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Grace and Fury

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Grace and Fury

Tracy Banghart, author of the Rebel Wing series and various other books has written about a variety of characters and their lives. GRACE AND FURY’s “no women in power” theme is similar to the Rebel Wings series.

Serena has never known anything except that following the rules was the key to survival. Obey men. If they want you to kneel, you do it. If you are offended, mistreated or abused, withstand it. Keep quiet unless told otherwise. Never express your true emotions. Most importantly, be the exact image of perfection. All she has ever known is to be beautiful and become a Grace. That was the only way to protect her family and set them free.

Serena’s younger sister, Nomi, couldn’t care less about the rules. She has had an unwavering image of what her life SHOULD look like and staying at home all day with nothing to do but complete chore after chore wasn’t it. She wants an education, a husband of her choice and the freedom to choose her career. Unlike Serena, Nomi wants nothing to do with “perfection” and is willing to do whatever it took to set herself free.

"Tracy Banghart did a great job contrasting the sister’s personalities. Whether you’re a Serena or a Nomi you will find yourself in awe of the camaraderie, solidarity and courage demonstrated by both."

To the surprise of everyone, the sisters end up in unprecedented positions at the palace; Nomi has become a Grace and Serena has become a criminal. The only problem is that Nomi knows something she shouldn’t and only the sisters’ downfall can keep it a secret. Now it takes all of their willpower to accept their positions as the sisters realize that they have to adapt to their new life in order to protect each other and themselves.

At first I was skeptical of just how much I would enjoy the story. The first chapter had an enigmatic aura. However, as the pages were turned I thought the story would be similar to THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass. I was so wrong! It was a completely different story but just as amazing and captivating. GRACE AND FURY is filled with dark turns and an all-around diversity in characters, settings and back stories. Tracy Banghart did a great job contrasting the sister’s personalities. Whether you’re a Serena or a Nomi you will find yourself in awe of the camaraderie, solidarity and courage demonstrated by both.

I can honestly say that I am looking forward to Tracy Banghart’s next work. I hope the sequel to GRACE AND FURY is released as soon as possible because the suspense is killing me! Also, I think it is important to mention that I read the book while at a party. Yes, that is how completely submerged I was in the plot. Even though blaring music was playing I just couldn’t be distracted because the sisters’ points of view reeled me in quickly and completely. Banghart fantastically explained each trial the sister faced. She never let me question which sister’s POV I was reading. The characters each had a unique format when telling their story which I found to be great. The way each day was described and the most hidden sentiments the sister’s felt stayed true to their characters. Instead of forcefully finding a common ground between the sisters, their differences and similarities were smoothly shown through their actions and thought process.

GRACE AND FURY is a solid concoction of elements in other YA novels such as THE HUNGER GAMES, CROSSED and THE KISS OF DECEPTION. If you are a reader who adores strong female protagonists, mysterious potential love interests, romance, adventure and strong family bonds then make sure to order GRACE AND FURY. If you enjoy stories that take place in a messed up dystopia then this story is also for you.

Reviewed by Flor H., Teen Board Member on August 14, 2018

Grace and Fury
by Tracy Banghart

  • Publication Date: June 4, 2019
  • Genres: Family, Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult 14+
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0316471429
  • ISBN-13: 9780316471428