was also quite enjoyable. I had fun traipsing through the story along with Mairwen, Rhen, and Arthur.

I’d recommend reading this paranormal story around Halloween. It’d be perfect!
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"The old god and the youngest Grace witch. The story says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?"

This is such a ME book. If you took all the things I love and threw them in a blender, this book would be the product.
🍁 fantasy
🍁 spooky
🍁 dark fairy tale
🍁 witches
🍁 so queer
🍁 gender norms? who is she?

This will be the perfect fall read.
If you are looking for something spooky and atmospheric, this is it.
If you are looking for something witchy, this is it.
If you are l
Mel (Epic Reading)
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is one of the most conflicting reviews/ratings I've given lately. Strange Grace is dark, creepy and just the right amount of gory for me. So you'd think it would hit the mark for a teen fantasy read. And it mostly does. However there are moments and times where I feel like something was missing or a connective tissue wasn't quite there. Also refreshing is that it's a stand-alone!!

When you write a book that focuses on tidbits of information dropped like easter eggs throughout t
Julie Zantopoulos
In a town free of illness or bad fortune, a deal has been struck with the devil. Their easy living comes at a price, a saint who enters the woods every seven years, seldom to return. What happens in those woods is a mystery. We follow a trio of amazing characters united in their love for one another, Mairwen, a Grace witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a moody outcast who will each have a role to play as the devil demands a heart be sacrificed to the forest to fill the bargain.

This boo
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excuse me... how dare this book be so perfect??? If you’re looking for an atmospheric, spooky read this October, THIS IS IT, PEOPLE. Also, polyamory. I love everything about this book.
Strange Grace is a high fantasy novel featuring a polyamorous relationship, terrible bargains, and the creepiest forest since Uprooted.
Which means, of course, that it was exactly my thing. I read it in less than a day - thanks to rivetedlit I could read it legally for free and not for the 11€ this ebook costs, but only for one day - and it's been a while since I did that without skimming. I loved this book so much, for many reasons.

One of them is, of course, the polyamory representation. This is
DNF at 60%

HOW I WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK. I love the cover and the synopsis is magical and I couldn’t wait to get to it. Sadly, it was so boring.

I really liked the three main characters: Mair, Arthur, and Rhun. They’re all in love with each other and the dynamic of their relationship would have been enough for me if it would have been crafted in a different way. The three of them barely have interactions and I wanted to see why they were drawn to each other. Instead it seemed like I was just su
☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness
I really liked this. I still thought it could have been even better and also creepier but this was just right up my alley. I liked especially the romance but wish even that would have been explored a little more.

But oh man, huge improvement from Blood Magic.
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Have you ever realized you were sitting reading with one hand covering your mouth?
That’s how large parts of this book were for me.

Strange Grace was such a beautiful, eerie, twisted, and compelling story.
The haunting atmosphere of the Devil’s Forest with its whispering creatures, shadows over your shoulder, and echoing laughter of the devil will chill your bones while you read – while somehow still coming off as an inspiring story about love and sacrifice.

A witch makes a deal with the devil to
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
Apr 05, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Tucker by: megs_bookrack

Thank you so much, Meg for the copy!!!!!!

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Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Maëlys by: Melanie
☆ 5 / 5 ☆

“A Grace witch began this bargain with her heart, her mother says, and your heart could end it.”

I knew I was in for a ride with this book when I started getting emotional halfway through the prologue. In very few pages, Tessa Gratton highlights the heart-wrenching quality of the sacrifice the town makes and of how entrenched it is in these boys to be willing to die for their town. It gives and takes away hope in a moment, and was a perfect setup to present the three main characters.
Ashlee » libraryinthecountry
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Review copy generously provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.

Strange Grace was such a beautiful tale about love and sacrifice, with a wonderfully eerie and unsettling twist to it. This is the PERFECT Fall read and perfect if you're looking for something to sweep you up and cradle your heart.

Many generations before Mairwen, Rhun and Arthur were born, their village of Three Graces made a bargain with the devil. Every seven years, the village will wil
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
"They made this bargain with the devil: Every seven years their best boy is sent into the forest from sundown to sunrise, on the night of the Slaughter Moon. He will live or die on his own mettle, and for his sacrifice the devil blesses Three Graces."

Thank you Edelweiss and Margaret McElderry Books for sending a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

When reading the synopsis of this book I instantly fell in love with it. I also had a feeling that it would be one of my favorite reads o
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
one of the weirdest yet most fascinating books i’ve read in a while!!!
😮 insanely unique fantasy aspects
😍 three very different but all very interesting main characters
💕 verrrry odd romances
👀 that twist tho!?!?
🌹 that girl power from the heroine? yaaaaas
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
3.5 stars rounded up

I read this a couple of months ago, and after a bit of time has gone by I have realised that this is one of those books I actually liked more than I thought.

Gratton weaves an incredibly atmospheric tale examining the bonds of love and friendship, and how self-identity bears on them, particularly when you are confronted with changing your conception of who you are.

It also has some horror elements, particularly some stark body horror, making it an all around unusual book that i
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as soon-to-be-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, owned
This sounds like all types of yummy.
I can't wait to dive in!

Nobody can change who he is except for himself, not any saint ritual, not an ignorant, terrified town, not a night spent in the forest, not a dress or a kiss.

5 stars! A must read.

This book is different - which actually is a good thing to be.
When I started reading, the story reminded me of „The village“, „Sleepy hollow“ and of course the original (dark and disturbing) Grimm fairytales, which I grew up with and adore since childhood.

I think, this is the kind of book you have to read without kno
Stephanie Gillespie
See Full Review On My Blog: Between Folded Pages

ARC provided by the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

This book was everything I want in a book about witches! The writing style is beautiful and atmospheric. Strange Grace captures the feeling of being inside a dark forest perfectly along side a corrupt village. This is the perfect fall read, 

Three Graces is a small village, where no harm comes to the villagers. The people do not get sick, babies are born safe without complica
Kal ★ Reader Voracious
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kal ★ Reader Voracious by: Melanie
This is such a weird and beautiful book. Friends, I am struggling to find the words to articulate how much I adored this book. While the premise of a hundreds-year old pacts that provide prosperity to a town in return for sacrifice isn't new, I found Strange Grace to be refreshing and captivatingly written and is one of the best witch stories I've ever read.

Three Graces is an idyllic town: there is no disease, the weather is perfect, injuries heal overnight, and crops grow in abundance. Provide
Karima chermiti

Actual rating : 2.5 stars

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The old god and the youngest Grace witch. The story says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?

Oh, this book is such a mess to me, trying to understand what the hell is happening and what are the rules to the magic the book revolves around felt like trying to find your way back home in the dark completely blindfolded. I really don’t know what was taking p
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hall-of-fame
Do you ever read a book where the whole time your mouth kind of gapes open and your eyes are a little bigger than they should be because what dafuq did I just read? Tessa Gratton's Strange Grace is the definition of dark fantasy and a book that surprised me over and over again.

Full review at Write, Read, Repeat

This novel is an intense story wrapped up in just a whole lot of f**kery. The first half is a little slow, a little drawn out, building and building to the main event: the saint's run into
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book it was very unique I have never come across a YA novel with a three person relationship it was so well written. I loved all of the characters but I really liked Mairwen,Arthur and Rhun best they mesh so well together even though it takes one of the characters awhile to accept them as they are and to accept himself as well. I loved how all of the characters are written they are all unique in their own ways. I really liked how the plot moved along it started out pretty interestin ...more
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“Mairwen strokes a finger down his crooked nose. “Survive, and I’ll marry Arthur to trap him here, and you can live with us, because I’m a witch and you’re a saint and we can do whatever we want, and then you can spend the rest of your life seducing him. We’ll fight all the time, but we’ll be happy.” 10 likes
“The sun rises and she approaches the edge. A forest devil, a witch, a young woman, with eyes like a starry night and teeth like cats, and thorny, flowering brambles tangled in her hair, littering white petals behind her. They’re waiting for her. Two of the hearts: one burning, one perfectly in tune. She smiles, lips parted over sharp but not too-sharp teeth. Instead of slowing, she leaps forward. She dives at them, throwing arms around both together. One hisses as some sharp piece of her body slices at his skin, and the other grunts because he catches most of her weight. Neither of them lets go.” 9 likes
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