Grace & Fury was a book I was really really hoping to love and…SURPRISE. I ABSOLUTELY DID.
I was nervous because I don’t really like picking up books where it’s all “women are objects! women have no rights” because I’m very very tired of this and it just feels like another round of reality to be honest. (SOBS) But this book took that discussion and really explored it and had such a stunning cast of interesting women I was just !! So here for this!
Also let me be really shallow for a moment but: obviously my username is FURY and my middle-name is actually GRACE so…shout out to the author for naming a book after me ah hahha. (No really, it’s clearly FOR ME.)
(Also this book’s birthday is actually TOMORROW! So proud of myself and this on time review for once #GoMe)
☆ I have to say it’s the plot twists that really caught me!
I read a lot okay?! A lot of a lot. Being surprised by books barely ever happens anymore. And while these aren’t the sort of “SHOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF” twists…they are the subtle, clever twists that throw what could be an old tired trope on it’s head and leave you with a really interesting and unpredictable story. I LOVED THIS SO MUCH I CAN’T EVEN EXPLAIN. A+ for the twists!!
☆ It feels like a triumphant love letter to women who refuse to be ruled.
I adore that. You go, my somewhat stabby girls. You rise and you bite people. (I mean…no actual biting happened here, but I’m just saying, I support biting the patriarchy and eating it for breakfast.) Again, like I usually avoid these types of books, so it’s saying something that I like how this spun it! Also the book isn’t just WAITING for the girls to fight back. They’re fighting (even if internally) from the first page.
☆ Complex women? We have many. Collect a whole set.
I am all HEART EYES for this. There are (a) soft girls, (b) Slytherin scheming girls, (c) badass stabby girls, (d) perceiving and intelligent girls. This had such potential to just dump us with women competing, but it actually addressed and smacked down that trope. And everyone was dimensional and interesting (I freaking adore Maris!). This is how “strong female characters” should be written ok?!
☆ And yes, it’s a sister book!!
There names aren’t actually “Grace” and “Fury” but you get the idea. (Also I LOVE that by the end I don’t know which one was the Fury?! They are both so precious.) It’s dual-narrated by Serina and Nomi! Serina has been brought up to be a Grace (aka a future object owned by the king for pleasure/heirs), while Nomi is the spire-fitting surly sister who’s her sister’s handmaiden and HATES oppression and has taught herself to read. Which could get her murdered. But even though we’re presented with these polar-opposite personalities, they don’t stay in their boxes. I LOVED THIS. Both girls change and grow so much. Serina ends up such a badass. Nomi gets softer but I do wish she’d stayed snarkier ha.
They also love/hate each other continually and that’s so nice. I mean, WOW @ characters sacrificing themselves for thier sisters! I’d sell mine for an avocado but oh well!
(I’M SLYTHERIN NOT THAT YOU CAN TELL.)
☆ It’s set in (1) a vicious island prison and (2) a lavish castle…two sorts of prisons.
This was fab. I enjoyed this. Also the back-and-forthing kept it dramatic and lots of tension with fights and violence + schemes in the palace and conniving conversations.
☆ And um can we just say hello to the princes for a moment.
I CAN’T SAY ANYTHING BECAUSE OF SPOILERS. But I freaking loved how they were done. I love the evil. I love the twists. I love the schemes. I just !!!!
☆ And yeah there’s a cliffhanger.
Because authors function off our tears.
(NOT THAT I WOULD DO KNOW. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ #Lies #AllLies)
Basically Grace And Fury is one you want to get your paws on. It’s full of complex and dynamic women, schemes and plot twists, with excellent pacing and characters you will hate AND be enchanted by. I will have 9 more, thank you.
THANK YOU TO HACHETTE AUSTRALIA FOR THE ARC! Grace And Fury (#1) by Tracy Banghart was published August 2018.
Bold, brutal and beautiful, this is a must-read with the glitter and romance of The Selection and the thrilling action and intrigue of Red Queen.
In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other on an island prison 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?