Book Review Of “Strange Grace” By Tessa Gratton @SimonTeen @SimonSchuster

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 the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out (From Goodreads)

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

Thank you Simon Teen (Margaret McElderry Books) For gifting me a copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.

I challenge you to find a more unique and special YA love story than this one. I loved it Rhun, Arthur, and Mairwen. I wanted more of them, I wanted to see a “where are they now” type of option at the end of the book, while it did flash forward a bit, it just wasn’t enough for my heart. However this book is so atmospheric it makes up for the fact I felt the last chapter was lacking.

Mair was fierce, and loyal, and loving. She was fearless in every way that mattered. She didn’t think of herself, she thought of Arthur, and Rhun. The love that these three had for each other was very precious. I absolutely loved the dynamics between them. If I was the type to think of Fictional Characters as Relationship Goals, I’d think of these 3. Love is Love. I love that all three of them were so different, but they balanced each other well. Where one was lacking, the other compensated. Arthur reminded me of a confused hurt puppy dog, and I couldn’t love his jerk ways. Rhun was sweet, and loving, and so Kind. To make them all so polar opposite was a good touch.

There were some twists, and turns in this book, some may find them predictable, some may not. I however didn’t find them to overly predictable. I loved the parts in the Forest, and the flashbacks to what happened during the Slaughter Moon. I appreciated the dark, sinister feel of the woods, and the things/people in them. Really made for such a creepy fall read, and really makes me excited for the month of October.

I have a feeling, this is going to get a lot of mixed reviews. It is on the slower side, and readers may get bored, but I actually enjoyed the pace, I took my time with this book, and slowly devoured each page. I didn’t feel rushed through the story, and I feel like it took it’s time to suck you in, build you up, and then ended with closure, yet left you wanting more. I hope this is going to be at least a Duology. I need more.

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

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