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Grace and Fury Tracy Banghart

Grace

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.

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I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

My Rating: 3.5 Stars

I’m back! That’s right, two reviews this week. Who is impressed? In all honesty, I’m sick as a dog and reading is the only thing that seems to be keeping my imminent death at bay. What am I sick from, you ask? The worst cold known to mankind. Yes, I may be a bit of a wuss.

Now, onto the review! Let me start by saying that for a fantasy novel, this was an incredibly quick read, I finished it in one sitting, easily. The words flow smoothly and the pace of the book was pretty quick. It was also a pretty short book for a YA fantasy, it only hit 300 pages.

Grace and Fury follows the ever changing lives of two sisters, Serina and Nomi. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t much of a fan of either sister at the beginning. They weren’t really great to one another and that impacted my ability to connect to them. However, there was significant character growth over the course of the novel, and by the end I loved Serina and tolerated Nomi.

Because there are two characters, the romance only has half of the time to develop which made it seem pretty rushed. There were no declarations of love, thank goodness, but things did happen really quickly. I like both girls’ romantic interests and look forward to learning more about them in the sequel!

The villain in this book was pretty predictable, and I guessed the plot twist less than halfway through the novel. Though we generally hate on guessable plot twists, they do have one benefit – figuring them out makes the reader feel freaking BRILLIANT. When the twist was revealed and I learned that I had guessed correctly, I felt like the smartest person in the damn world.

My Takeaway: Overall, Grace and Fury was a nice quick read, the perfect fantasy slump buster. I do wish that the characters had been developed more and feel as though the book could’ve benefited from about 100 more pages of plot.

 

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