by Kristin Cashore
Kristin Cashore’s best-selling, award-winning fantasy Graceling tells the story of the vulnerable yet strong Katsa, a smart, beautiful teenager who lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. Along the way, Katsa must learn to decipher the true nature of her Grace . . . and how to put it to good use. This is a thrilling, action-packed fantasy adventure (and steamy romance!) that will resonate deeply with adolescents trying to find their way in the world. Awards: Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, winner of the SIBA Book Award/YA, Indies Choice Book Award Honor Book, ALA Best Book for Young Adults, 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, 2008 School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Amazon.com’s Best Books of 2008, 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice, Booklist’s 2008 Top Ten First Novels for Youth, 2009 Amelia Bloomer List, BCCB 2009 Blue Ribbon List
Don’t miss the sequel Fire, also a New York Times bestseller and ALA Best Book for Young Adults, winner of the 2010 Cybil for YA Fantasy/Sci Fi and the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award.
I was completely ensconced in this book from start to finish. The characters are loveable and the story is chock full of, on the edge of your seat adventure. This is a story about people with special gifts called Graces. You could tell if someone was a grace by the two different eye colors. The graces were different talents in different people from swimming to mind reading. In the beginning of the book Katsa thinks her Grace is killing but she soon finds out that is not the case. Katsa is a strong female character and does not need a guy to come and save her. She is basically a killer for hire, but she learns to care and begins to come to grips with her humanity. The love story between her and Poe is a sweet and caring love. I enjoyed this book and it is well worth your time to read.
BARNES AND NOBLE