*Summary: Katsa is graced with the ability to kill a man with her bare hands. Ever since her grace became evident, King Randa has been using Katsa as his very own hit man and Katsa's reputation as a man killer precedes her. However, Katsa doesn't like what she has become and what King Randa makes her do. Then when Katsa meets a Leinid prince, she realizes that she is much more than just her grace.
What I Think: Although this book always intrigued me because of the premise, it also terrified me because I am scared of high fantasy. High fantasy is intimidating because of having to completely immerse yourself in an invented world and sometimes I find it hard to imagine somewhere that doesn't exist. However, with Graceling, the characters are so strong that the original confusion with the setting didn't even bother me and then by the time I thought about it, I'd lost all confusion and was in Katsa's world.
As always, it is nice to see a kick butt girl hero and Katsa is probably the most awesome there is. She is amazing and as she finds herself, she stays as kick butt, but then becomes more human too. It is a great transformation that makes her an even stronger protagonist.
I also want to say that I listened to the audio, my 2nd full cast audio, and really enjoyed it. I think that by having different voices for each character really helps make the story come to life (and this one had a special appearance of Tim Green, author of Football Hero, as King Leck!)
And- nice homage to Jane Eyre there at the end :)
Now to get the audio for Fire and wait for Bitterblue. (less)
I love when YA authors deal with a really serious issue and do it without preaching so that kids will enjoy it. Uglies does just that. Westerfeld give...moreI love when YA authors deal with a really serious issue and do it without preaching so that kids will enjoy it. Uglies does just that. Westerfeld gives us a dystopian world dealing with oil dependency, acceptance of self and others, and societal programing. It makes you think about things along with having a fun story with adventure (and some mild romance).
I look forward to continuing the series (the book does end on a cliffhanger) to see how it all ends up with Tally, David and their friends. (less)
Cammie Morgan is a student at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Everyone believes the school is for snobby rich girls, but BOY are th...moreCammie Morgan is a student at The Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women. Everyone believes the school is for snobby rich girls, but BOY are they wrong. Gallagher Academy is a prep school for female spies. Chemistry is at a PhD level, you get extra credit for hacking into computers, and each day dinner conversation is in a different language. This is the life that Cammie Morgan has always known. Her father and mother were both spies and she is following in her footsteps. The only problem is that Cammie wants what every normal girl wants: a boyfriend. But how would she tell an ordinary boy about her life? And how can she break the rules at a school filled with spies? (less)
I listen to audiobooks in my car. Every once in a while my audiobook is so good that I have to bring my MP3 player inside to listen to it- this is one...moreI listen to audiobooks in my car. Every once in a while my audiobook is so good that I have to bring my MP3 player inside to listen to it- this is one of those books. I didn't ever want to stop listening to it.
At the beginning, you wonder what happened to Annabel. then you wonder what she is going to do about it, and you root for her the entire time. Sometimes you are mad at her. Sometimes you cry with her. This book is a roller coaster ride that I didn't want to get off. This is a real book that deals with real issues and does the issues justice. (less)
This was one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. The allusions and similes make you easily be able to follow Daisy's adventures as...moreThis was one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. The allusions and similes make you easily be able to follow Daisy's adventures as if you are there with her.
Daisy is sent to England by her father and (evil) stepmother to stay with some long lost relatives she has never met. This time begins as the best time of her life, but quickly changes as the war envelops the entire world. (less)
The Princess Bride by William Goldman has everything in it that you would want a book to have: love, adventure, deceit, humor, action, pirates, giant...moreThe Princess Bride by William Goldman has everything in it that you would want a book to have: love, adventure, deceit, humor, action, pirates, giants, hunting... the list could go on and on. The book follows Buttercup who is one of the most beautiful women in the world. She loses her true love and swears to never love again, but because of her beauty the Prince Humperdink wants her to be his wife. Only after he promises that no love will be involved, Buttercup agrees to become his wife. Everything is going fine- Humperdink and Buttercup pretty much ignore each other; Humperdink hunts and Buttercup trains to become a princess. Everything is fine, that is, until Princess Buttercup is kidnapped. Worse than that, there is a pirate on their trail. Will Buttercup survive? Will she ever love again? To find out you'd have to read the book. Now, if you compare the book to the movie, it is unfortunately far from superior. That is not saying that the book isn't fabulous, because it is, just the movie is genius. I really have nothing negative to say about the book. It was full of adventure, satire, humor, action, love... everything promised. Unfortunately, though, it just didn't compare to the movie. Now this is very unlike me. I preach to my students about how books are better than movies, but the entire time I was wishing I was watching the movie instead of reading the book. Now my feelings may change when I watch the movie again- maybe parts are left out, maybe actors aren't perfect for their characters, but right now, I truly prefer the movie. This does not mean I didn't like the book, though. It was fabulous and will be receiving 5 stars. Its just that the movie is superior in my eyes. This is exactly why I normally read the book before seeing the movie... (less)
This story is a must read for all young teenage girls. Every single one of them will connect to Ruby and can learn something from her. It is a funny,...moreThis story is a must read for all young teenage girls. Every single one of them will connect to Ruby and can learn something from her. It is a funny, romantic, and very realistic novel that is just overall so much fun to read. (less)
Phoebe Castro's life is perfect. She has just won the race that guarantees her a scholarship to her dream school which she will attend with her two be...morePhoebe Castro's life is perfect. She has just won the race that guarantees her a scholarship to her dream school which she will attend with her two best friends. But her mother has news that is going to change everything. Returning from a trip to Greece, Phoebe's mom announces that not only is she getting remarried, but her and Phoebe are moving to Greece to live with her new husband. To make matters even worse, when Phoebe arrives on the desolate island in the middle of the Aegean sea, she learns that the school she is going to attend is actually a school for the descendants of the Greek Gods. So, not only is Phoebe a new student, in a new country, but she is at a school where everyone has powers but her. Phoebe's only dream, now, is to finish the year with a B average so she can return to California and go to college with her friends. But the fates do not always agree with what you want.
When the wolves attacked Grace, she was never afraid. Then after the yellow eyed wolf saved her, she always watched for him. He was her wolf. She love...moreWhen the wolves attacked Grace, she was never afraid. Then after the yellow eyed wolf saved her, she always watched for him. He was her wolf. She loved the wolves and they were part of her community- until a young man is attacked and killed by the wolves, so a posse goes out to kill the wolves. Grace tries to stop them, but when she reaches her house, she finds a beautiful boy with her wolves yellow eyes who'd been shot. He had to be her wolf and she already loved him. Now she has to save him.
Maggie Stiefvater writes beautifully and her text is so poetic sounding. However, I had trouble at the beginning of the book buying into Grace's love/obsession for the wolves; although, by the end of the book I cared for Sam as well and will definitely be reading Linger when it comes out. (less)