20 April 2011

Review: Graceling - Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
published 2008
young adult
bought my copy

16 year old Katsa is an outsider because of her unusual grace, nobody can kill another person as easily as she. Since her grace appeared for the first time when she was eight she has been shunned by most people and was forced by her uncle, the king, to do his dirty jobs.
When Katsa meets Po, a young man who is also graced, her whole life begins to change. For the first time she realizes that she doesn't have to do what her uncle wants her to.
Together with Po she leaves her home to solve the mystery surrounding an old man who was kidnapped and on their journey they have to go through a lot of dangerous situations.
Will they solve the mystery and will they find a life where both can be who they are without being shunned?

Kristin Cashore has created a mesmerizing world full of unique and fascinating characters. "Graceling" is one of the reasons why adults should give books for young adults a chance. You don't want to miss out on this wonderful book just because you are not longer a young adult.

Kristin Cashore created a world that enthralled me from the first sentence on and accompanying Katsa on her journey was breath-taking and wonderful. I loved the author's writing style and couldn't get enough of Katsa, Po and their adventures. Even though the reader gets a lot of new information at the beginning, for example about the seven kingdoms, I never had trouble to follow the story and to understand what was going on.

Katsa was a wonderful heroine, she was on the one hand so strong and deadly. On the other hand she was also very vulnerable and insecure. I loved reading about her and admired the young woman she became throughout the book. Even at the times when the king ruled over her she still found a way to help the people who needed help. Not many people in her life showed her kindness and she still was in the end a good person. Reading about her grace was thrilling and I was very happy with the way she figured out more about her grace on her journey.
Po was just was great as Katsa. He was more sure of himself than Katsa and the way he helped her get more self-confident was beautiful. I especially loved the scenes when they were together. Their love story was sweet and very inspiring. For once I don't want to give away too much information about the story but you can be sure, that there will be a happy end. A happy end that was perfect for Katsa and Po even though it wasn't all pretty and without problems.

Amazing! I love the strength that is emitted and I think it's a great and fitting cover for the book.

final appraisal
"Graceling" is a beautifully written book that amazes through it's thrilling story and it's extraordinary characters. Books like this one are the reason why adults should read young adult noveld because otherwise you would miss this wonderful book. 
I would recommend this book to all readers who are interested in a multifaceted, mesmerizing and strong book. 


  1. Wow! That's a gorgeous cover. It look like a great read too!

  2. I really want to read this one now. I have this waiting for me on my bookshelf. Great review.

  3. @ The Mistress of the Dark: I agree. At first I was interested in the book because of the awesome cover and then I liked the synopsis.

    @ Jillian: I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did.

  4. I absolutely LOVED this book! I have yet to read Fire, but I'm hoping it'll be just as amazing.
    Katsa and Po are both very well fleshed out characters and I love them together. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. I liked GRACELING but I *loved* FIRE. People seem to differ on which of the two they liked best. Anyway, I cannot WAIT for BITTERBLUE. 2012 seems so far away..

  6. Daisy: Yeah, that you also loved the book.

    Janicu: I'm also super excited for Bitterblue and yes, 2012 seems very far away.

  7. I really enjoyed this book as well! I'm glad that you liked it. While Graceling is fantastic, I thought Fire was even better!

  8. I have this one in my massive TBR pile. Now I can hardly wait to get reading it! Thanks for this fantastic review.

    P.S. I added your blog to my blogroll on my new blog so I can visit more often.




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