Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Review: Graceling: Kristin Cashore

Graceling: Kristin Cashore
Synopsis: 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.

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.
   I don't particularly like this cover. It reminds me of a bible. But I do like the cover for the other edition with the girl on a mountain. It's so pretty.
My Review:
       WOW WOW WOW. What an amazing book! I really loved it and it was incredible. This is definitely a must read and you shouldn’t waste time and buy this book ASAP!!!! I think this has been one of my favorite read so far in this year. That’s saying a lot considering I read Matched & Nightshade over the weekend and I still think this to be better book! I read this book in one sitting and it was awesome I would totally read it again!
      I loved so many things about this book that it really is hard to summarize. Our heroine Katsa is so awesome. She had been graced to kill! She is the perfect mixture of Rose from Vampire Academy & Katnis from Hunger Games. She is as strong, deadly, snarky as Rose and compassionate and smart as Katnis.  She seriously is kick ass and so good to read about. Oh and the male lead Po (don’t care too much for the name) SWOON WORTHY. I mean he has one eye that is gold & one that is silver. I know weird but you will totally get it when you read the book. He is strong but not afraid of Katsa’s strength and individuality. But he’s so strong and attuned to so many things.  Oh and when these two practice fights man oh man is there good tension between them. I caught myself giggling with joy and having to catch my breath.

      This book was also about self discovery within the characters. I loved reading about Katsa’s fears because it made her more real. She always felt herself a monster and thanks to Po she has discovered many things! I love her cousin Raffin. He was so sweet and I couldn’t get enough of him. I loved when Katsa’s asked him if she was in love with him and he just bursted out laughing. Bitterblue is so cute. With everything that she went through, she was still strong and helpful. Amazing characters that you will love!

      Generally I don’t like books that are like journey like or adventure, this book made me change my mind! For example I was annoyed throughout the iron fey series because I always felt they were traveling and never getting anywhere and being held back by disruptions or mistakes. NOT THIS BOOK! They had such great characters and I just loved it. If there were one thing I would change about this book, it would be the names of the characters because they were weird and sometimes heard to remember. I mean one princess was called Bitterblue. I know weird but I got use to it. This book did not lag at all it was so fast paced, quick to read and so exciting,

      There was one hope that was crushed that I wish would happen. I thought as Katsa took care of Bitterblue she would recognize that she wanted a future with kids. But I guess it really wouldn’t have been part of her character but hey a girl can hope.  I also hope she would live in Lienid but I guess training girls those girls are more true to her nature and would help her out so much.
Overall a fantastical MUST read. Such a good romance, adventure, and other good things. I can’t stress it enough for you to read this book!


  1. I need to order this one. I've heard so many great things about it .. Glad you loved it !! =)

  2. Awesomeness! I saw this book at my bookstore several times but I never thought of picking it up until now. :D Awesome Review Melissa! :D