I genuinely stayed up all night long reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore so I’m definitely going to have to reread to make sure that I wasn’t completely delirious for the end, but I’m going to just assume I wasn’t and say that this was a fantastic book. It brought me back to my middle and high school days of obsessing over any and all books written by Tamora Pierce and Robin Mckinley. I felt like my high school self all over again rooting for a super badass girl hero while reading and falling asleep afterword fantasizing about living in her world, overcoming great odds, and becoming best friends with her.
The story has all my favorite elements a girl power attitude, magic, evil kings, no nonsense mentors, a rejected proposal (I got a taste for this when reading Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede, which is totally worth looking up) Handsome boys who understand that a girl needs her freedom, and a plot that keeps me turning the pages until 4:30 in the morning. It’s a page turner with some very clever twists. I haven’t anything bad to say about this book. I only wish I had discovered it while I was in high school because while I enjoyed it thoroughly now, I would have geeked the freak out if I had read it back then. Apparently there are a few more that are written in the same world and I can’t wait to read them. They are focused on different characters, characters that were introduced in Graceling. It will be interesting to see the world from a new perspective and in a different time. I’ll start earlier in the day to avoid the whole staying up all night thing.
P.S. I keep a commonplace book (think Pinterest for quotes on paper) so if I have entries in my commonplace book I’ll include them here as well!
Commonplace book entry under Power category:
“She began to have a conception of a power that spread like a bad feeling, like a sickness itself, seizing all minds that it touched.”
-Graceling by Kristin Cashore