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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (ARC Review)

🌟3.5 stars 🌟

I thought the synopsis sounded interesting, but the story itself was unoriginal. This book was well written, but every plot twist could be seen from a mile away for anyone that avidly reads YA.

I think this book would be great for people that enjoy:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Instalove
  • Love Triangles
  • Strong Women Empowering Women

Goodreads Summary:

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.

“You must be as strong as this prison, as strong as the stone and ocean that hems you in. You are brick and barbed wire. You are iron.”*

This story takes place in a world where women have no rights. The only choices for a woman are to become a Grace or work a menial job for the rest of their lives. Graces are the beautiful, submissive examples of the “perfect” woman in this world. Serina Tessaro has been told all her life that her end goal is to become a Grace and serve the heir with her younger sister, Nomi, as her handmaiden. However, an unfortunate turn of events due to Nomi’s recklessness gets Serina sent to prison.

Grace and Fury is told from their dual point of views as they learn to navigate what life has thrown at them.This book was a pretty slow start and I did not feel like I got into it until around halfway into it. The beginning was just Serina and Nomi adjusting to their new lives and complaining about the situations they found themselves in.

The entire reason I gave this book an extra half star is because I enjoyed Serina’s story and her character development. She was raised to believe that she had to be submissive and always follow the rules, but soon learns that that is not always the case. She is sent to an island prison where the guards force the women to fight each other to the death, similar to The Hunger Games, in order to earn rations for their respective crews. Her tale is one of women’s empowerment and lifting each other up to incite a rebellion. It is one of finding strength and learning how to trust others. My only gripe is that I felt like the romance in her story was rushed and unneeded.

Contrary to her sister, Nomi grew up defiant and questioning authority. Nomi is trapped in the palace since she was chosen as one of the Heir’s Graces and she has to learn how to fit in if she has any hope of saving Serina. Nomi’s story had a lot of potential, but it left me feeling like I was just reading Red Queen again with some slight differences.There was a love triangle between two princes and an uncooperative girl that does not quite fit in. For anyone that knows me, I’ve been pretty vocal about how much I disliked Red Queen but if you enjoyed it then I am sure you would enjoy Nomi’s point of view.

From the premise, I had high hopes for this book and maybe because I had high expectations, it fell flat. Overall, this book was an okay read. I will probably read the sequel when it releases only because I care a lot about Serina and what will happen to her after the way this book ended.

ARC generously provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

*Quote is taken from an eARC copy and subject to change in the final publication.


2 thoughts on “Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart (ARC Review)

    1. If you enjoyed the novels I mentioned in the post and wanted to read something similar, I recommend reading it!

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