Thursday, September 17, 2009

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Harcourt Childrens Books
Reading Level: YA, 14+
Publication Date: October 1, 2008
Pages: 480
My Edition: Hardcover

Amazon Page

Cover Rating: B+
Book Rating: A(+ even though my ratings don't agree :))

Plot - 19.5/20
Characters - 19/20
Writing - 20/20
Originality - 20/20
Entertainment - 10/10
Recommendation - 10/10
Total: 98.5/100

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 is quite possibly one of the best books I've ever read. It has recieved the highest rating on my blog yet (not counting Marley and Me because that was a memoir). Graceling was just phenomenal! From start to finish it was just an incredible book that I just didn't want to stop. I wished I could just keep reading it forever!

Kristin Cashore has possibly written the best debut book I have ever read before. And even better because she created almost everything from scratched. She created a kingdom, a new world, a new lifestyle. A way of speaking, crazy names! It was created brilliantly and put out even better. I can't possibly say one bad thing about Kristin Cashore's writing or the world she created, it was all excellent.

The plot was exciting. It took just a chapter or two to get me into it and get to know what was going on and how everything worked in that world, but after that, you couldn't pry me away from it. My hands were glued! I've always loved adventure/survival type stories and this one was just so marvelous. It had the perfect pace. It was exciting, sad, happy, suspenseful, and I could just keep going and going. It was amazing, period.

The characters were fabulous. I loved Katsa, and then Po, my gosh. Every character was so unique and interesting in their own way. I loved the point of view Cashore approached this book with . . .

Quite honestly, I loved pretty much everything about this book. It was fantastic, it is at the very top of my favorite books list, and I think everything by Cashore will be up there. Graceling was one exceptional, astounding, sensational book, one of the best I've ever read.


  1. you now have me wanting to go run out and get this book! I think I need it!!

  2. Sounds like everyone has read this book but me! It's been on my pile for a while, now I'm thinking I should dig it up and read it! Great review :)

  3. I took a little while to get into this one, but when I did I loved it. Great review.

  4. I know!! this is probably my favorite book ever!! I wish I could read it forever too!! Great review!!! Thanks!

  5. It is a phenomenal story, I agree. So much fun to press into people's hands. And Ms. Cashore really has lucked out with the cover gods, IMO. I'm go glad you loved this one and can't wait to hear what you think of FIRE.

  6. Oddly, it was Tamora Pierce of ALL people who looked me dead in the eye, and demanded I go out and buy Graceling!

    Best advice I had ever taken. It did take a bit for me to get into the book, but once I did I fell in love. The originality and overall direction she took with her characters has had me talking about the book SINCE! Plus, it got me into Cashore's blog and I love her to pieces.

  7. I have heard so many amazing things about this book! And I'm glad to see someone doing imaginary world fantasy again (though I love urban fantasy, too). I so want to read this!

  8. Oooo, I've get this book one the way. I recently bought it from The Book Depository and I can't wait to get it. Glad you liked this book and thanks for the great review!


  9. I too loved this book SO MUCH! Katsa and Po's relationship is exceptionally well done and has enough tension/suspense to keep you reading and yet it seems so exactly right.

  10. I really enjoyed both this book and the character of Katsa.

  11. At first when I saw this book I didn't think I would like it. After I had nothing else to read I thought I would give it a shot and I absolutely fell in love with it. Now it is one of my favorite reads ever.

  12. Shawna Lewis

    I am glad you enjoyed it as much as I did thanks for the review!!!

  13. This sounds very good and I've heard nothing but great things about it! Great review.


  14. Wow! You make this book sound absolutely incredible! I started it, but had to stop reading because of lack of time to read. :( I hope I can find the time to finish it!


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