Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Reasons for reading: heard it was really good - one of our book suppliers said she was recommending it for all teenage girls who asked her for Twilight!; for the Young Adult Challenge
First line: "In these dungeons, the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind."
Katsa really has to grow in this novel - she goes from feeling like nothing more than an attack dog, treated with fear and revulsion by almost everyone, to realizing that she is caring, intelligent, and that her Grace is something more than she realized. She grows into her Grace and, along the way, learns how to care about people and allow them to care about her.
The romance element with Po also works well - it's not treacly at all. These two have finally found a person who is both their equal and a complement to their personalities.
The verdict: I can't wait to read the sequel, Fire! This is a novel that works well as everything - an adventure, a fantasy, a coming-of-age story, and a romance! (I wonder what my Grace would be....?)
This is waiting for me at the library right now. I do believe it will be my third time checking it out. It always seems to come at bad times. But I think it will be the only library book I have checked out so I should probably get to read it this time. lol
Can't wait to see what you think of Fire - I thought it was even better than Graceling.
I read this last month & it was wonderful. I was sorry when it was over. Can't get Fire through the library yet, though. :P
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