Saturday, August 27, 2011

Review: "Graceling" by Kristin Cashore

At first, I fell in love with this book from the cover alone. (Isn't it beautiful?) Then after a couple of friends' recommendations (thanks, Kat!), I knew I had to bump it up my TBR pile and I wasn't disappointed.

The Scoop: (Goodreads)

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.

My Take:

Katsa is definitely a kick-ass heroine from the beginning. I love her misunderstood and sometimes sassy character from the first page. (Yeah, she's killed some people with just her pinkie, but it wasn't her fault, it's just her Grace.)

My Grace is licking my hiney and digging holes to China.

Her inevitable romance with Prince Po is well played out (not too fast not too boring...) and his character is admirable as well.

He's clever and self-sufficient. He doesn't over-stalk Katsa and their relationship feels organic not contrived. I feel that many YA books have great heroines (which I love), but somewhat boring love interests, which makes me insane. I'm talking to you Caspian.)

I just turned up in this book to love you, baby. That's all. I'm stalker-ish and creepy, but I'm hot, so you'll love me anyway! 

The book was fast-paced with a couple of twists that I didn't see coming (you guys know I love a good twist!) You have to check this one out ASAP.

Final Verdict


  1. Indeed the cover's really gorgeous it's on my TBR pile as well thanks for sharing your thoughts I'm a new follower feel free to drop by

    Happy Weekend! ^_^

  2. I love this book! You definitely need to check out Fire and (whenever they decide to publish it) Bitterblue :)

  3. @kim I am following your beautiful blog. I will never forget you because you gave me my first comment ever about three weeks ago! Must be a good sign that you came back!

    @Anna - I have been putting off Fire because I hear it's not about Katsa and Po (stupid reason, I know) I'm sure I'll love it too, I just was a little bummed not to read more about those two :( Now, Bitterblue...I can't wait!


  4. *Spoiler alert* The captions under those photos are LOL-funny! I agree that Graceling was a fantastic read, but I didn't like the way it ended - it seemed like all the progress made in the romantic subplot built up for nothing because they ended up going their separate ways, and then the sequel isn't even about them... I totally agree with your hesitation at jumping on Fire right away - same setting does not equal a sequel the way same characters does, and I rarely follow a series with "sequels" like that, unless I'm in love with the author - and it takes a lot more for an author to get me to track his/her other novels down for love of the author rather than tracking a true sequel down because for love of a story I want to see continued.



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