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TITLE: Grace and Fury
AUTHOR: Tracy Banghart
SERIES: Grace and Fury #1
PUBLICATION DATE: July 31, 2018
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In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina has been groomed her whole life to become a Grace - someone to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining, subjugated example of the perfect woman. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir's eye, it's Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
Setting the Scene:
5? 6 Word Summary
#GirlPower story about two sisters.
Mood Before Reading
In need of a good read. (Hey, that rhymes!)
There’s going to be a book two right? I need it asap!
Grace and Fury is a feminist story of two sisters, Serina and Nomi, forced into roles they are completely unprepared to play. It’s a tremendous empowering story battling a kingdom’s misogynistic ways.
Okay first off, the world building was so good that I got so angry reading this novel. Especially since while most of the views this fictional society value are considered outdated in our reality, unfortunately, some still carry through to this day. That being said, I feel like it took me a while to get into Grace and Fury since it started off just like so many other royal fantasy novels.
But while the beginning may not be the most original start, the characters and the plot are. These days in young adult fiction, the term “strong female character” is common but Grace and Fury takes it to a whole new level. Both Serina and Nomi are strong characters but in their own unique ways. To be honest, I liked Serina a bit more than Nomi. The stakes were higher in her situation, and I immensely enjoyed watching her develop as the story unfolded. I felt like Nomi didn’t quite go through as much growth and came off a little flat to me but she was still fun to read about.
Another thing that was fun to read about was the plot. The first thing I did after I finished reading Grace and Fury was to try to find information on its sequel. Cause boy, that cliffhanger really left me hanging! The twists are so good and so well planned in this story! I’m so anxious to see what happens next!
Grace and Fury is an inspiring tale of girl power and sisterhood. It’s an incredible read full of strong women and a twisty plot.