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Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 31, 2018
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.
Review: Grace and Fury is such an empowering tale book full of strong female characters with so many great themes. It’s a tale of two sisters who end up switching places and try to find their way back to each other by breaking free of an oppressive patriarchal society.
Serina and Nomi couldn’t be more opposite. One believes that the only way to save her family is by becoming a Grace and the other believes that she deserves the life she wants and refuses to be oppressed by men. When Nomi’s secret is discovered and Serina takes the fall, each sister finds herself in a situation she is desperate to escape. One ends up on a prison island where she has to fight to stay alive and the other ends up trapped in the palace in a life she never wanted. Both sisters are forced to understand what the other believes in order to survive.
I have to say that I think I loved Serina the most. She goes through so much growth in this book and is forced to put aside everything she has ever learned. She is basically placed on an island where she is forced to kill to survive. Serina becomes the ultimate badass and sparks a revolution no one thought was possible.
I also really enjoyed that the romance subplots didn’t take away from the message that this book was trying to get across about restoring female agency. Yes, I’m excited to see where these relationships go, but this book doesn’t use them as a crutch to carry the story.
While this book started off a bit slow, it definitely ended with a bang! Such a cliffhanger ending and I seriously need the sequel right now. The writing was amazing and this is a total female power book through and through. If I had to choose, I would say this book is basically The Selection meets The Belles. There is so much rebellion brewing and so much delicious betrayal and I’m hungry for more.