Monday, October 8, 2018

Review: Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Title: Grace and Fury
Author: Tracy Banghart
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: July 31, 2018

Format: Hardback
Page Count: 320


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. (taken from

"My father used to say that oppression isn't a finite state.
It's a weight that is carried until it becomes too heavy, then it is thrown off."

Really enjoyable and entertaining, but a smidge formulaic.

I've had my eye on Grace and Fury for many months and was more than ready to devour a tale of sisterly-bonds and corrupt medieval kingdoms. Thankfully, I got my wish. This book is more along the lines of what I wanted The Selection to be. Many beautiful women vie for the attention of the heir to the Superior (aka the king). One sister catches his eye and the other makes a terrible mistake that lands her in a horrifying situation.

What I Liked:

-The feminism. Sure, it's a bit overbearing at points, but this novel certainly isn't short on strong heroines and female empowerment.

-The speed of the plot. This isn't a long read, but even so, I flew through it faster than I expected purely because Banghart's words pulled me along.

-The promise of an interesting sequel. The ending really sets things up for an interesting second book, and even though I didn't love Grace and Fury as much as I hoped I would, I'm more than willing to continue with the series.

What Could Have Been Better:

-The plot twist (which I saw coming from a mile away). I know Banghart was trying to pull one on her readers, but I was disappointed by how predictable the second half of the novel was.

-The male characters. It seems to me that Banghart was so intent on developing strong female leads that she left the men a little... dry. I had a difficult time connecting with most of the characters besides Serina and Nomi, and I feel that a little more development would have gone a long way towards making this the great book it could have been.

So, overall, this book was fun. A nice jaunt through a mythical kingdom that could use a little girl power. Pick it up if you have a few spare hours to spend with these fierce sisters.