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Het schaduwjaar

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  47,497 ratings  ·  8,764 reviews
Niemand praat over het genadejaar. Het is verboden.

Meisjes krijgen hun hele leven te horen dat ze de kracht hebben om mannen te verleiden en andere vrouwen gek te maken van jaloezie. Men gelooft dat de huid van jonge vrouwen een krachtig extract afstoot. Daarom worden ze voordat ze zestien jaar worden verbannen naar de wildernis, zodat ze gezuiverd en klaar voor het huweli
Paperback, 399 pages
Published September 19th 2019 by Best of YA
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Chelsea Humphrey
Happy Pub Day!!!

"I have to remind myself -the dresses, the red ribbons, the veils, the ceremonies- they're all just distractions to keep our minds off the real issue at hand. The grace year.

My chin begins to quiver when I think of the year ahead, the unknown, but I plaster on a vacant smile, as if I'm happy to play my part, so I might return and marry and breed and die. But not all of us will make it home...not in one piece."

Hello, good evening, and let me introduce you to my favorite book of 2
Emily May
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
“Look around,” Kiersten says as she stares me dead in the eyes. “We are the only Gods here.”

4 1/2 stars. Wow. This book was hard to put down! And the ending made me really emotional.

The Grace Year is such an exciting mix of horror, survival and the best of YA dystopias from 5-10 years back. It really is like a darker, more feminist version of The Hunger Games. I had a really busy week, but I looked for every opportunity possible to sit down with this book and get sucked back into this ugly p
Nilufer Ozmekik
Four somebody hold the door please, because I’m volunteer to get this bloody, scary, mind twisting and shouting, terrifying, not nail biter but whole arm biter, making you addict to the anxiety pills but you’re going to need to taste your boundaries stars!

Two cups of “ Handmaid’s Tale”
One table spoon of “Hunger Games”
Two pinches of “Beach” and “Annihilation”
And one cup of
chai ♡
3.5 stars

The Grace Year refused to dissipate and hung like a poisonous vapor long after I finished it, pervading every corner of my room like a simmering toxin. The feeling was a violent plunge encompassing revulsion and sorrow far beyond the personal: a sick, scorching nausea at humanity's violence against itself since the dawn of time. And though the ending was more hopeful than grim, I felt my anger still brimming and unspent.

So what’s this book about?

They call it the Grace Year—using s
Lala BooksandLala
This had a lot going for it, but the pace threw me off and it had one of my most hated a middle of the road 3 star is where we land. It's smart; conventional enough of a plot that it's easy to sink right into the story, but unique enough that it didn't feel like another paint-by-number "dystopian". I might have quite enjoyed this as a teen. ...more
Hannah Greendale
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you review a book that you enjoyed reading immensely yet it has glaringly poor execution?

The plot is sooo good.
Welcome to a world where girls are banished to an isolated camp for their sixteenth year of life (The Grace Year) to vanquish the "magic", or power, they hold over men, only to be married off or assigned duties as an indentured worker upon their return.

"White ribbons for the young girls, red for the grace year girls, and black for the wives. Innocence. Blood. Death."

This camp s
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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This book is one of my biggest disappointments in years. Everyone was talking about how great this was-- it's the YA Hype Train™ in action, yet again, and once more, I'm left behind in the dust to wonder, "Did I read a different book than everyone else?" It's not that I don't trust your judgement, exactly, it's just that-- okay, yeah, I don't trust your judgement. What the fuck was this?

THE GRACE YEAR is a book that borrows ideas and con
another feminist dystopia, another underwhelmed jessica. seems pretty on brand for me at the moment, unfortunately.

this review is probably going to be all over the place because i cant really articulate why this didnt quite work for me. it wasnt a horrible reading experience - in fact, the story is so fast paced that it makes for a quick read. maybe i just wasnt in the right mood for this? because all i could keep thinking whilst reading is 'why? what is the purpose of this?'

and what it keeps c
Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ❤️
Intelligent, haunting & mesmerizing emotional thriller!

I loved this book so much. I wanted to stop at a few points and discuss with someone but I didn’t have anyone reading it with me or a book club to discuss it with. There is just so much worth talking about. I am feeling so much and out this book right now. I just saw that it is being made into a movie and I already can’t wait. I was totally engrossed throughout the entire book and it surprised me more often than not. Almost every time I thou
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I do not even have words. I loved and hated it. The end.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Happy Sweet Sixteen!

Occasionally I like to really switch things up from my thrillers and read a frightening dystopian novel. Though it’s extremely rare (if ever) that I read something labeled YA. But I was greatly rewarded for stepping outside my little comfort zone! And bluntly put… I WAS BLOWN AWAY!! I was locked in and spellbound from the opening page!
I read this one while on vacation....and all I wanted to do was get back to the room and keep reading! (It was just that good!)

Tierney is en
In the County, girls are banished from the community during their 16th-year. It is believed that this is the age at which a girl's true magic will be revealed.

Apparently, these young ladies are so tantalizing, they threaten to steal husbands from wives, driving the wives crazy with jealousy in the process.

The girls are sent to live together in a fenced-in compound deep in the woods. Once there, the girls must survive completely on their own, without any supervision, for a full year.

This time in
oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for BEST YOUNG ADULT FICTION 2019! what will happen?

this book loves me

but i only consider it a really good friend.

i had been looking forward to reading this like crazy, but i didn't love it as much as everybuddy else, and that makes my readerheart sad.

the premise sounded outstanding: speculative feminist fiction featuring a hyper-patriarchal community in which the fear of female sexuality is so profound that sixteen-year-old girls are rounded up and ex
5 Hauntingly Beautiful, Riveting and Completely Devastating Stars for The Grace Year ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Full RTC but if you haven’t read this one - don’t waste another second - add it to your TBR
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a page turner .. I enjoyed this dystopian novel set in a colony where every year, sixteen year old girls are sent away into the wilderness for their “grace year” its a time where they are forced to live without much food, water, .. and a lot of danger..all due to the belief that at sixteen their bodies emit a powerful aphrodisiac that must be let go of to later return home and be docile and ready to marry.
Yes, there are comparisons to The Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games, I’ve read b
Holly  B
I can see why this one is being compared to The Hunger Games.

It has also been compared to some other dystopian novels, but I have only read The Hunger Games.  (which I enjoyed!). There is a wilderness/ fight for your life/ being hunted aspect that is quite terrifying.

This one is YA and focuses on sixteen-year old girls who are banished into the wild to be purified. Insanity, yes.

The world-building is vicious and the worst of human nature comes into play - betrayal, envy, cruel intentions and bru
Jul 11, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book seems to be written with the idea that getting teenage girls to think about feminism is like getting a dog to swallow a pill by hiding it in a piece of cheese, where the cheese in this case is every harmful and regressive trope in YA literature. (With no attempt to parody or subvert them or anything like that.)

It does finally come together and have a satisfying ending, but it takes so long and is such a slog to get there because I did not connect with the main character at all.

If ther
Booktastically Amazing
Content Warnings:

The only thing I have to say, READ IT AND PLEASE COME BACK, I NEED SOMEONE TO CRY TO. Yeah, that's all. Also, *whispering* There's a small spoiler free piece after that warning. A tiny one though. Basically me freaking out/ fangirling.

RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 4.7


“They call us the weaker sex. It’s pounded into us every Sunday in church, how everything’s Eve’s fault for not expelling her mag
Elyse  Walters
Reviews on Goodreads are outrageously enthusiastic.
At least the ones I saw.
So when I received a ‘Read Now’, notice from Netgalley - I thought - what the heck ...
Personally- I’m less enthusiastic about this book - than the reviews I’ve read - yet I can understand the book’s appeal.

This is a quick read: A Young Adult dystopian novel. It’s been compared to “Handmaid’s Tale”, and “Lord of The Flies”, and “The Hunger Games”.
Fair assessment.

Sixteen year-old girls spend a year in the forest in ord
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those looking for a good YA dystopia
Recommended to Tatiana by: Kirkus
I got from this book what I hadn't from Wilder Girls, namely, wild girls. The Grace Year is a feminist horror that actually delivers on its premise.

Some other reviews have already pitched this novel as a The Handmaid's Tale/Lord of the Flies/The Hunger Games, and they are absolutely correct.

The story is set in a The Handmaid's Tale-like backward unspecified county where men, of course, had made their paradise by, of course, oppressing women in various ways. One of the methods of this complex sy
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Grace Year is The Handmaid's Tale meets Lord of the Flies" is what sold me on this book and it definitely is an accurate comparison.
I was completely absorbed by this story and its world from the first page and its been a long time since I've been as engrossed as i was in a book.

The basic premise is that girls are banished at sixteen to brave the wilderness - and each other - for a year.
It is completely forbidden to speak of the grace year amongst them so no one (including the reader) has

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3.5 Stars

“No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James doesn't speak of the grace year but she’s spent a lot of time searching for clues. Unfortunately, she still doesn't know what happens when girls are banished from Garner County for an entire year. But she does see the haunted looks and scarred skin of the gaunt and broken looking women who return from their grace year. The ones who
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I’ve got to admit, I was skeptical when I first saw this book. I thought it was hard to bring something new to the dystopian, fight for your life, young adult story. But this one completely blew me away!

Although often compared to Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies (feminine version, way scarier!), this book managed to include a lot of survivalist details without letting them weigh down the story. Or distract from the characters and the horrific plight the young women faced.

I was surprised by t
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book felt like a mash up of Mean Girls, The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies

Apparently in Garner County, when girls turn sixteen years old, all things go to hell in a hand-basket - well that is unless they are sent away for their Grace Year You see, these girls are full of magic, suddenly at sixteen years of age, a young woman suddenly has the power to lure men, make women jealous by simply coming into their magic. So before they are sent away for their one year to release their magic
Sandra Hoover
Wow! I'm speechless! It's not often a book leaves me that way, but after reading the final page (several times over!) of The Grace Year, I sat in a trance-like state with tears trickling down my cheeks, trying to wrap my head around this story and message. Hoping to sleep on it, I retired for the night only to toss and turn with scenes and characters from the story haunting my dreams. I arose this morning restless - still trying to find a voice for the raw emotion this book evoked in me, but tel ...more
Larry H
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars.

Kim Liggett's upcoming novel The Grace Year feels like a mashup of The Handmaid's Tale and Lord of the Flies , with a little bit of The Hunger Games mixed in for good measure. Yet at the same time, it's an immensely unique and disturbing story all its own.

"They call us the weaker sex. It's pounded into us every Sunday in church, how everything's Eve's fault for not expelling her magic when she had the chance, but I still can't understand why the girls don't get a say. Su
Susanne  Strong
4 Stars

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid of Girls when they turn sixteen years-old and come into their magical powers!

It is “The Grace Year” and once it starts, the girls are banished for a year so that once they discover and then can conquer their magic, those that survive can be married off.

The girls are sent away to isolation, where they must learn to fend for themselves and where it’s survival of the fittest and where some have the mentality of kill or be killed. I’d say to run and run fast, but th
I do not know how to feel about this book. I did not like the beginning of book because I do not think the book show the reader why there was a grace year or what was going on. I also think it was hard to follow the storyline because I think the storyline was confessing and not explain well. The girl/woman was just going a long with everything. That made me mad. The middle of the book started to explain why and what was going on with the grace year. But, by the end I understand what was going on ...more
Tierney James has reached 16 years of age, called the grace year in Garner County when young girls must leave for the next year and purge themselves of their magic, which reaches its height and most potent level now. That “magic” is their essence that causes men to be unable to resist them and women to be madly jealous of them. Not all of them are expected to survive and what they’ll face is almost unimaginable.

I struggle with defining when this story is placed and have decided that I’ll just s
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Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.

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