Review: Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) – Tracy Banghart

Another month, another OwlCrate subscription box.

This month’s OwlCrate book, Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1), has been highly talked about in the YA fantasy world.

DidGrace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) give me a new fantasy series to gush about? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.

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41205539Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) by Tracy Banghart

Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers (July 31, 2018)

Print Length: 320 pages

Audiobook Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins

Narrator: Megan Tusing, Sarah Mollo-Christensen

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.

The Review 

A fast-paced read chalk full of twists, Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) had all the makings of being, as other reviewers have stated, a modern day, YA accessible The Handmaid’s Tale. And yet, with irritating characters and an all too familiar plot made this novel a three star read.

Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) is a YA fantasy novel that tells the story of sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro as they try to survive in a world that undervalues them because of the gender they were born into.

Told from alternating points of view, Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) is not a bad novel, but it is one that takes one political stance, in this case feminism, and beats you over the head with it. Not to say the ideal of feminism should be under looked, as a woman myself I believe there should be equality between the sexes, but the writing of Grace and Fury almost made it seem like Banghart took whatever pasta stuck to the wall and just ran with it. The decisions made by the sisters, side characters, and even men, further made me further contradict that this story is the next great feminist novel, as a lot of the times it hurt more people than it helped.

Likewise, I had a really hard time liking one half of the sisters. On one side I found myself absolutely invested in Serina and her trials on Mount Ruin. I also found myself being totally and completely smitten with Val, Serina’s guard slash potential love interest. I found their relationship very organic, especially in a novel that only had 311 pages, and it is because of my attachment to these two characters that make me want to read any Grace and Fury’s sequels. On the other hand, Nomi and her eventual outcome was so predictable I almost wished there was a skim feature for audiobooks. I felt as if the love triangle for the character of Nomi was thrown into the plot due mostly in part to it being a common, and sometimes safe, trope in YA fiction. I don’t think it helped her character at all, and in the end I almost wished the alternate point of view was from either Malachi or Asa.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Purchase Links

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Indigo

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And those are my thoughts on Grace and Fury (Grace and Fury #1) by Tracy Banghart. Have any YA fantasy recommendations you think I should check out? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.

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