Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wherein I Finally Read Graceling

Sometimes I feel like there are gaping holes in the list of books I've read. I'll look at a title and ask myself, "How have I not read this yet?" because it will be something that has lots of positive critical reviews or tons of great reviews from bloggers.  Graceling by Kristin Cashore has been one of those books for me until very recently.
Anyways, Amy, Asheley, Lisa, Tara, and I are all reading the books together.  Lisa made the button and Tara has not read the books before either.  After exchanging numerous e-mails, we've decided to read five chapters at time and use the hashtag #cashoregoodtimes to discuss the books on Twitter.

So if you want to join us and talk about these books, please feel free!  Remember that the hashtag is SPOILER FREE. The goal is to have the next 10 chapters read by next Friday.  I'm eager to finally get all three of these books read. So far, Graceling is off to a great start.
His eyes, Katsa had never seen such eyes. One was silver, and the other, gold. They glowed in his sun-darkened face, uneven, and strange. She was surprised that they hadn't shone in the darkness of their first meeting. They didn't seem human....

Then he raised his eyebrows a hair, and his mouth shifted into the hint of a smirk. He nodded at her, just barely, and it released her from her spell.

Cocky, she thought. Cocky and arrogant, this one, and that was all there was to make of him. Whatever game he was playing, if he expected her to join him he would be disappointed.



In a world where people born with an extreme skill - called a Grace - are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of the skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to execute his dirty work, punishing and torturing anyone who displeases him.

When she first meets Prince Po, who is Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace - or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.

3 comments:

  1. This one's been on my to-read list too. I may have to locate a copy and join in. I'm not sure if I'll be able to keep up, since it's finals week and then I'm going to my in-laws for Christmas and want to spend time with them instead of imaginary people. But I can probably read the first one at least.

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  2. I loved Graceling so I hope you love it a lot too-I think it's absolutely amazing and just gets better as you read more!

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