Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review: Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore

Title: Fire
Series: Graceling Realm #2
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre:  YA, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance
Published Date: October 5th 2009 by Dial Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there's more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren't afraid of becoming the monster her father was.
In the beginning of Fire we learn a little bit more about Leck when he was a child and Leck real first name was Immiker and we also learn about his father Larch who was trying to run away from the seven kingdom when he founds out that Leck is a Graceling he didn't want his son to be taken away from him so the king can used him for his power so the ran away and they found the Dells were there are different types of monsters there were animal monsters and monsters that look like humans who are astonishing beautiful monsters who can manipulate minds!

I really did love and enjoyed Fire but it was my least favorite book from the Graceling trilogy because I didn't connect with the characters at the beginning especially with Fire and Archer. Fire is half monster and half human and at first I didn't understand her I felt she was so full of mystery and dark secrets that I have not discover yet and to me I felt she used her best friend Archer for her selfish needs and that she sould have told him from the very beginning how she truly felt about him and Archer I just couldn't stand Archer I felt that he was such an idiot to fall in love with Fire even though he knows she dose not love him like that and plus if he is so in love with fire he should have not charm and used other woman for his needs so yea I so did not like Archer at all! That's why it was a slow read for me at the beginning and I was so scare that I was not going to like Fire at all until I reach to the middle of the book where Fire and Archer goes and visit the Queen fortress and thats were everything started to pick up for me not only they meet Queen Roen but they also meet her two son's King Nash and Prince Brigan who was at the fortress as well and I just loved loved to read about them because they were loyal, honest, protective and very kind hearted good people who loved and care about there people at the kingdom! and there where things started to pick up for me. I started to learn and like more about Fire when she was helping King Nash and I finally found out about her dark secrets and why she had been having terrible nightmare's and I totally despise Archer for treating Fire they way he treated her and for everything he put her though that I didn't feel anything for what happen to him at the end! Ohh the ending with all the twist and turns, action and all the dark secrets revealed at the end it was just awesome! Now I can't wait to read Bitterblue next and return to the seven kingdom I missed it so much.

So, here's the short tale of me: I grew up in the countryside of northeastern Pennsylvania in a village with cows and barns and beautiful views from the top of the hill and all that good stuff. I lived in a rickety old house with my parents, three sisters, and a scattering of cats, and I READ READ READ READ READ. I read while brushing my teeth, I read while chopping parsley, the first thing I reached for when I woke up in the morning was my book; the only two places I didn't read were in the car and in bed. What did I do then? The one thing I liked even more than reading: I daydreamed.

And so, without knowing it, I was planting the seeds. Reading and daydreaming = perfect preparation for writing.

At 18 I went off to college-- thank you, Williams College, for the financial aid that made this possible-- and it almost killed me. College is hard, man, and the Berkshires are cloudy. A (phenomenal) year studying abroad in sunny Sydney revived me. After college I developed a compulsive moving problem: New York City, Boston, Cambridge, Austin, Pennsylvania, Italy, and even a short stint in London, where my showerhead hung from the cutest little stand that was exactly like the cradle of an old-fashioned telephone. The best phone calls are the pretend phone calls made from your telephone tub.

During my stint in Boston, I got an M.A. at the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College. (Thank you, Simmons, for the scholarship that made this possible!) Grad school almost killed me, but I felt a lot more alive than when I was almost being killed in college. The Simmons program is stupendous. It got me thinking and breathing YA books. It got me writing.

Am I getting boring?

Since Simmons, I haven't stopped writing, not once. I've developed a compulsive writing problem that makes my moving problem look like a charming personality quirk. I can't stop! But it's okay, because I don't want to stop. I've been writing full-time-- well, more than full-time, really-- for about 4 years now, first doing educational writing for the K-6 market and now working on my novels. It's a dream job, which is another way of saying that when I shop for work clothes, I go straight to the pajamas section.

Should I say a little bit about what I'm like? I'm fiercely independent. I am sometimes a hermit, but never for very long. I am in search of the perfect cat. I'm a recovering Catholic. I meditate, and when I do, Prince Harry appears in my subconscious and meditates with me. It's a little strange but I don't think there's anything I can do about it. Sometimes he's not the only one; the other day it was me, Prince Harry, the Dalai Lama, Mr. Rogers, Coco the gorilla, and George Clooney. We were all floating above the earth looking down at the continents as they passed. George Clooney suggested I visit Providence, Rhode Island. The Dalai Lama sighed deeply and said he'd really like to visit Tibet.

Poor Dalai Lama.

I recently moved from Jacksonville, Florida, to Cambridge, Massachusetts, trading the St. Johns River for the Charles River and pelicans for geese. As a native northerner, it's nice to be back in the land of four seasons. I feel as if I've come home. :o)

And that's my story.


  1. I love this series! It's been ages since I read Fire, and I can't remember that much about it, but your review makes me want to reread it :) I think I agree that Fire is my least favourite in the series, simply because I loved Graceling so much and Bitterblue was epic. Great review and I hope you love Bitterblue!

    Zareena @ The Slanted Bookshelf

    1. Thank you for stopping by my blog yea I was not a big fan of Fire that much. Because I really didn't like or connect with Fire that much, and I really couldn't stand Archer that much either. I just didn't understand how can Fire like or even love him as a best friend just no. But I really did love and enjoy Bitterblue though.