Date Published: July 31, 2018
Published By: Little Brown Books for young Readers
Edition Read: e-arc
Dates Read: 6/25/18-7/2/18
Goodreads Synopsis: In a world where women have no rights, sisters Serina and Nomi Tessaro face two very different fates: one in the palace, the other in prison.
Serina 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. But when her headstrong and rebellious younger sister, Nomi, catches the heir’s eye, it’s Serina who takes the fall for the dangerous secret that Nomi has been hiding.
Now trapped in a life she never wanted, Nomi has only one way to save Serina: surrender to her role as a Grace until she can use her position to release her sister. This is easier said than done. A traitor walks the halls of the palace, and deception lurks in every corner. But Serina is running out of time, imprisoned on an island where she must fight to the death to survive and one wrong move could cost her everything.
My Thoughts: I received an early copy of this via Netgalley.
This book exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed this so much more than I thought I was going to. The last half of the book was so intense. I was shocked at the plot twist because I really didn’t see it coming. I really hope there is a sequel because I need to know what happens next and see what is next for these characters. I feel like both sisters grew so much even though the story didn’t take place over a huge amount of time. They were well developed and I liked them both equally. I like the fact that the entire time Nomi never once conformed to how women were “supposed to act” and eventually Serina gets to that point as well. I thought that the empowerment that the women in the book are trying to spread is so important. Us women gotta be strong! I highly recommend picking this up when it comes out later this month!