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Graceling by Kristin Cashore
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Oct 03, 09


I read this one thinking it would be something like The Hunger Games. Maybe that's an unfair starting point, but I have to say I was pretty disappointed. The characters seemed flat to me, and the action didn't really pick up until 3/4 of the way through. Far, far too much time was spent showing us how perfect the heroine and her boyfriend were. They had moments of vulnerability, but pretty much all obstacles melted away before their preternatural powers and niceness. And, if this isn't a cheap shot--I guess the Random Fantasy Name Generator was out of order when the author created her characters and landscape. Worst names ever.
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message 1: by Tom (new) - rated it 2 stars

Tom Well, I may have been a little tough on the book in this review. Some parts were exciting, like when they crossed the mountain pass and when they were trying to find a ship. But overall... not so much. I just hope Maggie and Shannon don't read my review, or I'll be in deep trouble.


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