ARC Review | Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Fantasy | Young Adult
Publication Date | July 31st, 2018
ARC from Netgalley

 

 

Book Blurb:

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 rebel2532lious 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.

| Book Review |

Grace and Fury is a Young Adult Fantasy novel that is told in alternating points of view from two sisters. Now, to be honest, I don’t find this book incredibly unique. But I do find it so well done. Gripping from the very first page, it seems this book upped the ante with every chapter ending. Nomi was my favorite sister from the get-go, but it quickly changed to Serina. By the end of the book, I was so invested in both of these sisters goings on that I couldn’t finish each chapter fast enough. I found it interesting that of the two, it was Nomi (who gave the appearance of being more worldly,) who was more naive. Serina, even in harsher circumstances, seemed to adjust better than her sister. She was the one who showed the most character growth, and I’m excited to see what this series has in store for her. There wasn’t a lot of world building in this book, but I don’t feel like there needed to be. This book focused on the oppression of the women in this society, and the premise lent itself to being more character driven that plot driven. There was a lot of deception in this book, and right up until the very end, I wasn’t sure who was a ‘good’ guy and who was a ‘bad’ guy. Especially because the foreshadowing was so prominent that I felt maybe it was leading us in the wrong direction on purpose – but I won’t tell you if it was or wasn’t! I really enjoyed how the entire story was leading up to one event, and that we, as readers, were aware of what that event was. It made me even more eager to reach the end! Each of these girls made mistakes – colossal ones, but these are young women who were extremely sheltered their entire lives – to the point where Serina spent hers training to be the heir’s lover, and essentially, arm candy. The pacing of this book was relentless, for Serina and Nomi as well as the reader. Neither girl has had a chance to take a breath, and I have a feeling that when things catch up to them, it’s going to be ugly.

As I mentioned before, I thought Grace and Fury was so well done. Nothing felt overdone or exaggerated here; just extreme circumstances where you knew the girls were going to be lucky  to get out alive. It was such an adventure, and by the time I was done reading, it felt like this book was the YA Fantasy I’ve been waiting for. Grace and Fury was a fantastic start to this series, and I think it goes without saying that I’ll be reading the next installment!  

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19 thoughts on “ARC Review | Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

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  1. I love a good character-driven story and this sounds like it hits the mark. It’s been on my radar for awhile and I’m thrilled that you loved it so much! I’ll be picking it up for sure. 🙂

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    1. I can’t think of a single book off the top of my head where the reverse is true. The only thing I can think of is in either Captive Prince or Prince’s Gambit where the men are meant to serve the women, but even then it wasn’t dystopian.

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  2. This was available as a “Read Now” on NetGalley for a small window of time. I came so close to downloading it but ended up deciding against it. After reading your review, I think I made a big mistake. I will have to add this one to my wish list. Glad you enjoyed it as much as you did!

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    1. Yes – I received it through the ‘Read Now.’ This publisher never approves me, so if a ‘Read Now’ comes along that peaks my interest. I snag it up. This one was a total win!

      Thank you!

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  3. I’ve heard some good things about this book but your review has me intrigued. It really does sound like this story was well written and thought out. I’m going to need to put this on my Goodreads list.

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