Friday, November 6, 2015

Review: Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) by Kristin Cashore

Title: Graceling
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Author: Kristin Cashore
Genre: YA, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance
Published Sate: October 1st 2008 by Harcourt
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...
Let me just say I've been in a huge contemporary kick after reading the last book that was contemporary I just needed to read more of it but I had to start to read Graceling next because I have to take it back soon to the library and let me tell you I really really loved and enjoyed it yes it took me four days to finished it not that it was slow or anything but because I wanted to read and take everything in of the wonderful world and characters that Kristin Cashore created just wow I learn a lot about the seven kingdoms and there kings and queens and I loved to read about the Gracelings there are people who are born with a specific power like there are some grace that have powers like mind reading, the best fighter, and who can tell the weather ect. ect. and you can tell a person who is grace by the different colors of there eyes how cool and unique is that!

Lady Katsa is a loyal, honest, and an awesome tough kick ass Graceling I just love love her bad ass self she does not take crap from nobody when she was younger she by accident killed her perverted cousin she fond out than that her grace was of killing and her uncle the king of the Middluns found out what her grace was he started to use her for his evil doings he treated her like she was a wild caged animal and so did the people in the kingdom of Middluns treated her the same why the king did I just felt so bad for her for everything that her uncle put her through she felt so sick and disgusted with herself she did not trust nobody and she had only a few trusted friends especially her cousin prince Raffin who she loves like a brother so Katsa decided to make group of a Council with her most trusted friends and prince Raffin so she can help innocent people who needed there help of the Council!

Right for the beginning of the book the council was on a mission to save a former king of Lienid who was kidnapped and was in a prison when Katsa and the council was finally going to escape with the former king she comes face to face with another graceling who is also a Lienid later on we find out he is non other than the Lienid prince and the former king of Lienid grandson Prince Po! what can I say about prince Po he is dashingly handsome, witty and an amazing great fighter which we thought that was his grace at first but I always thought there was something mysteriously about him I just know he had some secrets that he kept from Katsa and he does finally tells Katsa the truth about what his true grace is! Ha I always trust my gut instinct about a character but I just love and adore Po which by the way that is his nickname his real name is Greening Grandemalion which is such a silly name and I don't blame him for telling everybody to call him Po it suits him just Perfect! Katsa and Po worked together to find out who was the person responsible for the kidnapping of Po grandfather and the go on a mission Ohh Boy what a mission the go through and found out the truth about the kidnapping and about each other! All and all it was an Fantastic read for me that now I can't wait to read the next book Fire soon and get back to read the amazingly seven kingdom world.

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 loved this book! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

    1. I really did love and enjoy this book but I really didn't love the next two companion books of this series. But I did enjoy them but I just didn't love them. Thank you for stopping by my blog. :)