Sunday, October 19, 2008

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Lynn: Tamora Pierce blurbs this book saying, "Here's a WOW of a book," and that sums up my feelings pretty well. Kristin Cashore has created an intensely interesting world and peopled it with characters that sparkle with complexity and life. The terms fast paced and compulsively readable can't be used often enough here. There are moments in the plot that literally made me gasp out loud but the core of the book is the naturallly evolving development of the characters who take control of the reader's heart. Teens are going to be standing in line for this one and storming the librarian's desk demanding more the minute they finish the last page.
Cindy: This is a fabulous first novel and I was with Cashore for most of the trip. The plot bogged down a little for me at the end starting with Katsa trekking through the snowy mountains with no coat, no sleep, and no food, but hey, I like my Gortex... I'll be interested to hear what others think of the final chapters. (Throw us a comment!) I'll definitely be booktalking this and am eager for the next installment myself!


Libladylib said...

I booktalked Graceling to our 7th and 8th graders just before it was released. My local Border's asked for a heads up next time I get so many kids excited about a book. They had a list of over 85 kids from my school alone waiting for Graceling's release.
I love, love love this book.

Congratulations on your great blog! I will visit often.

Morgan said...

I loved the book and the premise and everything. I'm with Cindy that those snowy chapters where she gets attacked by the cat were a bit much for me. I skimmed them because I wanted to get back to the fast-paced story.

Bibliovore said...

I just finished this today and LOVED it! Katsa and Po and their story was just so amazing--romantic but not mooshy, fast-paced but not James Bondy, thoughtful but not preachy. I have already promised to give my ARC to a voracious teen reader. My only concern is that her mom is rather conservative so I want to make sure the more adult elements are ok with her.