Grace and Fury

Grace and Fury

by Tracy Banghart

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Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart

Bold, brutal, and beautiful--a must-read fantasy full of fierce sisterhood, action, and political intrigue for fans of The Selection series, Caraval, and The Handmaid's Tale.



Serina Tessaro 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. It's her chance to secure a better life for her family, and to keep her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, out of trouble. But when Nomi catches the Heir's eye instead, Serina is the one who takes the fall for the dangerous secret her sister has been hiding.


Trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one option: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to save Serina. But this is easier said than done.... A traitor walks the halls of the palazzo, and deception lurks in every corner.


Meanwhile Serina is running out of time. Imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive, surrounded by women stronger than she is, one wrong move could cost her everything. There is no room for weakness on Mount Ruin, especially weaknesses of the heart.


Thrilling and captivating, Grace and Fury is a story of fierce sisterhood, and of survival in a world that's determined to break you.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316471411
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 55,095
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

An Army wife and mom, Tracy Banghart has an MA in Publishing and an unhealthy affection for cupcakes. Her quiet childhood led to a reading addiction, writing obsession, and several serious book boyfriends. She currently lives in Hawaii with her husband and young son, where there are a lot of volcanoes, none of which she's made her home.

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Grace and Fury 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I was blown away. The writing is amazing. The story is incredibly interesting. I could not be more impressed. Definitely recommended for fans of The Handmaids Tale.
Anonymous 3 months ago
I'm primed for more!
Ashley Darling 3 months ago
GRACE AND FURY by Tracy Banghart is a young adult fantasy novel told in alternating points of view, following sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro. The world reminds me of Renaissance Italy, with words like palazzo and gondola making appearances, and an island featured prominently in the story with a cataclysmic event akin to Mt. Vesuvius in ancient Pompeii. The sisters must navigate the patriarchal society where women are allowed to have only two jobs—in a factory or as a wife and mother—and cannot do anything without a man’s permission. Serina has been groomed all her life to become a Grace—a woman chosen by the royal monarch to live within the palace harem—so when she’s chosen to attend the Heir’s birthday ball, she believes her life is made. She’ll be able to provide for her family, allow her mother to retire from the textile factory, and give her family much needed wealth and rest. Nomi has hated the idea of her sister becoming a Grace since she was old enough to talk. She longs for a life of her choosing, but when Serina is chosen to attend the Heir’s ball, she thinks her life as she knows it—or as she dreamt it—is over. No longer can she dream of her own life with her own choices, but she must attend her sister at the palace. But when Nomi catches the Heir’s eye instead, and Serina takes the fall for Nomi’s dangerous secret, both of their worlds are forever changed. I adored this book. It’s a smaller novel at 320 pages, but it’s jam-packed with action and intrigue and survival. This isn’t Banghart’s first novel, and I hope it won’t be her last. I loved the setting and the world—grimy factory towns, gorgeous courts, splendid palaces, dangerous jungles, gritty jails. The places felt so real and realized, each lending a quality of grounded realness to the story. GRACE AND FURY tackles themes such as misogyny, patriarchy, sisterhood, and survival through the dual narrative. Though at first I thought I knew who was Grace and who was Fury, it turns out that the two sisters are not quite what they seem. You’ll have to read the book to find out, but I think you’ll be surprised at the reveal as well. If you loved books such as The Valiant, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Caraval, you’ll enjoy the political intrigue, the familiar setting, and the fierce sisterhood GRACE AND FURY has to offer.
Jolie 4 months ago
Grace and Fury is one of those books that caught me by surprise. I don’t get taken by surprise by books. I can usually see a plot twist coming a mile away. I can usually see when an author is foreshadowing. I can usually see who the bad guy is in the book. I can usually call who is going to die. But not in Grace and Fury. The author did a fantastic job at keeping me in the dark with everything I stated above. And I loved it!!! Grace and Fury starts off with Serina being chosen to go to Bellaqua to compete with other girls to become a Grace. Serina has worked her entire life to become a Grace. That dream is shattered when Serina’s younger sister, Nomi, is chosen instead. It is further shattered when Serina takes the blame for something that Nomi did. That something has Serina shipped off to a prison island. There she is forced to fight to the death for food. Back on the mainland, Nomi decides to embrace her role as a Grace. She does that with the hopes that she will get Serina off the island and back with her. But Nomi is soon caught up in a dangerous plot. A plot that could end everything that she has worked so hard for. I couldn’t believe the injustices that the women in that society endured. They weren’t allowed to go to school. They were dominated by the men in their lives. So, I loved it when Nomi bucked the rules. Learning to read was her way of thumbing her nose a the society that was keeping her down. Even as rebellious as she was, she was loyal to Serina. Using her position as a Grace, she did try to get her sister off that island. I was as surprised as she was when everything went down the way it did. I didn’t like Serina, at first. She had trained to be a Grace since she was a child and had no clue how the real world was. Being a Grace meant that her family would never go hungry. She also loved her sister. My turning from not liking her to liking her happened when she took the fall for Nomi. She could have taken Nomi down with her. And when she got to the island. Instead of having a breakdown, she did what she had to do to survive. There are several twists and turns in the plotline. I wasn’t ready for any of them. I thought that this was going to be one of those typical YA fantasy book that would be heavy on the romance and teen angst but would have no twists. Yeah, I was wrong. This book had more twists than a mountain road. The fantasy angle of the book was fantastic. Set in an Italian-like country, the author did fantastic world building. The world was 3D, as was the character. The YA angle I didn’t feel. Yes, Serina and Nomi were in their late teens but it didn’t read like it. If I didn’t know their ages, I would have placed Serina in her mid 20’s and Nomi as the teenager. This book also didn’t have much angst that most YA books. Which was refreshing. I do want to touch upon the amazing girl power vibe that was going on in this book. It was fantastic and I loved it!!! The end of Grace and Fury was insane. Everything happened at once. I was surprised at what happened with Nomi. Very surprised. Surprised to the point that I had to wake up BK and tell him about it. He wasn’t impressed…lol. I will say that the book ends on a bit of a cliffhanger. Which means that I need to read book 2 when it comes out.
taramichelle 4 months ago
Rating: 4.5 stars Grace and Fury exceeded my expectations. I ended up reading it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Except for that killer cliffhanger, it was one of my favorite YA books that I've read lately. Full of feminism, action, and suspense, Grace and Fury is ultimately a story about finding your inner strength and standing up for your beliefs. Both Serina and Nomi were such beautifully developed, flawed, and well-written characters. Additionally, I loved that Banghart wrote characters who defy the YA fantasy heroine stereotypes. Banghart has her characters struggle in the roles they are least suited for rather than having them succeed in situations suited to their nature. Unsurprisingly, they occassionally failed. Both Serina and Nomi were pushed out of their comfort zones and subsequently forced to find their inner strength to survive. Overall, their character growth was stellar. The plot was dark, twisty, and full of danger. I loved that I wasn't 100% sure of where the author would take the story next. This is no fairytale. The world in Grace and Fury reminded me a bit of The Handmaiden's Tale, albeit a YA version. Of note, many of the laws and standards dictating what women could do in this world have real-life historical counterparts. Grace and Fury explores messages of feminism, self-discovery, and sisterhood. It also focuses on the power of family, both biological and found. There's bloodshed and violence, particularly against women. But, ultimately, there's also hope. Grace and Fury was an interesting, thought-provoking debut book with excellent characters and an engrossing plot. I will definitely be picking up the sequel, I can’t wait to see where Banghart will take the story next. I would recommend to YA fans who are looking for a feminist story with powerful women. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
taramichelle 4 months ago
Rating: 4.5 stars Grace and Fury exceeded my expectations. I ended up reading it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Except for that killer cliffhanger, it was one of my favorite YA books that I've read lately. Full of feminism, action, and suspense, Grace and Fury is ultimately a story about finding your inner strength and standing up for your beliefs. Both Serina and Nomi were such beautifully developed, flawed, and well-written characters. Additionally, I loved that Banghart wrote characters who defy the YA fantasy heroine stereotypes. Banghart has her characters struggle in the roles they are least suited for rather than having them succeed in situations suited to their nature. Unsurprisingly, they occassionally failed. Both Serina and Nomi were pushed out of their comfort zones and subsequently forced to find their inner strength to survive. Overall, their character growth was stellar. The plot was dark, twisty, and full of danger. I loved that I wasn't 100% sure of where the author would take the story next. This is no fairytale. The world in Grace and Fury reminded me a bit of The Handmaiden's Tale, albeit a YA version. Of note, many of the laws and standards dictating what women could do in this world have real-life historical counterparts. Grace and Fury explores messages of feminism, self-discovery, and sisterhood. It also focuses on the power of family, both biological and found. There's bloodshed and violence, particularly against women. But, ultimately, there's also hope. Grace and Fury was an interesting, thought-provoking debut book with excellent characters and an engrossing plot. I will definitely be picking up the sequel, I can’t wait to see where Banghart will take the story next. I would recommend to YA fans who are looking for a feminist story with powerful women. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Arys 4 months ago
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart is a story set in a world where women and girls have no rights. Serina has been groomed and coached to be the perfect Grace for the heir. To stand by his side and be his, or at least one of his. Serina's sister Nomi is to be her handmaiden and really wants nothing to do with the world that has set so many limits on those like her. In a twist the heir chooses Nomi and Serina ends up imprisoned for a crime Nomi commits. Now each must fulfill the role that the other had intended in order to save them both. This is a story that is kind of hard to explain without either giving too much away or doing a poor job. There are twists and turns, both expected and surprising. The characters of Serina and Nomi are both strong (fury) and graceful, as the need arises. As I was reading it, one page just kept following the other as the story drew me in. The characters were dynamic and complex and rose to every occasion. Overall I very much enjoyed Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart and how it created a story that while fantastic was just grounded enough to make it one that you can connect with more than you might otherwise think. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
onemused 4 months ago
"Grace and Fury" is a YA novel that combines "The Selection" with gladiators through the stories of two sisters. In this alternate world, women are subjugated and cannot learn to read or have any independence. The penalty is death or imprisonment if caught breaking the rules. Nomi and Serina are from one of the poorer districts, and Serina sees her role as a potential Grace as the way out of poverty and future problems for her whole family. Graces are like a harem for the ruler, and every 3 years, the ruler picks 3 Graces which will stay in the palace and be taken care of for the rest of the ruler's life. This year, the new heir will choose his first 3 Graces- and one of them might end up being the mother of the future ruler. Serina is excited to be chosen as a potential Grace, being the representative from her district. Nomi will be accompanying her as a handmaiden, but she's not really very enthusiastic about it. Serina tries to protect her as best she can, but Nomi is headstrong and unafraid of the potential consequences for her behaviors. In a twist of events, Nomi is chosen as a Grace and Serina is sent to a prison island, where women are forced to fight to the death for food and rations. While I was intrigued by the premise, it felt very slow and I had a hard time getting into it. The first half of the book was setting up their new realities. Serina was understandable- she's compassionate and protective of her family. Nomi was selfish and a bit of a brat. Eventually, she is forced to begin to grow up a little, but it felt like she just kept getting the golden treatment despite her missteps. There is quite a bit of character growth for both of them by the end of the book. Overall, I found it OK- I couldn't get into Nomi's story very well and I felt that it was much slower than I like. The premise is interesting, and it would be interesting to see how it develops in future books. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.