Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Published July 31, 2018
Hardcover, 320 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4.5/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, I received an eARC)
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.
At first I felt like this was gonna be just like every other dystopian type YA book, boy was I wrong. There’s a pivotal moment very early in the book that just blew me away and I knew from then on I was going to LOVE this book. I would consider this book equally character driven and plot driven, which worked so well. I felt on the edge of my seat more often than not.
I love that it’s told in multiple points of view (Serina and Nomi) because they were both so different and had such opposites beliefs. At the beginning of the book I was definitely more into Nomi’s chapters, but eventually found myself looking forward to Serina’s just as much. I love when a book can get me to love a character I immediately felt like I was going to feel negatively about.
I will absolutely be continuing this series, I love the way it kept me hanging at the end of every chapter. It really set itself apart from other YA novels with this type of trope. The book was definitely easy to follow, which sometimes I notice isn’t the case with this genre.