REVIEW: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Grace and FuryTitle: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart
Pages: 310
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 26th July 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis:

In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island where women must fight to survive.

Serina has spent her whole life preparing to become a Grace – selected to stand by the heir to the throne as a shining example of the perfect woman.

But her headstrong and rebellious younger sister has a dangerous secret, and one wrong move could cost both sisters everything.

Can Serina fight? And will Nomi win?

My review:

If you’ve read quite a lot of my posts, then you’d know that a book about palaces and princes is one that I would definitely avoid. It’s just not a genre that I enjoy, trust me I have tried it and it didn’t do anything for me. So when I received Grace and Fury in June’s FairyLoot box I had very mixed feelings. I thought the cover was really nice but after skimming the synopsis, I was very hesitant to actually read the book.

You are going to be very surprised then when I tell you that read this book in less than a day and ended up rating it five stars. Grace and Fury was just unputdownable, it was glued to my hands. It was nothing like I thought it would be and I definitely didn’t think I’d completely fall in love with this story and the characters! FairyLoot picked a pretty amazing book for their June box!

I thought the whole book would be full of shallow girls trying on dresses and standing their looking pretty but it’s nothing like that! Sure, it has a bit of it but it’s also full of defiant women who want to be more than possessions and objects for men. It’s full of rebellious women who stop competing with each other and actually team up to take down the oppressive men! It was so damn good and I was cheering these powerful women on, wanting and craving more the whole way through.

It was remarkable seeing the transformation of the two main characters, especially Serina. She is the one who is brought up believing she has to compete with other women and please men, she doesn’t know anything outside of that. At the end she just completely throws away everything she’s ever known and actually fights and stands up for herself. She speaks her mind, she acts on her own! She doesn’t do what she is told and instead of allowing herself to be pushed down, she stands her ground. She becomes such a defiant character and really takes control of the situation. It was amazing and I was cheering her on! It was so hard to believe she was the same character as the timid girl we are introduced to at the start.

Nomi is also living in her own personal Hell – she is thrown into a life she didn’t want. Her choice is completely taken from her and it’s like she has no voice. The only reason she carries on getting up each day is for her sister. She’s such a resilient character and I loved how fierce she was.

Serina and Nomi are both thrown into impossible situations but their determination to get through each day just for the chance to see each other again is amazing. The author really captured the bond between siblings and how you’d go to the ends of the world for each other. You might not always get along but you actually really have a strong bond and you could see that with Nomi and Serina. I really appreciated how real their sibling relationship felt! I love the fire on the cover, it goes with the story so well! Compared to the men, the women have real fire in their bellies and you can definitely see this with Serina and Nomi.

I kind of suspected the villain at the end of the story so the big reveal wasn’t really a “big” reveal but it was still good. The actual ending was very unexpected and I stupidly thought this book was a standalone. It ends on such a horrible cliffhanger with lives hanging in the balance! I can’t wait for the second book! If you haven’t read this book, please go out and buy it, it’s not one to be missed!

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One thought on “REVIEW: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

  1. Kathy @ Books & Munches says:

    I haven’t read it yet, but it does sound good! And now finding out someone who usually doesn’t like books like Grace & Fury ended up giving it 5 stars.. SOLD. [Not to mention how I always dreamed of naming my daughter Nomi – so now I’m curious to see what kind of character she turns out to be, haha.]

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