Graceling Hardcover – Oct 1 2008
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"In this debut fantasy, Cashore treats readers to compelling and eminently likeable characters and a story that draws them in from the first paragraph. . . . This is gorgeous storytelling: exciting, stirring, and accessible. Fantasy and romance readers will be thrilled." --School Library Journal, starred review
"Intrigue, death, love, a little sex, and pitched battles create a sure winner for mature fantasy fans."--VOYA (4Q, 4P)
"With a butt-kicking but emotionally vulnerable heroine, [Graceling] should appeal to fans of recent girl-power urban fantasies, as well as readers who've graduated from Tamora Pierce's Tortall series."--Horn Book
"Cashore strikes a strong balance between adventure, drama and romance--bloody battles and sexual tension co-exist in equal measure--and Katsa's combination of pride in her unique talents and vulnerability in her self-doubts make her a strongly sympathetic character. Readers will identify closely with this young woman, whose coming of age also involves coming to terms with a talent that is both a blessing and a curse."--BookPage, November 2008
"Graceling is the wonderful new book by Kristin Cashore about a girl with grace, but who is no Audrey Hepburn. Katsa's extreme special skill, her grace,’ is that she's able to kill people with her bare hands (ouch). In a world of seven kingdoms, Katsa is certainly considered a bad-ass and is respectably feared. Ultimately though, the graceling ends up being shamelessly used by her own family to fight and torture their enemies... until she meets Po . . . There's been a ton of early praise about this debut novel -- so much so that I think it's safe to say there's an official buzz."--Ypulse
"However, as in every season, a few other titles have risen to the surface as potential hits, based on pre-pub buzz, online chatter and word-of-mouth. We've singled out four for particular notice: three are inventive fantasy novels, and one is a harrowing memoir. Publishers and booksellers alike believe these books have what it takes to cut through the noise of a very full season."--Publishers Weekly online
"The teenage characters in this novel, like those we may know in life, grow into their graces. They realize that their monstrous individuality is not so monstrous afterall."--The New York Times Book Review
"Discovering one's true identity and powers is a common theme in young adult literature, but Kristin Cashore, with compelling characters and an ease in combining genres--fantasy, mystery, adventure, romance--develops this theme with enormous freshness."--Newsday
" 'Graceling' offers a fresh view of the process of learning self-mastery and has a knee-weakening romance that easily rivals that of 'Twilight'."--LA Times
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR Graceling:
Here’s a WOW of a book! Seeing half-wild Katsa learn humanity as she battles soldiers, storms, and her own obsessive natureI HAD to know how it ended!” Tamora Pierce
Katsa and Po are wonderful: They make me want to cheer. Due to a strong heroine, a supportive hero, political intrigue, and action throughout, this is a book I’ll share with my daughter.” Melissa Marr, author of Wicked Lovely
I can’t remember when I last was this impressed by a new fantasy. Kristin Cashore’s voice is fresh and fluent...the end result is a story that you tear through so that you can immediately start again at the beginning and read it with the care it deserves. A truly spectacular novel.” Susan Hirschman, founder of Greenwillow Books
FROM THE AUTHOR:
I’ve always been a daydreamer; as a child I always lived far from school, and distinctly remember cherishing the long drive, because it was good daydreaming time. Graceling grew from daydreams I had about a girl with extraordinary fighting powers who loved a boy with whom she was insurmountably incompatible.” Kristin Cashore
—Catherine Gilbert Murdock, author of Dairy Queen
—Susan Hirschman, Founder of Greenwillow Books
About the Author
KRISTIN CASHORE is a freelance educational writer who writes content for textbooks and teacher editions. She has written book reviews for The Horn Book Guide, and she has had articles published in The Looking Glass: An Online Children's Literature Journal and Children's Literature in Education . Kristin received her master's degree in children's literature in 2003 from Simmons College, where she worked with Liza Ketchum and was named a Virginia Haviland Scholar. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
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- The story starts off very action packed and doesn't waste time building up to the good stuff....you'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.Read more ›
Characters: 6/10. They seem a bit too much like "stock" characters to me, although with some modifications.
Pacing: 7/10 Pacing was fairly good. Always some kind of mystery/conflict to keep you reading.
Plot: 7/10 A bit simplistic for my tastes, but still very well done and I'm sure it'll keep the YA audience reading
Worldbuliding: 6/10 I look for greater depth in worldbuilding. Some of the secondary characters are decently done, and the "magic" system is explained, I still wish I knew more about how the graces worked. I assume this will be coming down the pipes in later novels, but I still feel like the world was a playground for the plot to occur in, rather than a real, living, breathing, world.
Style: 7 Very simple style, easy to read. Good at avoiding violence, sex, swearing to keep it tailored to the YA audience and younger. Not as much conflict as I would come to expect from characters in their circumstances, but well-suited to its target market.
Total: 33/50 A fun read with some interesting, if not incredibly 3d, characters. Sure to please younger female readers with the tough little heroine, and a younger audience in general. On the other hand, it seems that many other people LOVED this book, so I'd recommend reading a few sample chapters first.
Look forward to reading more from this author!
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This is a novel that I cannot read enough. When I have a lull and don't have a new book to read I pull out my copy of the Graceling to lose myself in Kristin's world. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Stephanie S
graceling was my favorite book i've ever read.even my sister who hates reading couldn't stop reading it . kristin is my favorite author. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Krista Beech
I expected cringe worthy prose of girl power, especially since the protagonist is (of course) an assassin (girl power oblige). But, I was pleasantly surprised. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Hayley Cann
Graceling has some cool things in it. I liked the characters some of them interested me and I wanted to know more about them. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Forest
It was a wonderful adventure book that had characters that you fall in love with. It has surprises you aren't expecting towards the end and makes you rethink what do you trust?Published 22 months ago by Brian J Pedersen
The characters in the book were extremely well thought out and interesting. As the book continued, we learned more and more about them, just as we would any person we personally... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2013 by Sheilah
Read from May 09 to 10, 2012
Beautiful! Well written and simply fantastic. What a wonderful story. Read more
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