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If you liked The Grace Year… You might like…

Hey friends! I’m back with another book recommendation post! I really loved doing the last one which was book recs if you liked Truly Devious! Check that one out here if you haven’t already 😊

If you are like me then you LOVED The Grace Year. I have been seeing this one pop up again on social media. I feel like the first wave of people grabbed it right when it came out and now we have everyone else picking it up for the first time and also loving it. So happy to see so many people enjoying this one!!

So anyways, I like to browse around on Goodreads and on others IG and blogs and see what the heck I can read after I read a book and loved it and WANT MORE. Goodreads I find to be the most helpful for this because they have that little side bar with books that people thought were similar or whatever!! Sometimes they aren’t good recs (for me) but other times they hit the mark! I found this time they were on point!

So without any further chit chat, lets get into the book recs!!

IF YOU LIKE THE GRACE YEAR… READ THESE, YOU MIGHT LIKE THEM 😊


Characteristics of The Grace Year that helped me pick the recommendations:

  • YA dystopia
  • Survival
  • Village life
  • Magical ideals
  • Girl who rebels against the village/ government

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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For some reason Wilder Girls came to my mind right away when I was thinking of books similar to The Grace Year! They are very different but have so many similar elements that my brain just pushed them together!

Wilder Girls is about a group of girls who live on an Island and attend a boarding school. The school is then placed under quarantine due to some mysterious anomaly that hits the Island. The girls and the Island itself start changing and things become quite dangerous. They are waiting for a cure but it seems like a cure may never come. The main character decides to break the quarantine and of course, a lot of horrible things start to happen!

Why you might like it:

  • Survival aspects
  • YA horror
  • Boarding school setting, secluded from rest of the world, group of girls
  • Possible magic/ powers

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

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This story sounds SO interesting. It is a YA fantasy. In brief, this story is about a girl who does something she shouldn’t and then negative things start to happen 😂

The story speaks about who everyone has a soul. Some souls are beautiful and others are evil. The main character is a Soulwalker which means she can go into peoples souls when they sleep. When she visits peoples souls she always sees a black door… mysterious right? Her mom tells her to never open the black door, but some events occur and she ends up opening the black door!!

Why you might like this:

  • Fantasy
  • Main character goes against the wishes of her mother and does something she shouldn’t
  • Soulwalking – sounds interesting enough
  • LGBTQ representation

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

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I haven’t read this one yet but its on my TBR!

This is about 3 girls (The Sawkill Girls) who end up coming togethr on an island called Sawkill Rock. There are stories told about the island – the healing waters, the strong people, and about some monsters that lurk in the shadows. The legend says that girls have been going missing on the island for decades… no one has ever tried to do anything about it. However, the Sawkill Girls are willing to fight back and discover what is really going on.

Why you might like this:

  • Female lead characters
  • YA horror
  • Possible magic/ powers
  • Survival aspects
  • Mystery

Divergent by Veronica Roth

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I feel like this one has to be the list! If you have not read this book or series yet…. not sure WHERE YOUVE BEEN?

Divergent is set in a society where people are placed in different factions when they turn 16 based on a particular virtue. We follow Beatrice who struggles when she has to decide being with her family or being who she truly is. There is a lot of action and competition. The story gets darker and darker and often times it seems no one can be trusted.

Why you might like this:

  • Set in a dystopian world
  • Female lead character who is very strong and independent
  • Survival and action
  • Betrayal
  • YA science fiction

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

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The legend has it that anyone who tries to settle down at the isolated finishing school in South America will be cursed. Mavi decides that this is a good place for a new start. She wants to teach at the school. Mavi tries to soak up the strangeness of the school – she is told not to roam at night, is receiving threats, and hearing rumors about mysterious Others.

A student then vanishes and teacher begin to act very strangle – almost like they are possessed. Mavi starts to believe the legends and finds out some information that could unravel her existence. She must solve a cosmic mystery and then fight for her survival.

Why you might like this:

  • Psychological thriller
  • Paranormal
  • School setting
  • Legends/ myths
  • Survival aspects

What do you think? Do any of these books sounds interesting to you?

Have you read The Grace Year and want to check these ones out?

Chat with me in the comments!

If you liked… You might like… [Truly Devious edition]

Hey everyone, welcome back to my blog! I have been seeing a lot of book rec posts on here and also booktube. I always love seeing what people recommend based on other books. It opens up my eyes to SO many other fantastic reads and also makes me think about how books are linked or why someone may like a book based on another book if they don’t seem to have a lot in common. I just love how people think and how people link things in their brains. It is is always such a great way to pass time and get a lot of new books to add to my TBR that is never ever going to end!

I decided to start this series (I guess I will call it a series because I plan on doing these a few times a month… but any-who…). I decided to start with Truly Devious because I really enjoyed that book and I’ve seen it pop up around the internet. I have to say I’ve only read the first book of the series but I do have the second one (Vanishing Stair) on my bookshelf. I have yet to purchase the last book in the series but I will be doing that as soon as I start the second book.

A little bit of a tangent but I used to always get the WHOLE series right from the start. Like if I knew I was interested in a book that was part of a series I would just grab them all. I did this for the Gone series. Its like 6 or 7 books lol I bought them all. Luckily I enjoyed the books or else I wold have had a lot of unread books on my shelf. I tend to only buy the first book of the series now. But I find that I normally finish a series regardless of how much I really enjoy the first book…. I just need the closure 😂

So anyways, back to the post you came here for…. I am going to recommend 5 books you might like, if you liked Truly Devious!

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Truly Devious – some themes/ vibes I got from the book that I will be using as links to the other book recs:

  • Murder mystery
  • Dual time periods
  • Set at a boarding school
  • Sherlock style mystery
  • MC is a true crime expert
  • Kids end up solving a mystery for the adults

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I will start this one off by saying I may be a little bias because I LOVE THIS BOOK AND SERIES. It is fantastic and if you have been around my blog/ IG for any time at all you will know I talk about this book any chance I can get… sorry (but I’m not really).

Why you might like this book:

  • It follows two characters who are decedents from Sherlock Holmes and John Watson
  • This is a Sherlock retelling
  • The main characters end up solving a murder mystery that happens at the boarding school they are at (another one of those kids save the day style stories)
  • There is a lot of blackmail, multiple generations involved, and power families with lots of secrets!

Deadly Curious by Cindy Anstey

This book is set in 1834 and follows a female main character who desperately wants to be part of a group called “Bow Street Runners” which is a very elite group of detectives in London! Of course, this is looked down upon because she is a lady and during that time there is no way a lady would be a detective. HOWEVER, she ends up being involved in a mystery and gets to prove herself.

Why you might like this book:

  • It is set in the Victornia Era London which is so famous for detective mysteries
  • The female main character goes againist the statuts-quo
  • This is a murder mystery
  • Possible romance
  • A deep twisted family secret

Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett

If you are like me, you enjoy a good cozy mystery. This story is about a town full of bookstores. All the bookstores are different genres and the main character opens up her own mystery bookstore. There is a suspicious death of another bookstores owner and it seems to be linked back to the main character!

Why you might like this book:

  • Amateur sleuth – the main character has to solve the mystery to clear her name (very similar to Truly Devious)
  • Book about a town full of bookstores (whats not to like about that)
  • Town secrets that make it hard to trust anyone
  • Bookish cozy mystery

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This is a paranormal story following a main character who comes from a family full of psychics. The main character meets a group of boys that she is supposed to stay away from BUT obviously she doesn’t! She goes on this quest with them to solve some sort of magically mystery and starts to unravel a lot of secrets and also finds out things about herself and her powers in the meantime. There is so much more about this book but I would be here all day to explain it!

Why you might like this book:

  • Mysterious private school boys
  • A quest to solve a mystery + a murder is discovered which is quite a shock
  • A prophecy
  • The main character is stubborn and does what she is not supposed to do
  • Magic, secrets, paranormal

This one is less like Truly Devious but I feel like the mystery solving aspect is still there and with the added magic and prophecies, it takes this on a darker turn.


Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson

This story is super interesting!! This is about a bookseller who writes up a list of the most perfect, unsolvable murders from the books hes read which he titled “Eight Perfect Murders.” He later becomes a suspect of a series of murders that are exactly like the ones from the list. Oh no!

Why you might like this book:

  • The main character is framed and has to do some mystery solving to clear their name
  • FBI involvement
  • Ultimate mystery story as the author ties in iconic mysteries to the book
  • Suspenseful – the killer seems to know so much about the main character that no one can be trusted!

What do you think? Would you read any of these books? Have you read any of them?

I know these lists can be a bit subjective, so let me know if you have any book rec’s that are similar to Truly Devious!

BOOK REVIEW: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Title: Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating

Author: Christina Lauren

Publisher: Gallery Books

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Format: Ebook

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?


MY REVIEW:

My heart is full. I feel so satisfied with this book, I am literally sighing as I sit here thinking about it! This was probably one of the best love stories I have read. It was perfect in every way!

Hazel is the most hilarious and wholesome person. I loved her character! I don’t have enough words to describe how awesome she is! I loved her craziness and her overwhelming truth. She was herself 100% and I thought that was so heartwarming.

Josh is the guy every single girl needs in their life. He sounds SO PERFECT. Like Hazel said “blueprint for perfect” haha. I loved every second of him 😍

This book was the perfect amount of romance, sex, mixed feelings, and emotional uncertainty. I never questioned Josh and Hazel at any point during the story and well, the ending had me extremely happy and full of so much love!!

This was my first Christina Lauren book and I WILL be reading all of them after reading this work of art. I want everyone to read this and experience this romantic, sexy, quirky, love induced rollercoaster. This was everything I didn’t know I needed 🙌🏻


This was a fantastic read! I love that I am getting more and more into these chick-lit style books! They are so fun and honestly such a good break from what is happening in the world! Its a different kind of escape opposed to reading fantasy or thrillers.

Have you read this one? What did you think?

BOOK REVIEW: The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

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

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Title: The Grace Year

Author: Kim Liggett

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA, Dystopia

Format: Psychical

RATING: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5


SYNOPSIS:

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.


MY REVIEW:

The Grace Year was a very enticing read full of emotions, fear, survival, and unexpected love and friendship.

Tierney, the main character, is a strong and independent girl. She knows how to take care of herself and she thinks differently than most girls; always looking for answers and struggling to be quiet and unseen. This part of her personality comes in handy when she is sent away with the other Grace Girls to “rid their magic” and come back “purified women.”

I enjoyed the idea of this story. It took something very real in everyday life and twisted it into a dystopian type of adventure. Society tends to view women as objects, as things to please men, and in some places in the world, as property. This is very much the message in the book and it goes a step further to say women are dangerous and full of magic that make men do things they shouldn’t. Again, playing on a societal idea that women should be a certain way so men aren’t tempted by them. I loved this aspect of the story! At some points it made me feel so angry that the women are treated that way!

I found the relationship Tierney had with her family was interesting. I initially had weird vibes from her father (especially when it came to the topic of the Grace Girls) and also her mother felt off to me. However, as the story grew, so did her family. Their behaviours made more sense and in the end, it really tied the story together and brought deepness to the reality of Tierney’s life in the County moving forward.

The survival aspect of the book was very well done in my opinion! It went into just the right amount of detail to keep me interested but also left out some things to let the imagination flow! I enjoyed how well Tierney performed under the pressure of the Grace Year and how she seems to beat the odds! I would compare Tierney to Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games. I really appreciate how the author wrote Tierney’s character. I love a good female character!

Plot wise – I was impressed with the intricacy of it. So many pieces were brought in that at the time didn’t seem that important and then it was all brought back together for a collective theme. It flowed nicely. The speed of the story was great! It was just the right length in my opinion! I ripped through it as well because of how exciting it was!

Overall, this was a great book! I will give you a warning though – your heart will BREAK during the ending! I actually had to put the book down at one point because I was like “ugh why is this happening?!?!” Also, there is something very beautiful and hopeful about the ending. I put the book down with a slight smile on my face. I didn’t quite get the ending I was so desperately hoping for, but I got something different that was both fitting and bittersweet.


Have you read this one? Let me know what you thought!!