Grace and Fury
Grace and Fury

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Series: Grace and Fury Vol. 1   

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Annotation: In an alternate world where women have no rights, two sisters face very different fates after an attempt to win the favor of the heir to the throne--one in the palace, the other on a volcanic prison island.
Catalog Number: #155760
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 311 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-47141-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-0484-X
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-47141-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-0484-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017043582
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
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 is should find an audience.
Horn Book
Women have no rights in Viridia. Nonetheless, Serina dreams of serving as a "Grace" (concubine) in the Superior's court. Her sister Nomi is unexpectedly chosen instead, and Serina is banished to an island, surrounded by violence, danger, and death. Chapters alternate between the sisters' perspectives as they dream of reuniting. Some underdeveloped characters and predictable plot twists blunt the novel's power.
Publishers Weekly
Serina Tessaro has trained her entire life to be a Grace, chosen by the heir to the throne of Viridia to be held as -the highest standard of beauty, elegance, and obedience. What all little girls were meant to aspire to.- Her sister Nomi, two years younger, has reluctantly trained to be her handmaiden. Being selected as a Grace is the only way Serina and Nomi can escape a life of drudgery. Shockingly, Nomi is chosen as a Grace, leaving Serina to take the fall for Nomi-s thievery from the palace library. Desperate to find allies and locate Serina, Nomi uncovers a little-known truth about the history of their world and its subjugation of women. Meanwhile, Serina must find a way to survive Mount Ruin, a dangerous prison where women are forced to compete in death matches. Though Banghart-s debut may seem familiar, she breathes new life into this feminist story of oppression and resistance. The sisters, whose personalities seem predictable at first, shift and grow, adding depth to each character. Fans of Keira Cass and Marie Rutkoski will be drawn to this absorbing story and left eager for another installment. Ages 14-up. Agents: Joelle Hobeika and Eliza Swift, Alloy Entertainment. (July)
Word Count: 75,029
Reading Level: 5.2
Interest Level: 9-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.2 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 510681 / grade: Upper Grades

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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