Monday, January 24, 2011

Finals Finals and Graceling by Kristin Cashore 3 out of 5 stars***

Hi friends! Right now I should be studying for my finals, but I've decided to give you guys a book review instead. Plus the day is still young so I'll have plenty of studying time later.
I finished reading the book, Graceling by Kristin Cashore two days ago and I am sad to say that I was a little disappointed by it. I met the author at a book fest in Boston and I loved her! She seemed very down to earth and modest. This made me very excited to read her book, but all the more disappointed when I didn't fall in love with it. It's not a bad book don't get me wrong, but I just don't see myself re-reading it for fun. I will mention that the plot of this book was very intriguing and that Kristin Cashore is very creative. The world she created had a lot of potential but  the climax was short-lived. I think I will give Fire, the sequel to this book a chance though.
All in all I will give this book a 3 out of 5 stars. ***

Synopsis by

The New York Times - Katie Roiphe

In the course of her dark and eventful tale, Cashore plays with the idea of awkwardness, how at a certain age gifts and talents are burdens, how they make it impossible to feel comfortable in the world. And in this she writes a fairly realistic portrait of teenage life into the baroque courts of her outlandish kingdoms…In many respects Graceling is a study of mysterious angers: it offers a perfect parable of adolescence, as its characters struggle with turbulent emotions they must learn to control. The consequences are more tangible than they usually are in more mundane settings—if Katsa loses control, she breaks someone's jaw by accident—but the principle is the same. The teenage characters in this novel, like some we may know in life, grow into their graces. They realize that their monstrous individuality is not so monstrous after all.


  1. Your library has some pretty good books! I should check it out sometime haha. You guys even have Amy & Roger's epic detour. Mine doesn't. I think yours have a lot of titles that mine doesn't. Let's take a trip sometime! :P

  2. Yeah I think they just got a whole new shipment of stuff because they even took one of my suggestions!! But your library looks a lot nicer and more modern. :( anyways lets do it soon!

  3. I'm sorry you didn't like this one as much. I enjoyed it, but I've heard that FIre doesn't have too much to do with Graceling. I still want to try it out though! Oh, and that's so cool that you got to meet Kristin Cashore! Great review!


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