Kobo ebook | September 7, 2009

byKristin Cashore

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Kristin Cashore’s bestselling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace… and how to put it to good use. A thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world. This ebook includes a sample chapter of BITTERBLUE. 

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Kristin Cashore’s bestselling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable-yet-strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her e...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 7, 2009Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of Graceling


Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite! I read this book about 4-5 years ago and it remains to be my absolute favourite book! The characters are amazing, the language is beautifully descriptive and the adventure-romance balance is perfect.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this book! I could not put this book down. Easy read and a page turner! I love the main characters. Great book. I could not wait to read the rest of the books in the series.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Love Love I was so happy to find this series! Just amazing writing and storyline!
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow!!! This is for sure one of my favorite books of all times. Re-read and re-read it again. Wonderfully written.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Re-read and a Re-love I fall in love with this book each time I read it again. It is romantic and action packed and raw. Kasta is brave, cunning and strong with a sole weakness to shining eyes. Po is magnificent, he is so full of emotion, life and love. This book will make you want to fall in love, it will make you want to explore and be bold. I will make you appreciate hurt and evil and find the silver linings of life. It makes you fall in love again and again once you are coaxed back into it's pages.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrilling Every corner brings a new adventure. The characters were smart and very amicable. No character ever did something stupid. Very easy to read and easy to fall in love with. A book that I can read again and again and never get tired of.
Date published: 2016-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE Very fun and exciting book to read. Would suggest it highly.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Enjoyable This was a fun and exciting book. It was unique and enjoyable. Would recommend to others. The spin off books are just as good also.
Date published: 2016-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from :) A wonderful book that is beautifully written, loved every second of it.
Date published: 2016-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Good I really enjoyed reading Graceling. I thought it was a unique and very well written book. It was creative and visual, hard to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Graceling Fun book, interesting story.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read Such a good book. recommended all to read it. But be warned, the ending is quite touching
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I liked the concept, I liked the characters, but parts of this book bored me
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This book was excellent! I really enjoyed reading it and I can't wait to read the next in the series!
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating From Beginning to End! I read this a while ago and I am still in love with the story and the characters. It has a little bit of everything: self-discovery, romance, action and multiple lessons. Definitely recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! The Graceling series is one of the greatest series ever. I have read this book 6 times and every time I read it, I find something new. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite Fantasy Novel! Graceling is a fantasy novel that tells the story of Katsa, a teenage girl who's been given the "grace" of killing, and as so, is often used by her uncle to carry out his dirty work. A change is coming however, and her uncle may have gotten more than he bargained for with this kick butt YA heroine. I love Katsa's character, and her many friendships and her amazing relationship with Po. I can't recommend this amazing novel enough!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not expected I randomly found this book and decided to give it a chance. And surprisingly to me, I actually really liked this book. I think I was starting to move more into fantasy books, and this book helped me realize I did like fantasy.
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great read This book is an old favourite of mine, I would definitely recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite books :) I recently reread this book and it was still just as amazing the first time
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Action-packed I liked this book right from the first page until the last. It was suspenseful, thrilling and heart stopping. Kristin Cashore writes a magical and fascinating tale. This story has it all, revenge, betrayal, and intrigue. Be prepared to lose sleep, because you won’t be able to put it down!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 This is one of my favourites! A sort of Katniss Everdeen feel but a little more mystical and in the olden days.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book!! This was a book that I enjoyed thoroughly. It has a strong female lead "Katsa" who is used by the king to do his dirty work. She has the ability to kill or hurt people easily by using her grace. I'm not going to ruin the story by putting spoilers in my blogs. I more or less like to tell my opinion so as to give good insite into wether or not I believe books are worth reading. This book is definitely a book that I would give a good review on. I read this book back in May of 2015. Ya it has been a little while. But I can tell you this book has a great story line and a great main character. I have noticed a lot of books coming out with strong female characters lately. Of course there is no problem with this at all, in fact I enjoy reading books that do so. Anyway, continuing on with my review on this book. She is forced to do the bidding of a corrupt king, to punish anyone who stands in his way. There is a love interest in this story that has a catch to it, and the this book leads its way into the series quite nicely. I of course gave this book a five star rating in good reads. I am looking forward to reading the next in this series. However, not have purchased it as of yet. Would I recommend this book as a read, yes but be sure you have the time. This did not seem as a light read to me. With all the names of the kingdoms and a plot that must be followed carefully so as to understand what is going on. Oh and the cover, beautiful. A real eye catcher when you first pick up this book.
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A favourite Really great story. I love badass heroines.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising I didn't expect myself to like this novel, but I really did. The plot and characters were nice and it's a nice novel to read in your free time.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I enjoyed this one Graceling is one of the best YA books I’ve read in a while simply because of the SUPER AWESOME female protagonist who is a butt-kickin’, sword swinging, mountain lion fighting dame. I know, right? THE DEFINITION of what it means to be the opposite of the Bella Swan-like YA female lead. Very refreshing, especially after Beautiful Creatures. I was sucked into Graceling right from the beginning when it places you in media res — for those of you who aren’t complete English nerds like me, that means smack dab in the middle of some crazy action that’s going down — and we see that Kasta (our fantastic feline) is running a rescue mission for a Council that she’s *ahem* THE HEAD OF. Yeah, this girl’s not sitting around on her butt all day, she gets stuff done. Anyway, we learn that she is Graced with killing and that kinda makes her pretty much invincible, so no one is messing with Miss Kasta. This Grace also causes her a lot of inner struggle in coming to terms with her Grace and not letting it turn her into a monster to be commanded by a hard-hearted king. Who is also her uncle. Seriously, what was with all the family drams drams back then? OH! AND There’s also a super cute prince, a rescue quest and yet an even more evil and more sadistic king, so hey, where can you go wrong? It was great to read a book set in an imaginary medieval fantasy land again because I loved reading those kinds of books when I was a kid. (Eragon and the Song of The Lioness quartet come to mind.) I just forgot how much I love those worlds and I feel like they aren’t getting published as much nowadays. (Sad but true!) This book was definitely worth the read and I will MOST definitely be looking for Fire (the companion) and Bitterblue (the sequel). Kristin Cashore has earned her place on my bookshelf!
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Anyone who enjoyed hunger games will definitely love this book
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book! I read this a while ago and it's still my favourite book of all time, Kristin Cashore is amazing!!!!
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written Had me hooked the whole time
Date published: 2016-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absoultely Amazing It is one of my favourite re-reads as the story just draws you in. The very idea of a grace makes me stand on tippy-toes, as it opens up so many possibilities. The plot was awesome, as you see Katsa slowly begins to let Po into her heart. What I really like about this book is that it greatly balances the romance as well as the action and that it protrays the romance as more of a close friendship instead of girl being all lovey dovey with guy. I have a friend who have also read this book, and she completely agrees with my opinion that it was amazing.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! One of my favourite books of all time!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good I enjoyed this book, and it was a nice, easy read. However, it didn't stretch my mind and my interest as much as it could've.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Solid with good worldbuilding and action, but lacked something Cool fantasy world, great pace, but I was hoping for more character development for the lead, Katsa. She never really gets to stand up to people who've wronged her nor does she really face the bad things she's done? Also her struggles in the plot don't feel as real because she's basically capable of anything, and since we can't confront the villain almost by design, he doesn't get to have much of a presence, so the climax feels somewhat anticlimactic. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! I absolutely love Graceling, and the whole series! This is such a refreshing take on ya fantasy, all the characters are very well written and strong, even the antagonists. I really like the idea of graces, it just adds another mysterious element to the entire story. Plus is doesn't hurt that the main characters are people of colour, about time fantasy stories include them.
Date published: 2016-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourite re-reads! There's just something about the story that captivates you from the start - and has you reminiscing once it's over. One that stands out, and begs to be read again once it's on your shelf.
Date published: 2016-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Great story. Captivating. Love it.
Date published: 2016-02-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Overrated, but still good This story has an interesting, although not entirely new, concept behind it: power is a blessing and a curse, and those born with it are feared and used. But just because this concept isn’t original, that doesn’t mean it can’t be the root of a great story, and it never really gets old. One really unique thing about Graceling in particular is that you never know what kind of power a Graceling will have; there seems to be a different gift for every one of them, and the extent of their abilities is anyone’s guess. Does that ratchet up the suspense or what? Really, it could have been used far more in this story. The fantasy world is effectively crafted (with a very helpful map), but I feel (as I often do) that there could have been more world-building in this story. More world-building and less emphasis on how completely awesome and invincible Katsa is. I’m tempted to use the term “Mary Sue,” but honestly, I’m not sure what that means anymore. I’m not sure anyone else does, either. What I do know is that Katsa is impossible to kill. She’s an expert fighter. She’s incredibly strong. Sure, she’s a Graceling and she’s supposed to be powerful, but the fact that she is so much more powerful than everyone else is, quite frankly, very annoying. Many authors want to write the kind of superhero character that they wish they could be, but what they sometimes don’t realize is that those characters are less compelling to readers. I might have forgiven Katsa’s absolute perfection if she were a nicer person. Instead, she gets away with being a snarky biatch. She also has the admiration of many people, plus the romantic interest of two men (of course.) Po, one of those men, is likeable, but he’s a bit too perfect and has feelings for Katsa for no discernable reason. He could have used a bit more backstory and his purpose could have been brought to the forefront of the story (and his personality) way more. I suppose I sound like I disliked Graceling, but I did like it. It was an adventure story filled with danger and nail-biting suspense. I do remember thinking that the story was slow for a long while, so be prepared for that if you plan to read Graceling. I guess aside from characterization issues, the thing that bothers me most about this book is unrealized potential. There could have been higher stakes, more political intrigue, more nail-biters early on, and, as I said earlier, more general world-building. Overrated? I think so. A satisfyingly action-packed fantasy? Once again, I think so.
Date published: 2016-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Intriging and facinating story
Date published: 2015-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling This book was spectacular. It was action-packed, funny, and more. It kept me turning pages and getting more and more spellbound!
Date published: 2015-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful A modern story for a very progressive time. Brilliantly written though I could have wished for more romance between the two main characters
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! A friend of mine introduced me to this series, and I'm so glad she did!!! I think it has to be one of the best series I have ever read! The world that Cashore created is so intricate, and as you read the next to books you will see how each kingdom intertwines. I could not put it down!! Now that I've finished this series, I'm finding it difficult to find another to read after that can even compare!
Date published: 2014-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful All three companion books (Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue) by Kristin Cashore are amazing. I will read most any genre as long as the book is well written. This book, all Cashore's books, made me laugh and cry. I hope there will be more to come from this wonderful author.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I thoroughly enjoyed this book, but I am a sucker for Young Adult Fantasy. The world building was well done and I am always a fan of a female protaganist who can protect herself in the mist of danger! I would re-read this book.
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful One of the best young adult fantasy novels that I have read in a long time. I actually first read this a few years ago out of the my local library and loved it so much that I have since bought my own copy and re-read it several times.
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful High spirited character, with an ability that no one should have, especially a young girl. Great story line and perfectly wonderful characters to love and loathe!
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This was a good read, it took me a chapter or two to get into it but loved the story. The imperfect heroine is very well written. It gives a nice fresh theme touching on so many genres, a story and can be enjoyed by adults as well as teens.
Date published: 2014-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book was amazing, so fast-paced and a page-turner. I literally could not put it down. I love the world created by Kristin Cashore and I found her characters had depth. She had a strong heroine who you really rooted for. Of course, I was also a huge fan of the love triangle.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful This book is amazing, once I started reading I couldn't put it back down. The author does a really good job at creating characters, and keeping the plot interesting!
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling: Trilogy Book 1 I adored the characters in this story. Their struggles were unique; something I had not read before. I am looking forward to see what happens to the next.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Graceling: Trilogy Book 1 This book had a great story line, but I felt the ending was a little too cliche "Battle against evil, wins against all odds and everyone lives happily ever after." I was actually disappointed in the ending because the story had too much potential to be ended so abruptly. I usually look forward to reading books again in the future, but this is one I wouldn't read again.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Graceling: Trilogy Book 1 I liked the original concept of the book. Most characters of the book are great. However, I just don't find Katsa a likeable character, which made it difficult for me to enjoy the book.
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling: Trilogy Book 1 This book is incredible, written strongly and with depth and insight into the characters that you will love for a lifetime. This story follows Katsa, a girl who in a brief moment, would become the most feared fighter... until she would no longer bend to those who would use her grace as a tool. The graced are those with extraordinary abilities that others could never hope to match, with one eye blue and the other green, a physical mark of her grace, she is graced with a killers ability. With her friends guiding her along the way however she meets a strange man with a fighting grace, who is more than he seems. Traveling across the kingdom together to search for those who would hurt this man, they discover a lot more than they bargained for, not only with another's grace.... but between themselves as well. A brilliant story with a hint of romance, a lot if adventure and a dash of mystery. I guarantee you won't be able to put it down!
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This was a unique story that draws you right in. The characters are fascinating and I can't wait for more.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite I love this book, One of my all time favourite Full of action and romance I wasn't able to put this book down! Its a one of a kind story
Date published: 2013-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling Very engaging story and its summary does not do it justice. Packed with action, twisting hearts, adventure and survival to save a kingdom that never knew it was in need of saving. A recommended read to anyone who wants to see a world changing its views and characters that constantly improve.
Date published: 2013-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :D Very good :) read this at school and haven't been able to forget it eva sincee very goodd
Date published: 2013-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Graceling Smooth pace, great characters, interesting storyline. hope to read more of the adventures of Po and Katsa.
Date published: 2013-05-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Badass I loved this novel. Firstly because Katsa, the main character, is a Total Badass: she's tough, smart, brave, and an assassin with an ultra awesome Grace. Secondly because the writing is great and the plot and fantasy elements are wholly original and entertaining. If you're looking for a kick-ass novel with a strong lead and lots of adventure-action, read this!
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grace ling I started reading this with Kira but she dropped off and I kept going. Very enjoyable.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Read! Graceling was such a great book! It had adventure, action and romance. It was descriptive and interesting, I couldn't put it down! I definitely recommend this book :)
Date published: 2013-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mesmerizing and unforgeable. Possibly one of the best book that I have ever read. This book had the tension and struggle I was looking for. The stuggle with either Katsa's own inner demon or with the wickedness from the ouside world, Cashore seems to be able to capture all of its magic with well trained hands and deliver. Katsa is "Graced." A Graceling is a person who is gifted in a certain skill and Katsa has probably one of the greatest Grace of it all. The Grace to kill. This book just flew by. I could not stop myself as the story deepens and Katsa is faced with many decisions and challanges. With the mysterious Po, Katsa is taken on this journey where her gifted Grace may not be able to save her. This magical book took me on a journey very much like Katsa's; decisions, decisions. It's 4am and there is school tomorrow. But this book is not letting me go off to bed. To read or not to read? Purely graceful.
Date published: 2012-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling I would have much preferred to read Fire first but then again this book was the reason I bought the second and third novels Can't wait for another.
Date published: 2012-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing high fantasy Where has this book been all my life? Ok maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit. I've had plenty of excellent high fantasy in my life. There's just something about high fantasy that gets me every time. But that doesn't diminsh how real and how deep my love for this book is. Kristin Cashore has created an amazing world within the pages of Graceling. It was so detailed! and she combined just enough elements from the real world to make it the believable. It never felt over the top or ridiculous. This is the type of world building I can only hope to aspire to one day if I ever get my butt in gear and write my fantasy novel. The world of the Seven Kingdoms come alive in my head when I was reading. And then there's Katsa. She's like the fantasy version of Katniss. Or maybe Katniss is the dystopian version of Katsa? Either way she's a kick ass heroine. She's strong, brave, and independent. She stands up for herself! I may have cheered out loud a few times, I was so proud of her. I also really liked her relationship with Po. It really felt like they were equal partners, which is definitely something you don't see enough of in YA novels. There isn't much more to add. This book is straight up amazing. Final recommendation: If you like fantasy or books with strong female characters this is a must read. Seriously, stop reading my blog and go check it out (and then come read my blog again). This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (
Date published: 2012-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review from Esther's Ever After Fantasy books were my first love when it came to reading, and I grew up on stories bursting with mythology, knights, and princesses (my favourites were those that had characters who could be both a knight AND a princess). Nothing gets my heart pounding and the pages turning like a magical, adventurous fantasy novel! I first heard of Graceling immediately after reading The Hunger Games a few years ago - I kept getting recommendations for it, but for whatever reason I didn't pick it up until recently. Waiting to read this book until now was one of the biggest mistakes in my reading history! I'm convinced that Kristin Cashore is a genius and this book is proof of that. Reasons to Read: 1.A richly developed fantasy world: This is a must for good fantasy books; I need to buy into the magical world and the best ones have a well-established world with its own rules and norms, but with enough similarities that we can relate to them. Plus, I like books that include MAPS of the fantasy worlds. That's pretty legit for me. And the names of places, things and people should be vaguely familiar but not so overdone that they come off as silly and fake. Graceling easily avoids any and all of these issues and stands as one of a few YA fantasy books that works so well! 2.Familiar problems & issues: I don't think it's much of a secret that Graceling delves into some questions regarding the role of women within a society and the obstacles in their way as equal members of society. What may be surprising, however, is how WELL Kristin deals with this and successfully weaves it into the story. I wouldn't call it subtle, but it is oh-so poignant. Katsa is a bit of an anomoly in her world, where women are often mistreated and lack the means to protect themselves; but as she slowly begins to recognize how problematic this is and ultimately questions if she can do anything about it. It's striking, and resonates so well because of how familiar it is to us. 3.Katsa & Po's friendship: I love Katsa, and I love Po! Even separately, they were fantastic characters that I found amusing and amiable. But it's the way that they played off each other and slowly grew closer together that truly sold me on them as characters and their role in the story. Here's a couple you can't help but root for the whole way through; and most of all, I loved seeing a respectful male lead who wants to encourage the heroine and do everything he can to help her in the way she needs and respect her decisions. So, I've now joined the ranks of Graceling/Kristin Cashore fans. I'm KICKING myself for waiting this long to have read it, and I've moved on to Fire already :) Graceling is a thought-provoking and addictive read, one that will leaving you craving more. I could honestly say so much more about this one, but I'm going to save it for a spoiler-filled review, coming soon :) Perfect read for anyone looking for a heartbreaking, emotionally touching, thought provoking read. This one has a well-deserved new space on my favourites shelf; and I can't wait to finish off Fire and then get started on Bitterblue (as soon as I manage to get my hands on a copy)! Thoughts on the audio: A few people had told me that I must listen to Graceling on audio because it was good- and they were right (again. Clearly I have awesome people recommending books to me). This would actually be a perfect book to introduce a new listener to audiobooks because it's Full Cast, although you'll also be spoiled by it for other books. Full Cast is fantastic because it's such a great quality; there are multiple narrators, all of whom are excellent. Plus there's a little bit of background music at times that helps create a good atmosphere for listening to the story. Hands down, the best, most addictive audio book I've ever listened to. WELL worth the cost of buying it! If you're new to audiobooks, or just haven't given this one a try yet then I HIGHLY recommend that you pick it up. Like now.
Date published: 2012-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :D This is absolutely without a doubt my most favourite book of all time! It's the one book I don't mind reading over and over again. I love Kristin Cashore! She created a totally unique and brand new world where Katsa lives... and don't even get me started on Katsa! I love main characters who are all about girl power! Katsa takes this far beyond any other character I have read about (even Katniss!). My sister (who is also a book fanatic) and I always play a game where we choose one character from any book that we would love to live their story... and my choice is always Katsa. She is my hero!
Date published: 2012-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply amazing Just about one of the best books ever. It is captivating and interesting and it has a unique story line that pulls you along. I have read it multiple times now, and I will read it again and again! I simple can't wait for bitter blue!
Date published: 2012-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply brilliant Simply written but has a deep story that leaves one feeling a new sense of empowerment. The story pulls you in right away and doesn't let you go until it is over. This is one that I have read over a few times and will read again many more.
Date published: 2011-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes you hungry for more! A friend raved about this book so i thought i'd give it a try. I loved the Hunger games and this was probably a million times better! This book just gets you transfixed from the very beginning and you won't want to put it down. If you liked the hunger games then i'm almost positive you won't be sorry for reading Graceling! Graceling is extremely well written and you will fall in love with the characters instantly!
Date published: 2011-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling I found this book to be everything I expected. It was a page turner and a wonderful read. I highly sugest this book if you liked The Hunger Games serise. I found it competting with being better than The Hunger Games.
Date published: 2011-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i loved iT I feel inloved with it right away! Katsa is an amazing young teen and Po (OMG) is overly handsome! Loved it!
Date published: 2011-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fiercely Marvelous Graceling is about a seventeen year old girl named Katsa who has the "gift" to kill people. And as the niece of a powerful King, her life is not as fabulous as it should be. Being the source of her uncles power, she was forced to do many horrible things. As she meets Prince Po, who is gifted with combative skills which to a point rival Katsa's own, to Katsa's surprise they become friends and allies. As the story progresses Katsa stumbles on a horrible truth which threatens everything in the world in which they live. This book held many great qualities. Each character was different in their own way and each had something great to offer to the story. The romance between the two characters jumps at you, making you feel what they feel, frustration, glee, woe, and the fervor that their heartwarming relationship brings about. At the same time the fighting and fierceness of each character pulls you along, making you feel their same determination, hope and strength that they foster. The turn of events that the book takes grabs your heart and stays with you, wishing that there was another based on the same characters to follow, sadly this is not the case. However still a great novel!
Date published: 2011-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This was a pretty good book. This was a pretty good book. The Majority of the book is travelling in the forest. Pretty much 90% of it is. I could picture the entire story as I read. Good outcome of events. I have never read a book like this and I really enjoyed it. The special abilities because of the change of the colour of their eyes was cool. The love in this book was very heartwarming. Loved it!!! I will definitely buy the second book.
Date published: 2010-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great female heroine! Katsa is Graced with a special ability to kill. As a result, she’s used as a weapon by her King, a role that she does not want or enjoy. Eventually Katsa decides she will no longer be a pawn in a battle she doesn’t agree with, and begins to disobey the King’s orders. Then, on an unsanctioned mission she discovers a mysterious stranger in the night, and worries that by leaving him alive, she’s left herself in danger. But when this stranger shows up in her life again, they embark on a perilous mission in an effort to stop the greatest evil the 7 kingdoms have seen yet. Filled with interesting and original characters, and based on a very unique concept, Graceling is the first book in what looks to be an exciting fantasy series. Katsa is a strong heroine who struggles with her anger, but learns over the course of the novel to not let it form her decisions. She’s also strong in the literal sense. Her Grace allows her to kick some major butt, yet she always tries to avoid harming others unjustly. Romance takes a back seat to plot, which is a refreshing change in the YA fantasy genre. There’s definitely some romance in Graceling, but none of the typical teen angst and endless swooning. One of the things I loved most about Graceling is that it was never predictable. Each time I thought I knew what was going to happen next, something completely different occurred. And while the story felt complete at the end of this novel, the author has set up the next volume beautifully – I’m not upset because I was left with a cliffhanger, and yet I can’t wait to read more. I absolutely loved Graceling! The story sucked me right in, and I want to spend more time with all these characters. I’m very much looking forward to reading Fire, the next installment in the series.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling by Kristin Cashore Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-07-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read I must say, It wasnt a book that I was hooked right from the beggining. The first few chapters had me wondering if I really wanted to continue reading it.. but once I hit chapter three or so it was a wonderful book. A bit too dragged out in some places, and the ending wasnt as dramatic as i'd hoped, but it was all together a worth wild read. I loved Prince Poe, though his name did give me a good laugh, and all the other characters were great too!
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning A remarkable story of truth, discovery and courage. It is -so- good to see a book out there not about vampires and werewolves (boring!). I recommend it highly to book lovers. The adventures and detail to Graceling are worth reading.
Date published: 2010-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best read of a long time! This book was fantastic. I couldn't put it down. Something completely different from the usual young adult books. Definitely a must read!
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great I bought this book because of the amazing reviews that it got. I was by no means amazed by it. It was good but I wold not put it up there with the greats by any means. The story was original, but the end just killed it for me. I was expecting more. I personally would not buy Fire (her next installment) unless I was desperat to read something.
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Another Good YA Read While there are some definite similarities (at least between the main characters) to the Hunger Games series, I enjoyed Graceling. It was a different story, with some very original ideas and my favourite: a strong female hero. Full of action and lovable characters, it was hard to put down! Recommend for YA fans!
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Graceling Kristin Cashore's novel, "Graceling", was a book I bought only hours after first hearing about it; an action I am very glad I took. Set in an imaginary world where certain individuals have special talents, ranging from climbing trees to sword fighting, the story was immensely intersting from beginning to end. I found Katsa, the main character, to be extremely likeable and the relationships she has and develops with others fun to witness. The plot itself was smoothly written, focusing on details when important and fast forwarding when not. Cashore's portrayal of the characters' reactions to situations in the book were never unbelievable, and the world it is all set in felt like it could actually exist. Overall, "Graceling" was an awesome book and I will be buying the second one very soon.
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Read I picked up Graceling while I was shopping for someone else and thought that this sounded like something I could really be into. Graceling follows the story of a young woman, Katsa who is blessed, or cursed, depending on your perspective, with the grace for killing. She is capable and a great female heroine. I really enjoyed the environment created for the characters in this story, the creative idea of graces and the unexpected and ruthless antagonist. The only reason this book gets four stars and not five is due to my disappointment in the romance. The main male and female characters seem obviously bound to wind up in a relationship from their first encounter. However, the reason for their budding romance is never explained beyond physical attraction, and to me; that's really not enough. I found myself disappointed with the ultimate outcome of the characters relationship in the end as Katsa refuses to commit emotionally to Po even after everything they'd been through. It was as if she hadn't PROGRESSED. That being said, I will still check out the sequel to this book even though it promises an all new batch of characters, and hope for a trilogy that continues the story of Katsa and Po.
Date published: 2010-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well Written I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it had a good story line, even though the climax of it all was very short lived. The characters and the idea of Gracelings was a neat idea for this. I really couldn't put this book down. I look forward to reading "Fire," the companion to "Graceling."
Date published: 2009-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Poorly excuted This book is swimming with potential but I am sad to say doesn't live up to expectations. The author isn't able to end a chapter very well in the sense that I do not really feel the barn burning desire to read the next one. It is easy to put down and not think about. The climax comes with 70 pages left in the book but then quickly (and I mean half way through the next chapter) comes to an abrupt conclusion; thus leaving 50 pages of the author prattling on about things that could and should have been left for perhaps a sequel. This book was pretty boring overall and didn't have as much character development as one likes to see in these types of books. Sometimes it is very focused on the details but never the details you care about. Not worth your money.
Date published: 2009-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One Gifted Grace... When I saw one of my friends reading this book, I searched it up and saw how many people enjoyed it, so I decided to give it try...Which is one of the best choices I have made about a book! Honestly, this is my first time reading a book which has to do with castles and princesses and olden time romance. I did read half of Nobody's Princess, but it had no romance in it, and was very dull. Graceling has so much adventure and romance put all together in one book. And I love the idea for the Graced people to have one diffrent eye color than the other. I love the charcters, especially Po and Katsa I think they make a beautiful couple. This book has that type of romance that makes your heart warm up and also makes you smile. In conclusion this book was just beautiful! Definetly recommend it!
Date published: 2009-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! In Graceling we meet Katsa, a Graceling who is forced to do her kings dirty work. In the beginning of the novel she is without humanity and it takes meeting Po to have her realize her potential in life and realize that she has many choices that she can make. Mix all of this in with adventure, action romance and you have a book that you will read well into the night. I couldn't put it down and I'm sure you will not be disappointed either!
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Novel Hovel Says, "Wow, that's all I can say!" All I can say is WOW! I loved this book. I found it really unique, like nothing I had read before. Special land, interesting people, almost historical in feel though with different kingdoms and prince and princesses. There is just so much adventure in this book and the way Kristin Cashore describes it made me feel like I was there. I would love to have a graced ability. Maybe not to kill, but some of the powers that these people have are amazing. I can't believe the imagination that Kristin Cashore has. Not to mention the lands in and of themselves like castles on mountains so high you need to climb ropes to get to them. Best of all about this book is the romance. You see this coming from the beginning, but it is really a unique romance because they are both so independent. You really can't ask for more out of a book: mystery, action and romance, not to mention a kickass heroine. Katsa the protagonist is definitely the strongest woman I have ever read about... not just because of her grace. But she is still a woman because she is still vulnerable and cares for her friends, you'll notice she still manages to cry quite a bit. Overall, this book was fantastic! It actually kind flew past my radar when I first heard about it, but then I saw that Kristin Cashores next book Fire was coming out in October I decided I needed to read this before that one came out. Man was I happy I did. Pick up a copy of this book before Fire comes out because you can be sure you are going to want to read that one as well! Katsa is a Graceling, one of a rare people in her land graced with special abilities and unique skills. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was a young girl. Since the King, her uncle discovered this skill he has employed her as his thug. She is forced to go about the land as a bully for the king. Rebelling against this forced servitude Katsa creates the council which acts against wrong doings in the land. On one trip to rescue a kidnapped old man, Katsa runs into Po another graced fighter. Po is searching for his grandfather and the two of them eventually set out to find the truth behind his kidnapping. She never expects the secrets that she discovers.
Date published: 2009-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing!! Though this book had a lot of potential, I was left very disappointed with the quick and uncompelling ending. I love a happy ending, but found this book to rush through it's conclusion and feel it was a waste, when it could so easily have been better!
Date published: 2009-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I hate to write about things that have been already said... I normally don't bother writing reviews about books that have a million reviews already, especially when I have nothing new to add...but this is going to be one of the few exceptions, because I can NOT not say something great about Graceling. - The story starts off very action packed and doesn't waste time building up to the good'll be hooked from the very first chapter. - Good characters make for a good book...and Graceling's characters were phenomenal! I normally don't like over powering female leads (they often come off as trying much too hard), but Katsa is easy to relate to, likable and I actually understand her charm (she attracts people to her for a good reason, not just because the author wants her to be some kind of perfect twit). I won't say much about the other characters, but I'll say there was not one character I thought did not belong in the novel, every character that appears was necessary for the story to be as great as it was. - Although the basis of the story was not all that original (I found myself reminiscent of the Study series by Maria V. Snyder), I found Cashore still manages to surprise with enough plot twists that make the story unpredictable and worth the 8-9 hours it took to read. - Graceling has plain old good writing! I've read many failed attempts at boring "on the run from the law" type stories before, and I'll tell you that it's not easy to make days of "hiding out in the bushes" sound interesting (Even JK Rowling had me yawning at times in Deathly Hallows), but Cashore does it with style. At four AM in the morning I decided another 4 hours was reading was worth finding out what happens. Annnnnd this is the first book that I felt real tears falling for since junior high. In summary, there are a million and one reviews out there that will tell you Graceling is fantastic, and I completely agree. Give it a try, and if Katsa, Po or none of the other characters manage to make your favourite characters list...well no comment.
Date published: 2009-06-12