Friday, August 2, 2013

Book Review: Graceling

Title: Graceling

Author: Kristin Cashore

Category: Young Adult, Fantasy

 Summary: "In a world where people born with an extreme skill—called a Grace—are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is 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."

Favorite quote:   "Wildcat, no one can control you." (or something like that, I have the book back)

The review: As you might could tell from my favorite quote, the writing didn't leave a profound impact on me.  While the world itself was of incredible build and the idea of the Graced was awesome, some points didn't get as flushed as they should.  The big "reveal" doesn't suck your breath away and even the villain's villainous act is kinda "meh, okay?"  The logic for LI to be immune to villain's Grace made no sense to me.  I did love Po.  He may not have been MC but he's definitely mine. 

Would I recommend this book for read: Actually, yes.  The world and idea of the Graced is so cool that it would be interesting to share the idea of these with others.  But, I've heard Fire is stand-alone so I'll read that and tell you if I'd point people to one or both.


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