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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review: Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 471 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; First Edition edition (October 1, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 015206396X
ISBN-13: 978-0152063962
Buy the Book: Amazon
Buy the audio: Graceling from audible
Visit the site: kristincashore.blogspot
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
Kristin Cashore is a very good writer, with an explosive imagination. If you've read my reviews in the past, you know how I love a good kick-butt female lead role. Well Katsa is going on that list, pretty much close to the top! Katsa was a great lead character in Graceling and I'm sure Cashore had a lot of fun creating her character. Andye told me to read Graceling, because it's one of her favorite books. Andye gushes and gushes until I give in a say... YES! I liked Graceling, I enjoyed reading it. However, I didn't absolutely love it like Andye. Let me just say, that I got some heat from a few Twitter followers, because I didn't love Graceling. But C'mon now, just because I only liked it doesn't make me crazzzzy!

Katsa was a great character, as I've already pointed out. Po was wonderful, but it took me a while to fall for him. It was Bitterblue that stole my heart. She was so small and sweet. Brave but terrified. Quiet yet bold. Bitterblue was the center of my attention. As for Katsa and Po, I just felt like (at first) Katsa could be quite a bully. Po never could really tell her how he felt because she might rip his head off. She punched him square in the jaw, at one point, and I wanted to strangle her. Katsa had to grow on me, I started to like her when I saw how much she cared for Bitterblue. Katsa actually had a caring/sensitive side to her. She would have given her life to make sure Bitterblue was safe! She almost did at some points in the book. Katsa's courage alone was worth reading this book for. Po was a breath of fresh air to read about. He was caring, sensitive and funny. I just wished he would of stood up more to Katsa, but then again he might would have lost his life. In the end Katsa and Po were perfect together. The struggles and accomplishments that both of them went through together and apart was comforting to read about. I was very pleased with the end.

Graceling was set in a very adventurous world. Full of action, adventure, romance and one very evil King. A world with kingdoms and castles, ships that sail across the ocean, Kings and Queens, Prince and Princesses. I would definitely recommend reading Graceling, just so you can go on and read it's companion Fire and then Bitterblue! Andye says that I will most likely love Fire, (companion to Graceling) so we will see. I'll let you know the outcome soon!

~ Amy

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  1. This is on my bedside table. Mostly, because Andye insists it stay there until I read it. Which I shall. VERY soon!

  2. Thanks for the review, I bought the book last year and still have not had time to read it.

  3. Baha. I really liked this one but it wasn't an "OMG T HIS IS THE BEST BOOK EEEEVR I WANT TO HAVE BABIES WITH IT" book like most of the other fans >.< I haven't read Fire yet though but I kind of look forward to BItterblue more since she was a great character.

    Xpresso Reads

  4. Thanks for your review! This looks like something that I need to add to my TBR pile. I just can't believe that someone would give you heat for your own opinions. Keep up the great reviews!

  5. I still have yet to read this one but I'm sure Andye pushed this book at you since she was so excited about book three.
    I'm glad you gave this one a chance and I think it is perfectly acceptable to just like a book vs loving it just because everyone else loves it. I personally only like TMI series even though everyone is in love with it and gives me crap about it.

    I think it is a good thing that you still wrote down what you think about the book and it is cool to sometimes be the opposing voice. :)

    Thanks for the great review!

  6. No it doesn't make you crazy if you only LIKED it, everyone reacts differently to different books. I'm not a fan of the TMI series or Delirium or Matched, but each to their own yeah?
    I'm with Andye, I think you'll really like Fire (the book and the character). And I didn't love Po instantly either (he made me laugh a lot though) but the guy you'll meet in Fire? *sigh* Let me know how you feel towards him ;)


      Ok, fine, I guess not. It's actually probably what makes us such good friends. She's a Fire girl and I'm a Graceling girl!

      YES BRIGAN!!!

  7. I much preferred Graceling to Fire but I'm also super psyched for Bitterblue because she was such a great character in this book.

    1. I did too!! And Bitterblue was so goo, but really different from both the other two books!


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