Friday, July 6, 2012

Book Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by: Kristin Cashore

Release Date: October 1, 2008
from Harcourt
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"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."

My Thoughts:

This book has been on my to read list for a while now. I finally decided to pick it up and now I am mad at myself for waiting so long to read this book. It has everything fans of the fantasy genre could ask for. The simple idea of being Graced with certain gifts was intriguing and I liked that everyone's gift was unique. 

Katsa is a wonderful heroine. She takes nothing from no one and is capable of taking care of herself. Heck, she could probably take care of a lot of other people as well. Her personality reminded me a bit of Katniss Everdeen and well I love Katniss so I took an immediate liking to Katsa. I always love strong heroines, and Katsa was stronger than most. 

Po was another wonderful character. I truly liked him from the moment he was introduced. He was strong but still humble. It never bothered him that Katsa could kill him if she really wanted to, and this is something that would bother most guys. He may not be in the category of my favorite heroes, but he is definitely easy to love and great to read about. 

One thing I simply found cool was that Gracelings had two different color eyes. I don't know why, but I really liked this. It really isn't that important to the story but now I kinda want to walk around with one colored contact. On a more serious note, I also enjoyed the writing. Kristin Cashore is a wonderful writer and her writing style will captivate you from beginning to end. Also, no love triangle, so that was a wonderful thing. 

While I really liked this book, I am not sure how I feel about the end. It was a good ending and I was happy, but I also felt it was a bit bittersweet and I am not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because I wanted to see certain events carried out or simply because I wasn't ready to let the characters go. Whatever the reasoning, I was kinda sad when I finished the book and was left feeling like there should be a little bit more. 

All in all this is the perfect book for fans of the fantasy genre or for people who are fans of The Hunger Games. This is the kind of book that keeps you up all night reading and when you finish you will be left wanting much more. 


  1. I had this book in my hands just a few days ago, and then put it back... I couldn't decide if I wanted to read it or not.
    But, thanks to your review, I'm going back and buying it! But now, I'm worried about the end.. ha ha

    You're review was amazing!!


    1. It is so good, and the end isn't bad. I just think I want more... if that makes any sense

    2. Yeah, I understand that feeling. :)
      I will definitely pick it up!

      Thank you!!

  2. I had this on my TBR list for a while too. Still havent read it yet, but I will after reading your review. Thanks for reviewing it and sharing.

  3. Great review! I am currently reading this book so I'm glad you didn't give away the ending! I too like strong heroines and like that Katsa is so fierce and still kind to those who are not as strong. I loved the Hunger Games series so am happy to see more characters like Katniss! I'm curious to see if I feel the same way about the ending that you did. Time will tell!

    Suz Reads

  4. I need to give this a go after reading and loving Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Shadow and Bone (two fantasies I highly recommend). :)

    1. I adored Shadow and Bone and I need to get to Daughter of Smoke and Bone soon. It has been on my list forever now. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. I think this is the first book that we don't have the same opinion about! :) I like the idea of this whole book, but some things were bad. It's hard to explain but I couldn't enjoy this book as much as I wanted. I'm happy that you could! :)


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