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Grace and fury
2018
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Summary
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.
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 9 Up-From a pageant of nine, Serina is selected to go to the capital city of Bellaqua to compete to become a Grace. Graces are the most beautiful women of Lanos, chosen to adorn the palace and produce children for the Superior and now the Heir. Serina has studied for this her entire life, while her sister Nomi has served their family and will continue as her sister's handmaiden. Elaborate descriptions of decor and dress set the scene for the twists that follow. When Nomi is selected as a Grace instead of Serina, the momentum builds. Nomi is thrust into a role for which she is unprepared; worse, Serina is accused of reading a book Nomi stole from the palazzo library. For women, reading is a capital offense, and Serina is banished to a ruined island where inmates must endure gladiator-style fights to survive. The sisters' parallel stories are told in alternating chapters as they suffer their separate forms of bondage. Banghart's prose is florid and engaging, and she expands the drama explosively: Nomi becomes a pawn in a deadly plot while Serina begins to build a coalition among the prisoners. A final twist may bring the sisters back together but under far more dangerous circumstances. Fans of "The Hunger Games" will appreciate the similar plotting in this first installment of a planned trilogy. VERDICT An easy hand-sell that will find a willing audience in those who have enjoyed Dhonielle Clayton's The Belles and Stephanie Garber's Caraval.-Janet S. Thompson, Chicago Public Library © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
The Handmaid's Tale gets a YA twist in this debut, which splits its focus between two sisters. In Viridia, there is no queen; the Superior has a harem of Graces, held up as examples of the ideal woman. Serina Tessaro has spent her life training to have the qualities of such a Grace: soft, demure, acquiescent. The Heir of Viridia has come of age, and if Serina is selected as one of his Graces, it could mean an easier life for her family. But it's her younger sister, Nomi, who is chosen. Nomi has always pushed the boundary of what women are allowed, even going so far as learning to read. When she makes a dangerous mistake, Serina takes the blame and is sent to a prison on a volcanic island where inmates fight to the death. Meanwhile, Nomi must learn to navigate the equally deadly political world she's suddenly alone in. The pace is quick, the ending promises a sequel, and the plot couldn't be more relevant. Buy an extra copy this should find an audience.--Reagan, Maggie Copyright 2018 Booklist
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