Author: Tracey Banghart
Series: Grace and Fury Book 1
Rating: ✶✶✶✶/5 stars
Book Blurb: 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.
I recently read this book and gave it 4 stars because it gripped my attention and didn’t let go. I didn’t want to be doing anything else while reading it and I “shushed” my husband when he dared speak as I was reading the last few chapters. I believe there were a few “OMG!”s in there too.
The characters were well done but they could have been a little more fleshed out. I would like to have learned about more of the sisters’s backstory. And the world building wasn’t great. I wasn’t sold on the reason why this world had treated women the way it did. It was a bit of a stretch.
But the stories of feminine solidarity, women standing up for women and standing up for themselves? Loved every word of it. I particularly enjoyed when a female character in danger was not saved by a male love interest but by another woman saying no more, defending her and standing by her. It was one of the highlights of the book for me.
The twist I saw coming a MILE away but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment.
The cliffhanger ensures I will be picking up the next book.
Overall, definite recommend.