26 Jun 2019

#Review: GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart


Author: Tracy Banghart
Series: Grace and Fury #1
Source: Indigo Staff Pick of the Month
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Indigo and chose to review it. This in no way impacts my opinion.

This was a solidly good novel. It wasn’t great but it wasn’t boring, which honestly is the most important thing for me. The right pacing, good characters, and enough twists to keep you interested. I would have liked a bit more time spent on worldbuilding and some of the minor characters could have been developed more, but I enjoyed this overall.

I really liked seeing the two different sisters navigate the obstacles put in front of them and learn how to use their strengths and weaknesses to get around in the world they live in.
It isn't a choice when you don't have the freedom to say no. A yes doesn't mean the same thing when it's the only answer you're allowed!
In this novel, women aren't allowed to do anything (not even read or write!) so I really liked seeing how the political landscape affected what the sisters did in order to overcome those challenges. I thought there was a lot of really good worldbuilding in some regards, but in other ways there just wasn't enough.

Some areas fell a little flat for me in terms of character building because we were switching between perspectives. I would have liked a bit more time spent with each of the sisters and maybe had this book be about one and the next be about the other or something just to give us more time with each. However, I think it would have felt lackluster without both perspectives.

I am really excited to see how this story continues and where it is going next so be sure to check out the sequel, QUEEN OF RUIN, in July!

1 comment:

  1. I might check this out eventually, but I'm not feeling the fantasy vibes right now. I just want romance. Great review!


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