Grace and Fury

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Many thanks to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as well as the author, Tracy Banghart, for the opportunity to read an advanced copy through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Serina was raised to become a Grace. She has trained her entire life to be lovely, compliant, follow all the rules, and please the heir with the hope that he will choose her to be, not only a Grace, but head Grace, giving her the opportunity to produce his first heir. She is eager and confident with her role and believes that if she succeeds, her and her sister, who has trained to become her handmaiden, will have comfortable lives.

Nomi is a rebel, she refuses to follow the rules, she is daring, smart...

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Actual rating: 4.25.

There was something about this book that caught my interest when I first heard about it that made me want to read it, and it fulfill all the expectations I had.

I adored the entire cast of characters. Both protagonists were so different from each other but grew so much in the novel that I couldn't help but love them. Nomi was such an interesting perspective to read from, since she was in the palace and everything there was pretty mysterious and eerie. The scenes in the palace were so atmospheric and well done, and I really enjoyed reading about her evolution and everything she was trying to do to save her sister.

But I might say that the evolution I loved the...

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This book was intense! Not even sure how to properly describe it. First of all it had some AMAZING and FIERCE main characters! Both Nomi and Serina seem like polar opposites at the beginning of the story. Personally, I favored Nomi. She had this 'I will not back down' type of attitude. Which is a dangerous thing considering that in this book men are the supreme rulers of everything and women are supposed to obey their every command. Serina at first seemed like a docile girl but certain events of the book completely changed her. And now both Nomi and Serina are both fierce and strong warriors in their own right.....now then... where's book 2????? This is the bad thing about...

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4 out of 5 stars

So, when does the next book come out?

I was actually quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Grace and Fury takes place in a sort of medieval version of Italy, where women have no right whatsoever. There only choices in life are to work in factories, or find a husband. And for a select few, become a Grace to the Superior, which is nothing but a fancy concubine.

Our two main leads, sisters Serina and Nomi are thrust into this world, when Serina is chosen to become one of the Superior's sons first Graces. Training to be a Grace has been something that Serina has been doing as long as she can remember, because she knows that is she were to become one, it...

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Ahhh, how is this book already over? I need to the sequel now. Grace and Fury is a strong and enthralling tale, that despite a few tropes, is well worthy of adoration. Any time I stepped away from this book, the protagonists consumed my thoughts. I could not get this book out of my head.

Grace and Fury follows the perspectives of sisters Nomi and Serina. Serina has trained her whole life to be a Grace, one of many women who are essentially mistresses to the Superior and now his heir. Nomi’s plan was to always stay by her sister’s side as a handmaiden, but when Nomi is chosen as a Grace instead of Serina and shortly after Serina takes the fall for an illegal act that Nomi commits, the...

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Grace and Fury is a well developed story about two sisters on opposite sides of fate in a world where women are inferior to men. A world where women have zero rights and it's illegal for them to learn to read and write.

What I loved about this book is that although it a Young Adult Fantasy, the story is believable. It was such a breath of fresh air to read something that has just enough realism to make you believe in the world Tracy Banghart created here. The sisters, Nomi and Serina, are crafted so elegantly that after the first couple of chapters I found myself scurrying to finish the book into the wee hours of morning. Sleep? Who needs sleep?

That said, the plot was a tad...

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3.5 stars. I overall enjoyed this book. It was, for the most part, fast paced and entertaining. But I didn't find it completely original to the point that I would consider this an exceptional read.

The Good

This was defiantly a girl power book. Set in a world where most women are raised to be wives who question nothing and are by all means, submissive. They are not even formally educated and are illiterate. There are still nations to this day that treat women that way, and reading this I found myself so angry for the women in the book and for the ideals...but its so so real for so many women.

Women don't have to be delicate flowers. Women can be and do the impossible. Women...

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A intriguing plot and a well written young adult novel. I am glad that picked this one up. I would recommend this one to people who enjoy reading YA.
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The Quick Cut: Two sisters end up in way over their heads when the ungroomed one is selected as a Grace and the groomed sister is sent to a prison island. Chaos and emotions fly as they each do everything they can in order to get back to one another and topple the women oppressed regime.

A Real Review:

This is a book that I absolutely could not put down from the moment I picked it up! From page one to book's end, this story continues to keep you wrapped up in the drama and dying to see what is going to happen next. Unlike many of the fantasy based books coming out recently, this one manages to keep the details easy to follow and also keeps the attractions down to kisses (in a time...

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Rating: 4.7/10
Would I Recommend: Yes

"For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet... and who has stood up anyway"

The story of the two sisters, Serina and Nomi, one to be a Grace, the other to be her handmaiden, in a world where women have no rights, is told in alternating chapters which I personally really like. The book was easy to read.

However, I didn't particularly like either of the sisters nor any other side character. No one stood out and maybe I would've needed more to get to know them better.

While Serina and Nomi are together in the beginning, we follow two different plot lines as soon as the sisters are separated. I preferred...

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Grace and Fury is one of the better books, I have read in the fantasy area recently. I loved the female empowerment, family, and the sisters ability to handle their circumstances. It is nice to read a book where the main characters are smart, savy, and fierce without men.
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I loved the book! I wish it had a more complete ending, I realize it’s left open for the next book, it’s just my personal preference. I really enjoyed the world that the author created in this story. It had some awesome twists and turns and it has now left me anxiously awaiting the next book!!
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This book follows two sisters who unfortunately live in a repressed patriarchal society where women have no rights. You are either a wife, concubine or hard laborer. You are denied an education and it’s even illegal to read. I really enjoyed the relationship the sisters had. They are complete opposites in every way Nomi is the feminist one who taught herself to read and rebels against society’s ideals and has trained to become her sister’s handmaiden. Her sister Serina on the other hand is very meek and has trained her life to become a Grace and by chance they end up in completely different situations than they had seen themselves be. Serina after taking the fall for Nomi ends up going to a...

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This book was probably a 3.5 for me. It reads fairly fast and has some entertaining moments. The world-building is slightly clunky and it's hard to know how much technology these people have. It reads like it's almost medieval but then suddenly women are in bathing suits or riding a steam powered boat. The women have few if little rights, so there's lots of "girl power" type moments in the book. Unfortunately though, it was extremely predictable and the love interest stories (yes, there's a love triangle) were almost exactly the same as several other YA books I've read in the last few years. I did like that it was built around the relationship of sisters...

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This has been my first 5 star read in a while! THAT CLIFFHANGER THOUGH!
I loved everything about it. Serina and Nomi were such strong characters. I really liked how their personalities kind of switched. Serina was the obedient one and had to force herself to learn to be strong and Nomi was the rebel and had to force herself to learn to be obedient. Through this, they always kept their personal spark.
I loved both character's growth, but especially Serina's. She was the one who always obeyed the rules and thought being a Grace, belonging to someone and having to do anything for them, was how life should be. It was so satisfying to see her break out of that and become such a...

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I was given Grace and Fury as an ebook ARC, I read it on my kindle and I was super excited to have the chance to read and review this book. The cover really enticed me from the start and I wanted to get into this book as soon as possible. The synopsis of the story also really got me. I love reading fantasy books and being honest the first few chapters in reminded me of the Selection Series and I am in love with that series. So I went all in on this book!

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So as I said above within a few chapters I was getting Selection Series vibes. Which is one of my favorite series of all time. I can read it again and again and it never gets old. Grace and Fury reminds me of the series but...

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Totally addictive and fun read. I loved the main characters so much, and admired their strength throughout the story.  Wish I didn’t have to wait so long for book two!
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The world of Viridia is not a pleasant one for women or girls. They are forbidden to read or go to school, and their only choices are to work in factories or as servants, be wives/mothers or serve as Graces for the Superiors or Heirs. (Basically concubines if you will.) Serina has been in training her entire life to become a Grace if she is chosen, and her sister Nomi will serve as her handmaiden. Well, at least that's the plan, but as we all know, there wouldn't be much of a story if that's the way it actually goes. Both girls are shocked when the Heir chooses Nomi instead, and Serina is forced to act as her sister's handmaiden...that is until she is caught...

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5 stars - A perfect blend of YA fantasy and court intrigue!

"A fierce, feminist fantasy for fans of Caraval and The Handmaid’s Tale” indeed. 'Grace and Fury' is a captivating page-turner; though it is a clean YA Fantasy novel, the characters do endure hardships and sexism is thoroughly woven into the culture our two narrators are born into. 

Can't recommend this book enough!
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This is outstanding!
It's a fierce story of sisterhood in
a world akin to that of Handmaid's Tale 
where women have no rights.
I was blown away. The writing is fantastic.
The story kicks off and doesn't let up.
Seriously, I couldn't be more impressed right now.
Thank you netgalley!
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