Series: Grace and Fury #1
on July 31, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley, Blog Tour
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence)
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.
This book was surprisingly refreshing! For some reason, I wasn’t expecting to love it quite as much as I did. I went in with certain expectations—even just from the title—and found that most of them were surpassed or turned upside down. I ended up flipping the pages furiously because I just didn’t want to put the book down!
What Fed My Addiction:
- Sisterly affections. The sisters’ relationship was complicated. In fact, I spent much of my reading time debating over which of them was “Grace” and which was “Fury.” I thought I knew at the beginning, but then things got turned upside down rather quickly. (In the end, I decided that Grace and Fury might both refer to both sisters after all.) I loved the fact that these were sisters who loved each other with a fierce, protective sort of love. But that didn’t mean that they didn’t have issues. You were never quite sure if the book was going to be about two sisters who are fiercely loyal or sisters who end up hating each other—sometimes those closest to us are the ones who hurt us the most.
- Strong women. Serina and Nomi both exude strength—in different ways. And they both discover that they are a whole lot stronger than they ever thought they were. I went into the book blind (I think I read the blurb at some point, but it was a long time ago), so I loved discovering the crazy circumstances that both women got themselves into and wondering how the heck they were going to get out!
- Romance is a side story. There was a bit of romance in this book, but it never took complete center stage, which I appreciated.
- Engrossing. Like I said, I couldn’t put this book down. It kept me up late because I needed to know what was going to happen to these two women. I think I read the whole book in two or three sittings. It was wholly engrossing and more than satisfying! I was so connected to these characters that I was eager to follow them on their journey, wherever it led!
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- Slightly predictable twist. I knew pretty early on how one major aspect of the book was going to pan out, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying the story as it unfolded. And some aspects of the book definitely took turns I wasn’t expecting or happened in ways I didn’t predict.
- Fantasy? Dystopian? This is more of a warning than a negative. This is one of those YA fantasies that’s almost more of a dystopian than a true fantasy—there’s no magic or truly fantastical elements. But it takes place in a make-believe world that feels like fantasy (along the lines of The Selection).
With an engrossing plot and complex characters, Grace and Fury is a win. Banghart managed to take some familiar tropes and make them fresh and new in this book. And she left me hungry for book two!!
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Rockstar Book Tours and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About The Author
Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii.
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