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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Authors:Kristin Cashore
Info:Orlando, FL : Harcourt, 2008.
Collections:Your library, Reviewed
Tags:type: hardback, age: young adult, genre: fantasy, read 2009, read 2010, strong women, read 2011, read 2012, read 2014

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Graceling by Kristin Cashore

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    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (librarymeg, saltypepper)
    saltypepper: The heroines' voices are very similar, maybe due to their similar response to the awful circumstances they find themselves in.
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    Fire by Kristin Cashore (SheReads, Anonymous user)
    SheReads: Prequel to Graceling about different characters.
    Anonymous user: because you get the same different world paranormal thing and you get the romance and the good conquers evil
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    Aerrin99: Aerin and Katsa are both gifted women who struggle to find the line between respect and fear. Also, they kick butt.
    humouress: The way the heroines feel like outsiders because of their heritage is similar, as is the way the authors describe the way the heroines think.
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    espertus: Both Graceling and the Lioness quartet are stories of strong but vulnerable young women wanting to use their considerable powers for good and maintain their identity in the face of romance.
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    humouress: The way the heroines feel like outsiders because of their heritage is similar, as is the way the authors describe the way the heroines think.
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Just ok

I don't guess I knew what to expect with this book but for me it was just OK. The characters were sort of likable and the story was sort a clever but it did not draw me in like some other books. As a mom I wouldn't let my young teens read it due to the anti marriage sentiment. ( )
  cool-mom-e | May 7, 2016 |
"Oh this is dreadful. Whatever shall I do?" This was the line that ended the book for me. Flat characters and robotic dialogue weren't enough to sustain me for another 300 pages. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept, but not the execution. The book has gotten high marks on here, so I'm fully aware that it's just an issue of my own preference toward the book. ( )
  thetrevr | May 1, 2016 |
Yesterday I finished reading Graceling by Kristen Cashore and lets just say I absolutely loved it! At first I was a bit weary because as I have told you before fantasy and paranormal books are not my favourite I sometimes find them a bit childish sometimes. Graceling however, was fantastic!

This book really does show how fierce a woman can be and that no man should ever need to protect you. I love how strong willed Katsa is and how fiercely she can love without even knowing she is doing it.

I will definitely recommend this book to all of my friends and suggest my school library to get a copy. Everyone need to read this book. I give this book a 4.5/5.

full review on https://bloomingbookreviews.blogspot.ca ( )
  gracefranks25 | Apr 24, 2016 |
Graceling has everything a great fantasy novel should have: magic, intrigue, a quest, bad guys, etc. Though this novel appears large, it is fast-paced and enjoyable to read. Chapters are usually short which makes it easy to read just one more for the next four or five chapters.

The characters are phenomenal. Katsa spends as much time fighting as she does learning about herself. Po and his family bring many surprises to the table. I highly recommend this book. I am also looking forward to reading the sequel, because this first one seemed to end too quickly. ( )
  jennk | Mar 11, 2016 |
In the world of the seven kingdoms, gifted children known as Gracelings are prized--and feared. Marked by mismatched eyes, each Graceling has a specific and almost superhuman skill--excellence at baking, at swimming underwater, at dancing or fighting. At age 8, Graceling Katsa killed a man. Ever since, her uncle, King Randa, has used her as his enforcer and assassin. Despite her reputation as a mindless killer whose bloodlust is only held in check by her uncle, Katsa is growing increasingly uncomfortable with her missions. Randa and the other kings are so focused on power that they neglect their citizens. With her two fellow enforcers and the king's son Raffin, she creates the Council. Through small, grassroots oriented actions, the Council helps the citizens of all seven kingdoms learn how to keep themselves safe.
All this is background--the true plot begins when Katsa encounters the Leinid prince Po. He is a Graceling as well, and for the first time Katsa can let loose while fighting someone. From training together, they develop a close friendship. Together, they must discover the true plot behind the kidnapping of Po's grandfather.

This is not a perfect book. The writing is a bit clunky, particularly at first, and I don't think the Council was as rounded out as it could have been. Princess Bitterblue was unbelievably thoughtful and articulate for a 10 year old. The ending was a little rushed.
This was a really exciting, enthralling story. I found myself reading as quickly as possible, just to find out what happened next. I literally shouted out loud when Katsa *runs for days over mountains* with Bitterblue on her back, fighting mountain lions all the way. Although she seems like a cliche in the first few chapters, Katsa is far from it. She loves having superhuman physical powers, even though she is aware of how it sets her apart from an ordinary life. She refuses to be tied down--even after she falls in love, she maintains her stance against marriage and children (take THAT, Tamora Pierce!). The characters aren't stupid, either. I realized who the villain of the story was only a few pages before the characters themselves, and there is an actual, plot-related reason it took them those extra pages.

This is not the most well-written fantasy novel, but it is one of the most exciting, least problematic books I have read in some time. Given that this is the author's first novel, I can't wait to see what she does next. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
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In a world of gossip girls, it is perhaps refreshing to have a teenage heroine who cuts off all her hair because it gets in her way; and Kristin Cashore’s eccentric and absorbing first novel, “Graceling,” has such a heroine. Katsa is tough, awkward, beautiful and consumed by pressing moral issues

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For my mother,
Nedda Previtera Cashore,
who has a meatball Grace,
and my father,
J. Michael Cashore,
who is Graced with losing (and finding) his glasses
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In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.
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If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it?

Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power.

Combining elements of fantasy and romance, Cashore skillfully portrays the confusion, discovery, and angst that smart, strong-willed girls experience as they creep toward adulthood. Katsa wrestles with questions of freedom, truth, and knowing when to rely on a friend for help. This is no small task for an angry girl who had eschewed friendships (with the exception of one cousin that she trusts) for her more ready skills of self-reliance, hunting, and fighting. Katsa also comes to know the real power of her Grace and the nature of Graces in general: they are not always what they appear to be.

Graceling is the first book in a series, and Kristin Cashore’s first work of fiction. It sets up a vivid world with engaging characters that readers will certainly look forward to following beyond the last chapter of this book. (Ages 14 and up) --Heidi Broadhead

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In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.… (more)

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