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No spoilers in this rapid review of Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart. I really enjoyed it and give it 3.75 stars.
Grace and Fury was definitely a surprise for me, and in a good way! It didn’t even find its way onto my extensive TBR until later in the year. But I decided to give it a try, and I’m glad I did. Although the first half of the book was a 3 star read for me, the ending really ramped up the excitement and drew me in. There were a few elements of the story that seemed similar to other YA reads (I won’t specify for the sake of spoilers), but overall the story was original. But what is the story exactly?
Sisters Serina and Nomi live in a world where women have no rights. Serina has trained her whole life to be one of the Heir’s Graces, aka the image of what a woman should be. Nomi, however, is more rebellious. She believes women should have rights, although she fears she’s resigned to a life as Serina’s handmaiden.
But everything changes when Nomi is chosen as a Grace and Serina is sent to prison for a crime she didn’t commit, a prison where women are forced to fight to the death. Both sisters must adapt to their new lives all while fighting to return to each other’s side.
I’ll be entirely honest and say I expected to like Nomi better. In the first few chapters, I did. But as time went on, I started to see her as similar to several other YA characters I’ve read. (Not that this is a bad thing, but I am fond of unique characters.) Serina, however, really stood out. I loved how she developed throughout the story and grew stronger with each page. I also loved Val, the young guard who is kind to Serina, and I hope to see more of him in the next book.
Overall, Grace and Fury was an intriguing tale of two girls who must give everything to fight for what they believe is right. I recommend it for fans of fantasy and those who are in the mood for an action-filled read.
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