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Grace and Fury

(Grace and Fury #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  10,803 ratings  ·  2,432 reviews
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 li
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
This book wasn't awful, but it was rushed and weird. The characters are stereotypical and dull. The plot is rushed and forced. There is zero depth to this book.

There's this world about which we know nothing in which women are chattel. They have no rights. They're not allowed to learn to read or write. They're limited to being wives, factory workers, servants, or Graces. A Grace is their king (the Superior)'s concubine, and three of them are chosen every year.

So you have the beautiful and perfect
Chelsea Humphrey
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publisher
"For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet... And who stood up anyway."

It felt highly fitting to use the author's initial dedication to highlight the overall theme of Grace and Fury rather than a quote from the ARC, because GIRL POWER DUH. Seriously, this is feminist, Italian-inspired fantasy full of court intrigue, the bonds of family (both blood and chosen), and fighting for what is right and good in this world. We've encountered SO many YA fantasies featured in made up worlds

ARC provided by Little, Brown in exchange for an honest review.

“Serina and Nomi were like any other daughters in the cold, industrial town of Lanos. But Serina had her beauty. And Nomi had her secret.”

I didn’t know much about this book going in. I didn’t even read the synopsis. I only requested from NetGalley because a few of my best friends wanted to buddy read it with me. But I went into this story expecting nothing. And as I began reading, I was enjoying, but I wasn’t expecting an
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
”It isn’t a choice when you don’t have the freedom to say no. A yes doesn’t mean the same thing when it’s the only answer you’re allowed!”

Okay, I’m going to be blunt here. This book was:

35% Red Queen
30% V Games
25% The Selection
10% VOX

If you read all of those books you’ll either:

a.) Love the book because you’re a hardcore YA fan and there’s nothing better than to read all your fave YA books and tropes mashed up into one.
b.) Hate the book because you’re a hardcore YA fan and there’s nothing worse
you know i love a good story about women supporting women. the book begins with the dedication ‘for every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet… and who stood up anyway.’ and i knew it was going to be a decent feminist tale.

i really enjoyed seeing how both serina and nomi came to terms with their positions, even when it was the opposite of everything they ever wanted, and grew because of it. their strength to persevere is definitely the highlight of the story for me.

as far as critiq
C.G. Drews
Ohhh I am HERE for these plot twists! I can't even say how hard it is to find books that surprise me these days. (I read too much ok and I cannot stop.) And this had not one, but TWO, twists that had me smiling rather deviously. I mean, it's not a shock-your-socks-off twist but the kinds that make me go "Omgggg yes that is clever." HEART EYES.

It's also a huge love letter to women who refuse to be oppressed. And I adore that. I actually avoid books where the theme is "women are just objects to be
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Totally addictive fantasy read. I loved both of these Main characters so much, and admired their strength through such hardships. Wish I didn’t have to wait so long for book two haha.

P.S. I just read this for the second time and loved it even more than the first. It’s a really great story of survival, feminism and family (both by blood and found family). Love!
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This book has been fairly hyped lately, mainly for its claims as a staunchly feminist YA fantasy. You guys already know I’m here for all the feminist reads, so I was pretty excited to pick this one up. When it comes to ARCs, I usually like to go in without knowing much about the story in advance, but a lot of my friends posted reviews for this book over the last week or so, so I had to peek—and found that I ended up agreeing with almost all of them.

“You must be as strong as this prison, as s
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I keep getting rude comments on my reviews of CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE and GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE low-key implying that I hold white cis-het YA to different standards than I do LGBT+ YA or YA about PoCs. Now, I'm 99.9% sure I'm not a bigot, although that's probably not very convincing because bigots, like the spouses of cheaters, are often the last to know. But also, I consider myself an equal opportunity hater. Case in point, GRACE A
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I'm just picking the real cover because I got two different covers from Fairyloot and Owlcrate and they are in the trade in box! And yes, the same book in the same month! Sigh! I might add the box pics later!

I told myself that after cancer treatment I wasn't going to waste time on books I'm not liking! I'm gonna start DNF'ing cuz time is short.

I'm happy for my friends that loved this and I'm glad I'm not the only one of my friends that didn't like it!!!

I reckon that's all folks. I just can't
*cinematic jaw-drop* Omg?????? Omg!!!!!!!! What just happened?????? What. In. The. Hell. Just. Happened??? I fucking adored this book and omg. I can’t function rn. What the fuckkkkkkkk!
Review to come while I try to recover from that wild cliffhanger ending...


"You must be as strong as this prison, as strong as the stone and ocean that hems you in. You are brick and barbed wire. You are iron."

The Selection meets The Hunger
#BookTubeAthon Day 7, Book 6.
Challenge: Read a book with a beautiful spine.

I liked the overall message of this book. About women standing up for their rights and coming together whilst doing so.

The plot, however, felt flimsy to me. It’s only 310 pages, but I’m so tired of some of these books not having a concrete first book where the foundation is laid out properly, then built upon.

We barely knew much of the world where these women had their rights taken away.

It’s supposed to be a fantasy, y
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4.5 stars!

“For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet... And who stood up anyway.”

You know, I must be reading a different book from everyone else. Because while everyone hated this book, I ended up friggin loving it!! And I almost let a huge amount of negative reviews scare me away. I am so glad I gave this book a shot. Thanks Owlcrate! Would have never discovered it otherwise.

Grace and Fury is basically The Hunger Games meets The Handmaid's Tale. In a dystopian fantasy wor
Grace and Fury is a feminist fantasy that draws similarities to The Selection, The Belles, The Handmaid's Tale, Red Queen, and even The Valiant.

Set in a world where women don't have any rights, you are either a factory worker, servant, or you get married. It's even illegal for women to read. It's awful and infuriating. I wish we got more background as to how the world got to be this way. The world building is lacking a bit.

The one thing that can save you from an awful future, at least in S
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-4
This was a short, fast-paced read that almost felt like a novella in the way it flew by. In a fantasy world where women have no rights, cannot be taught to read, and have no options in life other than factory work, bearing children, or if you’re one of the “fortunate” being chosen as a “Grace” one of the King’s basically concubines, being a girl basically sucks. One sister has been trained for this position her entire life in the hopes she will be chosen. Her rebellious younger sister has been r ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads, arc
"For every woman who has been told to sit down and be quiet... And who stood up anyway."

This is the first novel in a new feminist fantasy series, so of course I was so excited to read this book! Unfortunately I was a little disappointed. I did really enjoy reading it, but I did have a few problems. My main problems were with the writing style (a little too simplistic for my personal taste), and I didn't feel super invested in the story/any of the characters. I enjoyed reading about them, but did
Faith M ✨
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feminists and fans of The Selection, Maze Runner, Throne of Glass, and The Hunger Games
I received this eARC from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of this book in any way.

I'm so unbelievably shook.

"It isn't a choice when you don't have the freedom to say no. A yes doesn't mean the same thing when it's the only answer you're allowed!"

Obligatory Summary

So, this is a hard book to really nail down. It's not fantasy, but it's not science fiction either, and it's not contemporary or historical fiction
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grace and Fury by Tracy Banghart is the first book of the young adult fantasy Grace and Fury series. So yes, being the first book of a fantasy story this one will leave you with a cliffhanger to lead into the later books for the series. 

I normally find the advertising descriptions in blurbs really far off the mark and wonder what they were thinking comparing one book to another but with this one I really can see the books mentioned, The Selection, Caravel and The Handmaid's Tale. It's as if the
• Lindsey Dahling •
Okay. I did it. I finally finished. I deserve an award for this amazing feat. I also need to make sure my insurance sends all bills to Grace & Fury’s publishing company for the corrective surgery that will roll my pupils back into forward position. Because...🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄

I think this book would’ve annoyed me less had there not been so much hype around it. I cracked the spine expecting this badass, pro-woman, smash-the patriarchy-hand-in-hand-with-men-but-not-like-Cersei-Lannister-in-the-season-6-fina
Grace and Fury is a wonderful mix of The Hunger Games and The Selection — In a world ruled by men, women are forbidden to read or even own books. Nomi Tessaro has rebelled and learned how to read from her brother, but she must keep it a secret. Serina chose not to break the law, knowing that her ultimate goal was to serve as a Grace to the Prince — a sort of wife/concubine role in the castle.

When Serina is chosen to compete to be one of the Prince’s Graces, her sister, Nomi, goes with her to ser
What a way to complete my reading challenge for 2018!

I am in love. I need the second book now.

I'm not going to lie, I kind of predicted a lot of it, but it had so many elements of what I love in books, and there was so much GIRL POWER!

10s 10s 10s across the board!

Full RTC

Update... I hate myself that I never reviewed this 😩
Umairah | Sereadipity
Grace and Fury was an incredibly slow paced book about a world where women have no rights and no voice. To be bluntly honest, I didn't enjoy it much.

2.5 stars
Plot: 2/5
Characters: 2.5/5
Writing: 4/5

The story revolved around two sisters- Serina and Nomi.


Ever since she was a child, Serina had been training to be a Grace to the heir to the throne. Her goal was to be the supposedly 'perfect model' of how a women should be: obedient, graceful, subservient and beautiful. Like an object
Bentley ★
Available to first 500 readers on Netgalley as of 5/8/18!

So glad I got a copy, can't wait to read it! I love fantasy with a strong feminist narrative.
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
This was like eating bland oatmeal.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just can't decide who was more stupid between these 2.
No character development (mentally). Things happened too fast. I just can't accept someone being good in fights only in 2 pages, I need to see and feel the proof.
Boring characters. Very superficial both "heroines".
I felt nothing while reading this book. 0-zero emotion.
I'm sure I'm not reading the next one. Done with this.
Sara Rebotim
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was the first book I read of this author and I love it, it’s a 5 star for me , it was an easy reading and a very engaging story ! I love story’s about bravery and survival specially if is a girl or woman character. ☺️
Elizabeth Sagan
3,5 stars

I hated it in the beginning (the first 3-4 chapters), but it got good really fast. The last 10 chapters ended in plot twists, so I could barely lift my eyes from the pages. A nice and short read and I'm actually eager to read the sequel(s?).
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
✨4.5 stars✨
I really wasn’t expecting to love this book quite so much, and I’m so pleasantly surprised by how entirely captivated I was reading it. It’s not that I thought I wouldn’t like it, it's just that I couldn’t have predicted quite how much I truly do love it. This review will undoubtedly have spoilers sprinkled throughout so bewaaaaaare (nice one George, very well written).

Serina and Nomi are, at a first glance, complete opposites. Serina is on the road to becoming a Grace: Viridia’s per
Jill McGill
Girl Power!!!

First, I want to start by saying that I truly didn't think I would love this book as much as I did. I am so glad I picked this one up to read, I was completely captivated!

What would you do if you lived in a world where women had no rights? Well, sisters Serina and Nomi live in that world and face that fate every single day: one in a palace, the other one in prison.

Serina Tessaro has been groomed her entire life to become a Grace - the perfect woman that stands by the heir to the th
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Tracy Banghart grew up in rural Maryland and spent her summers on a remote island in northern Ontario. All of that isolation and lovely scenery gave her the time to read voraciously and the inspiration to write her own stories. Always a bit of a nomad, Tracy now travels the world Army-wife style with her husband, kids, and sweet puppers Scrabble and Gamer.

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