Monday, July 8, 2019

Queen of Ruin (Grace and Fury, #2) by Tracy Banghart
[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the Queen of Ruin blog tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. I'm really happy to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Title: QUEEN OF RUIN (Grace and Fury #2)
Author: Tracy Banghart
Pub. Date: July 2, 2019
Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD

A fierce sequel full of sisterhood, heart pounding action, betrayal, and intrigue in the royal court in a series that "breathes new life into the feminist story of oppression and resistance" (Publisher's Weekly).

Banished by Asa at the end of Grace and Fury, Nomi and Malachi find themselves powerless and headed towards their all-but-certain deaths. Now that Asa sits on the throne, he will stop at nothing to make sure Malachi never sets foot in the palace again. Their only hope is to find Nomi's sister, Serina, on the prison island of Mount Ruin. But when Nomi and Malachi arrive, it is not the island of conquered, broken women that they expected. It is an island in the grip of revolution, and Serina--polite, submissive Serina--is its leader.

Betrayal, grief, and violence have changed both sisters, and the women of Mount Ruin have their sights set on revenge beyond the confines of their island prison. They plan to sweep across the entire kingdom, issuing in a new age of freedom for all. But first they'll have to get rid of Asa, and only Nomi knows how.

Separated once again, this time by choice, Nomi and Serina must forge their own paths as they aim to tear down the world they know, and build something better in its place.

The stakes are higher and the battles bolder in Tracy Banghart's unputdownable sequel to Grace and Fury.

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I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

Queen of Ruin was a gripping read that I never wanted to put down! I even forgive Banghart for the cliffhanger she left us with at the end of Grace and Fury. This book was epic, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

The characters are fantastic! We clearly see growth from one book to the next, but they keep improving as the story progresses. They're all fighting for something they believe in, and I felt like everyone had a role to play. It was fun watching them interact with each other in their new surroundings, and even the secondary characters found a place in my heart. There were no meaningless deaths in this one. Everyone mattered. Every life meant something. 

The story was deliciously unexpected! I had no idea what would happen next, and I absolutely loved it. It was hard to anticipate what each individual character would do, so I stopped trying and just enjoyed the story for what it was. Queen of Ruin took me on a roller coaster of emotions, and I'm still processing how everything made me feel. 

Additionally, I love the relationship between Nomi and Serina. They're sisters that truly care about each other, and they both want to make a difference in their world. They might not always agree, but the love is there. They're also not constantly trying to save each other, which was nice. They were able to stand on their own two feet and work together to accomplish a similar goal.

It's been awhile since I read the first book, but I had no trouble falling back into this world with these characters. It was like I never left, which is an amazing accomplishment for an author. She didn't have to regurgitate information at the beginning, just continued her story in a way that made me remember what had happened previously. Banghart has serious skills! 

I would definitely recommend this series! There's a big Girl Power vibe that I enjoyed, but it's also about family and fighting for what's right.

About Tracy: 

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, son, cat, and sweet pupper Scrabble. She wrote Grace and Fury while living in Hawaii. 

Giveaway Details: 
3 winners will receive a finished copy of QUEEN OF RUIN, US Only. 


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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

7/1/2019- Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews- Review
7/2/2019- PopTheButterfly Reads- Review
7/3/2019- Jena Brown Writes- Review
7/4/2019- What A Nerd Girl Says- Review
7/5/2019- It Starts at Midnight- Review

Week Two:
7/8/2019- Do You Dog-ear?- Review
7/9/2019- A Gingerly Review- Review
7/10/2019- Smada's Book Smack- Review
7/11/2019- Starlight-Reads- Review
7/12/2019- Books Coffee and Repeat- Review

18 comments:

  1. I love when a book makes me feel strongly and when I'm able to stop anticipating what'll happen next and just enjoy the story. I also like how it features a strong sisterly relationship. I haven't read the first book yet; I'll have to check out this series!

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    1. It's a world where women aren't allowed an education, because the male population doesn't want them to learn or develop their own thoughts. They want to keep women under their thumbs, and anyone attempting to go against the flow is exiled to an island where they have to literally fight to survive. It's a very interesting concept!

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  2. Wow! I can tell how much you love this series and your excitement seems infectious. Wonderful review. I've not really considered reading these but now I might!

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    1. I had a few issues with the first book, but nothing too serious. Mostly, I didn't like one of the sisters, but her actions were understandable. She was thrown into an unfamiliar world, with unrealistic expectations, and she was worried about her sister's safety. However, everything is entirely her fault. It's an interesting take on humanity!

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  3. This does sound fun and I do love a good book full of girl power!

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    1. Did you read the first book? I had a few quibbles, but enjoyed it overall! I thought one of the sisters was a little too naïve, but it fits the story. She really grows as a person and learns to see the world for what it is -- cruel and unforgiving. I think it's one you'd like!

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  4. yay I did not know about it but it looks good!

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    1. It's a duology, and a really good one! :)

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  5. I'm glad to hear that you liked it so much. I haven't read this author.

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    1. She's fantastic! The world is gruesome and doesn't favor women, but these sisters aim to change that. In the past, strong and independent women have been sent to an island to fight for their lives, and now they're fighting back.

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  6. Good to know that you were able to jump back into this even though it had been a while since you'd read the first book. I really enjoyed the first one!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. If you enjoyed the first book, I think you'll really like this one! It's the same amazing characters, but now they have something solid to work towards. We see them becoming strong women willing to fight for a better future. I loved seeing them embrace their new circumstances and friendships!

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  7. I love the covers of these novels. The novels sound intriguing and I look forward to reading this series.

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    1. The covers make me think of Reign... the CW show? Is it still a show? I think I watched the first two seasons, but then stopped. I hope you have a chance to read this series soon! :)

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  8. Great cover. Sounds terrific. Thanks.

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  9. Grace and Fury has been on my TBR and now you've made me want to pick it up , STAT! Is this a duology? Or are there more books coming?

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    1. It's a duology! I really like where the author left things, too. Hopefully you'll have a chance to read the first one soon! However, you're going to want to start the second immediately after. The cliffhanger is brutal. ;)

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