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BOOK REVIEW: GRACELING
BY KRISTIN CASHORE
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Endowed with a Grace of Killing, Katsa lives in a lonely, secluded world. Both feared and revered by most, she is the Kingís deadly, perfect weapon. Yet she wonít let the Kingís ruthless content stop her from doing what is right. Everything is going according to plan until a mysterious Prince, Graced with Fighting, arrives at the castle. Katsaís conflicting feelings and his breathtaking eyes cloud her thoughts. Though, while the Prince seems likeable, her senses are on high alert. Will this man, with the striking features and easygoing personality, be the downfall of Katsa and all she stands for and believes?
While reading, Graceling absorbed my attention.
I found the main character, Katsa, pretty likeableÖ most of the time. I donít agree with all of her decisions morally, so she isnít my favorite character. She did have some really wonderful moments though. The one extraordinary character was Princess Bitterblue. Not only was Bitterblue mature, wholesome, and good, she also brought out the best in Katsa. Katsaís compassion and humanity grew into much more stable and visible elements while with Bitterblue. They both improved, physically and mentally, during their time together.
The book flowed with an urgent undercurrent that pulled me under while I oohed and aahed. I was glued to the plot, until about the last third of the book. The big showdown between good and evil was lacking terribly and left me unsatisfied. Then it slowed down to a snailís crawl that irritated me. The parts that I loved beforehand began to blur by the disappointment of the ending.
Overall, I found Graceling a pretty, good book that was just lacking in a few scenes.
I believe this book will appeal more to high school girls. Itís not suitable for people 13 and under. If this book sounds interesting to a guy, go for it but I would also like to suggest The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima and Rangerís Apprentice series by John Flanagan. These books are great and I believe guys will be able to enjoy them more because of the fact that the booksí narrators are guys, not a girl like in Graceling.
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