Graceling

3236307Summary: 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.

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.

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Review: 5 stars

This is a book that I’ve wanted to read for a long time now. When I saw it at the used book sale I scooped it up right away. Once again I found myself hopeful that this one would live up to the hype, as a lot of books I have read lately haven’t. I’ve heard such great things about this series, so I had to give it a shot.

I could not be crazier about a book. It started off kind of slow and to be honest I almost set it down. But the slow start was what really developed the characters. When it picked up at the start of part two I found myself completely hooked. This plot is truly a masterpiece. I found myself in awe of Kristin Cashore. It not only lived up to the hype, but exceeded it. This book is as great as everyone says it is, if not better.

The length of the novel is perfect, because it takes the time to develop the characters and make you emotionally invested in them. The plot weaves through this novel and surprises you with its twists. The pacing may be a little slow in the beginning, but it works for the story.

Katana, Po and Bitterblue are characters that I grew to love. I am so happy that there is more to their stories because I am SO not ready to say goodbye to these characters. Their adventures are not over and I can not wait to see the rest of this series unfold. 

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