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Strange Grace

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Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all?

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 the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets
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Kindle Edition, 389 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Margaret McElderry Books
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Melanie

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. Literally per
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
“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 witchcraft a
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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 sen
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Hamad
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

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 synops
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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)
Candace Robinson
This was a very interesting story and strange would be a great word to use, because strange things are awesome! My favorite kinds of stories involve forests, ones where there are things hidden within.

I thought the author did a good job with the love between the three characters. It was a beautiful thing! Arthur was definitely my favorite, and my goodness did I feel for him. He was angry at times, and he had a right to be! He had a right to be confused, and I wanted to give him a great big hug.

My
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Riley
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: spooky, october-tbr
"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 looking f
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Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
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.
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
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Britt
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
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Roshani Chokshi
This book was so atmospherically wonderful. It felt like The Witch by way of Juliette Marillier. Don't miss this when it releases in September!
Stacee
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
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Ashlee » Library In The Country
View review on my blog, Library in the Country

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
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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 of
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Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
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
megs_bookrack
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Impressively dark! 👹🙈☀

Full review to come...stay tuned!
Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kaleena ★ 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
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☆★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.
Eryn
Sep 18, 2018 marked it as soon-to-be-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, reviewed
This sounds like all types of yummy.
I can't wait to dive in!
Meli
Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LO AMÉ.
Es perfecto.
Una de las prosas más hermosas, poéticas y mágicas que he leído. En serio, toda la magia de este libro, que es bien, bien primitiva y llena de poesía, viene de la mano de la narración.
La historia es tremendamente interesante, y del romance mejor ni hablemos porque mi corazón no puede con tanto.
Impecable.
Karima chermiti

Actual rating : 2.5 stars

Trigger warning : (view spoiler)

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 place hal
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Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

I received this through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Publishing September 18th!

CW: animal death, bullying, trauma, grief, murder, torture, human sacrifice, abandonment, and general horror


I blame Melanie.

This was a great start to my spooky month. Because, sorry everyone, September is officially October Eve for me. While I did enjoy this, I had some pros and cons while reading it, which I’m going to make as succinct as possible for y’all.

Ther
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Sol ~ TheBookishKing
Sep 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: cover-lovin
Yikes so uhm this was boring.

And I feel like I was wrongly done.

RTC.
Lilly (Lair Of Books)
ARC provided by the publisher/Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review


Buddy Read with Melanie @Meltotheany | Julie @Pages and Pens | Candace @ Literary Dust
Fatma
Thanks so much to Simon and Schuster Canada for providing me with an eARC of this via NetGalley!

Strange Grace has such a compelling, eerie premise: every seven years, a boy is sent into the Devil's Forest as a sacrifice to allow the village and its occupants to remain safe and prosperous for the next 7 years. Except, one day, this spell is inexplicably interrupted 3 years into the 7 year interval. THE MYSTERY. THE SUSPENSE. And I gotta admit, the first couple of chapters of this book were ver
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Clephiro (The Book Coven)
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy
This is a really hard book for me to review. I'm going to do my best, but it's a book I think you really need to experience for yourself.

In the village of Three Graces, no one is sick. The village is perfect: crops never die, no one dies unnaturally, people heal from horrific injuries in just days. This is all achieved by a deal with the Devil of the forest made hundreds of years ago. In order to maintain that bargain, the village must send their best boy into the forest every seven years during
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Aoife
In Three Graces, every seven years the village's Best Boy runs into the forest to face the devil and most of the time, he doesn't return. Mairwen, Arthur and Rhun have grown up watching men sacrifice themselves to keep the village safe and healthy but a mere three years after the last run, the forest calls for another, and everyone knows it's Rhun's turn next. As the next Grace witch, Mair is determined to keep Rhun safe, and with Arthur's help - between the three of them - maybe they can still ...more
Giulia
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: the-good, lgbtq
"That is what the bargain is: death for life, a sacrifice that makes it all sweeter and sharper. Without it, how could we appreciate what we have? We love our saint, and he runs for us, and everyone here knows exactly how precious life is, and love itself. Everybody dies, Mairwen, but the saints of Three Graces die for a reason."

TW: blood, gore, violence, bullying, torture, internalized homo/transphobia,

Actual rating: 4.5 ⭐

*pterodactyl sounds*
IM SCREEEEEEECHINGGG!!!
DONT TOuCH ME, IM EMO

Holy M
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Elisa
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
Well, there it is: my most disappointing read of the year.
I couldn’t have imagined this book would be it.

I read Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear earlier this year and truly, absolutely loved it. It is one of my absolute favorite books of the year, or even the past couple of years. Her writing is beautiful and evocative, so when I found out she had written a mystery novel full of magic and a touch of horror, I was really excited.

But this book... this was NOT GOOD. It was confusing, disjo
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Kristen Burns
3 Stars

Review:
*I received an ecopy of this book via Edelweiss. This has not influenced my review.*

This book has a different sort of premise, and I was especially drawn in by what I'd seen reviewers mention about a non-binary character and a polyamorous relationship. This is a hard review for me to write though because it certainly wasn't a bad book, but it didn't end up being quite what I expected.

As I said, this was a somewhat unique premise, and I liked that. The book was a bit slow for a whil
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Tessa Gratton has wanted to be a paleontologist or a wizard since she was seven. Alas, she turned out too impatient to hunt dinosaurs, but is still searching for a someone to teach her magic. After traveling the world with her military family, she acquired a BA (and the important parts of an MA) in Gender Studies, then settled down in Kansas with her partner, her cats, and her mutant dog. She now ...more
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