Kristin Cashore, Graceling, (2008), 471p
Yay for teen fiction book club pick! Those are my favourite type of book club pick, especially when it’s a title that I have been meaning to pick up for a quite a long time, but it ALWAYS seemed to slip to the bottom of my TBR pile. This book club (the FIRST book club I joined) is with the lovely library ladies that I went to school with. Typically in a meeting, at least one of us hasn’t finished the book and we gossip and giggle. We also started watching the Outlander series at this meeting, even though two of us have never read the books (one of them was me). Although I will say that I already have a crush on Jamie.
Anywho, this is another really great supernatural-esque teen read. Certain people in the society have “graces”: supreme skills that are often feared. Katsa’s grace is the most feared: the grace of killing. With her parents gone, Katsa is under her uncle’s control – a fierce, demanding uncle who forces Katsa to use her grace to scare and torment his enemies. Katsa meets Po, an interesting boy with the grace of fighting, and sets forth on an adventure to save their land from a corrupt king.
I adored this book, not only for Katsa, but Po as well. They were such great complementary characters, Katsa as a strong, vocal female lead, and Po, mysterious and honest. I loved their dynamic and really enjoyed that Cashore did not have Po outshine Katsa. Although he may just be one of the most swoon-worthy boys in supernatural teen fiction.
I’m bummed that I did not pick this title up earlier. I will be giving the other two books in the series, Fire and Bitterblue a shot. Hopefully they live up to the hype of the first book.
Happy reading –