Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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.

She never expects to fall in love with beautiful Prince Po.

She never expects to learn the truth behind her Grace—or the terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

This book… Is amazing.

Two weeks ago my friend (Emily) lent it to me, said that it seemed like a book I would like. She was dead on!

I’m not going to go very far into what it’s about, exactly. You can read that right up there. (Points.) ^ See? Up there ^ But this is my review of the book.

My favourite part were the characters. Give me a book with basically no plot, but as long as the characters are interesting, I will keep it dear to me! (Like the movie, Keith. Awesome movie. Not really a plot, but Keith is fascinating!)


Heehooheehooheehoo… Give me a moment.

Okay. The characters.

Po is my favourite, by far. He’s cocky, playful, strong, and very lovable. (laugh) I don’t know why all these girls want their own Edward Cullen… I’ll be waiting for my Prince Po! xD

But the characters were so believable. Sometimes I have a hard time believing that they’re not real. (;_;) (I found myself relating with Katsa -the protagonist-… A lot!)

Other than the characters, the books itself was quite exciting. Seriously, I had trouble putting it down… And keeping it down! (I don’t think my Algebra teacher was very happy with me…_)

The end of the book was so sad. (sniff)

*cough* Erm… The funniest part of the book! Whenever I think about it, I can’t help but smile (I kept laughing and laughing when I first read it). It was when Po and Katsa were riding their horses (to somewhere) and Katsa screamed his name… I will say no more than that. You just have to read the book to get it, really. (It was so funny!)

I could feel the emotions that I’m sure the characters were feeling. The delight when Katsa fought Po. The horror when she figured out someone’s secret… And the dread and anxiety when Katsa figured that there was something wrong with a certain prince (near the end).

I finished Graceling last night, and I was so sad when it ended. See, this is why I hate reading! They always end. >_< But as endings go, that was a pretty darn good one. Very emotional. Many emotions.

I convinced Holleigh to read it, so yay. ^^ Now, you! Go forth! Read!

(Oh! I just read on Kristen Cashore’s blog that the prequel (Fire) will be coming out this October… But better than that, the third book, Bitterblue (taking place a few years after Graceling) will have appearances of my favourite characters… Katsa and Po! (silent happy-scream))

(Holy crap, I wrote a lot! My apologies!)


Muse of Randomness said...

I have never heard of this book... I may go read it once I finish Inkdeath and The Vampire Lestat (which is on hiatus), since I feel like I need more favorite books.

Seventeen said...

I just started Inkheart today... It's pretty good. ^^
Have you read Maximum Ride?

Muse of Randomness said...

No, I feel like I've heard of it, though, somewhere in a magazine. Is it a book or a manga?

Seventeen said...

Both. Originally a book, but last year (or something) someone turned it into a manga (I'm not sure if it's read like manga, though... I forgot). I've read a few pages, and it's interesting, though I don't like the way Fang is draw. >_> He has really long hair... But he does look really manga-ish, so it's okay. :D


But anyway, it's a really good book series, you should read it. ^^

Donald said...

Are you kidding me!? They turned Maximum Ride into a manga!? Omg...I love Maximum Ride and I really love manga....I just didnt they would cross XD

Muse of Randomness said...

I think it was the manga I read about. I am gunna go look for that next time I visit a bookstore. Although that'll probably be some time. D: